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10 January 2012

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I couldnt agree more with what everyone is saying regarding O'Neill not taking action by demanding the resignation of his deputy.

Yet at the sametime would'nt that make him just as equally irrational displaying public outbursts of stupidity like his deputy.

It seems O'Neill cant win - just because he was too weak an opposition leader he can't make Prime Minister?

Namah has displayed himself time and time again a man lacking attributes necessary to lead this country or any other country for that matter.

If he is meant to be "young and vibrant" then let this "young vibrant" person be associated to a hormone infused teenager who is usually associated with immaturity and stupidity.

Yes its true all the points that were made, yes I agree with Paul Amatio, Icarus, David Kitchnoge and Naiko Daosak that maybe O'Neill should be a man and oust the plaintiffs that may be the demise of this country.

Yet at the sametime we need someone that seems stable and unwavering, someone who calms the tides as it were. Not another monkey on a tree being erratic.

Oneil should be decisive and give Namah the sack for publicly asking him to resign....

In any case both are siting on soft sand without a solid foundation of legitimacy.

Namah needs more schooling on international policy/diplomacy/relations, otherwise he is a pain in the neck for continuously dragging this country into the mud.

Thanks Icarus - well said. O'Neill appears like a calm and mature politician but he does exude a certain degree of indecision.

I’m not saying he should entertain every little tantrum from his deputy. But his failure to get him and other over zealous ministers to toe the line is quite disheartening.

Remember how he was opposition leader and Somare was PM in the last parliament? He was too cooperative with the PM to be leader of opposition.

Icarus - I couldn't agree with you more. I have always been of the opinion that the 'Mama Law' always reign supreme, however it appears now that I am wrong because the 'Big Man' mentality still prevails, and O'Neill is no different (another wolf in sheep skin).

The four distinct attributes of a 'good leader' you alluded to are still found wanting in this 'parliamentary-elected- PeeeMmmmm...'Mi gat namba pinis..blong wanem bai mi lusim gen..em bikpela sem ya..!

A very good question, Mary, what do we expect from a good leader.

Well, I could tell you right away what I did not expect, but that's already well known!

We've trashed the rule book and made up some new ones to boot! (And we didn't need the consent of the people to change the laws, because we are the voice of the people...).

My Four Great Expectations: Honour. Integrity. Courage. Sacrifice.

I expect a leader to strive for honour in his actions - there was no honor in the actions last September.

I expect a leader to have the integrity to speak out against improper and dishonourable actions - when the spirit and the letter of the law was very clear to our political leaders, they denied it.

I expect a leader to have the courage of his (honourable) convictions - not to allow the founding laws of our country to be handled with such indignity.

I expect a leader to be prepared to sacrifice his power and privelege to hold true to the noble principles upon which our laws were written.

Perhaps I expect too much.

O'Neill is not lazy, laid back, slow and indecisive. Maybe a little like Chamberlain who tried to avoid going to war.

O'Neill portrays leadership qualities. Patient, enduring (putting up with all the bullshit his ministers are shooting up), willing to listen, pondering over issues on hand before handing down a decision, non-confrontational, appeasing, understanding, yielding, reasoning...

If all these qualities are defined or seen as "lazy, laid back, slow and indecisive" then, my brother, I dont know what we should be expecting from a good leader.

Ha ha ha, seems like a very good soap opera. Or better still a comedy show!

Someday someone should make a movie out of these two partners: one a lazy, laid back, slow, indecisive one and the other a happy go lucky, straight shooter who speaks before he thinks!

God help PNG!

These are the actions of an unlawful government.

What were you all expecting, a messianic revival?

Wake up and smell the coffee PNG. If we continue to accept low standards, we will always get low standards.

Paul Amatio - you said it well.

"The O’Neill-Namah political marriage is intact" (today's Post Courier).

The marriage vows were repeated again at 5pm yesterday afternoon. Now it's "intact".

I wish O'Neill choose the right partner...

How shocking that “protestors” laid siege to the Indonesian Embassy in Port Moresby three hours before police turned up.

We have laws against unlawful assemblies. Was this protest at the Indonesian Embassy an approved assembly? Have any actions been taken against those involved and if so, what can we expect to see?

This is a disgrace for our police who are responsible for the security of all diplomatic personnel and premises in PNG through their Diplomatic Protection Unit (DPU) of the Special Services Division (SSD).

There are also, now in NCD, 10 mobile squad units who can be seen running around everywhere in their dark glass land cruisers. Then there is Gordons Police Station nearby and the police barracks even nearer.

Also the supposedly 24 hours manned police stations throughout the city with their duty personnel. And it took three hours to do anything about this siege. Shame. The head of the police force should bury his head in the sand in shame and resign!

Someone must take the blame for this fiasco and cock up and that should be the Police Commissioner, his Director/SSD and Met Supt/NCD. They must explain the whereabouts of the men under their command during these crucial hours.

I have a strong suspicion that these “protestors” received some encouragement to protest. What are the chances of an investigation into this fiasco?

To substantiate Mr Namah’s claims of suspected money laundering is a joke. How was the aircraft cleared upon landing? Was cargo and personal baggage checked? If not then why not and at whose direction?

Secondly if these Asian passengers were investors investing K140m into the Bewani oil palm project (in Namah’s electorate) why can’t every other MP whose electorate has investment projects use the Falcon jet to bring in his investors?

Like Interoil and Esso Highlands can use it also for their investment partners and the Rigo landowners can go get their Taiwanese cassava investors and so on and so forth.

Investors are by definition risk takers and must take risks to realise profits. They are not in this as a non-profit venture.

The image and reputation of our nation and all our politicians has now been tarnished beyond imagination. We look like some South American banana republic.

That is where Belden Namah is dragging us and the sooner Peter O’Neill wakes up and gets him out, the better off we all will be.

Instead he has demeaned himself by crawling to Namah seeking forgiveness and making platitudes. Where else in the world except in PNG. How weak is this man as our PM? No backbone.

The Transnational Crimes Unit was established to fight money laundering. Have they started some formal investigations into this using their external contacts and sources?

Has anyone called on the Indonesian and Malaysian intelligence agencies to reveal (through their Ministers) the information the received on the jet which prompted this action by the Indonesian Air Force?

These are questions that have to be answered and which no-one, despite all the rhetoric, has failed to do.

It is also surprising to see Sam Basil and John Boito keeping very quiet about this matter. I would have thought that as senior ministers on the plane, they too would have expressed their outrage at such actions by the Indonesian Military.

Perhaps they know that they cannot afford to speak up. Or are they scared of become ordinary members of parliament again?

Come on Papua New Guinea.

Let us wake up and start doing something before we are dragged down into the pits of social and civil degradation from which we will never recover while our resources are plundered by Namah’s “investor” for the benefit of a few pockets while we and our children and grandchildren will never ever enjoy some of the things we now have.

In fact, we have already lost many of the things my parents and I enjoyed as a small child.

Mary - If I understand correctly, the Falcon is no longer a 'government aircraft'. It has been sold to Air Niugini (PX made an up-front down-payment) so to suggest that it is still a government aircraft is a misconception.

The Falcon was chartered on a commercial arrangement with Air Niugini for the task. However, further questions that still arise are:

(1) Was the charter a private one (by Namah and his troupe) for the conduct of private business or an official hire, meaning the bill was footed by the government?

(2) The nature of the task?

(3) Some explanation on the roles of the passengers as manifested.

@ Uling Gunemba - mi totally agree with you.

At the end of the day we shall all see that the battle between Namah and O'Neill will be the one that will come down so hard on the whole nation...not the battle against Somare regime.

This is a silent killer slowly creeping in.

But I still prefer O'Neill. Namah is so noisy about everything and speaks before he thinks.

This march by NGO's and opportunists re Indonesia must apologise and pay compensation.

Were these demands and submissions of these claims thoroughly thought through?

What stupidity - who is to benefit from these demands? Into which account is this money to go? Who is to decide what is to come of it? How do you start deliberating such claims?

The boycotting of Indonesian products - tell someone who has to live on K10 or less a day to stop buying Indomi Noodles - yea right!

So the people of Papua New Guinea have to suffer because of the stupidity portrayed by our leaders? It's unfair on the people.

These protesters should be asking the right questions. And these questions should be directed to the government of PNG - that's where the real issue lies.

Questions that need to be answered and explanations owed to the people are as follows:

Why the government jet was deployed in the first place?

Why non-government officials were on board?

Why the Police Commissioner was on board for logging business?

And particularly why the jet was used?

Namah's government and his boss, the prime minister, condenmed the Somare government for the purchase of the Falcon jet that costed the country millions of kina? Isn't that hypocritical?

I wonder how Peter O'Neill slept?

Rumours doing the rounds are that O'Neill and Namah both went to see Somare and that Namah was looking for Amet.

Will we see further changes in the make up of our government before the election?

Wait and see........again!

Is this the same Minister who was arrested for contempt of court last year and was under investigation by the Ombudsman for alledgedly taking bribes from Malaysian logging companies in 2008 (the 2 percent take scam)?

Surely not.

http://www.illegal-logging.info/item_single.php?it_id=2834&it=news

http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/png-deputy-pm-agrees-turn-himself-in-4532491

Seems that short-term memory loss is all the go in PNG politics.

The Post-Courier reports today that the two gentlemen made peace last night and all is well and good.

The people of PNG are all happy with the O'Neill-Namah government as it has boosted confidence in them.

However, recent battles for decision-making between O'Neill and Namah seem to have demoralised each other and, guess what, doubt is fast creeping into the minds of the people again.

I won't be surprised if Namah and O'Neill come to a stand-off
These two men are in a worse battle against themselves than against the Somare regime it seems.

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