The country needs Abal to move forward

Letters, Normal

The National – Monday, July 4th 2011

 PNG politics enters a new era following the purported retirement of Sir Michael Somare by his fa­mily. 

Along with his peers such as Sir Iambakey Okuk, Sir Tei Abal and Sir Mekere Morauta, Sir Michael played a prominent role in the birth and development of PNG.

Despite the political divide, Papua New Guineans need to pay homage to these forefathers and let history be their judge. 

For us, the next generation, the question is who should lead PNG.

As an observer, I think six people are in the running – Sam Abal, Don Polye, Patrick Pruaitch, Ar­thur Somare, Belden Namah and Sir Mekere.

Given their pending court ca­ses, Pruaitch and Somare should not be considered as their resumes do not reflect the kind of standard required for a prime minister. 

Namah is too impulsive and lacks diplomacy.

Polye has the courage to withstand pressure but lacks the quality of an international leader. 

This leaves us with Abal and Sir Mekere. 

Abal’s conduct since becoming the acting prime minister has been exceptional. 

The way he handled issues and the courage he demonstrated is the mark of a leader. 

He is a wise and hard-nose leader like his father and that is what PNG needs. 

He possesses diplomatic skills which are crucial in dealing with regional and international issues.

He would need the wisdom and guidance from Sir Mekere to move PNG forward. 

How can that combination be achieved? 

If the opposition and Polye are really concerned with the welfare of PNG, then they should join Abal and make him the prime minister. 

The NA highlands bloc and the opposition can provide the number to halt any challenge from the NA.

The people of PNG have enough of Somares and Pruaitchs. 

For PNG to move forward, it needs Abal.

A government made up of Abal, Sir Mekere, Polye, Namah, Basil and Parkop would be the ideal go­vernment that can take the country to the next level. 

Both politicians and lobbyists must understand that PNG is at the cross-roads. 

They need to realise the destiny of the people is intertwined with their political greed. 

If they are truly representing the people, they need to make the right choice. 



Yal Bal

Sydney, Australia