11 Dec 2007

Samoa government MPs against right hand drive policy told to leave party

11:46 am on 11 December 2007

A senior government MP in Samoa has strongly opposed a suggestion by a fellow colleague that members in the party who do not support the new controversial right hand drive policy should resign.

During a caucus meeting last week on the policy, the Police Minister, Tole'afoa Apulu Fa'afisi, reportedly made the suggestion when the Minister of Finance and two other MPs rejected the policy.

The Senior government MP, Tuiloma Lameko, says he supports the changes but opposes the calls for MPs to resigns because he says the party's top priority is the right for people to speak out.

The Minister of Police according to reliable sources within the party told the meeting that his business of public buses and heavy machines will suffer once the policy is implemented.

But he told the meeting that he is still supporting the government switch.

Meanwhile Tuiloma Lameko, who is the associate minister for the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, says differences raised in caucus meetings should stay within the party.