Sunday, August 19, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Minister for National Planning and Monitoring Sam Basil today urged the nation to remain united over the Indonesian military jet incident involving the Falcon jet.
“No nation, however large or small, however rich or poor, however large or small its army, should be allowed to intimidate, coerce, manipulate and dominate another,” Basil said.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Last week, PNG Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Belden Namah went on national radio calling on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to resign.
Wenge, who took the floor to debate the issue, alleged that corrupt people included politicians and public servants.
Basil raised a point of order, then, pointing fingers at Wenge, said that the governor was involved in corrupt dealings with land sales in Lae.
Wenge denied the claim, adding that those pointing fingers should be investigated to see whether they were clean.
During debate, Wenge said that corruption had become a part of PNG life from small people, to churches, public service and members of parliament.
He said he supported the statement from the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, adding that it would be a huge task in tackling corruption but at least a start had been made.
Wenge said when politicians choose their own district administrator because the person had contributed pigs to his election gathering that was corruption
Monday, December 5, 2011
“It is surprising that he has all of a sudden become the self appointed guardian angel of the Constitution,” he said.
- He allowed the nomination of Sir Paulus Matane as the Governor General at the eligibility vote stage, directly breaching the Constitution which was later nullified by the Supreme Court, and had a senior statesman in the likes of Sir Paulus walking off the public life disgracefully;
- He was part of the Somare-led Government’s unexplained adjournment of Parliament sittings, yet said nothing about the Constitutional requirements as affirmed by a majority Supreme Court ruling of which he was the sole dissenting one;
- He was a part of the Cabinet that delayed and frustrated the appointment of two medical doctors on the medical condition of Sir Michael Somare for more than three months. Effectively the country was without a permanent chief executive officer for more than three months but Sir Arnold would not arise to defend the spirit of the Constitution;
- He even attacked the judiciary just to protect the former kitchen cabinet ministers who were suspended by the Supreme Court pending their leadership tribunal. Now he is becoming the best buddy for the judiciary, making representations as if he had secured the Supreme Court decision in his favour;
- He was the controversial legal advisor to the previous government, protecting and advocating the cause of corrupt politicians within government, which was the cause of frustrations that led to the change of government. His controversial advice and the heavy reliance on it by the former Prime Minister and Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare cost the old man his political career, loss of the Prime Ministership and finally the dishonourable dismissal from Parliament. Basil added: “May I remind him to check his hands whether it’s clean before crying foul at the current O’Neill/Namah Government that is trying to address the immediate needs of our people that had been neglected by the previous government. “We respect the judiciary to make its own decisions and we as Government will manage the consequences. The judges are Papua New Guineans and they live in Papua New Guinea. Please leave them alone to do their job.”
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
National Planning and Monitoring Minister Sam Basil today called on Papua New Guineans not to be quick to forget nine years of oppressive, manipulative and back-stabbing regime under National Alliance.
Basil said that the people must not allow National Alliance Party to think they are suffering from memory loss or amnesia on their antics while in power.
"Their nine-year reign was an oppressive, manipulative and back-stabbing time for MPs aligned with them.
"It is common knowledge – and well-documented in press publications and broadcasts, parliamentary Hansard and court files just how twisted and evasive their regime was," Basil said.
"Start with the Julian Moti case in which directions from the Prime Minister's Office resulted in breaking multi-laws – domestic as well as international."
"Look at the way NA swept under the carpet allegations of PNG Cabinet Ministers' involvement in the Taiwan diplomatic scandal in which money changed hands.
"Look at how they kept manipulating the Speaker to gag debate on pertinent issues in Parliament and their bulldozing of then Attorney General and Justice Minister Dr Allan Marat to sign off on a legal and highly technical heads of agreement on gas – a new industry and venture in PNG.
"Millions of kina has been paid out to appease landowners in the gas wells and economic corridor without following proper procedures.
"Note also the way NA MPs tried to delay facing Leadership Tribunals through the courts only to find that their delays had no substance and the then Prime Minister was found guilty of misconduct in office."
Basil said that with that kind of track-record in governance, what sort of regime can PNG expect if they are returned to power.
"Look at the way they have been panting for power since they were thrown out: instead of forming an effective opposition and keeping the O'Neill-Namah Government accountable and transparent, they are going around calling themselves Ministers still," Basil said.
"I feel sorry for those who might want to re-join NA after breaking ranks with them to join us to oust them from power. You may be courted now but you will be mercilessly and drastically struck down if they secure power."
Reiterating his earlier comments, Basil said: "MPs and political parties who joined wih Peoples National Congress and PNG Party to form the O'Neill-Namah Government are not blind and deaf.
"They know and are mindful of the reasons they broke ranks with an NA-led regime. No great transformation has changed any of the key NA players behind the mooted change.
"They are the same and the same fate awaits any naïve enough to empower them.
"The gap has been created for the new generation of leaders to take this country forward. One or two steps back will only allow the old guards to repeat their old ways of doing things.
"If Sam Abal cannot be the Opposition Leader then I call on the likes of Francis Potape, Isaac Joseph, James Marape, Fidelis Semoso or other young and vibrant leaders from the Opposition to take control just like what we did when we were in the opposition.
"The world doesn't end with the old guard. We young, vibrant and visionary leaders must prove our worth and rise up whether in Opposition or in Government. We owe it to our voters back home to perform to the best of our ability."
National Planning and Monitoring Minister Hon Sam Basil today called on Wabag MP and former acting Prime Minister Sam Abal to take the reins of the Opposition immediately.
"As I said yesterday the world doesn't end with the old guard. We young, vibrant and visionary leaders must prove our worth and rise up whether in Opposition or in Government. We owe it to our voters back home to perform to the best of our ability."
Friday, September 23, 2011
|Thrilling the crowd at the Bulolo Show.-Pictures by PETER BOYD|
|Bulolo MP Sam Basil meets rider Daniel Hargreaves and others as show committee chairman Stanley Komunt, of MMJC (centre) looks on|
|Waterfall near Buang on Snake River|
|Ploughing through a quagmire|
|Crossing the Snake River...hoping not to fall|
|Rider about to crash near summit of Mt Kainti, at 7800 ft, outside Bulolo enroute to Hidden Valley|
|Ow! That hurts!|
|A steep descent|
|Riding in fog is an unbelievable experience, the forest is dead quiet except for the bikes' sound|
|Village people close to Wagau - experiencing a motorbike for the first time in their lives|
- Bulolo District - Joint District Planning & Budget Priority Committee (JDP&BPC) – K85,000 in cash
- Morobe Mining JV (MMJV) K20,000 in kind
- Hornibrooks NGI Limited – K5,000 in cash
- Bank of South Pacific (BSP) – K3,000 in cash
- Island Mobile Hirecar
- Lae Biscuits company
- ArmSec Limited
- Digicel PNG
- NBC Morobe
- Zenang Chicken
- Bulolo District Administration