Press Release
Delegation From The Constitutional And Law Reform Commission of Papua New Guinea Visits Malaysia

Monday September 9, 2013 - The Chairman of the Papua New Guinea Constitutional and Law Reform Commission, Hon. Benjamin Poponawa, led a delegation from the organization to Malaysia from 31st August to 7th September 2013 to hold discussions with the various Government agencies in Malaysia on town, city and country planning and development.

The CLRC was given a Terms of References by the Government in March this year to review the Cities Act 1971 and the Physical Planning Act and recommend to the Government legislative reforms for the proper planning and management of towns and cities of Papua New Guinea. The CLRC is currently reviewing these laws and will soon conduct public consultations in the country to gauge the views of the people and Government on how to grow and manage PNG towns and cities.

Chairman Hon. Benjamin Poponawa and his delegation with Chief Justice Rt. Hon. Tun Arifin at Putrajaya, Malaysia

The Commission was advised to visit Malaysia and see and learn how the Government of Malaysia has progressively over the last 30 years transformed the country into a vibrant economy with high living standards of its citizens. Through the support of the PNG High Commissioner to Malaysia, His Excellency Veali Vagi and his staff, the CLRC delegation was able to meet with Government officials in the State of Johor and Federal Government agencies in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. Chairman Popowana and his team was also able to meet with the Chief Justice of Malaysia, Right Honorable Tun Arifin and the Minister for Rural and Regional Development, Honorable Datuk Sri Shafie.

Chairman Poponawa said that he was very pleased with the outcome of the visit and stated that he and his team have learnt a lot from this visit and will ensure that he and his Commissioners will present the Commission’s findings and recommendations from this trip to the Prime Minister and Government for consideration and implementation.

Chairman Poponawa further said that PNG stands to gain a lot in terms of technical and professional skills from the people and Government of Malaysia and thus, he and the Commissioners will support both governments in their efforts to strengthen ties through official exchanges and trade and other areas of interest to both countries.

Chairman Poponawa thanked the PNG High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E Mr Veali Vagi and his officers and the Government of Malaysia for facilitating and making the trip by the CLRC a success.