The writing on the wall: The by-election has spoken.

By PNG Echo.

There are many who gratuitously and arrogantly claim to speak for the silent majority in PNG. It’s an easy claim to make because this majority, by definition, does not usually indicate their preferences. Well… not usually, but sometimes they do, and when they do they speak clearly, unambiguously and unequivocally – and that’s exactly what they’ve done and it is contrary to what the noisy minority would have you believe.

The Protests and protestors

Student protestors
Student protestors

In Papua New Guinea, at present, students are being whipped into mass hysteria by opponents of the government – and it’s a big kerfuffle, with little substance. Hell, even Namah has raised his ugly head offering to march with the students. (Can anyone tell me whether he did? I somehow doubt it.)

These students have been joined by some NGOs, the heads of which are political wannabes wanting the reins of power as PNG goes into the 2017 elections – which everyone knows is a decided advantage. It’s clear that they want control of the purse strings – well, they haven’t yet earned that right.

Dilu Okuk, the profane pastor and idiot son of PNGs political aristocracy
Dilu Okuk, the profane pastor and idiot son of PNGs political aristocracy

Dilu Okuk, the profane pastor, has written that the “COUNTRY [is] UNITED WITH ONE PURPOSE” (Okuk’s capitals). Wrong. Not even nearly, Dilu.

In fact, even the students themselves are not of one voice and some have complained to the press about intimidation. One student told Post Courier that he could not go to classes, as he’d wanted, because he’s been threatened.

You husait attndin class mas save olsem police non stap lo skul olgeta taim mipla lukluk lo yu stap.

The demand for the Prime Minister to step down, says it all.

They have no real concern with corruption, if they did they’d be demanding the Fraud Squad and their corruption-fighting darlings prosecute the main protagonist of the Paraka Affair, Paul Paraka himself – but they still have not established, legally, that a crime has even been committed – so why go after an alleged accomplished? An accomplice to what?

This noisy minority is not speaking for anyone except political vested interests.

The silent majority has spoken – and the message is clear

Gordon Wesley - re-elected in Samarai/Murua, Milne Bay
Gordon Wesley – re-elected in Samarai/Murua, Milne Bay

On the other hand, the people of Samarai/Murua in Milne Bay have made their preferences known as they returned Gordon Wesley as their sitting member in a parliamentary by-election, ironically triggered by Wesley’s alleged election misdeeds.

Wesley is a member of the PNC – the ruling party of which PNGs much-maligned Prime Minister is the head. The Prime Minister campaigned on behalf of this candidate and the people responded to him positively – notwithstanding the black mark against Wesley’s name.  The prime Minister is patently popular with the electorate beyond, and in greater numbers that the dissenters.

If, by now, you’re getting a feeling of déjà vu, I’m not surprised.

David Arore, disqualified then re-elected
David Arore, disqualified then re-elected

The circumstances and the results mirror almost exactly what happened in Oro a few months back with David Arore, the PNC candidate easily winning the by-election there.

In Samarai/Murua, Wesley romped it home polling almost double that of his nearest rival.

The silent majority has spoken – and they’re not saying what the noisy majority would have you believe.

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Despicable behaviour – The week that was, ending 16 December 2013

Scram, Schram.

Albert Schram - sacked
Albert Schram – sacked

Last Thursday, December 12, Minister David Arore directed Sir Nagora Bogan, Chancellor of Unitech, Lae, to terminate the employment of Albert Schram, the very popular (with students), Vice Chancellor.

While I have not been following the saga closely, my immediate misgivings are the increasing expressions of xenophobia by a nervous O’Neill government.


The foreign journalist
The foreign journalist

Indeed, last week, PM O’Neill labelled me a “foreign journalist,” while denying he was referring to me but addressing my criticisms just the same.

Mr O’Neill, where I was born makes me ‘foreign’ to all countries but one, but never mistake that for disinterest.

I am profoundly concerned with peoples’ ‘human rights’, wherever they reside, especially if they are being denied – because ‘there but for the grace of God, go I.’

Furthermore, no one will prevent me from expressing my abhorrence at the callous exploitation of my fellows, especially those with an interest in perpetuating the exploitation.

As for my sisters, how can I stand back and tacitly approve of how they are systematically being brutalized in PNG?

Mr O’Neill, please understand, there are issues that transcend populist nationalism.

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