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Mr Stephens should beware of glass houses…

November 2, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

In response to recent posts on Rex Paki, Lawrence Stephens has suggested:

“There are excellent reasons for us to scrutinize appointees to many positions. There are excellent reasons also to show respect for those with whose activities we may be concerned [with] but against whom no court of law has recorded criminal convictions”.

Well then, lets look at the comments Mr Stephens made when PNG’s Deputy Prime Minister, Belden Namah was accused, not by a Commission of Inquiry, not by a Public Accounts Committee, not by an Auditor General, and not by a Court, but a newspaper of depositing $800,000 in a casino account at the Australian Star City Casino.

Mr Stephens, as Chairman of TIPNG, told the Sydney Morning Herald:

“It looks bad. Splashing large sums of cash around at a casino is extremely frightening, especially when we are constantly told there is not enough money for schools, hospitals and roads”.

There you go, Namah was guilty, on the basis of a report in an Australian newspaper. Was this the sort of “respect for those with whose activities we may be concerned [with] but against whom no court of law has recorded criminal convictions”, Stephens means?

So in the case of Namah, Mr Stephens was more than prepared to publicly indict PNG’s Deputy Prime Minister, on the word of an Australian newspaper. But PNGexposed is wrong to post articles criticizing Paki on the basis of two Commission of Inquiries, two Public Accounts Committee inquiries, an Auditor General inquiry, and two court judgments.

Why the double standards Mr Stephens?

Could it be that this example is a little closer to home? Could it be that the case of Rex Paki shows a staggering failure of due diligence, or worse, on the part of the PNGSDP Board and Management. It is time for TIPNG to take a principled stance against corruption, not a politically expedient one.

  1. Tipil Kyak
    November 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Stephens, do the right thing & avoid commenting on this issue. If there is any wrong-doing that PNGexposed, or its bloggers think needs to be exposed then let it be and the responsible bodies like Koim and his boys can look into it. The more you comment, even more dirt will be thrown back at you by faceless.

  2. JUDY
    November 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Be honest or else your lies will catch up with you when you least expect them.It is coming and its at your door steps just you wait and see.

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