Have we all noticed how Don Polye is playing his cards since entering parliament? Well this is one that
Don Polye is someone we need to watch carefully as his moves in the recent past are all well planned. Something
we can say as clever tactics.
He was already a leader before he entered parliament. We are slowly seeing the fruits of his clever moves. He
has a registered political party, a move which worked out so well when he gained the favor of most NA members and
partners. He was the deputy PM under the Somare regime, but was overlooked for the acting PM post when Somare was
sick. Why did he not make a big issue like what the rest of our representatives and other heads of departments do - filing a new case in court? Simply, time was not right.
He gladly accepts any decisions that the regime he is in makes without making an issue out of it. Why? When the
rumor was out that he was to replace Belden Namah as deputy PM, we all have seem his response. "I dont want to create instability"was his simple reply.When he was briefly sacked as the Finance minister, there was no noise from him. Who was he defending when the Motigate investigation was tabled in Parliament? Sir MIchael? Yes Sir Michael reacted but he never saw what was obscuredin the defense Don Polye put on. All because he has bigger plans than this.
He reacts to issues he sees as a threat to his big plan. He defends himself so well making it all legit, no one takes a second glance at the real issue. PNG we are know to have knee-jerk reactions to issues and once that passes, we tend to forget all about it and carry on lifeas normal. Something Don Polye has used so cleverly to his advantage.
Well what is the "Big Plan"? He sees himself as a PM material. That's for sure. The chair he plans to sit on for quite a long time before bowing out of politics. He has been with different ruling groups long enough that he has learnt a lot. Been with people who have been in politics when he was still a young man and being in a group that claims to be the young and energetic who will move the nation forward, he has seen it all.
He has the experience, he has a party of which he is the leader, he will definitely have the numbers or will muster the numbers. Thatis surely to happen. The only thing that will make or break him is the elections. Many current leaders will go to the polls with the hope of retaining their seats. Some will resort to dirty tactics which is what every one is expecting. Intending candidates will no doubt have many points to use to sway voters their way.
Kandep Open was the first seat to be declared in the country in the last election. Are we expecting the same this election? Only time will tell. If Don Polye retains his seat, he is definitely someone to watch as he will try to put his plan to test. Like a jigsaw puzzle, he has pieced together every thing perfectly, just a few remaining pieces and the puzzle is complete.