We’ll end ‘political prostitution”
By ANDREW FANASIA
CARETAKER Prime Minister Rick Hou says he’ll bring in new laws to stop “political prostitution” if he returns to power in this year’s election.
He was speaking at the launch of his Democratic Alliance Party (DAP) in Honiara, Tuesday.
“DAP believes a strong and stable political party system can promote political stability, which is an important prerequisite to enhance economic development,” Hou said.
“An unstable government would not be in a position to take bold and often unpopular decisions for the country’s economic advancement,” he added.
“Based on its integrity and accountability principles, DAP strives to be a strong and stable political party.”
Political prostitution is the movement of MPs from one side of the House to another, which had resulted in the political instability that country has witnessed since independence.
To achieve political stability, Hou said DAP needs men and women who share its vision and principles of integrity.
“We are looking for intending candidates with the desire to serve this nation.
“Our people and this country have suffered enough under grass-hopping politicians.
“DAP opposes this kind of leadership conduct in its entirety.
“So those intending candidates who register with DAP show they are willing to take this same stand.”
He further stated that with a political party that is in the ruling government, they are able to pursue and implement the party’s development agenda.
Hou said entering parliament as an independent candidate; one usually does not achieve much – except align oneself to other peoples’ ideas and policies.
“This is not conducive to a robust Parliament system and usually ends up with people pursing personal interests at the expense of national interests.
“As a party they take great pride in upholding the principles of Good governance, transparency and accountability.
“We also uphold strong and ethical leadership at all levels in government.
“We are mindful of, not only the party’s reputation, but most of all our members’ personal integrity and reputation.”