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We must resist this corrupt plan & take back PNG in 2017

PeoplePowerOPUR YEMBAL

ALL of these acts I mention go to demonstrate that a dark, evil, sinister and seriously corrupt plan is in motion to take absolute control of the country and government, not just now but for years to come.

The political impasse, the storming of the national court house by Belden Nama, the threatening of the Chief Justice, the legislative amendment to the vote of no confidence provision of the constitution to extend the grace period, the early declaration of Peter O’Neill and the first of the 2012 elections, the snatching and luring of unstable parliamentarians to the People’s National Congress, the politicisation of the police force and police commissioner, the fraud squad, and Ombudsman Commission, the decommissioning of Investigative Task Force Sweep, the unprecedented number of court cases impending at all levels of the system, the sacking of a judge, the engagement of exorbitantly priced lawyers, and the blatant and absolute disrespect and disregard for due process and the constitution.

The arrogant, blatant and total disregard for constitutional processes and people's rights have been attacked and weakened to the point that a form of authoritarian power, if not nearly a dictatorial power, is being exercised by this government of Peter O'Neill.

Nearly all members of parliament appear to be in a state of paralysis, unable to talk, let alone speak up for their people, the very reason for which they were mandated. Or were they truly mandated in the first place? Our electoral process is so riddled with corruption that the legitimacy of elected MPs is difficult to ascertain.

Commentators from all across the spectrum, including myself, have spoken so much, discussed, debated, argued and even at times attacked each other over differences of opinion concerning everything under the sun in our country.

Numerous articles have been written. Social media and traditional news, radio and TV are bombarded with reports of corruption, breakdowns in society and law and order, misappropriation of public funds, financial and economic mismanagement….

And yet, we all, collectively remain, it seems, so powerless, so unable to do anything about everything that is happening. Why?

I believe there is a dark, evil, sinister and absolutely corrupt plan in motion. The people behind this are hell bent on assuming absolute power to dominate and control every facet of this country.

The greed and desire for power and absolute power is so great so that institutions and people that have opposed or hindered have been methodically removed, reorganized, sacked or sidelined.

The constitution, which grants every citizen a democratic right and freedom, has been totally rubbished and disregarded by Peter O’Neill and the People’s National Congress-controlled government. There is not an iota of respect for the constitution any more by this power hungry government.

The constitution is at the mercy of its citizens because no MP is willing to stand up and lead the people to fight for its survival.

Citizens of this beautiful land. Children of Papua New Guinea. The government’s, any government's, single greatest fear is its people. Over the last several years, everything was done to push and suppress us. They want to drive fear into us so that they can control us and everything in this country. This is how democracies are lost and dictatorships are born. Wake up, arise, and open your eyes to see what is really and truly happening.

Before it is too late, let's all come together and demonstrate clearly, without any doubt whatsoever, people power. No army, no police, no power can and will stand over the seven million people of Papua New Guinea. Let's show and flex this fearsome power, people's power at the polls in 2017.

There are forces, both local and international, which have interest in this country and are likely to pump money into the 2017 elections to ensure this dark, evil, sinister and corrupt movement continues and perhaps achieves its ultimate goal of absolute power with no rights and freedom for its citizens.

We must stand behind the few who have demonstrated their stand for us and our country at the elections. They too are being targeted for removal by the forces supporting this movement.

Take back Papua New Guinea in 2017.

God bless my beloved country and my people and save us from the people and forces that seek our destruction.

Jiwaka Province, 2016

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Philip Fitzpatrick

While I enjoy conspiracy theories as much as anyone else I don't think this one will fly.

There is no way PNG politicians have got together to hatch some Machiavellian plot to create an autocracy or dictatorship. That would take brains and organisation, something that is sadly lacking in the Haus Tambaran.

PNG is on the way to becoming a dictatorship but it is because of the lack of policy and reactionary decisions and inefficiencies - not some fiendish plot.

And if there was any concerted effort to present an alternative at the 2017 elections it should have raised its head by now. That it hasn't tells me that after 2017 PNG will have the same problems with a different set of players. Olosem bipo na bipo yet.

Paul Oates

There is a fundamental flaw that I suggest many PNG commentators are making. Others like Chris Overland and myself, looking in from the outside have noticed there is a propensity for PNG writers to state the symptoms of the disease rather than look for the cure.

This article has started to approach the thorny problem of what to do to fix the many headed hydra that has been allowed o develop.

The mistake many make is to think this is exclusively a home grown PNG problem. In fact the same situation has and is occurring throughout the world and will continue to happen unless and until the answers others have worked out in the past are accepted and put in place.

You only have to extrapolate how this disease will develop by examining past instances.

Either the people will rise up and overthrown their oppressors as happened in the French Revolution, South American politics or more recently in the Philippines. All that will lead to another faction of the same persuasion taking over and instituting a new regime of the same type.

Where nations have been able to emerge from tyranny and install a reasonably successful system of democratic government are the ones who have learnt from human history.

The British Westminster system is one such system that has set up a set of checks and balances that help keep the nation's people somewhat protected from corruption and malfeasance.

Australia I believe improved on this system as a result of around ten years of vigorous debate by eminent leaders who had the best interests of their people at heart.

The nexus of PNG's problem is that Australia having been driven by the UN and poor political and personal judgement, thought it could just present PNG with a similar system of government and cut the new country adrift.

The problem was, the people in power didn't listen to those who knew this would only work if there were sufficient time to allow this totally new and quantum leap of a form of government to become accepted and become entrenched.

What then happened is a fast return to what people knew and had practised for thousands of years. To build up a workable system of checks and balances will now take infinitely more time and considerable more effort.

It will also take those who learn from human history what works and what doesn't. The first step is to support those leaders who are ethical and honest.

How do people know who is ethical and honest? Why just look at what they have done and said in the past.

Philip Fitzpatrick

While I rather enjoy conspiracy theories I don't give them much credence. I guess this one is a logical development given the parlous state of PNG.

I might be cynical but I don't think the politicians of PNG, Peter O'Neill included, have the brains to devise such a master plan.

They are making it up as they go along. They are reactionary. That's why they've been stomping on things they think threaten them. There's no logic to what they stomp.

What I do agree with is that PNG is becoming a dictatorship. A dictatorship by accident and caused by incompetence.

If there was any serious opposition in PNG it would have raised its head by now. That it hasn't makes me think that after 2017 you'll just have another bunch of greedy rogues in the Haus Tambaran.

Michael Dom

The Mask of Anarchy - Percy Bysshe Shelley
Verses 38 - 41

‘Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number.
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you—
Ye are many—they are few.

‘What is Freedom?—ye can tell
That which slavery is, too well—
For its very name has grown
To an echo of your own.

‘’Tis to work and have such pay
As just keeps life from day to day
In your limbs, as in a cell
For the tyrants’ use to dwell,

‘So that ye for them are made
Loom, and plough, and sword, and spade,
With or without your own will bent
To their defence and nourishment.

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