NO problem can be effectively addressed unless the reasons why the problem exists are understood.
Official corruption is not just a PNG problem. It exists all over the world.
However, wherever official corruption is constrained and limited there is a recognised and immutable set of circumstances.
Were children to be put in charge of the lolly shop there would be some inevitable results. Yet why do we expect adults to be any better?
That's because we know that while adults are merely children with more experience and better training there is supposed to be an effective feedback loop to provide responsibility and accountability for actions taken. In other words, adults themselves must take responsibility for their own actions.
In PNG, the effective feedback loop to voters was never entirely set up. The PNG model of democracy was never allowed to be effectively tested prior to implementation. The system foisted on PNG at Independence was not understood by either those who did the 'foisting' or those who demanded to be in charge at the time.
No one listened to those who knew and had the best interests of PNG and her people at heart.
If the current system of government is broken and virtually was from the start, what could fix this broken system? In a modern democracy, comprehensive education and effective communications allow voters to understand what their elected government is doing (or not doing) on their behalf.
The media has a role in informing the public however much of today's media has been consumed by a desire to just make a profit and thus appeal to the masses (some may say delude the masses) with sensationalism and non-lethal gladiatorial contests and tribalism thinly camouflaged with colourful sporting uniforms. Good news has become no news.
There is a big gap between what happens in Waigani and what the majority of the PNG people actually find out about. A five year gap between elections is also too long to hold those who have been elected, accountable for their actions.
The organs of government have become diseased and ineffective in ensuring the people's best interests are being followed. One could also observe, with organisations like BPP around to provide medicine, what hope is there?
There is an old adage that says: 'Together we stand, divided we fall.' Many know many others who have the right outlook and the right ethics to address the real problem. What it takes is effective leadership to pull all those who can and will fix the problem together.
PNG Attitude has followed Gary Juffa’s initiatives and heroic and ethical stands against what is patently wrong with the PNG government system and many government ministers.
Maybe he should start collecting other PNG people who have the same views as himself and form his own political organisation? That organisation would have to have an ethical base and a set of rules that all members must agree to a legally enforceable guarantee to adhere to even after being elected or be forced to resign.
Only by having an acceptable alternative can there be any real change to the current impasse.