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PORT MORESBY:Non-compliance of the country’s laws by fast-food bars is due to poor law enforcement by authorities, Opposition Leader Don Pomb Polye says.
Mr Polye said he understood the authorities had enforcement units within their departments but funding was a major hurdle.
And that he has blamed the government for undermining their work by way of cuts in funds tostrengthen theirsystemsfor an improved enforcement in the country.
He said this when commenting on a media report, quoting fast-food shopsbreaching Food and Sanitation Act.
Polye said tougher penalties must be imposed on those caught red-handed.
He added he was appalled by manners on how the fast-food bars prepare food and the condition of kitchen facilities as reported.
Polye described this as ‘inhuman and lack of corporate obligation.’
“Most of our people have silently suffered from food poisoning and some have even complained but their grievances have been taken lightly.
“Now that the issue has surfaced in the public domain, I am urging the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his ministers responsible to beef up regulatory and monitoring capacities within the authorities,” he said.
He has commended the chief health surveyor for making people aware of such an illegal activity in Port Moresby and other centers.
“When the Opposition is in government, we will take a hard-nosed approach on this issue,
“We will ensure this rogue behavior by individuals and businesses will be a thing of the past when we move to improve the country’s statistics on law and order index,” Polye said.
He has also called on the authorities to make more awareness on the existence of such laws and others, and establish complaint desks (if they do not have one yet) for the public.
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