I WANT to comment on Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch’s revelations of the state of the Papua New Guinea economy.
After being labelled a prophet of doom and gloom, let me just say in vindication, "I told you so."
Many people hoped that the disclosures by Mr Pruaitch were no more than a heartless April Fools Day hoax.
Yet despite the timing – and with everyone furious and agitated at what the Treasurer stated – they are true and very grim facts.
Mr Pruaitch might said these things earlier and perhaps helped the effort to save the economy from being plundered and rorted by transnational pirates, greatly assisted by the government.
The prime minister has said on many occasions, the latest at last week’s parliamentary session, that the economy was doing well.
He probably meant himself and a select few friends, but not the rest of us..
We have been forced by him to dance to his tune of economic misery, rising prices and falling savings, inflated substandard contracts, job losses, and small businesses shutting down.
Meanwhile parents and children grapple with declining education standards and increasingly costly health care.
Now I am told election rigging and manipulation are on the cards. The printing of ballot papers in another country and subcontracted to a foreign firm engaged under suspicious circumstances are red flags we should take note of.
This not pessimism. It’s realism.
Will the people of Papua New Guinea be denied a democratic election?
If the evil forces working tirelessly behind the scenes have their way, PNG will endure a rigged elections
Thus the rape and plunder of our economy by transnational criminals, aided by an uncaring government, will continue not only unabated but at a more frenzied pace.
The worst may be yet coming.