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Letter From The President: ROPAB Brouhaha II

Wed, 22 Feb 2006 Source: J. A. Fukuor/Daily Dispatch

Countrymen and women, loyalists and opponents, I am getting tired of the on-going debate over whether or not Sikaman citizens abroad should vote. It seems to be the one most pressing issue confronting our country today. But clearly it?s not. I know you have also had enough of the arguments for and against the law and you?d rather that I drop the subject and write about something else. But I can?t! The minority people are still making such a fuss about it and I am getting increasingly annoyed ? so annoyed to the point that I am thinking about the possibility of shelving the whole idea. Perhaps, I could even make a decision before this letter gets to you.

Countrymen and women, loyalists and opponents, I am getting tired of the on-going debate over whether or not Sikaman citizens abroad should vote. It seems to be the one most pressing issue confronting our country today. But clearly it?s not. I know you have also had enough of the arguments for and against the law and you?d rather that I drop the subject and write about something else. But I can?t! The minority people are still making such a fuss about it and I am getting increasingly annoyed ? so annoyed to the point that I am thinking about the possibility of shelving the whole idea. Perhaps, I could even make a decision before this letter gets to you.
I have not yet taken any decision to shelve the bill for just one reason: I don?t want to set a precedent whereby my plans and programmes will be thwarted by the whining of the opposition. If that happens the opposition will be ruling this country by proxy and I will only be a ?Simpa panyin? ? a mere figurehead and an utterly useless leader. This, I will not allow to happen.

Columnist: J. A. Fukuor/Daily Dispatch