PNG police chief blasted over Indonesian training idea

2:09 pm on 25 May 2017

A Papua New Guinea MP has raised concern about the Police Commissioner considering Indonesian police for training.

This photo taken on April 1, 2017 shows an Indonesian anti-terror police unit during a training exercise in Banda Aceh.

This photo taken on April 1, 2017 shows an Indonesian anti-terror police unit during a training exercise in Banda Aceh. Photo: CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

The commissioner, Gary Baki, has been eyeing outside help for training local police in preparation for PNG hosting APEC next year.

His move to engage a US security firm's help stirred outrage this month when the firm's expat staff were seen, armed and embedded with local police, in Port Moresby.

The Kavieng MP Ben Micah said the commissioner should instead explore training options with Australian Federal Police.

Given the sensitivities over Indonesian rule in neighbouring West Papua, Mr Micah also questioned the wisdom of Mr Baki talking with Indonesia's police.

"He brought in Mickey Mouse, and now he's talking about bringing in Indonesians.. come on! Look, if this is the type of police commissioner we're going to have, forget APEC. I'm going to ring Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin and tell them not to come," said Ben Micah.

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