By PNG Echo.
Apropos to the recent article penned by the Opposition Leader Belden Namah, it’s not useful to merely list the perceived wrongs of the government – most PNGeans would have their own opinions on those matters and be well aware of them.
PNGeans are looking for leadership. The opposition is in no position to provide it. It’s time for positive change
Seven things to consider.
1.The Opposition has been rendered impotent (admitted that in the article.) There is little they can do to oppose any governmental excesses. In other words, PNG, you’re on your own.
2. Whatever you think of the political strategy used to produce that impotence is neither here nor there. The reality remains; as also pointed out in Namah’s article.
3. It was Tokaut Tokstret (Ganjiki D Wayne of Sharp Talk) who once observed that in an organization, people who leave are usually disgruntled with the leader.
4. Namah has failed to attract any MPs to the opposition (except Tiensten – now in prison for corrupt activities, not a desirable fact when your fighting on an ‘anti-corruption platform).
5. On the other hand, Namah and has lost many MPs. Consider: when he was Opposition Leader, prior to the August 2011 coup, he had the support of over 25 MPs – now he can count them on the fingers of one hand. Once again, the reasons, fair or foul, don’t matter – it’s the reality that counts.
6. Namah’s political situation has gone from bad to worse – with the already set precedent, why would it be expected that the rot won’t continue?
7. If we look at global politics, leaders who fail are replaced. Namah ,in any other context, say Australian, would have been replaced as Opposition Leader after the 2012 elections.
With the precedents set, there is no other way for the Opposition to gain efficacy other than to sack the leader and replace him with someone more credible and creditable.
In politics, numbers count – and the only thing that Namah has contributed to Opposition numbers is to their alarming depletion. This has left PNG vulnerable.
Faith and loyalty is a fine thing, but Mr Namah, without his elevated National position, will still have the businesses he started ‘from his own back yard’. He will still travel in private planes and bet more in a couple of days at international gambling tables than most PNGeans will earn in a lifetime – whereas, under his leadership of the Opposition, PNG can expect no Opposition at all.
Namah has had too much loyalty for too long – he’s grossly underperformed, been politically outmanoeuvred at every turn. PNG deserves better.
It’s time to ‘Rausim.”