MEMBER for Namatanai Byron Chan has described the government as greedy, shameful, ignorant, and shows no mercy as it tries to sign yet another environment permit to allow Newcrest to begin Million Ounces Production Output (MOPU) on its site at Lihir Island.
He further added that the government is the biggest beneficiary of resources derived from Namatanai taking into account the lucrative mines like Lihir, Simberi and now Nautilus which contributed immensely to the national coffers but to date there’s nothing to show for in terms of development.
“Not only it has that but from the agriculture produce as well such as copra, coffee and cocoa. Yet my people suffer the most when it comes to tangible development and other spin of benefits.”
Mr Chan stressed that the environment study on Lihir cannot be proved in principle.