The Senate RCTD called the meeting and no one showed up. The public hearing regarding the proposed Financial Investment Act of 2009 conducted by the Senate Resources, Commerce, Trade, and Development Committee (RCTD), chaired by Sen. Akitaya had as their lone person to attend, Emery Wenty, on behalf of the Ministry of Education. The hearing was held on April 27.
I'm not too sure whether I should be troubled by the hearing when the public or the relevant agencies are showing no interest on this important proposed measure, or the fact that practically no one heeded the invitation or cared to show up at a hearing conducted by the members of the Senate. Are the people really that dismissive of the OEK or could it be the new administration's policy that every agencies had to get clearance before furnishing any comments to OEK?
It was kind of painful to watch Akitaya explaining that everyone who were invited were not able to join because they had other matters they need to attend to. Except of course, Director of Education Emery Wenty, who was surprised to find himself the only one at the hearing and commented somewhat apologetically in his opening statement that his comments will only address a tiny part of the bill.