Opposition fails to do homework

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Recent events in Parliament have shown that the Opposition may have got tired of trying to beat the Government on the floor of Parliament and it has thrown in the towel by joining the Government to further weaken the powers of the Ombudsman Commission.
I think it is obvious on whose side Opposition leader Sir Mekere Morauta voted. 
Parliament might as well do away with the Opposition as it has joined forces with the Government to unconstitutionally turn the commission into a paper tiger. 
Many people have lost respect for Sir Mekere when the Opposition joined the Government to pass the Maladina amendment.
He is now caught between a rock and a hard place through his own lack of foresight for short-term gains.
The Opposition is in a highly compromised position and on hindsight, Sir Mekere could  use the lame excuse that they had been misled or ill-advised.
It is obvious the Opposition failed to do its homework.
This lack of proper action further demonstrates the ineffectiveness of the Opposition.
The planned peaceful public protest by the public is a right move to send a clear and strong message to a Government and Parliament that will soon become irrelevant in the eyes of the people.
When this happens, then there is a potential risk of the people venting their frustrations at the Government in some violent manner similar to what is now happening on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand.
This may be the excuse for the police not to allow any planned public protest marches to Waigani.


Reginald Renagi
Port Moresby