My friend and I are shocked at the audacity of the 8th OEK members to take a fact finding mission trip to Philippines. Five senators and two delegates and five staff members. This trip easily cost our government close to $15,000.00 including hotels, taxi, food, and entertainment. We heard that they went to study their school system so that we can send our students there for college. These OEK members never heard of the internet? And if it was required for someone to fly there, was it necessary to have eight OEK members and five staffs to go get this information?
Also we want to find out why OEK members went on this trip and not the Minister of Education and Minister of State? We know that is the function of the executive branch and the legislative branch. We understand that OEK is running short of money so they will be asking for supplemental budget. We hope the media will expose this issue to the people to see how OEK members are spending our taxes. Plus we watched MBTV and saw senators and delegates attending PALMS meeting for executive leaders of the Pacific. Senators and Delegates should know that they are not executive leaders.
Last week my cousin was in the hospital and they were out of drugs that were prescribed for her and we were told that there is no money to order medicine and supplies for our hospital. So why are members of OEK spending money traveling for what? Can you get their answer and publish for the public to know their explanation. We are very angry but do not know where to vent our frustration.
(Tia Belau, June 1-7, 2009)