BUSINESSMAN INVOLVED IN PNG IMMIGRATION SCAM DEPORTED

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 7, 2001 - The National/PINA Nius Online)---A businessman whose company is being investigated for human smuggling and who has close links with two government ministers has been stripped of his Papua New Guinea "citizenship" and deported.

His three Papua New Guinea passports were also confiscated before police and Foreign Affairs officers put him on Air Niugini's Singapore flight on orders from Foreign Affairs Minister John Pundari.

The businessman also has a Malaysian passport under the name of Khoo Wui Ting and a Thai passport under the name Chalied Plaibua. His Papua New Guinea passports were issued under the name Philip K.S. Lee.

An officer close to the Foreign Affairs task force investigating abuses of immigration, passport and citizenship procedures said that Mr. Lee was deported following a thorough and detailed investigation into his activities, especially how he sought citizenship and obtained three passports within two years.

The task force found that a Government minister, a current MP and two former MPs supported Mr. Lee's application for citizenship in 1994 although there was no evidence that he had fulfilled all requirements.

The National has learned that one of the companies Mr. Lee was associated with was being investigated by PNG law enforcement agencies in connection with illegal smuggling and trafficking of unqualified foreigners into PNG.

This included unskilled labor for logging camps in remote areas that are not easily monitored by authorities.

Investment Promotion Authority records show that Mr. Lee had incorporated 11 companies since 1996, either for himself or in partnership with other Chinese-owned enterprises as well as some Papua New Guineans.

For additional reports from The National, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The National (Papua New Guinea).

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

 

POWER RESTORED TO PORT MORESBY

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 8, 2001 -- Radio Australia)---Normal power and water supplies have been restored to the Papua New Guinea capital, Port Moresby, after landowners allowed a local hydro-electricity system to resume operation.

Radio Australia correspondent Richard Dinnen reports that the landowners had shut down the system, demanding compensation for use of their land and rivers.

"Port Moresby’s electricity comes from a hydro-electric system built on land belonging to the Koiari people, who have been pushing the PNG government for compensation.

"Last week the Koiari shut down the system, leaving Port Moresby without adequate power and with a limited water supply.

"Their local MP, Cabinet member Moi Avei met with the landowners, persuading them to sign a draft agreement under which the government will examine their compensation demands.

"Mr. Avei says the Koiari have a number of legitimate grievances, including loss of their land, and the government will carefully consider their demands.

"Richard Dinnen, Radio Australia, Port Moresby."

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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