Thankyou, Sir Rabbie Namaliu!

Posted: July 18, 2007 in Citizenship, Information, Politics

FORMER prime minister Rabbie Namaliu is the first high profile MP to lose his seat in the national elections.Sir Rabbie, who is leader of the country’s oldest political party, Pangu Pati, was beaten for the Kokopo Open seat which he has represented in Parliament since 1982. He was defeated by Patrick Tammur, the son of Oscar Tammur, the man he dethroned for that seat.Sir Rabbie, who was attending a gathering at his Raluana village in Kokopo at the time of the declaration, accepted his people’s verdict and thanked them for their support.

Sir Rabbie said he had been expecting a close race because five candidates including the MP-elect were from his LLG area. Despite losing, Sir Rabbie is confident Pangu Pati will get a good number of members into Parliament. He said Pangu candidates were doing well so far. On the leadership of the party, he said, a decision would be made later.

This would be done after all results were completed and declared.Sir Rabbie said he was looking forward to a break from politics adding he would be spending more time now with his family.The break would also allow him to decide on what to do in the future. Asked if this was the end for him in the political arena, he replied: “In politics, you never say never, because the circumstances may change but for now, I am out of politics.”

Sir Rabbie has been contributing alot to the development of Papua New Guinea during his tenure as Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and has held many folios within the government. The last post Sir Rabbie held was the Minister for Treasury which was given to him after Bart Philemon was removed.
He has gain international recognitions for his work and has worked alot with International Agencies such as the World Bank, European Union, Asian Development Bank, United Nations and foreign Embassies.

The last time I meet Sir Rabbie was September 2006 in Singapore. He was there to attend the annual IMF/World Bank meetings which I was also there to attend and witness the launch of the World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation. Sir Rabbie hosted a dinner for the Papua New Guinean delegates and sent an invitation for me to attend.

It’s a shame that Sir Rabbie has lost his seat but that is what the majority of people has chosen for the Kokopo Open Seat and I believe, it is their interests in Kokopo that must be taken into account regardless on who is and who is not a good leader.

  1. Maarten Bels says:

    Dear Rex,

    My name is Maarten Bels, I am a 29 year old man originally from The Netherlands. At the moment I live in the United States where I work for a local newspaper in Jonesboro, AR.

    My interests lie in politics and political parties and I have been trying to follow the PNG legislative elections as best as I can. I have several contacts, check all related websites and even have an issue of the election special of the Post-Courier.

    I am working on a database of political parties and I am trying to find the logos of PNG parties. I have found quite a few but I am still searching for the logos of such parties as Paias Wingti’s PDM, Peter O’Neill’s PNC, Moses Maladina’s RAP, Dame Kidu’s Melanesian Alliance Party, Hami Yawari’s Conservative Party, Peter Ipatas’ People’s PArty, Gabriel Kapris’ PAP and some others.

    Of course I know you must be busy but it has been very hard to come by this information and I was wondering if maybe there are still some election posters hanging up around town or if there is any other way you might be able to help me find one, some or all of the logos.
    I really need some help from inside PNG and I have already tried most other venues like the PNGEC and Registrar Paul Bengo.

    Anyway, thanks for listening to my rantings. It would mean a whole lot to me if you could help me with this but if you can’t no hard feelings.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

    Have a good rest of the week and God bless.

    Maarten Bels

  2. Rex says:


    Thanks so much for your responds to this blog. I would certainly look into this matter and get the feedback to you ASAP.

    I’m sure I will be able to find some time to help you and get the Political logo’s to you.

    Here is my email should you wish to contact me direct.

    Many Thanks

  3. Badira says:

    Thank you bro for the tribute to Sir. Rabbie.

    It’s indeed a political vacuum now. I can’t imagine who can replace such a pillar of PNG politics. I guess this is what it boils down to…I mean when the Old Guards and founders of the nation have to make way to new blood, not because of their failure but its normal circle of life.

    New generations really have to brace our selves…just imagine..If Sir Micheal Passed away, no individual other then him holds such a respect across the whole of South Pacific, him acting alone commands respect from SI all the way to Fiji, Vanuato, Samoa and all small islands nations of the pacific.

    Are we seeing the begining of the winding down of the old guards? i wonder…

    Thank you Sir Rabbie.

  4. rodney itaki says:

    Maybe it is a blessing in disguise for PNG. See what happened to Sir John Kaputin. Something bigger and better maybe in waiting for Sir Rabbie and PNG.

  5. Rex says:

    I think so too…..with how Politics is playing….I have a feeling the majority of the New Guinea Island candidates will align themselves with NA and form the government. NA needs the number and Tammur is an NA man.

  6. Volz says:

    Indeed, there are bigger & better things waiting for good men (& women) such as Sir Rabbie! He’s bowed out most graciously & all the best to him in his non-political endeavours 🙂

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