In what sounded suspiciously like his first valedictory speech - to a
political rally at Kandep in
Sir Michael revealed he had received a report that showed many public servants were stealing from government. This included senior public servants involved in corrupt deals.
Members of Parliament involved in corruption were referred to the Ombudsman Commission for prosecution, he said, but corruption happened everywhere in society.
Sir Michael, 73, reflected that serving the country for 42 years was a very long time and that he was growing old. But he foreshadowed his intention to remain as prime minister for another three years, saying he will quit politics in 2012.
He seemed to rule out the
Sir Michael’s successor may be announced as early as next year at the annual convention of the National Alliance.
He said he had four good deputies representing the four regions of PNG and each of them was capable of taking over.