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Minister Chan demands action on illegal Konoagil logging

Mining Minister Byron Chan has reacted angrily to illegal loggi

Mining Minister Byron Chan is demanding action on illegal logging in his electorate

Mining Minister Byron Chan has reacted angrily to revelations on this blog about illegal logging operations in the Konoagil District of New Ireland. He is demanding action to stop the logging and police investigation of those responsible.

But is the Minister REALLY SERIOUS or is this just pre-election posturing? Will Minister Chan really ensure proper investigations are carried out and effective action is taken against those responsible for the theft of forest resources and destruction of the environment?

BY JEFFREY ELAPA, Post Courier, January 03, 2017

MINISTER for Mining and Member for Namatanai Byron Chan has called on authorities to investigate two foreign companies [Millionplus Corporation and Islands Forest Resources] involved in logging activities in his district.

Mr Chan is also calling on the authorities to investigate how Government authorities had allowed the companies to conduct business in the country and wants their Malaysian principals [Kie Yii LING, Ting Ping LAU and Tiing Siu HAH] deported.

He said he is outraged over their being issued environment and logging licences.

“I’m totally disgusted and immediately call for a full investigation into the illegal activities occurring at Forest Department and the Department of Environment and Conservation.

“I further call on the two Ministers Douglas Tomoresia (Forest) and John Pundari (Environment) to institute an investigation into the conduct of the two companies.

“I also call on the police fraud and anti-corruption unit to investigate the activities of these foreigners cheating my people. How can authorities allow foreign companies to conduct illegal businesses in the country.

“I also call on the Minister for Forest to cease the operation of the company and Immigrations to immediately deport the two foreigners and blacklist them as they have misled and abused the trust of my people and my district. We do not need people involved in illegal activities they also pose threats to the sovereignty of the nation.

“This is the kind of business conduct by foreigners under the guise of doing business and involved in local politics are not welcomed to stay in this country.

“My people are innocent like most rural Papua New Guineans. There have been a lot of false promises and false hopes given to my people and I’m really disgusted by the action of such foreign companies conducting business in my district and the country,” he said.

Mr Chan also called on local elites not to mislead the people for whatever motives they had.

“As a concerned national leader and leader of my people I’m calling for an immediate investigate by the authorities,” he said.

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  1. January 3, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    So the young son of Sir Julius Chan wants the illegal logging to stop?
    If this young boy who is currently your Minister for Mining, and the son of Sir Julius Chan, basically says it all. They don’t give a shit.
    This young boy Byron Chan is following in his father’s footsteps. He is a PUPPET like his father.
    They love money and easily sucked in and manipulated by the greed.
    How come you allow such jerks to rule your country?
    Why do you vote for such filth?
    Wake up PNG and stop the corruption. Save your forests and your land and resources. Right now, the jerks you have voted in are why your country is going down the tube.
    Get rid of them and strengthen your RIGHTS to own YOUR land and resources.
    Perhaps it is time to get rid of the “dotted line” between you and West Papua.
    The only reason there is a dotted line between PNG and West Papua is because of the Freeport McMoran Rio Tinto mine.
    Would the young boy, your current Mining Minister Byron Chan, have the intelligence to save his people in West Papua and Papua New Guinea?
    Guess it depends on the dollar (kina) signs……

  2. Concerned Youth
    January 9, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Honorable Minister for Mining and Member for Namatanai,Why are you disgusted and now demanding action on “illegal logging” or so you say in the media.
    You gave your UNDIVIDED support to Islands Forest Limited on the 15th of April 2015, who at that time applied for their FCA Permit . Have you not known then that the company was bankrupt??????
    A bit hypocritical for Walter getting accused for nothing!

  3. Leva Raga
    January 11, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Noted with thanks.

    By Cc: Hi Bernard, for your noting and information.

    By Bcc: Hi Henny and Alex, for your noting and necessary actions by ensuring these companies are complying with their respective obligations (i.e. Tax Returns by IRC and Annual Returns by RoC) as sought by the Regulations administered by your esteem statutory organisations respectively.

    Thanks,

    Leva RAGA

  1. January 5, 2017 at 10:02 am

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