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UPNG students condemn Dr Marat’s attack


UPNG students are united in their opposition to the new law

UPNG students are united in their opposition to the new law

Students of the University of Papua New Guinea have condemned the statements made by the Justice Minister Dr. Allan Marat to Radio New Zealand International:

Dr. Marat claims that the protest march mounted by UPNG students against the Judicial Conduct Act 2012 on Friday the 23rd of March 2012 was the workings of the students of Enga Province, who are biased towards the Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia who is himself an Engan.

What Dr. Marat needs to understand is that the protest March to occupy Waigani that took place on Friday was the direct result of a resolution passed by the Student Body at the General Forum Meeting of Thursday 22nd March 2012. In this meeting representatives from all 22 Provinces, after close consultation with their Student provincial groups, aired their official stance to the Student Body.

Students from all 22 Provinces motioned to march the following day – and we did. The Organizing Commtittee consisted of students from various Provinces and not just Enga. In fact students from Dr. Marat’s own Niugini Islands region were some of the most vocal and active members of the March and the Committees behind the March. Now we do not deny that of UPNG’s 5 SRC  executives, 3 are Engan. The other two are from the Mamose Region. But in organising this march, young Papua New Guineans from all the different Provinces played important roles in key aspects of the March and the Petition. The Petition was drawn up by a Committee chaired by a student from Sepik. The Committee that prepared the Opinion on the Bill was chaired by a Papuan. We did not see along regional lines when we stood together for each other and for Papua New Guinea, organising our successful March to Parliament. We find the Justice Minister’s statements most unhelpful and is the kind of thinking that would tear up unity in the Campus right now.

Even the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea acknowledged the UPNG Petition in his address to the nation on Sunday night as being “in the public interest”. Therefore, this kind of hate speech designed to break student morale here in UPNG must be condemned with the strongest of terms. Prime Minister O’Neill’s Government is one made up of Members of Parliament from all 4 regions of Papua New Guinea and all 22 Provinces, including Enga and East New Britain.

We therefore seek an apology from Dr. Allan Marat for these most reckless statements made on air to Radio New Zealand International as we are of the view that such statements are deliberate attempts to dishearten and break up the common resolve of the student body to have the Judicial Conduct Act 2012 repealed. We are asking the Prime Minister to speak with his Justice Minister and make sure such dangerous statements are not made ever again. Such statements may cause public unrest and unnecessary violence which we must all condemn no matter what side of the argument we take in this issue of the Judicial Conduct Act.

  1. Orlando Mercado
    March 27, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Well done UPNG students…keep up to good work!

  2. paula trawanga
    March 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    With all due respect to the Dr.Marat,its a shame and a disgrace for a man of his caliber to go to an international media source and make such biased and petty comments! Hats off and the biggest support to the united efforts of the UPNG student body,times have changed and better leaders and thinkers are emerging out of our institutions of higher learning and we should be giving them credit for this not shutting them down and causing disunity amongst a people who are standing united for a cause! If i may add,that was pure hearsay,what the esteemed minister said,very unbecoming of a man of his caliber! If he had nothing constructive to say,then why say something in the first place! The spirit of unity displayed by the students last week was highly commendable and displayed an important trait that we as a people desperately need in this trying times,UNITY…….May the Spirit of Wisdom from the God of this nation continue to inspire a people who are on the path to bring this nation into its destiny in God and no gate of hell shall stop these mighty people who are emerging!!!!!! To GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!!!!!

  3. Bukinare
    March 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Marat knows from his right frame of mind that whatever he mentioned on Radio New Zealand Talkback is garbage and disrespectful to the educated citizens of PNG. It does not matter who led the protest march. The most important point Marat should understand is that the students are speaking and protesting on behave of the Silent Majority and it is indeed in the best interest of the country.

    He is just trying to defend and promote the illigimate region which is operating on a trial and error basis.

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