SAM Koim is doing an excellent job as chairman of the corruption investigators, Task Force Sweep, if indeed this job still exists.
But he may be alone despite the support on social media and some public backing.
Papua New Guineans have demonstrated a remarkable tolerance for high levels of government corruption (see Parakgate et al, 2010), illegality (see O'Namah et al, 2011) and inaction (see Leniata et al, 2012).
The executive arm of government overrules the legislature and continues to flaunt its powers in the face of the judiciary.
In some instances the judiciary has been suspected of collusion with certain parties in criminal court cases.
And PNG lawyers, well they’re a mixed bag of mostly bad apples – they are known to say thus themselves out of earshot of their colleagues.
Even the hallowed Royal office of Governor-General has failed its true objective - to provide a clear voice of conscience for government to rule with goodwill and for the good of the people.
The Governor-General does not have to agree with the executive: merely stating an objection before getting fired from the post would gain us an immediate international spotlight. (Heck, the GG gets a lifetime salary, so what's the loss?). One can disagree with someone and still serve them a cup of tea.
Mind you, it was O’Neill who gave Sir Michael Ogio the job, so that argument is unlikely.
What O'Neill needs to do now is put in place his own selected judges and police personnel which, in addition to having one of his own men in the Defence Force, will provide him with rule over the judiciary and disciplined forces.
Then, using the ugly brute force of supporters (most likely his Southern Highlands people) combined with the economic fist of liquefied natural gas, my darkest suspicion is that O'Neill intends to be Papua New Guinea’s first dictator, or something similar, if indeed he is not already an acting dictator.
So what of the People’s National Congress party?
Party politics in PNG is better termed 'petty politics': nothing changes on the ground despite major economic developments; hence politics has done little for its espoused purpose, the welfare of the people.
Thus, with the might of LNG behind him and the money of his unproven corrupt gains, it has been reasonably easy for O’Neill to sway members of his PNC entourage. They already make up the majority of the executive and the legislative parliament. The Opposition is almost vacant.
And what about the people?
Some call for the PNG equivalent of an Arab Spring.
Those of us in the social media will soon find out how powerful this particular resource can be. We may also find out what social media cannot do.
Remember that PNG acquiesced to the O'Namah take over, so what is to say that an O'Neillian dynasty or 'Southern Highlands State' is a farfetched notion?
Moreover, a democratic movement which results in an uprising needs alternative leadership, not a government per se, but leadership which the people collectively and in majority perceive as being worthier and more desirable.
We don't have this alternative at the moment. In 2011 we chose what we thought was the lesser of two evils. Or at least we were fooled into thinking we chose. Now we think that we are being offered the same choice again. I doubt it.
In my opinion what PNG really needs to do is something that may be considered impossible: wipe the slate clean. The entire current political leadership needs to go.
This is not to say that an uprising requires to take to the streets in protest and demonstration.
The best way to launch an uprising is by practicing our democratic right to develop, support and elect new leadership.
By develop I mean the creation of community based political groups; growing youth leadership development programs; facilitating interaction with working class voters; garnering support from lobby groups in business, agriculture and industry.
Believe me Papua New Guinea, no matter what the fucked up politicians of yesteryears have fooled you into believing, your vote is still free and your choice is still powerful.
Let’s put an end to this sad chapter of our history. People like Peter O’Neill who call themselves leaders will be dead before the next two decades have passed. Papua New Guinea has a lifespan longer than that, so we can still make a change for the better.
We should no longer look for salvation within a system that is so evidently corrupt. That's doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result, the definition of lunacy.
Rather, we need to use our own rights and powers to put the people we want, the good leaders we want, into politics.
PNG has been too lax, too accepting of the status quo of leadership development and aspiration.
We think we are following the Melanesian Way of leadership, but in truth we are not.
In fact, it may be suggested that O'Neill has succeeded because of Western ideas, whereas in a Melanesian Highlands state he would be have been an outcast, of little power, authority or wealth.
That's not to say that the Western idea of democracy is at odds with Melanesian custom.
Leadership lays down its roots at the community level, just the same in complex modern politics as in village politics. It is a human construct and therefore has a social reality.
What we have failed to do is to forge and then embrace a structure that reflects our social reality.
We are letting what will be, be. In political leadership that is very dangerous.
Our ancestors knew this. Why do you think we had strict customs about appropriate behaviour towards leadership?
We have let it all go to rot.
We need to replant the seeds for developing leadership at community level.
Yumi Papua Niugini mas pasim dispela giaman rot we ol lida i wok long wokabaut long em stap.
Yumi Papua Niugini mas wok bung wantaim long stretim gutpela rot bilong ol niupela lida long wokabaut.
Dispela wok em ino wok bilong gavamen, ol i bagarap pinis.
Dispela wok em i wok bilong yumi ol pipol; em i pasin tumbuna bilong olgeta hap graun, na em i gutpela pasin long pait wantaim birua i stap pinis insait long hausman bilong yumi.