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Questions to the PM from Opposition Leader Belden Namah

Mr. Speaker,

I would like to direct my ‘QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE’ to the Prime Minister.

But before I ask my question, I would like to commend you for restoring and maintaining the Parliamentary Democracy, impartiality, independence of the chair in this Honourable House and assuring the supremacy of Parliament.

Mr. Speaker,

I would like to take this time also to thank and commend the Prime Minister for putting “FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION’ as one of his government’s policy priorities. Prime Minister, your decision to establishing the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and giving more teeth to Police Fraud Squad and Task Force Sweet is also highly commended.

Opposition stands ready to support the Bill when it’s introduced before Parliament. Opposition also welcomes your recent decision in engaging Australian Federal Police and Interpol to assist local authorities to investigate ‘CORRUPTION AND FRAUD’ at the Department of Finance and Treasury.

Opposition believes that this is the move in the right direction to addressing ‘CORRUPTION’ in our country.

Mr. Speaker,

At this juncture, I would like to quote two profound statements you made in your response to my series of questions without notice in relation to the K71.8m paid to Paul Paraka Lawyers on Tuesday 21st of May 2013, and I quote;

“I have suspended the Secretary for Finance and Deputy Secretary and if means sacking people from the top down and even if I have to sack the tea boy I will do it” end of quote.

Your second profound statement Mr. Prime Minister was, and I quote;

“I will ensure that anybody who is involved in facilitating this illegal payments, they will be dealt with the full force of the law” end of quote.

Mr. Speaker,

Before I ask my question, I would like to read a letter which I have so in order that my question can be better appreciated by the Prime Minister and all Honourable Members.

The letter reads; RE: PARAKA LAWYERS (read the letter here) signed Hon. Peter O’Neill, The Prime Minister.

Mr. Speaker,

This letter is the Letter of Direction from Hon. Peter O’Neill, the Prime of Papua New Guinea directing the Minister for Finance and Treasury then Hon. Don Polye dated 24th of January 2012.

Mr. Speaker,

The letter which I have just read is credible and undisputed. It was written and signed by the Prime Minister and Mr Paraka has been using this letter to persuade and intimidate public officials to receive payments and obtain clearance from the Bank of South Pacific and the Central Bank.

By the fact of this evidence and the two profound statements the Prime Minister himself made in parliament on Tuesday 21st May 2013 which I quoted earlier, I would like to ask the Prime Minister one simple question:

Mr. Prime Minister,

Will you do the most honourable thing which is morally and ethically proper for any Prime Minister whose integrity is put into serious question, sack yourself AS PRIME MINISTER OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA?

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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  1. Kagl Gandai
    May 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I have read the statement from the opposition leader including the alledged letter from the PM Peter O’neil directing the payment of moneys to the said law firm. if this is true, i am very ashamed of my prime minister. i felt guilty as if did write and mdae the statement in parliament in regards to apprehending the culprit involed in the huge payout to the said law firm. very contradicting. mi sem pipia ya….sori why na mi born PNG…Peter O’Neil, clear your name please…

  2. Paulo Taunamo
    May 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

    The Prime Minister should immediately step aside and allow for an investigation to look into this allegations. This are serious allegations which involves millions of kina and so it would be the most honourable thing for him to do, if only to clear his name.

  3. Peter Wi
    June 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    The Prime Minister appears confused here. He might even have benefited from some tips from Paraka. He should simply step aside and allow for an inquiry into this whole corrupt payout. I always maintain, Peter O’Neil is not a natural leader like Belden Namah.

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