P.M. hits out at legal critics

The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, has criticised lawyers who interfere with the Government’s work by publicising their views in the Samoa Observer. He didn’t name any legal practitioners in particular. 

But the Prime Minister's remarks came after former District Court Judge, Lefau Harry Schuster, told the Samoa Observer that the role of Deputy Prime Minister's position should always be occupied according to the requirements of the constitution.

Speaking on his weekly radio programme and with the stated aim of helping the Samoa Observer, Tuilaepa said people have “lop-sided” or “lumpy” views published in the newspaper. He advised the Samoa Observer to instead fill its newspaper with positive stories.

The Prime Minister said sarcastically that he especially enjoyed it when the Samoa Observer prints stories or views from people living outside of Samoa on issues of deep national importance. 

Earlier in the radio programme, the P.M. said there are hundreds of thousands of ways to skin a cat and “newbies” in Parliament don’t know that.

“The newbies in Parliament who just got there don’t understand this. They are being schooled,” he said. 

“I am trying to help these new Members of Parliament who haven’t been in Parliament for long understand this. There aren’t many. I think there are only two.”

Again, he did identify whom he was referring to.



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