31 Dec 2014

Samoa opposition leader defends right to criticise Bill

4:47 pm on 31 December 2014

The leader of Samoa's opposition is defending his right to critique a controversial new bill, saying his concern is not a sign of weakness.

If successful, the Citizenship Investment Bill would allow a person from any country, who is willing to invest over one and a half million US dollars in Samoa, to become a citizen.

Samoa's opposition leader Palusalue Faapo the 2nd

Samoa's opposition leader Palusalue Faapo the 2nd Photo: RNZI

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has hit out at the bill's critics, calling them weak people.

However the leader of the Tautua Samoa Party, has told the Samoa Observer that the Government should take any concerns about the bill onboard and consider it constructive feedback from people who care about the future of Samoa.

Palusalue Fa'apo II says the Bill indicates the Government is broke and the Prime Minister is desperate to generate revenue.

Palusalue is the latest member of parliament to speak out against the Prime Minister's newest bill.

He says Samoa's foreign debt is more than a billion pa'anga and the Government needs help if it is resorting to selling Samoan citizenship.