PNG NEWSPAPER, RADIO STATIONS JOIN CAMPAIGN TO BRING BACK NATIONAL PROVIDENT

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 10, 2002 – Papua New Guinea Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Two FM radio stations and the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier newspaper kick-started the "Bring Back Jimmy" campaign yesterday.

The campaign is to fly back disgraced former National Provident Fund chairman Jimmy Maladina to face the Commission of Inquiry into the scandal over the alleged misuse of fund members' money.

Mr. Maladina is in Brisbane and is resisting efforts to get him to return.

Post-Courier managing director Bob Howarth went into stage one of the campaign by distributing posters with pictures of Mr. Maladina to interested listeners who went to the radio stations Yumi-FM and Nau-FM.

Thirty thousand posters were printed and inserted in today’s paper.

Mr. Howarth said the Post-Courier joined forces with PNG FM’s two stations to "bring Jimmy home." He said it was a "community service."

Four hundred printed t-shirts with the published photo of Mr. Maladina standing in the driveway outside his Brisbane home are to go on sale today for K 15 (US$ 4.03) each.

Mr. Howarth said proceeds from the sale would go towards funding a one-way business class airfare for Mr. Maladina to fly from Brisbane to Port Moresby.

He said the NPF inquiry resumes on January 22 and they hope to get Mr. Maladina to return to Port Moresby in time for the sitting.

If he does not accept the ticket, the money will be donated to the Mt. Sion School for Blind in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, Mr. Howarth said.

The Post-Courier and Yumi-FM and Nau-FM earlier announced plans to conduct a series of Big Issues forums in the lead up to this year's national elections. The first, held in Lae, focused on crime and law and order.

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

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

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