Re: POWES HAS GROWN FAT INTO A GENUINE PNG PIGGY POLLIE
Facts and more Facts Posted Oct 16, 2011 9:55 AM
Your arguments have been dealt with many times, but I guess you reckon that if you throw out your rhetoric again, something will catch. Like throwing **** against the wall and hoping some of it will stick. So let's go through your arguments one by one and once again counter them with some factual rebuttals, so that one and all here on Scape can see.
YOUR SAY: Even the so called unofficial audit report is baseless.
THE TRUTH: The numbers were straight out of the NCDC books, and during the critical day or two after these blasted into the public eye, Governor Parkop, both on EMTV and on the two blogs he responded to, would not refute the numbers. The reason is that only the idea that this audit was official was a farce, but the numbers themselves are straight out of NCDC records nad numbers don't lie. The numbers indicate very strongly that the Governor has some bizarre if not downright financial contract arrangements with Justin Tkatchenko, to whom NCDC pays exorbitant sums of money to buy superficial bilas here and there in NCDC traffic circles. A truly innnocent Governor would not have danced around the questions (Mr Tkatchenko did exactly the same thing in his press conference at The Bluff Hotel), but would have answered directly the many questions that were thrown at him. He did not, and that, more than anything, gave weight that the financial mismanagement charges against him have substance. It is well known that Mr Tkatchenko has become Governor Parkop's main money raiser for the 2012 election. In short, the two depend strongly on each other for political and financial success.
YOUR SAY: Parkop is the sitting member and he will be voted back by the ordinary people. I can tell you , people read your blogs and the turn to support Parkop more that your intended motives of spoiling his name.
THE TRUTH: First off, I have nothing to do with blogs. Secondly, few thinking people would disagree with your statement that the Governor will be re-elected. The debate has mainly centered over "why". He will almost certainly be re-elected by the people for the same reason as the public re-elects many politicans who have learnt how easily the PNG public can be manipulated and hoodwinked. In short, he has done a few things here and there to superfically change the appearance of the place, and put BASIC services (the bare minimum that any human beings should accept) back into order. He's also smart in that he puts his face into the newspaper repeatedly, promoting himself as a shining star. This strategy has always served to blind the average PNG voter who is very naive and gullible, and easily swayed by sweet tok and a few symbolic lollies thrown their way. Any smart pollie knows that if you put 50 toea of the public's money into visible projects, you can steal the other 50 toea behind the scenes and the public won't notice. However, the bottom line should always relate to ethics and corruption, not to whether or not a politician can buy his or her way back into power. Governor Parkop could easily be like so many other PNG politicians who was re-elected time and time again, but whom we all know know were carrying out corrupt deals behind the scenes. I have seen these tricks so many times. I do not even live in NCDC, however, most of my friends do and I have come to know a stinky situation when I smell one-I have witnessed in my life so many sneaky deals by other politicians that it's easy to see the new ones as they appear. The governor's own reactions and responses to the allegations (note that an innocent person would proactively bring the NCDC financial records to the ombudsman, and challenge them to find anything wrong) is what drew my attention to him.
YOUR SAY: He was in touch and accessible to the general public before being the governor as he is now.
THE TRUTH: Governor Parkop was a strong member of the NGO type movement known as Melsol, which had populism as a strong strategy for gaining the people's support. However, as we have seen the end results of Melsol people once they got into power, which has been corruption and incompetence (demonstrated to perfection by former EHP Governor Pettie Lafanama), it becomes clear that Melsol people were no less tempted by abuse of power than any other power hungry person, and that the populism of being accessible by the people was nothing more than a political game to gain their support. Governor Parkop's extreme lack of "being one with the grassroots" was especially evident after the corrupt Skate government's downfall, when he dropped his help to the poor and needy to take on the case of Mr Hamidan-Rad, known back then as PNG's multi-million kina financial advisor (for doing what, no one could say). Mr Hamidan-Rad was a former World Bank employee who ended up being thrown in Bomana prison on charges related to financial mismanagement. Who would legally represent this filthy rich expat who was beginning to pay the price for helping destroy the value of the PNG kina? (it declined in value by nearly 2/3rds under the Skate government)? It was Governor Parkop! Since Hamidan-Rad didn't have access to his millions in prison, and planned to escape PNG the moment he could be sprung from jail, he promised Parkop the fanciest red sports car ever seen in PNG, which he proudly drove all over when he was Skate's big power player. That's how Governor Parkop came to be in possession of that vehicle, a testimony not of helping the grassroots, but of ensuring that the rich would not face justice. As for his actions since becoming governor, while the publicity shots show him mixing with the grassroots, his physical appearance doesn't like, and indicates a lot of being driven around or sitting around - hardly the strategy that allows active mixing with the people.
YOUR SAY: It sounds like all your Parkop haters are just a jealous bunch of empty wanna-be's as this reflects in all your arguments.
THE TRUTH: This has always been a classic response by corrupt pollies in PNG - that any critics are 'simply jealous' of them. Those responses typically come from people who themselves cannot imagine that there are human beings out there who fight for justice, not material wealth. Fighting for truth and honesty is a far more noble cause than struggling to see who can push their way into the dog dish to eat the public's tax money kaikai. True Christians are apalled at the corruption of our country and would opppose questionable characters who have become politicians not because of jealousy, but because they are doing their Christian duty to make this world a better place. Sir, you obviously don't think there are any PNGuineans who's mission is truth and justice. How wrong you are!
YOUR SAY: That people who focus on Governor Parkop's physical bloating while in office are just making fun because they have no better evidence for corruption against him.
THE TRUTH: It is indisputable that there is a phenomenon that when many of our PNG pollies get into power, they undergo an amazing, rapid, and phenomenal transformation to obesity, beyond what you would find in politicians from most other countries, apart from the totally broken down and corrupt African nations, as well as corrupt Pacific Island nations (have you ever seen photos of some of the Tongan royal family?). Why does this phenomenon occur, and why have we found it so strongly in the likes of Pruaitch, Ogio, Polye, etc., all of whom have repeated reports of money stealing and corruption behind the scenes? The answer has to do with impulsiveness and lack of self discipline and control. It relates to not being able to resist when something is available to take, rather than leaving something behind for others. It relates to physical inaction rather than actively getting out and serving the people. I think a fine research could be made on the extent to which former politicians got fat while in office, and the percentage of them who turned out to be corrupt, compared against politicians who seemed to have the activity and self-discipline to control themselves. In PNG, like it or not, growing obese after gaining power seems to correlate quite well with gluttony in other areas of life.
BOTTOM LINE ON NCDC CLEAN UP: The truth is that the numbers indicate some level of financial monkey business within NCDC, the truth is that a huge amount of money has been spent to create relatively minor improvements in government services, and the truth is also that heaps of roads in NCDC that were once well surfaced are now dirt ruts. Parkop has merely concentrated on the roads that most people (including visitors) use, and left the rest to rot. Graffiti has reached an all time high in NCDC. Anyone believing that Governor Parkop has cleaned up NCDC would do well to drive through the neighbourhoods and places away from the main thoroughfares and seeing the piles of rubbish, not picked up by NCDC, growing higher and more rotten with each passing month. NCDC is a pig pen if you leave the main roads and into less advantaged areas, which suggests that the Parkop-Tkatchenko cleanup campaign is mostly for show, rather than representing a deep, concerted effort to clean NCDC. For the vast majority of NCDC's neighbourhood areas, the Governor has brought no visible change. The place is still a mess.
I appreciate your posting and persistence, because each time you post in Governor Parkop's defence, you swing open the doors with an invitation to provide some factual information that more and more people will run across. Few thinking people would disagree that crafty PNG pollies can buy their way back into power, irrespective of their underlying corruption or dishonesty. I certainly would not disagree with you that Governor Parkop will pull the wool over the eyes of the NCDC voters in 2012 and come out victorious.