14 May 2004

Samoa opposition promises tax relief

1:29 pm on 14 May 2004

The opposition Samoa Democratic United Party says it will cut the goods and services tax, VAGST, off food prices if it forms government.

The opposition leader, Le Mamea Ropati, says this would apply to food, such as rice, canned fish, salt, flour and sugar.

Le Mamea says he was saddened by the Minister of Finance Misa Telefoni's statement that it was hard to remove the tax from food because it was now law and in operating VAGST.

Earlier in the year, the party called on government to exempt food from the tax, at least for a couple of months, until the country recovered from a shortage of basic food stuffs caused by Cyclone Heta.

The prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says what the leader of the opposition is talking about are dreams, which can't be implemented.