IN the face of foreign media reports indicating a lack of liquidity in government coffers, I urge the prime minister to come clean about the country's debt situation.
Why is it that we continue to hear stories of government workers facing lockouts because rental payments are not being made, both here in PNG and abroad in places like Washington DC and Singapore?
We also hear of unpaid United Nations fees and electric power being cut to government departments.
Is all of this due to mistakes, glitches in the system, incompetent public servants?
We have heard every excuse in the book - now it's time to tell the truth.
Furthermore, as the government looks to borrow more money, it is important to ask why we are moving ahead with these measures without all members of parliament being fully briefed on existing national debt levels.
It is the right of every government to borrow, all I ask is that the decision to borrow is made responsibly and does not mean that overall debt will exceed the public debt ceiling.
As elected leaders, how can we members of parliament be expected to support anything blindly?
It would be a disservice to the people who elected us and a severe dereliction of duty on our part.
Hon Kerenga Kua MP is the member of parliament for the Simbu electorate of Sinasina Yongomugl, leader of the PNG National Party and a former Attorney-General