12 Mar 2008

Samoa govt refers petitions on road side change to bills committee

8:48 pm on 12 March 2008

The Samoa government has further referred the petitions against legislation towards changing the side of the road people drive on to the bills committee.

This follows the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, moving a motion in Parliament after the debate over a parliamentary committee report.

The prime minister says the concerns raised in the petitions will be further considered in the bills committee after the proposed road traffic legislation is tabled in the house for the first reading.

Meanwhile, two former government ministers have spoken in parliament against the change.

They are former Minister of Tourism and Trade and one of the two MPs representing the individual voters, Hans-Joachim Keil, and a former minister of Broadcasting and Telecommunication, Palusalue Fa'apo II.