4 Feb 2008

PNG Cabinet Minister says foreign firms tried to bribe him

8:33 pm on 4 February 2008

The Environment and Conservation Minister of Papua New Guinea says three foreign firms tried to bribe him to fast-track their investment plans.

The Minister, Benny Allan, wouldn't name the three companies, but is urging Papua New Guineans to stand up against corruption.

Our correspondent in Port Moresby, Alex Rheeney, describes how Mr Allan responded to the offers:

"'He actually turned down the offers bluntly, telling the three firms that it wasn't right for him to do that and everyone has to follow the laws when they want to invest in PNG. He hasn't indicated if he will be taking any action against the three companies."

Our PNG correspondent, Alex Rheeney.