PORT MORESBY - From the press I receive news of Hon Patrick Pruiatch’s resignation from my cabinet.
May I acknowledge the strong leadership he offered over the time he served with me in the 18 months we were together.
I thank him, his family and his people of Aitape Lumi for his support of me.
I can understand that an opportunity to be prime minister after 30 November 2021 is there and, as a senior and experienced hand, he is entitled for a bid at that.
Every MP is entitled to his freedom of opinion and choices and also a political career. Hence in the last few weeks some leaders chose to leave government. That is within their rights.
I would like to appeal to all our citizens to respect your MPs and don’t criticise them as they exercise their free will.
You voters will have your say in 2022 but, for now, processes of parliament are there to take care of how MPs conduct themselves, including the vote for the prime ministership.
Right now these political matters are before our supreme court. Let’s respect that space too, the independence and functionality of our judiciary.
In these days of real time message transfer through ICT, I use social media to send my messages to you, all my fellow citizens and residents of PNG. Below are some messages.
Let us stop over-praising politicians like me (I for one don’t like praises), let us restrain from unsubstantiated smear on politicians and business houses, let us cease threats and intimidation, and let us refrain from regionalistic promotion. Let’s not be negative.
And let us promote national unity, peace, order and the well-being of all. We live in scary times globally and locally.
Covid-19 has caused the global economy to contract by over 5% this year (the worst since World War II).
Locally we have been hit hard. There is no magic solution but for all of us to support the country get through this phase.
Let’s all help rebuild our country.
Don’t allow the politics of politicians to get into your head or life. Maintain focus in your life. The country will live on with or without a politician.