Statement in Response to Loop PNG’s Article calling Governor Sasindran Muthuvel’s Citizenship into Question
It was unfortunate to see Loop PNG attempt to tarnish my good name by publishing and heavily promoting a story designed to raise doubts about my citizenship. Such attempts to undermine the legitimacy of West New Britain’s election results do not serve the people of Papua New Guinea.
Rival candidates tried to make the same claim after the 2012 elections. The allegations were proven to be completely false. I am a naturalized citizenship of Papua New Guinea and have been since 2007. Upon taking up my new citizenship as a Papua New Guinean my former Indian citizenship was automatically revoked under Indian law.
To further cement my dedication to this country I also formally renounced my Indian citizenship via a letter to the then Indian High Commissioner of PNG, His Excellency S.P. Mann. This renunciation was confirmed by the Indian government in a return letter.
Along with my two children I obtained my first PNG passport in October of 2007 and have worked to be a humble servant of this great nation ever since. Taking on PNG citizenship was a great honour for me and I have worked ever since to live up to the responsibilities that accompany that honour. I sincerely hope my dedication to my West New Britain people has showed my gratitude to my adopted country.
I have every confidence the courts will once again uphold my good name, and once they have completed their due processes allow me to continue to serve the people of West New Britain for this parliamentary term.