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The issue concerning the altering of the National Anthem sung during the opening ceremony of the just concluded Pacific Games is far from over with the matter being raised in Parliament..
The Member for Kundiawa-Gembogl Tobias Kulang demanded an explanation from the House yesterday whether it is protected by law and if there are provisions to deal with people who tamper with national identity such as the National Flag and National Anthem.
Attorney-General and Justice Minister Ano Pala while providing legal clarification on the matter, says it is a minor digression in the spirit of the sports and national unity but should not be repeated.
"I understand that there was a digression from the actual words. But I think in the spirit of the games and you have just congratulated the government for very successful games and in the spirit of that success and in the spirit of all the sport-men ship and national unity we have achieved, this is perhaps a minor digression we can probably ignore. But it is one of those things that should never be done again," said Mr Pala.
Meantime, the penalty for not using proper words for the National Anthem is a fine of only K1,000. NBC News
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