PNG Opposition leader Don Polye says national security is at risk given that a number of foreigners were recently appointed as heads of State-owned enterprises.
“I am not talking about race nor am I talking about skin colour,” he said in a statement yesterday.
“We have to be careful that confidential information and state secrets are leaked out as they are here for better perks and privileges.”
Polye called on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to exercise caution in the appointment of foreigners because PNG had highly qualified professionals who should be given a chance.
“These foreigners are appointed by the O’Neill Government into positions at the expense of local professionals,” he said.
“I am calling on Papua New Guineans to be wary of a Prime Minster who uses all kinds of disguises to belittle and ignore the rights and the potential of our people in their own jobs and businesses in their own country,” Polye said. He condemned the Government for failing to live up to its promise to promote small to medium enterprises “with financial backing”.
“It was appalling to note that more than 200 customers at the National Development Bank, with loans worth more than K53 million having been approved, but credit has not been transferred due to non-funding in the light of the government’s revenue problem,” he said.
The National/One PNG