2 May 2013

Papua New Guinea MP joins government to combat LNG site lawlessness

1:57 pm on 2 May 2013

A parliamentarian in Papua New Guinea has joined the O'Neill government to try and heal the growing lawlessness around his Hela province constituency.

Francis Potape has joined former police commissioner Gari Baki in saying the huge liquefied natural gas project in the region has led to growing lawlessness and disrespect for the rule of law.

Mr Potape says if the government and leaders of the province do not cooperate the problem will explode and be a major threat to the project.

The MP, whose electorate Komo Magarima hosts most of the gas fields, says this is why he has moved from the opposition to join with the government.