22 May 2020

Samoa govt MP urged to oppose his controversial bills

5:26 pm on 22 May 2020

People in the Samoan constituency of Palauli west on Savaii have called on their MP, one of 48 government members, to make a strong stance in opposing three proposed bills.

Village matai of Palauli West constituency

Village matai of Palauli West constituency Photo: RNZ Pacific / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Close to 20 village matai representing five villages in the constituency, met with their MP, Afoa Fale'ulu Mauli, to voice the constituency's opposition to the bills the government was trying to push through.

The meeting came after the Parliamentary Select Committee reviewing the proposed legislation started discussions in Savaii.

A member of the delegation, who did not want to be named, said at the meeting this morning the MP was warned of the consequences come next year's general election if he did not oppose the legislation, which included major changes to the judiciary.