4 Jun 2018

PNG MP referred to committee for social media comment

From , 6:01 am on 4 June 2018

A Papua New Guinea MP has been referred to the Parliamentary Privileges Committee for a Facebook comment labelling a fellow MP as "dumb".

Madang MP Bryan Kramer's comment was directed at his former party leader Sam Basil of the Pangu Pati who is the Minister for Communications and IT.

Another Pangu MP, Kobby Bomareo yesterday successfully requested that Speaker Job Pomat refer Mr Kramer to the committee for what he called unacceptable public comments about Mr Basil.

This comes as Mr Basil has indicated he is considering ways of reviewing the use of facebook in PNG, which could include a temporary shutdown of the social media platform.

Dr Bomareo told Johnny Blades that Mr Kramer should have shown Mr Basil some respect.

PNG Communications Minister Sam Basil

PNG Communications Minister Sam Basil Photo: supplied