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O’Neill’s illegal logging: 581 days and counting…

January 26, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments


As January draws to a close there has still been NO ACTION to cancel the huge SABL land grab, revoke the unlawful leases or stop the illegal logging in Papua New Guinea.

It is now 581 days since Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was told that the SABL leases were unlawful and should be cancelled.

On June 24, 2013 O’Neill was given the reports of the SABL Commission Inquiry which detail the widespread fraud and mismanagement used by foreign logging companies to gain illegal access to over 5 million hectares of land.

O’Neill has REPEATEDLY STATED the leases will be canceled and illegal logging stopped.

In September 2013 O’Neill told Parliament:

“We will no longer watch on as foreign owned companies come in and con our landowners, chop down our forests and then take the proceeds offshore”

In June 2014, announcing an NEC decision cancelling the leases, O’Neill said

“We are taking these steps to reclaim our customary land illegally lost to foreigners with the help of corrupt public servants and leaders”

“As a responsible government we want to ensure that all citizens have access to the lands of their ancestors. We will not allow our land to be lost to unscrupulous people out to con our people” 

But, WE ARE STILL WAITING for the leases to be cancelled and the logging stopped.

For 581 days O’Neill has failed to ensure the SABL leases are revoked and he has been complicit in the illegal logging of our forests by foreign logging companies.

Crucially he has failed to take any action to remove the corrupt public servants responsible for the land grab or distance himself from the politicians, including key Minister’s, complicit in the illegal deals and who are now blocking any positive action to revoke the leases and stop the logging.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has aided and abetted the theft of logs worth hundreds of million of kina and the destruction of thousands of hectares of pristine forest.

cartoon showing Peter O'Neill being fed by Rimbunan Hijau while he sits on a pile of SABL reports


  1. January 26, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Since there’s a prolonged delays and no immediate actions is coming up from the concerned departments, the rightful landowners out there should action by blocking off all the roads in which these logging trucks access to and fort. By doing such actions will enforce the concerned department heads to come out and look into it, leaders of this country, PLEASE assist our people with their concerns and grievances, enforce a law for any foreign logging companies that want to make money out of our timbers MUST abide by that Law and give back to our poor people what rightfully theirs. We all know that, all Asians companies are controlled by very greedy Asians, we shouldn’t allow them into our country anymore in future. Please chase them away and let any other good logging companies who want to continue logging can work with our poor land owners.

  2. Gabriel Wau
    February 6, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Unfortunately we do not have leaders who can fight for the people of this land. Whatever the Asians taken from us will never be returned to us. It has been sold by our own greedy politicians.

    Therefore the Prime Minister will never take any action on this so called Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations.

    Do not trust our politicians. They are very good pretenders. They pretend to serve the people but actually their mind is full of MONEY! MONEY!MONEY!MONEY!!

    One of those good pretenders is Powes Parkop. He pretended to be a human rights activist. He used to led protests on the streets of Port Moresby and around the country pretending to be fighting for the rights of Papua New Guineans.

    When he stood for election in NCD we elected him into parliament thinking that we had elected someone more important than other politicians. He claimed to have one million ideas to develop the city and the country in his election speeches.

    Unfortunately we elected a wolf clothed in sheep’s skin. Where are the one million ideas? Were they washed away by Laloki River Whilst running after the Keremas and Mekeos taking buai into the City?

    Just to keep the city free of bettle nut spat costs so many precious human lives. Please have some senses when you make important decisions.

    Now Buai ban is lifted so can we bring the lives back?

  3. February 6, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Yes Gabriel, 100% I agree with your comment.

    NCD governor Powes Parkop is working oppositely around. We all know that almost all population in Port Moresby city are made up of unemployed PNGuineans who survive day to day through street sales mainly betel nuts selling and other stuff on black markets.

    When Parkop puts up buai ban in such a populated city like this is really unfair because how are they going to survive, who will feed them day to day? They are not foreigners where we can treat them like that. Parkop needs to reinstate their buai sales as soon as possible.

    Parkop and his team supposed to maintain Pom city every day clean by ;

    1. Engaging a very well-managed cleaning contractor (contractors) to clean the city areas more efficiently on a daily bases.

    2. Engaging a City Authority team or security contractor to control those people spiting buai stain or trowing rubbish carelessly (apart from littering in proper bins) can be punished etc……

    If Parkop can not remove the buai ban, then he’s making all the unemployed populations in Pom city suffer a lot and as a result or effect of it what will happen next? Robbery, theft, raps, corruptions and so many more unlawful events will take place.

  4. Gabriel Wau
    February 6, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you Jossie, in a democratic society majority rules. In PNG all coastal provinces grow, chew and trade buai before the White men came in and eventually the highlanders chew and trade in buai before Independence. Nearly 90% of PNG population are buai growers, chewers and traders.

    Almost everyone in Gulf and Central defend on buai for cash income. they sell buai to pay school fees, purchase their household needs like soap, rice, tinned fish, sugar etc. and in the city 50% of the population are unemployed, we sell buai to earn our living. 80% to 90% of city population are buai chewers too.

    Whose benefit is Powes Parkop banning Buai? This city is built for Papua New Guineans.
    if he wants the city to be bettlenut spat free he should come up with other plans like the ones you suggested.

    Not just banning it completely and putting peoples lives at risk.

    Buai does not cause any problem for the country and the city of Port Moresby. if I were a politician like Powes Parkop I would consider banning Beer in PNG.

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