M.P. Faumuina happy with removal from H.R.P.P.

Member of Parliament for Urban West, Faumuina Wayne Fong says his removal from the ruling Human Rights Protection Party has been the best news he has heard so far. 

In an interview with the Samoa Observer, Faumuina who was unaware of his removal until the news broke out says he accepts the decision from the political party. 

“I feel happy about the decision and I feel that a heavy burden has lifted off my shoulder now that I’m an Independent member,” said the M.P. 

He acknowledged the H.R.P.P. and the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi for four years they had worked together. 

Faumuina said he understands that his removal from the party is for being vocal on issues he feels affected his constituency and the country. 

“Some of the matters that I questioned was based on legislations and other issues but he [Tuilaepa] was not happy about it and was building up inside [of him],” said the M.P. 

“I ask questioned based on my right as the representative of my constituency and I ask on issues affecting my constituents and those questions need answers. 

“If he does not like that then I’m sorry Prime Minister but those are matters that the respective Member of Parliament needs to raise.”

Faiumuina said not all M.Ps are the same and everyone have different perspective on issues. 

“Some M.Ps sit on issues and others go out and do research on what affect their district and country,’ he added. 

“I believe that is why he was unhappy with me but I am very happy right now with the decision.” 

Other issues that Faumuina raised that he believes was criticised by the Prime Minister is the appointment of the new Chief Justice, the Land and Titles Court Bill and the proposed Vaiusu wharf. 

In view, the M.P. said he accepts the new appointment of the Chief Justice but he wanted to know why senior Justice Vui Clarence Nelson was not considered in the appointment. 

In relation to the Land and Titles Court Bill, Faumuina said his opposition to the proposed legislations was expressed during Gagaifo Lefaga village council. 

“I do not agree to the bill because in my view the judiciary should be independent because at the moment our parliament is being ruled by the executive or is not independent,” he said. 

“I also questioned the Vaiusu project in my district but the Prime Minister asked why I’m questioning it when there is no funding for the project. 

“But my concerns are based on what affects my district and those are matters that should be explained…”

Prime Minister and leader of H.R.P.P., Tuliaepa confirmed on Tuesday this week that the caucus decided on the removal of Faumuina from the party on Friday last week. 

He said the H.R.P.P. does not need member who betrays them. 

"We don’t need members who don’t come in to support the Government, the H.R.P.P," said Tuilaepa. 

“You all know the reason [why he is sacked], he’s not a member of the party and that is reflected from his public statements. 

“We don’t need that kind of member and his statements show that he is a member that only came in for what benefits him but not to support the Government…” 

Asked about the reasoning from the Prime Minister, Faumuina said the Prime Minister can say what he wants about him. 

“I would say he is paranoid about this matter and I will not respond to him,” he added. 

Now that he is an Independent M.P. was asked if he will now be forming up a new political party with La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt and Olo Fiti Vaai as raised by Tuilaepa. 

 In response, Faumuina said the claims is what the Prime Minister believes and could be because his views with the other two M.Ps are similar. 

“But I’m not going to be influenced by La’auli or Olo,” he said. 

“I follow what my constituency says and I will guard my constituents. 

“There are about four to five new political party so will have a look at which one is good.”

He added that maybe when the leader of the H.R.P.P. is changed he will consider knocking on their doors again. 

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