Mr Polye said Mr O’Neill should instead admit that due to the country’s cash flow crisis, the government did not intervene swiftly to remove debris blocking the road.
He also called on Mr O’Neill to respect the much-needed contributions and efforts by the business sector in helping open the highway for the public, something which his government gave blind eye to.
“Him talking down their contribution adds more stress to what he has already inflicted on them -depletion of foreign reserve due to his government’s economic mismanagement,” he said.
“This is the truth. Where was the Prime Minister when similar instances of massive landslides occurred along the Highlands Highway in the recent past.”
On Mr O’Neill’s announcement for a tougher law on people blocking highways Mr Polye said he should firstly pass bills like the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and Whistle blowers Act which had been pending for more than two years.
He blasted O’Neill for bringing such a law at the last minute, given that the general election was looming.
Mr Polye visited the Guo village landslide site last Friday committing to put in K3 billion for maintenance of the country’s highways when in government.