21 Jun 2019

Samoan backbencher alleges Budget is unbalanced

12:30 pm on 21 June 2019

A backbench MP from Samoa's ruling Human Rights Protection Party has been rebuked by the Prime Minister for alleging the proposed Budget is unbalanced.

Samoa's parliament

Samoa's parliament Photo: RNZ Pacific /Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

The Samoa Observer reports the MP, Faumuina Wayne Fong, also alluded to a waste of public money during the Budget debate this week.

And he said there were members of the party the Prime Minister does not want to listen to.

The Prime Minster Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi told the House the member is not prevented from expressing his views.

But he warned that cabinet members are not fools and are listening to what is being said.

Tuila'epa went on to say there were MPs who used the party's banner to get voted into Parliament that could not be trusted.