Governor Parkop calls on PM to address Unitech situation
City Hall, 27thJune, 2016: I would like to make a statement about the situation in Unitech. It is getting out of hand.
I call upon the Prime Minister to take immediate and decisive action to arrest the situation. I also call upon the Prime Minister to make some decision to reduce the stress in the nation.
I call upon the students to think beyond today and beyond just themselves. Take a step
back because tomorrow you will be able to take 5 steps forward. Think about the future generation who are also entitled to study at the University in the facilities you are destroying, it equally belongs to them. It's easy to destroy but harder to rebuild. Same goes to the students; destroying your future without regard of what you can influence later on, in your life.
I urge all the people behind this action to reconsider their strategy! It's not working and it will not work. The end does not justify the means. How you go about doing something is as important as what you end up doing. If you use illegal means to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable. So burning public properties, murder, harassment and torture, now a possible retaliation, disruption of classes and damaging a possible bright future does not justify the outcomes that the students are seeking for.
I also call upon the family who is seeking retaliation for the murder of their relative at Unitech to not take the law into their own hands. It will only exacerbate the situation. Let the police deal with the matter. Violence of any form does not solve disputes of any form.
In the capital city, at UPNG, we have managed to contain the situation so the public can be assured that we will not tolerate such barbaric acts in NCD. I urge all MP's mandated by their people to take action immediately so normalcy can return.
I urge the public to remain strong and continue to be positive and we will stand together to see our nation through these dark moments. God Bless Papua New Guinea.