24 June 2020 TPPI Vice-Chairman and former MP ‘Etuate Lavulavu claimed that a golden opportunity for the Democrat’s MPs (known as the ‘PTOA’) to discuss and debate in Parliament the controversial ‘6 Laws’, but has been squandered and wasted due to the inexperience of the Democrats MPs.
Mr Lavulavu told Tapinga Lavemaau, a co-host of ‘Tonga and Today’s Political’, that most of the PTOA’s MPs in parliament are so fresh of the parliamentary work particularly working outside Cabinet, known as the ‘opposition MPs’ in the Democratic countries.
On Monday, Prime Minister Hon Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoia and this government wrote to the Speaker of the House to withdraw the controversial ‘6 Reform Laws’ from the parliament’s agenda (refer to parliament’s minute).
Mr. Lavulavu claimed that the controversial ‘PTOA 6 Bills’ was prioritized by the late former Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva and his government as their main vision for their political reform for Tonga to have a more democratic political system.
These ‘6 Reform Bills’ were debated last year in parliament and the Speaker of the House at the time, Lord Tu’ilakepa decided that these laws are going to change the constitution and it is so significant to hear people of Tonga’s voice through parliamentary consultation.
However, Mr Lavulavu criticised the PTOA MPs for their carelessness and wasted the golden opportunity to ask the Speaker in parliament an opportunity to let the letter from the Prime Minister to withdraw the 6 laws be debated at the Whole House Committee.
Lavulavu questioned that how could the PTOA MPs seem misread the situation and acted lost in parliament which prevents them from making use of the opportunity that the Prime Minister put in front of them should the ‘6 reform laws’ is still important to their vision and political reform?
PTOA Chairman – MP Semisi Sika
MP Semisi Sika, former Deputy Prime Minister, the current Chairman of the PTOA and MP for Tongatapu 2, refuted the claim by saying that Lavulavu always misinterprets the issue. The PTOA MPs have not misjudged the situation but it was a profound decision that they made for the best interest of the nation.
I hereby quote MP Misi Sika’s reply; “The ‘six controversial laws (bills)’ was clearly written on the agenda by the Speaker of the House as nominated from the government to withdraw. We (the PTOA MPs) accepted it and voted to pass.”
“I personally believed that these laws are the outcome of the consultation with the people before the 2010 political reform and it was written in the ‘Political Reform Report’ but those in power at the time changed them before our political reform.”
According to Misi Sika, these six laws’ were originated from the Lord Tu’ivakano’s government and the ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s government-supported these laws as part of our political reform. So, we worked hard for these laws to be approved and passed on to the King Privy Council.
“We all understood that our mission was instructed to push-through these laws and let the King and his Privy Council decide the outcome. If the King and his Privy Council refused to accept these six laws for our democratic political reform then so be it, but at least we did our best to voice out what we believed and still let the King and his Privy Council decide according to our constitution.”
“These laws have caused major uproars and divided the nation and we understood that if we are to continue on pushing these laws through, then people will continue living in chaos,” said Misi Sika.
“We just wanted to let this government decide because we as a government nominate it through parliament and it is only a government that could nominate to withdraw from the government.”
“We do not have the numbers in parliament to continue on pushing through these laws and we understood that we will only get another uproar and chaos should we decide to push through these laws in the current situation.”
Misi Sika emphasized the facts that these laws belonged to Lord Tu’ivakano’s government despite the mission of the PTOA to push them through and let the King and his Privy Council decide the outcome.
Misi Sika said that Lavulavu always misinterpreted things such as he claimed that we were misjudgment the situation. Our decision was made from the best of our abilities to let this government made the decision about these laws.
We already provided what we believed in regards to these laws and it was already written in our history and the parliament’s minute and it’s about time to let this government continue on their work.
The debate in the house is not only for the sake of being debated and argued but we do have a conscience to do the right thing that could match the atmosphere of the day and what is happening.
FAKAHA ‘E HE TOKONI SEA ‘A E TPPI ‘ETUATE LAVULAVU NA’E MATAVALEA ‘A E KAU FAKAFOFONGA E PTOA ‘I FALEALEA MAKATU’UNGA HE ‘IKAI KENAU TAUKEI ‘O MOLE AI E FAINGAMALIE KENAU TALANGA’I E NGAAHI FO’I LAO ‘E 6 KA NA’E FAKA’IKAI’I MAMAFA ‘ENI ‘E HE SEA PTOA MP MISI SIKA ‘O PEHE NA’E ‘IKAI KENAU MATAVALEA KA NA’A NAU FAKAKAUKAU FAKAPOTOPOTO KE TUKUANGE PE KI HE PULE’ANGA KENAU FAKAKAUKAU’I E HOKO ATU E NGAAHI FO’I LAO KOE ‘UHI KOE LELEI FAKALUKUFUA KI HE FONUA.
Na’e fakaanga’i ‘e he Tokoni Sea ‘a e TPPI ‘Etuate Lavulavu ‘a e kau Fakafofonga Falealea PTOA ‘o pehe na’e hoko ‘a e ‘ikai kenau taukei ‘i he ngaue fakafalealea tautau tefito ki he ngaue ‘i tu’a KApineti (fakaanga) ke nau mata’ivalea ai ‘o mole ‘a e faingamalie lelei kenau fokotu’u ‘i Falealea ke tukuhifo e ngaahi lao ‘e 6 na’a nau fakaha ki he kakai koe uho ia ‘enau visone ki he liliu fakapolitikale ke toe fakatemokalati ange a Tonga ni. Ka ‘i hono fokotu’u tohi atu mei he Palemia moe Pule’anga ‘i he Monite i Falealea ke to’o ‘a e ngaahi lao ko ‘eni mei he ‘asenita, na’e ‘ikai ke ‘iai ha fakafofonga ia mei he PTOA tene malava ke mahino’i koe faingamalie lelei ‘eni kenau fokotu’u ai ki he Sea ke tukuhifo e tohi ko ‘eni ki he Komiti Kakato kenau tipeiti’i ai. Kae me’apango na’e puputu’u kau MPs PTOA ia ‘o ‘ikai kenau mahino’i ‘enau me’a na’e totonu kenau fakahoko pea iku tali ai pe he Falealea ia ke to’o e ngaahi lao ‘e 6 ko ‘eni ‘o ‘ikai kau he fokotu’utu’u ngaue ke alea’i ‘i Falealea. Na’e fehu’ia ‘e Lavulavu kapau leva koe visone ‘eni ‘a e PTOA ki he liliu fakatemokalati e ngaahi lao ni pea ‘oku fu’u mahu’inga pehe he neongo na’e valau ai fonua ka na’e ‘ikai pe kenau holomui he taimi na’a nau pule’anga ai, koe ha leva e uhinga lelei na’e ‘ikai kenau faka’aonga’i ai e faingamalie ko ‘eni i Falealea kenau tipeiti’i ai e ngaahi lao ni?
Kaikehe ‘i ha fetu’utaki e ongoongo ni ki he Sea ‘o e PTOA pea koe Tokoni Palemia malolo pea fakafofonga Falealea lolotonga ‘o Tongatapu 2 MP Semisi Sika ke ‘omai ha’ane fakama’ala’ala ki he kaveinga ni. Pea ‘oku ‘oatu hangatonu (quote) pe heni ‘a e tali koia meia kemou vakai kiai.
VPON MEDIA 2020