A wrong move by NCD governor

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I READ with interest the Mysay article entitled “Powes Parkop, a contender or pretender?” (April 14) by Paul Givisave.
In 2007, I convinced 12 of my Korobosea neighbours to vote for Mr Parkop as NCD governor because of a statement he made in one of his political rallies when he said: “I don’t have millions of kina to buy your votes, but I have millions of ideas …”
Since he entered office, I have been observing him closely and in the last two and a half years, Mr Parkop is slowly but surely delivering the promises he made during his election campaign.
He started well by brightening the lives of NCD residents by putting up Christmas lights, giant screens to show live State of Origin matches, and erecting fountains at the 5-Mile roundabout and Gerehu. 
I voted for Mr Parkop because I wanted a strong leadership.
I voted for him because I knew he would speak for the silent majority without fear or favour. 
I voted for him because I saw in him someone who could not be bought or be influenced by money. 
I was confident he would deliver, not only goods and services, but fight for PNG.
But my dreams and hopes were shattered when Mr Parkop moved to the middle bench from the Opposition.
Has he been bought in Wewak to move to the middle bench?
In any democracy, people only see the Government and the Opposition.
We need a very strong Opposition to ensure there is check and balance in the running of a country. 
We look to Sir Mekere Morauta, Bart Philemon and Sam Basil as outstanding in the Opposition and, on the Government’s side, we look at the Education minister, the Tourism minister and a handful of young vibrant up and coming leaders. 
Mr Parkop, by moving to the middle bench it means you have decided to “sit on the fence”, to take a “wait and see” stand. 
That is not good leadership.
Why is Mr Parkop quiet on issues such as the Maladina bill? 
This is because when he opted to take the middle bench.
What a move by registering a political party and setting up an office in Port Moresby and in a village up in the Highlands. 
I think his advisers are giving him wrong advice.
My advice to the governor is this:
“You are still wet behind the ear when it comes to PNG politics.
“Do not rush to compare yourself with Sir Michael, Sir Mekere Morauta, Bart Philemon, Luther Wenge, etc.
“See yourself with your peers in the likes of Arthur Somare, Sam Basil, James Marape, Tom Olga, etc.”
I call on Mr Parkop to review his decision.
Were they for the best interest of the people of PNG? 
What sort of advice is he feeding himself with?
Not everyone is a friend as the game he is now playing is a different ball game.
 Think about it, Mr Parkop.


Port Moresby