WE, THE PEOPLE, do now establish this sovereign nation and declare ourselves, under the guiding hand of God, to be the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. AND WE ASSERT, by virtue of that authority that all power belongs to the people—acting through their duly elected representatives that respect for the dignity of the individual and community interdependence are basic principles of our society that we guard with our lives our national identity, integrity and self respect that we reject violence and seek consensus as a means of solving our common problems that our national wealth, won by honest, hard work be equitably shared by all..."
A fundamental piece enshrined in our great constitution.
And yet despite the conclusions we may all have, it is common knowledge shared amongst everyone that political decisions made by our leaders whom we the people elected into Parliament abused for personal gain and foreign business partners, over the last 37 years.
For far too long we the people have suffered neglect by successive governments that have come and gone.
In fact, the display of having to swear an oath on the Holy Bible with promise to listen to our cries, carry our pain and deliver us from our struggles is the single most biggest mockery in the Christian faith.
And for far too long, we the people have seen thousands of our own die because of reckless decision making for ego and nothing more.
The respect we have shown to those we elected has never waivered despite minor hiccups seen by small scale civil unrests and peaceful protests because we were taught for decades, even conditioned to be law abiding citizens at home, in school and in church.
For years we the people have waited for those we voted into Parliament to return to us, their people, and help improve our poor standard of living, yet it seems, we sacrificed alot on our own with the dedication and commitment from our parents, teachers, pastors, doctors, nurses and other civil servants who were determined in helping improve our livelihood.
And for the thousands that missed out systematically from our education system; they were determined to succeed we must acknowledge.
It is the stories of millions of mothers and fathers in the rural provinces who worked hard despite experiencing our country's harsh economic periods that led to the creation of a 'dual economy' that exists today.
Today the formal sector represents only a minority in Papua New Guinea, whilst the majority of the country's population participate in the informal sector.
In fact, the informal sector promotes a cash economy that created a buoyancy effect, preventing us from experiencing any detrimental effect during the global financial meltdown only a few years ago as we witnessed the collapse of other countries' financial systems, plumetting at unprecedented levels.
Even the formal sector contributed, and still do to this day, their hard earned wages through tax.
And despite our tax contribution, it seems that the decisions made by successive governments aimed at building our socio-ecomomic livelihood, continue to be a major revenue earner for foreign owned companies and individuals, politicians and a few of our very own people who continue to leech off the very system that was created to benefit 7 1/2 million people through health, education, agriculture, tourism, SME's and in banking & finance, etc.
It is sad to learn from history that nothing will ever change for our good as opposed to those we have entrusted in representing us, who continue to enjoy the benefits we pay for during their tenure in parliament.
We the people have had potential leaders who looked certain to deliver us from the unbearing pain of uncertainty and gloom we silently keep in thought, despite the prayers from millions throughout our beloved country, slowly sway into becoming part of a strong and vibrant culture of lobbying, ego driven and abuse, and all at the expense of our hard earned tax contribution.
And for years, we the people have always had a choice; whether to take the same power away from those we elected, yet chose to promote their ego by electing them into Parliament.
Lest we forget our constitutional right that is enshrined in the preamble of our constitution; where the power vested in us the people must be reflected through our leaders to help build a better tomorrow where we and our children will enjoy can be taken back, because it seems our rights will always be sabotaged by no one else but the very ones we entrusted to ensure our welfare is catered for.
Surely, we choose not to continually enjoy our pitiful living standards in silence that will slowly create a legacy where our children and their children will end up beggars on their own land.
Therefore, as rightful inheritants to this ancient land, we the people have decided that we will choose to act, not with hate but as our constitutional duty to uphold and not be reserved in thought with silence but speak without fear or favour.
We the people do care for our future and our childrens' future.
We also acknowledge the contributions of those others we elected and what they have done for this country with education and very little health service delivery. Other than these two, it has been all but sheer hard work on our own.
We must admit, nothing looks or feels right with the current status quo today, where those we welcome from outside the ocean and mountain borders seem to benefit, whilst we suffer.
It is this thought we must embark on a journey in propelling us to become a united front; the true sons and daughters of Papua New Guinea in opting for CHANGE that must forge mutual relationships, not between our government and foreign companies and individuals who bludge off our resouces, but between the government and its people in building a better tomorrow for both us and our children.
Therefore, we the people have decided to stop work and sit in protest with a good and caring spirit to show those we elected that we still cherish them as our own, we only ask they listen and adhere to our request.
Our right to elect you must ensure that same right is heard because the power belongs to us the people.