Connivingly greedy to push pay rise

Wednesday May 29, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor
A letter writer says: "Incidentally, I was not surprised in the least to see the results of the CI News Political Poll in last Saturday’s paper reporting that  some 78 per cent of respondents said “no” to a pay increase for MPs." A letter writer says: "Incidentally, I was not surprised in the least to see the results of the CI News Political Poll in last Saturday’s paper reporting that some 78 per cent of respondents said “no” to a pay increase for MPs."

Dear Editor,

Last week’s CINews letter, ‘Embarrassing to hear the Demos’ by Get Real(GR) dodges the real point of my letter, the MPs’ pay rise issue.

 

Incidentally, I was not surprised in the least to see the results of the CI News Political Poll in last Saturday’s paper reporting that  some 78 per cent of respondents said “no” to a pay increase for MPs.

As quoted: “Of the100 people who took part in the independent political poll run last week, 78% said they would not vote for the MPs who will award themselves a 45% pay rise...they (the MPs) don’t deserve it.

A Mitiaro man, aged 66, who is not supporting the proposed pay rise said, “I don’t agree to a pay rise for MPs unless the same increase is given to  public servants.” Commentators on CINews’ Facebook page said: “(They) should only be paid when Parliament sits, rest of the time get a real job!!!”

Yes, and like many others, I too have lost faith with this incompetent CIP led government and their appallingly selfish behaviour in Parliament. As a result, I will no longer be supporting them!

Like me, clearly an extremely large number of fellow Cook Islanders, both local and overseas, are really upset and angry with our current CIP-led government with their selfish behaviour in Parliament just weeks ago, showing how connivingly greedy they are for their own personal agenda. Obviously, their primary parliamentary focus was to at all  costs pass the Appropriations Amendment Bill and raise the “pay rise for MPs’ issue” - knowing that an Executive Order by Cabinet will approve their pay rise - THEN! they immediately adjourned Parliament “sine die”!  And as a result of their disgraceful action, we  now know they don’t care about the interests of our people, nor of our country!

    In reply to my letter, GR states: “Where is the bribery that they are accusing the government of? At the moment I see the country prospering and work going ahead in the roads and the water, my parent’s pensions have gone up and my children’s money has increased...” Yes, Get Real, even you must surely realise that our economy is on the cusp of a major economic collapse as a result of an anticipated Global Financial Collapse (GFC), In this light we must condemn this self-centred government with its lack of economic nous, who have grossly failed to at least prepare our other primary industry revenue streams of agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture and pearl farming, to further help and economically strengthen our very vulnerable Tourism Industry, in mitigation of an eventual GFC. 

Really GR?!, I’m certain that like the rest of us, even you must know that the immediate economic future of our paradise looks extremely bleak!  And as a result, there will likely be little or no money to pay your parent’s pension, your children’s benefits, our road works, water works, health, education, public servants, and so on, no thanks to this incompetent government wrecking our economy! Yes indeed,   Where is the bribery that they are accusing the government of?” In the Cook Islands Crimes Act of 1969”, Section 113 says,

(1) Every Minister of the Crown or member of the Executive Council is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years who corruptly accepts or obtains, or agrees or offers to accept or attempts to obtain, any bribe for himself or any other person in respect of any act done or omitted, or to be done or omitted, by him in his capacity as a Minister or a member of the Executive Council.

(2) Everyone is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years who corruptly gives or offers or agrees to give any bribe to any person with intent to influence any Minister of the Crown or member of the Executive Council in respect of any act or omission by him in his capacity as a Minister or member of the Executive Council.

(3) No-one shall be prosecuted for an offence against this section without the leave of a Judge of the High Court. Notice of the intention to apply for such leave shall be given to the person whom it is intended to prosecute, and he shall have an opportunity of being heard against the application.

Section 114. pn Corruption and bribery of a member of Legislative Assembly, says,

(1) Every member of the Legislative Assembly is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years who corruptly accepts or obtains or agrees or offers to accept or attempts to obtain, any bribe for himself or any other person in respect of any act done or omitted, or to be done or omitted, by him in his capacity as a member of the Legislative Assembly.

(2) Everyone is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years who corruptly gives or offers or agrees to give any bribe to any person with intent to influence any member of the Legislative Assembly in respect of any act or omission by him in his capacity as a member of  the Legislative Assembly.

(3) No-one shall be prosecuted for an offence against this section, without the leave of a Judge of the High Court. Notice of the intention to apply for such leave shall be given to the person whom it is intended to prosecute, and he shall have an opportunity of being heard against the application.”

    Yes GR, obviously your letter of criticism was lacking in reason, and was clearly irrational and nonsensical. And as for the tenuous status and future of five of our ministers of the Crown goes, learned colleagues both local and overseas have opined that the Cook Islands Law Crimes Act of 1969, is very clear. Pursuant to both Sections 113 and 114, the consensus is that because the application of this law was used to indict two history-making cases – that of Albert Henry’s in 1978 and Teina Bishop’s in 2017, (with both cases now precedent setting) – the legal consideration is that in the very near future five ministers of the Crown will likely face lenghthy terms of imprisonment as a result of breaking our own legislated Cook Islands laws. Yes, law and order is still alive and well in our beautiful paradise, and Justice WILL prevail!  God is Good, all the time!

Disgruntled

Taxpayer!

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