Wednesday, December 14, 2011

O’Neill govt’s policies doomed

Source: yutok, Post Courier, December 14, 2011
I AM saddened by the Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate Sir Michael Somare as the Prime Minister of PNG. As such, the O’Neill-Namah Government’s people’s budget is doomed unless the new government keeps it for our people’s sake. I was looking forward to reduction in my fortnightly income tax; free education; reduction in imports of junk foods; the scrapping of the disastrous and much hated OBE; and many good things that the O’Neill government has put in place for this country. Truly, for the first time in 36 years of our country’s political independence a government for once had come up with a people’s budget. Now, our only hope for a budget with a difference does not look good unless, somehow the current budget is passed and implemented by whoever is in government.
On the other hand, I really feel Sir Michael should retire from politics now. My support for him has disappeared with this Supreme Court decision. I believe many people are feeling the same. It will go down in the history of our country that one parliament session has gone past midnight; the longest sitting ever for a day and the country having two prime ministers at the same time; one installed by a court and the other by the parliament.
Whatever happens, people are watching. I hope Sir Michael and his cohorts are not voted back into the parliament again. Such a group is dangerous for this country. They have been found to be self centered and lacked transparency and honesty in their conducts during their term in the government. I am praying that things do not turn for the worse for our country because of political greed of some politicians and bureaucrats they appoint to serve their interests.
If anything goes wrong and turns for the worse, thus threatening the security of this country and its people then, this current group of politicians will be squarely held responsible for the consequences of their actions. We have heard that Sir Michael had indicated of his retirement from politics; why is he still prepared to be in it considering his failing health? Everyone could see that, sadly he is frailer than what he was before he went for operation in Singapore. I thought he was wiser as an elderly statesmen.

Seko Sisiwan, Waigani, NCD

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