Opposition has taken a giant step forward

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The National, Wednesday, May 18, 2011

THE recent change in the opposition leadership is a gigantic step forward in PNG politics.
I say this because Belden Namah and Sam Basil are two firebrand and first-time MPs.
They have been given a huge responsibility by being named opposition leader and deputy opposition leader respectively.
However, their appointment is not a surprise.
It is not often we read about our young politicians taking on certain core issues to the fore.
I am aware every leader must grow.
But what is stirring their hearts?
Are they merely to score political points?
What is interesting about these two, in my view, taking a stand in what they believe in is fascinating.
PNG needs to groom its young leaders as we need young and dynamic leaders to meet the changing demands we see around the word today.
While experience is necessary, the only way to get that is to take the proverbial bull by its horns.
Experience is not something that can be earned from the university.
I believe these two leaders can offer something for the country and take us to the next level.
I end by saying that Sir Mekere Morauta and Bart Philemon have done PNG a great cause by passing the baton to the younger generation.
To Namah and Basil, this is now the time to go forward.


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