Sam Basil

Freedom of speech must be practiced, says Basil

Basil exclusively told Loop PNG that the money that was committed by government for various projects or commitments must be condition free.

He was responding to questions regarding the free education policy which some MPs are claiming to remove if students at the higher institutions take part in a protest to petition the Prime Minister to step down.

He said when MPs make commitments or sponsor students through various scholarships, the money used were public funds so cannot be given with conditions.

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Sir Michael declares retirement

Founding father of this great nation, Sir Michael Somare, last night officially announced his retirement from politics.


Basil takes opportunity to reconcile with Chief

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Happy 80th birthday Sir Michael Thomas Somare!

People have already converged to the Sir Michael Somare stadium for Sir Michael Somare's 80th birthday party.

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Basil takes opportunity to reconcile with Chief

Basil’s reconciliation with Sir Michael was for what he said during a political impasse in 2011. Basil told Sir Michael to get out of Parliament as "he was a stranger in the Chamber".

 "I am very sorry for what I said and take those words back."

“Sir Michael is not a stranger in the House but we, young people are strangers in the House," Basil said.

Sir Michael in accepting Basil's apology was in tears. Basil was accompanied by Goilala MP William Sam.

Opposition challenges media to be fair

Opposition Leader Don Poyle threw the challenge in a media conference yesterday in Port Moresby.

“Some media houses are deliberately misconceiving and twisting facts,” Polye said.        

 “I advise media to seek advice from their lawyers to verify matters of national importance so they may report the right thing.

“They have the freedom of speech and must report the truth which is verified.”

Opposition challenge PM to test numbers on floor of parliament

In a media conference this morning Opposition deputy leader Sam Basil make this call after the Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare denied that he had seconded the Opposition's latest no-confidence motion against O'Neill.

“If O'Neill claims that he has the numbers, all he needs to do is accept the motion and we test it on the floor,” Basil said.

He said once the Opposition is ‘flat out’ on the floor, by that process than the Opposition will accept that.

Basil claimed that the MPS are just pretending to be with the government.

Signatures were not forged, says Basil

Basil  who is the mover of the vote submitted it to the Speaker's office on Tuesday.

Basil, supported by his Opposition Leader Don Polye, Lae MP Loujaya Kouza, Rabaul MP Alan Marat and Goilala MP William Samb fronted the media before Parliament convened this morning.

 "We will not forge any signatures as claimed by the Government," Basil said.

Opposition moves vote of no-confidence

The motion is sponsored by the Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil, and seconded by the country’s first Prime Minister Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

“We the Opposition confirmed that the motion was successfully delivered to the office of the (Parliament) Speaker, and received by the Deputy Speaker (Aide Ganasi).      

In a news conference after the first sitting of Parliament for 2016, Basil said the motion was accepted by the Speakers office.

6.1 million people live on Agriculture income

Bulolo MP Sam Basil challenged the Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL), and Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry to support it.

According to DAL, the agriculture sector supports 6.1 million Papua New Guineans which make up 85 percent of the country’s population.

“We have preached about SME development and empowering our local farmers and businesses yet we cannot see beyond the horizon,” Basil said.  

Support local poultry – Basil

Basil said removing the uncooked poultry ban will lower the price of poultry products but this could affect local producers with many Papua New Guineans losing their job.

“The sad news is that local poultry producers like of Zenag Chicken, Niugini Tablebirds and other small producers will suffer from the sudden influx of cheaper imported products cutting back on sales output and profit margins which means job cuts and loss of income.