Community opposition to 'Maladina' amendments growing

Opposition to proposed changes to the law to weaken the powers of the Ombudsman Commission and protect Members of Parliament from investigation for fraud and corruption is intensifying ahead of the reconvening of Parliament on May 4th.

Latest developments in the last few days include:

  • Transparency International announcement that it has collected 6,000 signatures on a petition to be presented to Parliament - read more
  • Packed Forum at the University of PNG where students unanimously opposed the amendments - read more
  • Ombusman Commission submission to the National Executive Council opposing the changes published on the ACT NOW! website - read more
  • Don Bosco Techinical College announcement of its opposition to the proposed changes - read more

ACT NOW! is urging all its members and supporters to sign the Community Coalition Against Corruption petition (download your copy below) and to email their personal messages to ACT NOW! to be forwarded to all MPs ahead of their sitting next week



Some members of the parliament are still undecided as to where there stands are,Hon Luther Wenge suggested a parliament debate to sort this out in such a way that there must be a live broadcast so the whole of PNG could be aware of this.To be sure of his grounds he commented that he is totally against the bill and suggested a debate to come up with the pros and cons,in otherwards to see the other side of the coin.The Eriku oval was packed with students from Unitech (which a petition was handed to Luther Wenge) with other tertiary institution like Lae polytech and Balob teachers college and secondary schools in Lae and lae residents.