Politicians should be the ones who make laws and protect the interest of citizens, instead when they are caught with the law, they make their owns laws to suit themselves separating from the ordinary citizens who get belted even before being questioned by police and lay charges.
An orphan child who is very hungry and goes pickpocketing to stay alive gets a full relevage without even questioning. You would notice PNG cops getting into action kicking those petty pickpockets and barshing them up before throwing them into the cells.
But when leaders are implicated in official corruption or allegations, they are easily covered up by police. The police is to enforce the laws and protect the citizens but in PNG, you will hardly notice this happening. Whether it is by law or not, PNG police turned to protect individual politicians or companies but you will hardly see they protect the citizens.
They have created an atmosphere whereby the more they protect individuals and companies, the more they lose focus to protect the general public. In doing so, the general public has become its enemy, its public perception is negative. What the people know is that police are there to protect politicians and there is not law for citizens to be protected.
When the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill was implicated in an official corruption to be investigated with the Paraka saga, they acted so quickly to set up a vetting committee to screen the investigation.
Whether the PNG law allows such to be screened through a vetting committee or not is something PNG lawyers can tell us but this move sounds like the senior politicians can escape any allegations.
The Deputy Prime Minister Leo Dion has been implicated in an incest police report and what they (police) have done was to send the case to the vetting committee to see if it is viable for the politician to be questioned.
They are laws in place to protect citizens but in PNG, you get away so easily if you're a politician.
So they are two sets of laws:
- 1) One for the ordinary citizens, and (when you get caught here you face the law)
- 2) The other for the politicians, (when you get caught here, your case will go through a vetting committee and eventually get thrown out).