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Lae Farewells Alan McLay

Hundreds of people gathered this morning to bid farewell to long time kiap and Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Late Allan Mclay at his funeral service at the Cassowary Road United Church.

Late Mclay came to Papua New Guinea at the age of 19 years as a cadet government officer (kiap) and has served in Chimbu, Madang, Bougainville, East New Britain and Morobe until his passing.

Many described his death as a loss for Lae and the country as a whole and those present paid tributes of a great man who left his home in Melbourne, Australia in 1967 and spent more than 60 years serving the people of Papua New Guinea.

Former Australian Consulate Phil Franklin in a moving statement outlines that Mr Mclay worked as a kiap, district administrator, Lae City Manager and President of the Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry until his passing.

Apart from Lae MP John Rosso who sent his written condolence message to the family and Nawaeb MP Kennedy Wenge who was present at the burial, there were no Morobe political leaders present at the funeral.

Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davies, Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato and Chief Sir Jerry Nalau were among senior members of the business community that were present at the funeral.

NBC News - Sylvester Gawi.
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