Opposition

Stop Work protest

However Public Schools were closed as most students were kept home by parents over safety concerns.

Bus stops were empty in the morning with residents taking precaution making their way to work.

Some companies organized pick up vehicles for their employees while those who made their own way, went to work casually dressed.

By lunch time, it was business as usual for most city residents.

In Wewak town, PMV buses came to a standstill, as operators chose to participate in the nationwide sit-in protest.

Opposition’s planned protest ‘childish’

The Minister and Imbonggu MP, Pila Niningi, said: “The Members of the Opposition have an obligation to provide a check and balance to every government decisions but it has to be done on the floor of Parliament, not homes and streets.

“The nationwide stop-work protest planned by the Members of the Opposition can be seen as an irresponsible action.

“This is childish. It’s like a barking dog without teeth.”

Sovereign bond under-pricing a negotiation disaster: Opposition

“The massive under-pricing of the sovereign bond is like selling off more of PNG’s resources too cheaply,” said Ian Ling-Stuckey, PNG’s Shadow Minister for Treasury and Finance.

PM brushes away Opposition’s claims

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch accused the Government of diverting K150 million to a separate account rather than the Disaster Trust Account set up on March 1, 2018.

He claimed that there has been no transparency on the restoration work carried out by the Controller of National Disaster state-of-emergency.

PM condemns calls for his resignation

O’Neill said now is the time for parties involved in the court decision that preceded the unrest to work together.

In a media conference yesterday, PM O’Neill said the leaders of Southern Highlands have organised themselves, particularly those involved in the election dispute, so they can work together to manage expectations of the people in the province.

He said every time there is an incident around the country, the Opposition always calls for his resignation.

Opposition calls on PM to resign

The Opposition, in a media conference this afternoon, said O'Neill's leadership has been tarnished when his own people burnt a Link PNG aircraft yesterday to show their frustrations.

The Opposition has expressed disappointment on the burning down of the aircraft along with the courthouse and the Governor’s residence.

Boycott ‘unbecoming of leaders’

Deputy Prime Minister, Charles Abel, said the Opposition leaders were not voted in to behave in such a manner.

Abel was accompanied by Government ministers yesterday, including ICT and Energy Minister, Sam Basil.

He said the referral was made and there was no need to boycott Friday’s session.

Opposition storm out after Kramer's referral

This follows the request by Tewai-Siassi MP, Dr Kobby Bomareo, in Parliament yesterday after a Facebook post by Kramer which Bomareo said demeaned Energy Minister Sam Basil as a leader.

Kramer's Facebook post was in response to an article quoting Minister Basil’s intention to ban Facebook for a month.

Speaker Job Pomat said there was a prima facie case for Kramer to answer to and referred him.

Kumul Petroleum brushed aside debt claims

Opposition Leader, Patrick Pruaitch, in a statement claimed that Kumul Petroleum owes Internal Revenue Commission K451 million for corporate taxes they should have paid in 2014 and 2015.

Kumul Petroleum Limited MD, Wapu Sonk, when responding to claims by the Opposition told this newsroom that these are mere allegations politically motivated.

He said Kumul Petroleum always paid its taxes and couldn’t be in debt to such a big magnitude as claimed.

Opposition calls on Gov’t to release funds

Opposition leader Patrick Pruaitch make this special appeal to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in Parliament during the special sitting yesterday.

The Opposition leader Mr Pruaitch said the Government cannot continue plodding along at snail pace when days can mean the difference between life and death to those affected by the disaster.

He is calling on the Government to hear the cries of the people and act now to improve aid delivery and transparent funds management for this very exercise.