Gerdence Meyar, the Delegate from Peleliu is obviously not concerned about violation of our fishing laws. What he said on January 13 HOD session seems to imply that since we are hosting Embassy of Taiwan here, arresting their citizens, seizing their boats loaded with shark fins, and burning the illegal catch does not make a sound foreign policy.
Why is he tolerating violation of our fishing laws I don't know, maybe he thinks that it could cause a political fallout of our relationship with Taiwan. If we arrest their citizens then their government would penalize us by witholding much needed financial/technical assistance to our islands, so we must be careful not cause any embarassment to our Taiwanese friends. Mr. Meyar, if you may recall the stricter shark fishing law was encated last year and I am sure the House which you are a member was happy to have passed it too. I wonder from your statement from the floor whether there is part of the law that grant relief to violation of our national laws to our friends from Taiwan or are you saying that the law should not apply to any foreign fishing vessels?
Palau also host a number of foreign embassiesy, the U.S, Phillipines, and Japan, by the same token should we also tolerate the violation of our laws from their citizens? Certainly you don't wish to jeopardize our relationship with these countries, especially two of our biggest benefactors or am I wrong?
Since you are so concerned about about the perils of our laws and its enforcement, how would you have handled the situation yourself? For once give us some answers.