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Segregating Nobles from People's Representatives in Tonga is not healthy - Dr 'Aisake Valu Eke Featured

Dr. 'Aisake Valu Eke Dr. 'Aisake Valu Eke

10 March, 2017. A Tongan MP, dumped earlier this week from Cabinet, wants the country's parliament to take a less adversarial approach to governing.

Dr 'Aisake Eke was removed earlier this week from his Finance Minister's post after he abstained in a no confidence vote against Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.

The vote was defeated but Dr Eke was sacked from his post.

He said he had no grudges about his removal and expected it.

But he said he wanted the Tonga Legislature to learn to work together and this was something he would be aiming to achieve if he remains in politics.

He said the adversarial approach does not work for Tonga.

"The political agenda they use is a very divisive one. To segregate the Nobles from the People's Representatives, to me, is not a healthy one," he said.

"It is not one that is appropriate for Tonga, socially and economically and politically. So we have to get the unity and move forward. This is the only way you could make a stronger Tonga."

-RNZI

8 comments

  • Aisea Matiu
    Aisea Matiu Wednesday, 15 March 2017 14:41 Comment Link

    That was well-said by Dr 'Aisake Valu Eke, Tonga's former champion Minister of Finance. What was said could not be too far from the truth. The truth of the matter is that it is surely NOT a good thing at all for segregating the Noble's and People's Representatives in Parliament.

    And the same thing applies more so beyond the strictly privileged confines and immunity of Parliament to their other important, hands-on and accountable respective but mutually inclusive roles in the wider Tongan society.

    Why, the question may be asked? Because all of the representatives of the nobles and people (not to mention the government considered as an informal ruling party, as well as the king) do represent in both theory and practice one and the same people - the whole of the people of Tonga.

    Both the noble's and people's representatives must rise above politics of persons for individual gains (nobles for nobles versus people for people) to politics of collective benefits for the overall beneficial gains of the whole of the people of Tonga (royalty plus nobility plus people in all).

    The unofficial turning of the existing representatives of the nobles and people into assumed political parties -- governed by strict political ideologies as to the production, distribution and consumption of the totality of Tonga's material, intellectual and social resources -- is both truly misleading and highly problematic.

    It is both truly misleading and highly problematic especially in view of the fact that ALL the representatives of both the nobles and people (and even in the case of the government as the as the so-named ruling party), really represent, in the final analysis, the whole of the people of Tonga.

    The same applies to the opposition of every issue put forward by either the ruling party or the opposition party straight up merely for the sake of opposing it is too NOT at all good and NOT at all healthy.

    Ideally, though, every issue put forward irrespective of their so-called political party origins should be freely debated on its own merit for the overall benefits of the whole of the people of Tonga and NOT, as has always been the norm, subsumed to political ideologies of party politics or for that matter for mere opposition.

    The ad hoc classification of MP representatives into political parties when in reality party politics has not been both formally and legally put in place, for example, Noble's Party, People's Party, Independent Party and Democratic Party, is too both truly misleading and highly problematic for all the more obvious reasons earlier said.

    In this day and age, where there is one world with many cultures, or the world a single global village, are not all the said parties based in varying degrees on elements of democracy as an introduced political system, which lies in closer affinity to capitalism as an introduced economic system (and NOT where some are taken as dictatorship)?

    What if on that basis a so-called party, such as the very Democratic Party, defies most, if not all, of the elements of democracy notably transparency, accountability, equality/equity and justice it pretends to stand for? Should it be worthy the name?

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  • tiny
    tiny Saturday, 11 March 2017 17:41 Comment Link

    Mahalo ko e totonu 'ena kuo tuku mai 'e Pou-VI 'o poupou'i 'a fkhoko fatongia 'ae PM. Sai Next!

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  • Jackie
    Jackie Saturday, 11 March 2017 01:39 Comment Link

    He talu 'eku fakasio mo faka'amu ki ha taha pehe ni. Ke ne tataki 'etau fakakaukau ki ha me'a 'oku sai mo lelei. He ;ikai lava ke to'o meihe hisitolia 'o tonga 'a e tuku fonua 'i Pouono, 'a e Konisitutone na'e fa'u he'e 'uluaki Faa pea hoko ko hotau fakahinohino mo e kapasa folau 'o Tonga. Fakafeta'i e kei ;iai ha mafia he Tu'i ke ne vakavaki'i mo ta'ota'ofi 'aki e ngaahi fokotu'utu'u 'a e pule'anga 'oku 'ikai taau. Fakafeta'i hono fakakouna 'o Eke ke ne tu'u he'ene tui ki he me'a 'oku totonu. Pea he'ikai fuoloamei heni kuo hopo hange 'a e faitotonu 'o hange ko e ho'ataina 'a e la'a. Pea koeni 'oku kamata pee ke tau sio ki ai. 'A e feinga ki he lelei fakalukufua. Ke ngaue fakataha 'a e kakai mo honau kau Nopele pea ko hono totonu ia ka 'oku 'ikai ko e langa 'aa vahevahe hange ko ia 'oku tau pahia hono malanga'i 'ehe paati 'a 'Akilisi. Have a good break Dr Eke, you need it. He ko e fili hoko te ke foki pee ko e ki he lakanga Minisitaa if not the PM seat.

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  • Tukia Sikulu
    Tukia Sikulu Saturday, 11 March 2017 00:44 Comment Link

    Ko founga a Akilisi ko Setane ataa. Ko Setane pe e taha oku ne fakakonahi e kakai aki e loi moe fakamatala taemooni o tokolahi ene kakai.
    Ko e faka'amu fakaofoofa a Aisake pea iheeku sio kuo tuu ongongataa e kakai ia. Fai mo tukuhifo a Akilisi kae taumuavalea hono kau muimui. Sio ka Osama ko hono pakii pe kuo tavaivaia e toenga ia. Ka ikai pea kole ka Tupou VI ke oatu aa e lakanga Tu'i kiai, fai mo hano hilifaki kalauni, oatu moe u lakanga nopele kiheene fanau moe fanga mali, oua toe fai ha fili fale alea omai pe ene fanau moe fangamokopuna kenau fokotuutuu e fonua na koe mea ia e lava ketau gaue fakataha ai mo melino.

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  • Lowe
    Lowe Friday, 10 March 2017 19:52 Comment Link

    'E maumau 'a e tonu moe faka'ofo'ofa 'o ha fokotu'utu'u 'okapau tete manga fakalaka mei he sitepu 'uluaki ki he sitepu hoko.
    'I he mala'e 'o e politiki koe sitepu 'uluaki koe "WIN THE PEOPLE'S HEART". Ngaahi ta'u lahi moe nofo taha pe 'a Pohiva mo 'ene nusipepa kele'a 'i he 'uluaki sitepu 'i hono tohoaki'i 'a e tokanga moe loto 'a e kakai ki he tui faka-Temokalati (neogo na'e si'isi'i 'a e 'ilo ki ai) pea na'e 'ikai puli 'ene founga na'a ne ngaue'aki. 'Aho ni kuo ne 'i he sitepu hoko 'o kai e melie 'o 'ene ngaue mo 'ene founga neongo pe 'oku tau tui ki ai pe 'ikai ka ko hono mo'oni kuo ne "win the people's heart".
    Faka'ofo'ofa 'a e faka'amu 'Aisake ka 'oku totonu ke tomu'a fai ha ngaue fakataha moe kau nopele 'i he sitepu 'uluaki pea toki hoko hake ki he sitepu hoko. Kakai tokolahi ;oku nau nofo 'i he ngaahi tofi'a 'o e kau nopele 'oku nau fili falealea pea koe faka'amu ia "is to win the people's heart" ki he fili hoko.

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  • Fahina
    Fahina Friday, 10 March 2017 18:07 Comment Link

    Mahalo ko e me'a ia oku tonu ke nga'unu kiai e ngaue'i 'o e fonua.. Ka lava 'o ngaue fakataha ma'ae lelei 'o e fonua pea e toki longo mo'ui e me'a kotoa he fonua.. He'ikai lava ke fakafaikehekehe'i e kau nopele mei he kakai he koe kau nopele oku 'iai honau kakai pea mo e ngaahi ha'a 'oku nau tauhi kiai.. Kuo hange 'eni ia ha va 'o Siamane mo Pilitania he tau lahi hono 2 pea kuo tala ia kuo kovi e kaume'a koee.. Mou ngaue fakataha he koe me'a ia e tu'uloa ai e fonua.. OKu toki fakatahataha'i kitautolu I ha pekia o ha memipa mei fale lahi pea mahino ai a etau felalave'i koe fonua ko Tonga oku iai e kakai mo hono hou'eiki pea moe Tu'i..
    Poupou atu fakafofonga...

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  • tulifua
    tulifua Friday, 10 March 2017 14:58 Comment Link

    Thank you ex-Minister for telling the world we are still proud of our ancestors and our traditions and cultures. The single argument against the nobles is “numbers” which is purely quantitative whilst life is made up of quantities and qualities. Why is it that the All Blacks has dominated rugby for almost a century yet the number of players in the field has always been the same, 15? What makes the difference between the 15 All Blacks and the other 15s? Isn’t it quality? In many situations in life we have to account for both quantity and quality including politics. One smart head can outplay dozens of not-so-smart heads. It’s the trade-off between quantity and quality that counts in government let alone the many other situations that it’s the rule.

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  • Sebastian
    Sebastian Friday, 10 March 2017 14:32 Comment Link

    I praise Dr. Eke for his stance in the issues of the cabinet and the parliament and eventually the government. Akilisi has targeted the nobles since ever. His cabinet is made up of all anti-nobility crooks. Dr. Eke was definitely a loner in the cabinet. We should aim at electing good citizens to run the government like him. Good citizens are patriotism, which nowadays consists of good background in education and a will to build the country. We cannot build without honesty in all in life. Dr. Eke is our new leader. Let us all come together and support him and let the evil and the devil support their class.

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