|PNG Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Richard|
PORT MORESBY: Opposition Leader Don Pomb Polye says the country’s interest concerns him more than ‘dwelling on petty politics’.
He made this statement when commenting on a personal attack by Trade, Commerce and Industry minister Richard Maru, who described him as a ‘chronic badmouthed leader.’
Mr Polye said he did not have any personal vendetta against any government MPs and that he has called on them to debate with him issues of national interests devoid of ‘name calling and personal attacks.’
“Some cabinet ministers and even the Prime Minister always miss the plot when our alternative government raises an issue for debating to achieve the country’s greatness for our people.
“They always belittle the issues with personal attacks without addressing the issues.
“One can tell that they are doing this to hide something,” he said.
He said the truth always hurt and that obviously they have made comments which are below their belt.
He rubbished claims by Maru that he did not deliver any projects in his Kandep district and the country as a whole when he was in government.
Polye said the minister joined the earlier chorus of his fellow MPs, who shared the similar sentiments.
“Again, on record I came up with the Sepik plain commercialization plan and funded it with K50 million but it got squandered in my Adventist brother’s department. I only hope it was used for the project I initiated.
“I also developed cash crop projects in his Yangoru-Sausia district so I am asking my brother to stop misfiring,” he said.
Polye has urged Maru to accompany him in his next trip to Kandep to do a good tally of the projects he initiated.