Solomon Islanders vent over no tax MPs

6:08 am on 5 May 2015

An anti-corruption group in Solomon lslands says there is growing anger over parliamentarians being given tax free salaries.

Manasseh Sogavare

Manasseh Sogavare Photo: RNZI Koroi Hawkins

The Parliamentary Entitlements Commission pushed the change through at the beginning of April but did not announce it until late in the month.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare had promised action however in Parliament last week he dismissed critics, saying they are living in an imaginary world.

But Transparency Solomon Islands' Louise Hiele, says the opposition is real and people are angry and making the point on social media.

"One of the medical staff who work at the National Referral Hospital here in Honiara, taking a photograph of all the patients and their families lying on the floor in the corridor of the National Hospital and saying, this is not an imaginary world this is where I work everyday. People are quite hurt I think by the comments."

Louise Hiele from Transparency Solomon Islands.