Firstly, it must be noted that all necessary procedures were followed
in sorting the International Airspace clearance by our pilots prior to
All approvals were given to fly over Indonesian Airspace.
Indonesian Authorities through that clearance knew very well who
was on board the PNG VIP Falcon Jet.
On board the Falcon Jet were the
Deputy Prime Minister, Honourable Belden Norman Namah, Minister for
National Planning and Monitoring, Honourable Sam Basil, Minister for
Police, Honourable John Boito and Oil Palm investors from Malaysia and
the air crew.
The incident happened on the 29th of November
On that morning we had just departed Subang Airport in Malaysia
destined for Port Moresby enroute Singapore and Indonesian airspace
after getting all the necessary clearance by Malaysian Customs.
were flying over Makassar in Indonesia we were intercepted by two
Indonesian fighter jets.
When our pilots enquired with the Indonesian
Authorities of the incident they could not give any specific reasons for
This to me as a former military officer with
Papua New Guinea Defence Force is an act of intimidation and aggression
by Indonesian military.
Especially, on a civillian VIP aircraft of the
Independent State of Papua New Guinea.
We are a helpless country.
not have the military might that Indonesia has and we also do not
posses the miltary hardware or ammourments that they have.
Remains; WHAT WAS THE REASON FOR SUCH AN ACT????????????????
From what I read from the daily newspapers; they (Indonesian
Authorities) acted on a tip off saying that the VIP Falcon Jet was
This was allegedly revealed by Indonesian
1. The actions by Indonesian
military MUST BE CONDEMNED IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS. Imagine if
the Falcon Jet belonged to Australia, New Zealand, America or China for
that matter and it was carrying their Deputy Prime Ministers or the Vice
Presidents. What would be their reaction? I leave that for you to
2. The allegation of the US$250million is DENIED
CATAGORICALLY. Imagine carrying such a large amount of money on the
small Falcon Jet. You would probably need 20 Falcon Jets to transport
that kind of cash. The realty is; You would need 2x40 foot containers to
pack the money. ' IT IS A TOTAL JOKE.'
Finally, it is in this
kind of test that the nations must stand united forgetting their
differences and upholding their pledge to their motherland. Papua New
Guineans MUST now learn to be NATIONALISTIC AND PATRIOTIC. WE MUST
PROTECT OUR SOVEREINGNITY.