23 June 2020 Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa and the government nominated through a letter to the Speaker of the House to withdraw the ‘6 controversial laws’ from parliament’s agenda.

Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa

The Prime Minister’s letter was literally reading in parliament on Monday and open for debate or nominate to put it down to the Whole House Committee for discussion.

The letter mentioned all of the six laws numbers and name such as 15/2019, 16/2019, 17/2019, 18/2019, 19/2019 and 20/2019 to withdraw based on the Cabinet decision made on the 22 of June 2020, to put aside these reform laws as the Cabinet did not want to touch or interfere with the King and the Nobles’ constitutional power.

The Cabinet had already outlined their manifesto and vision for the people and nation’s development. Their focus must be prioritised to help the most needed of the people, the development of the villages, and each family.

Hon Tu’i’onetoa clarified by enlightening the reasons for the letter by emphasizing that Cabinet believed that this government can still conduct their work for the people and the nation without these laws.

These 6 laws was concluded by the Prime Minister in two main things;

  1. The members of the King’s Privy Council should be voted by the people and not the King.
  2. The Police Commissioner should be chosen by the Cabinet and not the King and his Privy Council.

Hon Tu’i’onetoa told parliament that “he already discussed these issues with King Tupou VI and the King told him that Prime Minister chose the Ministers to advise him in Cabinet and the King chose the Privy Council members to advise him at the Privy Council.”

“Then the King and the Prime Minister had their monthly meeting between the two of them to discuss the differences in views or anything that concerns the Cabinet. That is why they were chosen to be the leaders…”

MP Mateni Tapueluelu asked the Speaker of the House that these laws that the Prime Minister and his government decided to withdraw should be withdraw and he nominated these laws to withdraw.

MP Tapueluelu told the house that everyone have different perspectives on these laws and that is why he accepted and nominated to withdraw so that their differences in perspectives will not taken the time of the house.

The Speaker of the House accepted the letter from the Prime Minister and the government to withdraw these laws from the agenda

FOKOTU’U TOHI E PALEMIA MOE PULE’ANGA KI FALEALEA KE TO’O ‘A E NGAAHI LAO ‘E 6 MEI HE ‘ASENITA NGAUE ‘A E FALEALEA MAKATU’UNGA ‘I HE TU’UTU’UNI ‘A E KAPINETI KE ‘OUA E ALASI E NGAAHI MAFAI KO ‘ENI E TU’I MOE KAU NOPELE PEA NA’E TALI ‘ENI ‘EHE SEA MOE FALEALEA ‘O TONGA.

‘Ofisi ‘o e Palēmia Nuku’alofa Tonga.
‘Aho 18 ‘o Mē 2020.

Lord Fakafanua,
‘Eiki Sea ‘o e Fale Alea Fale Alea ‘o Tonga
NUKU’ALOFA.

‘Eiki Sea,

‘Oku ou kole atu heni ke ‘oua ‘e fakakau, to’o mei he ‘Asenita ‘o e Fale Aleá ‘a e ngaahi Lao Fakaangaanga na’e ‘osi fakahū mai ki Fale Alea ‘i he 2019 ‘o kau ai ‘a e ngaahi Lao Fakaangaanga Fakatonutonu ni.

Fika 15/2019. Lao Fakaangaanga Fakatonutonu ki he Lao ‘o e Konisitūtone ‘o Tonga 2019.
Fika 16/2019 Lao Fakaangaanga Fakatonutonu Fika 2 ki he Lao ‘o e Konisitūtone ‘o Tonga 2019.
Fika 17/2019 Lao Fakaangaanga Fakatonutonu ki he Polisi Tonga 2019.
Fika 18/2019 Lao Fakaangaanga Fakatonutonu ki he Fakamaau’anga Polisi 2019.
Fika 19/2019 Lao Fakaangaanga Fakatonutonu ki he Komisoni Ngāue Faka-Fakamaau mo Fakalao 2019
Fika 20/2019 Lao Fakaangaanga Fakatonutonu ki hono Palani mo hono Pule’i Fakafonua ‘a hono Ngāue’aki ‘o e Ngaahi Feitu’ú 2019.

‘Oku makatu’unga ‘a e kole ni ‘i he ‘uhinga he na’e ‘osi faitu’utu’uni e Kapinetí ‘i he ‘aho 22 ‘o Sanuali 2020 ke fakangata pea ‘e ‘ikai ke to e fai ha ngāue ke hoko atu hano alea’i ‘o e ngaahi Lao Fakatonutonu ni ‘e ono koe’uhī he ‘oku ‘ikai ke loto ki ai ‘a e Kapinetí ke alasi ha mafai ‘o e Tama Tu’i pē ko e Nōpele. Kuo ‘osi fokotu’u ‘e he Kapinetí ha ngaahi taumu’a ngāue (manifesto) ke tuku taha ki ai ‘enau tokangá mo ‘enau ngāué ke tokangaekina ‘a e fiema’u vivili taha ‘a e kakai ‘o e fonuá pea mo hono langa fakalakalaka ‘a e ngaahi fāmili ‘i he ngaahi koló mo e ngaahi tukui motu ‘i Tokelaú ‘o fakatatau mo e Palani Ngāue ‘a e Pule’angá ke fakahoko.

‘Eiki Sea ko e kole ko ení ‘oku fakahū atu mei he Pule’angá ke fai ki ai ha tu’utu’uni ‘a e Feitu’ú na.

Faka’apa’apa atu,


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Hon. Rev. Dr. Pōhiva Tu’i’onetoa
(Palēmia ‘o Tonga)

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