The National, Friday, April 29, 2011
By ISAAC NICHOLAS
Acting Prime Minister Sam Abal has appealed to younger leaders to eat properly and stay in shape.
Abal made the remarks in a tribute to the late Kundiawa-Gembogl MP, Joe Mek Teine.
“It is a lesson for us leaders of this generation. Young leaders must keep in shape and
watch what we eat,” he said.
He conveyed condolence to Teine’s family and people of Kundiawa-Gembogl on behalf of the national government.
Abal, Aitape-Lumi MP and State Minister assisting the Prime Minister Patrick Pruaitch, Attorney-General Sir Arnold Amet and Forest Minister Timothy Bonga led the team of parliamentarians viewing the body of the late MP lying in state at Parliament House yesterday.
“On behalf of the government and Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, I convey our condolences at this time of loss to the family, the people of Kundiawa-Gembogl and the nation.”
Abal said that he knew the late Teine from his university days as a great but simple leader who came out from the masses.
“For a leader to come out from a place like that is very challenging and for the highlands region, it is a tragedy to lose a steady and very stable leader,” he said.
Pruaitch, who is the National Alliance party deputy leader and his Momase members of parliament, visited the “haus krai” at Bomana yesterday afternoon.