The O’Neill-Dion Government is the most corrupted regime in the short history of Papua New Guinea. It has tempered with the national constitution, forced to bend it or even create new laws to escape being held responsible and avoid passing tougher legislation to fight corruption. It’s so sad, a sad scenario for PNG indeed.
Before going into elections in 2012, Peter O’Neill promised the nation to curb corruption; setting up the Investigation Task Force Sweep (ITFS) which did an excellent job exposing and prosecuting corruption deals but why did O’Neill disband it? Why did Police Commissioner Garry Baki put a “vetting” on the high-profile investigating cases that includes O’Neill’s case?
At the 2012 Alotau Accord, the coalition partners pledged to table in the Parliament the Anti-money Laundering Legislation, Whistle-blowers Legislation, Freedom of Information Legislation and Independent Commission against Corruption Act (ICAC). But during PNC’s reign from 2012 to 2017 with its coalition partners, none of these legislations got passed in the Parliament as promised to fight corruption during campaigns. Instead O’Neill sees fit to legislate Cyber Crime Law and even proposing amendments to change election dates and nomination fees.
Several times the Opposition blasted the Government for ‘sitting’ on the Whistle-blowers protection Act and not tabling in the Parliament. Even the National Court Justice Martin Ipang spoke of the need for the Whistle-blowers Act in the court room when ruling Western Governor Ati Wobiro’s case.
Citizens needed to be protected if they heard about corruption or if they seen it or if they become victim of corruption and wanted to report. PNG needs the Whistle-blowers Act. This is a very important law for PNG together with the ICAC. But PNC failed and fooled the nation. A new government that will be formed after the 2017 elections must see to pass these laws.
People would be asking why time and again ‘most’ corrupted politicians are not exposed and brought to justice. Here is an answer from one politician with his observation. Samuel Basil, a two term Bulolo MP had to say the following, “PNC's best bet (if they lose government) is to have another veteran MP's political party to take reign. Why? Because it's like having partners in crime taking control over once again or simply put it as corruption changing hands.
If they bring their brothers down they will all go down together, it's like they all have been closely knitted together.”
Only fresh new MPs without any connections with the current and past regimes can clean this country up, there is no other way.
There has to be a scrubbing period and that is to have every citizens of all walks of life to face the judiciary to clean anything against them.
Your vote in 2017 means to save PNG or destroy it. Over to you.