SADLY the vote of confidence in the prime minister exercised 85-21 by the PNG parliament on the floor of the Haus Tambaran yesterday is a victory for corruption in Papua New Guinea.
The vote of no confidence against prime minister Peter O’Neill was a test of leadership ethics and good governance for parliamentarians.
The victory has not vindicated Peter O’Neill of alleged corruption relating to the K81.7 million paid out to Paul Paraka Lawyers.
This was the core issue that prompted civil society, university students, national pilots, port workers, doctors, health workers and opposition members of parliament to call for O’Neill to step down. It still remains.
Members of parliament who voted for him have indirectly condoned the alleged crime committed by O’Neill.
They did not want this alleged corrupt pay out by the prime minister – an act that drained millions of kina of the people’s money into private hand – to be a consideration in parliament’s decision of whether it should have confidence in O’Neill.
Their action has also downplayed the call made by students, civil society and others for O’Neill to step down, action that included the death of a University of Technology student in Lae.
There is evidence of decadence in the leadership principles of this country which is very unhealthy for our democracy.
In the face of the new National Joint Security Task Force schemed by O’Neill and his mob, the decision of the majority of politicians has also, in principle, endorsed the application of a tyrannical scheme which, when applied, will aggravate the weakening of our democracy and suppress freedom of expression and the rights of citizens to strike and will fast lead us towards tyranny.
Disgustingly there was total moral decadence in the way O’Neill played his game. He made his followers puppets as he pulled the string with K3 million borrowed money disguised as DSIP funding disbursements. And the corrupt MPs followed him like little kids begging for lollies.
In ethical terms, it seems to me that O’Neill practiced venality in buying votes for money and he should not brag that he is clean and victorious. He only added more filth to the mountain of filth he has created for himself and this country.
Until and unless Peter O’Neill is vindicated by a competent police investigation or court of law, as long as he plays is defiant, evasive and self-protective game against justice, he is capable of being suspected of an alleged crime.
All of those selfish MPs bribed by O’Neill should be ditched in 2017. They should be totally rejected.
O’Neill can lie and bribe and get away with a vote of no confidence but he cannot get away with the truth and, ultimately, the courts.
“There is a higher court than court of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts,” said Mahatma Ghandi.
And I would add, all wickedness has a cost. At the ripe time, the perpetrator will pay each his price.
Papua New Guinea, hold your breath, time will reveal all.