Newly elected Madang Governor Jim Kas has appealed to his fellow Madang MP’s not to join Peter O’Neill’s PNC Party.
Upon arrival in Port Moresby on Tuesday, July 31, Mr Kas reminded the six open members that all the top ministerial portfolios have already been allocated and that they will miss out in the end.
Mr Kas is the only PNG Party Member from Madang who is in camp with Belden Namah. He wants some of his countrymen to be with him.
He called on the other Madang MP’s to move out from the Alotau camp and join the Kokopo Camp where a young leader who has higher understanding of PNG will lead the people.
In a parable he said in Tok Pisin “ol katim pik pinis na tilim na kaikai pinis, na u go lo kaikai wanem ken? Em ba u kaikai bun tasol ya” (English translation: “they’ve already killed the pig, shared among them and ate it already, so what are you going to eat there? You are just going to be given the bones).
Mr Kas believes there are political benefits for Madang MP’s with Belden Namah. Mr Kas made the call while accompanied by Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat and Kandrian – Glouster MP Joseph Lelang. Mr Kas is a former Governor of Madang but had been ousted by the Court of Disputed Returns.
He thanked the people of Madang for giving him the mandate to lead them in the next five years. Despite having a bad record which people knew and may talked about, he call on them to not judge his past but instead work together with him and believe in him that he can do better.
The mistake he is referring to is an incident that occurred in Madang when Mr Kas drove onto the tarmac to stop a plane bound for Mt Hagen. He was found guilty and out of politics for 13 years.
This time, he defeated high profile Sir Arnold Amet and commended the people of Madang for another opportunity.
Mr Kas said his main role in parliament is to strengthen the work of Council President and LLG’s in the province. Secondly, he said he will address the issue of Law and Order and clean Madang town. He call on the people to work together to solve these issues.
He said he does not promise but will carry out his duty in serving the people of Madang.