Who should form the next government? Let's roll the dice
July 14 2012 at 3:16 PM
As most of you are well aware, leadership is not bought but must be earned. On that note, we should respect Sir Michael because he has earned it for over forty years not only from the people of East Sepik Province but the rest of the country too including the world at large. Since Sir Michael is a parliamentarian and rightfully a senior statesman, another question that pops up is; is leadership defined by position. The absolute answer is No. Leadership is what is within you and when you are given an opportunity (position) it automatically emanates out for all to see. So a true leader doesn't care whether he/she is in an enviable position within a society/community for they can always sit back and assume the role of a mentor/coach.
So reverting to my question, who should become CEO of PNG after this election? First let's start off with the Grand Chief and his National Alliance Party. The problem with Sir Michael is that he doesn't even have confidence in the current crop of NA members including Pruaitch to lead the party. That is why he is returning to try and put the house in order and pass the baton to Pruaitch before he can call it quits. But can a NA led government last without Sir Michael? Let's not forget what happened to Sam Abel. Abel who is one of the most stable politicians from the highlands region couldn't uphold the previous NA led government together. So I doubt Pruaitch will. But if we were have to have a NA led government, it would be a non-performing one for the next five years where you will have to keep the boys happy in order to hold them together. Can PNG afford this when rest of the world is miles ahead? Definitely not.
Thus, how about O'Neil and his PNC party? Is O'Neil capable of leading the country in the next term? With PNC party already doing so well in the preliminary counts and O’Neil retaining his seat, I would say the answer is Yes. Why? O'Neill got the temperament, experience and ability to unite PNG unlike other highlands' leaders. For other political leaders thought out the country, I have observed them but none stands out except for the likes of Sir Julius and Sir Rabbie with the latter not contesting this year. But for Sir J, this could be his last election, I'd hope so.
If O'Neil and his PNC party are invited to form the next government, he must be very careful on whom he associates with. The probable answer is that he is likely to team up with NA for there is no love lost between them. With the recent fallout with PNG and THE parties, O'Neil will definitely revert back to NA for he can't trust Namah and Polye as his subordinates. But should PNC and NA combine, there would always be infighting and under par performances for the next 5 years for there is a lot to be resolved between them.
Thus, if PNC musters the number, the ideal coalition would be between them and the Independents plus other smaller political parties such as Melanesian Alliance, Social Democratic and so forth. This would be the most stable government for PNG because no independents MPs would want to break-away on their own from the government. Likewise, the smaller parties would be reluctant to leave the coalition too. The results would be great for PNG!