Dear Editor – It is sad to note the Premier of Temotu has tarnished our reputations in the media for no good reasons at all.
We have no personal interest vested in this logging company.
Our roles are clear in explaining the legal directives from the Ministry of Forest and the Ministry of Lands
on Xiang Lin Timber (SI) Ltd logging application on Santa Cruz.
The guarantor of profit by former Premier Tau and signed by Commissioner of Lands and Commissioner of Forest is still legal unless challenged in court.
Our views and advices during Executive meetings are not accepted by the Premier. It is clear that the Premier do not want us in assisting to solve the matter.
Now the Premier is in Honiara with landowners seeking assistance to nullify the guarantor of profit. Why is the Premier so fully engaged with the few landowners? Suspicious, isn’t it?
A new logging company will come in after transferring of crown land to landowners on Santa Cruz Island. That means logging will still be on
Santa Cruz- so what is the difference?
No clear vision, no clear plan and future for Temotu because officers are put aside and outsiders took their places as advisers to the government.
We respect him as Premier and at the same time disappointed with his approach and handling of office issues both in office and in the public.