Monday, 27 July 2009 2:14 PM

People's Power

I'd like to thank Solomon Times for this online site whereon, with interest, I've been following to date, almost all the online discussions on issues and topics that are of concern to Solomon Islands as a nation. In fact, I am inclined to think that, most of the ideas and views shared in these discussions had become the topics and/or agendas of discussions and analysis within our families and/or collegial conversations in our homes, schools, offices and social gatherings etc. As such, I'd assume that some of these issues and topics of concern may become a common knowledge to some, maybe 10% to 20% of Solomon Islanders who have access to such discussions or via other means. However, I'm not sure whether most of these invaluable ideas and views have been taken into consideration or have been sighted or heard by the appropriate authorities or bodies concern. Per se, it is my hope that some of the ideas and views shared on these kinds of discussions may eventually reach those who are responsible in making decisions regarding the specific raised issues and topics in our nation.
Recently, I have come to assume that when people in general stop or don't voice their concerns whether through media or other means; this can be taken as a mandate that the issue or the topic of concern is generally accepted by the people. As such, when do we stop voicing our concerns especially when they fall on deaf or stubborn ears? I think Divine from Majuro has shared some avenues whereby some of these concerns can be channelled in order to be heard. For example, the concerns regarding the Parliamentary Entitlement (PE) can be voiced either by agencies such as the AG or the Ombudsman, etc or the people. Accordingly, I like to think that people's power is one of the most powerful avenues in letting the voice of the people be heard if other means were resorted to but are not able to. In line with Divine, I think one practical way of voicing these concerns due to the immediate need to voice it now would be through a nonviolent demonstration by the people. Otherwise, it is time that we educate our populace to vote better representatives into the national parliament in the 2010 national general election.
Apparently, I for one, still fail to see some of the directions that our leaders are leading us into. With that, I am not sure whether most of the decisions our politicians make are informed decisions or mere political decisions to maintain their status quo and popularity, moreover, whether their decisions are for the best interest of most Solomon Islanders or for themselves (politicians) and their cronies. Thank you editor.

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