Papua New Guinea's justice minister, Kerenga Kua, says white-collar criminals should face the death penalty.
Mr Kua has told the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission that tougher actions must be taken to address the theft of billions of kina.
He says the theft of public funds is on the rise and white-collared criminals are fearless in stealing.
According to the newspaper, The National, Mr Kua says the stolen funds could be saved for basic infrastructure and service delivery in rural areas.
He also says crimes such as hijacking, piracy and kidnapping should also carry the death penalty.