The Leader of the Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale described foreign minister Jeremiah Manele’s recent comments against him, as dodgy and misguided.
Manele had earlier expressed his disappointment over what he called, a deliberate distortion by the opposition leader of his statement.
However, the Opposition Leader points out that the Minister is once again trying to dodge the truth behind his earlier statement.
“My earlier remarks were intended to condemn the governments ongoing singling out, and punishment of Malaita Province, for taking a principle stand against China; a practice acceptable in any democratic society.”
“Malaita’s position is the direct result of the government’s deception in not consulting the provinces and people after promising such consultations.
“Now with his latest statement focussing on the one China policy, it is clear that his call for unity is really a smoke screen for promoting China’s interest.
“It is regrettable that Manele chose to focus on foreign policy than the humanitarian aspects of the understanding between Malaita Province and Taiwan; especially at this time when we are preparing our people for a possible outbreak of the Covid-19.”
“Manele is not new to Taiwan and he should know better that its health care system is ranked top in the world hence, any offer of assistance to our people from Taiwan or any reputable health system, at these trying times should be seen as a bonus and should not be politicised,” the Opposition Leader adds.
The opposition leader therefore warned the government not to give in too much to Chinese salami-slicing tactics as this could be too divisive for our people.
Hon. Wale then calls on the Prime Minister to intervene and release the equipment to Malaita province, stressing that the issues raised as grounds for impounding the equipment are petty, compared to the need in Malaita for these.