BRYAN KRAMER | Facebook | Edited extracts
MADANG – Last Thursday the member for Tewae-Siassi Open in Papua New Guinea’s national parliament, Kobby Bomareo, sought leave from the Speaker to make a personal statement on the floor of parliament.
Bomareo’s statement was in relation to my Facebook post, "Did Dumb Just Get Dumber" [ see PNG Attitude story here].
He took issue with the article suggesting it labelled his Pangu Party leader and minister of communications and energy Sam Basil as ‘dumb’.
Bomareo called for leaders to have respect, dignity and be responsible in their conduct, writing and speech both in and outside parliament.
“The MP for Bulolo is definitely not dumb but because of [sic] the MP for Madang’s post on Facebook which is demeaning,” Bomareo said.
“The MP for Madang is a first-timer charging that the people of Bulolo have been electing a dumb MP for the third time. That’s not on.
“What has the first-time MP for Madang done for the people of Madang in this first year of parliament compared with what the MP for Bulolo has done for 11 years?
“Does the MP for Madang realise also that he is insulting 14 other MPs of Parliament who are Pangu members led by the Bulolo MP?”
“It is for this reason I now request the chair to refer the Member for Madang Bryan Kramer to the parliamentary privileges committee.”
Firstly it is important to note it was clear that the Member of Taewe-Siassi was struggling to articulate his statement on the floor of parliament. Even the Speaker interjected asking him to get to the point.
This suggests his statement was not his own and prepared on his behalf.
Further, one would expect the person aggrieved or offended by my article, in this case Basil himself, would take up the issue.
I can only assume he was too scared knowing only too well he would be publicly ridiculed for it. He instead directed his fellow party member to do so on his behalf.
So did I label Basil as ‘dumb’?
The short answer is ‘no’.
Although it hasn't been proven he isn't, nowhere in my article did I state that Sam Basil is dumb.
It was clear my reference to the word dumb was in the context of his decision to turn off Facebook so the National Research Institute can carry out research on it.
The Speaker claims there was a prima facie case (that there is sufficient evidence on the face of the record) to suggest that I did.
I will provide a full analysis in a separate article to confirm this view as misconceived.
An interesting point was that Member of Tewae-Siassi asked what the first-time MP for Madang has done for the people of Madang in this first year of parliament compared with what the MP for Bulolo has done in 11 years?
So let me get this straight, you are asking what a first time member of parliament who has been in office for 10 months, has done compared to a member of parliament who has had the benefit of having served 11 years?
Do I need to explain why this is clearly a stupid question?
He then went on to ask does the MP for Madang realise also that he is insulting 14 other MPs of parliament who are Pangu members led by the Bulolo MP?
Really? And what is the good members’ view on insulting the entire country after lying to them about fighting corruption and removing Peter O'Neill.
If you recall, following the formation of this government in August 2017 the Member of Taewe-Siassi, me and the 14 other Pangu MPs all signed the Alliance Accord - a formal agreement to work together to restore democracy and strengthen governance in the interests of people.
However in less than a month the Member of Taewe-Siassi and others ran to Peter O'Neill on the false promise they would receive four ministries only to end up an embarrassment to Morobe people and the country.
Please don't presume to lecture me about proper conduct or ethical behaviour, you forget I was also at the Goroka Camp and quietly observed many dealings, including Basil's conduct before and after the election…..
It is apparent the Member of Taewe-Siassi is confused about the issues and appears to have been used as a mere tool by his own party Leader who seems too scared to fight his own fights.