Treat Motuans fairly: Malabag

National

By TAUNA GEORGE
HEALTH Minister Michael Malabag has lashed out at the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) for what he claims to be treatment of indigenous people of Motu Koitabu as second-class citizens.
Malabag said the people’s land was being used for the development of the city.
“Motu Koitabuans cannot be treated like beggars on their own land. Enough is enough. I am sick of it,” he said.
“My message to the governor (Powes Parkop) is: What’s happening? Port Moresby city belongs to the indigenous people and it is right that they be treated fairly.”
Malabag criticised the NCDC when presenting a K50,000 cheque to the Motu Koita Assembly (MKA) to stage the famous Hiri Moale Festival.
He was moved by the sight of the new MKA office in Central Waigani being moved from the old Sir Hubert Murray Stadium to make way for the 2015 Pacific Games.
Prior to moving into Waigani, the office was at the ADF Haus at Ela Beach. But due to non-payment of bills, it was shifted.
“The MKA has been working hard to host the festival without an office space,” Malabag said.
“As far as I am concerned, the NCDC should allocate the old City Hall building to the MKA to run its operations. They should move in soon.”
MKA acting chairman Opao Udia said Malabag had fulfilled his commitment of funding the festival.
He said with the target set at K800,000, they had reached K600,000. The two-day festival will staged on Sept 30 and Oct 1.

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