Dear Editor – As we continue to read and discover the chaos left behind by Mr Colin Yow, one cannot help but question why are Solomon Islanders so gullible?
Who made the decision to bring Mr Yow at the first place? Did they do a proper background check on his credibility? Let alone his expertise and experience? This man drives in like a bulldozer and just swept everything and everybody off their feet and almost as a master controlling a lot of Solomon Islanders.
His uses a very cheap and dangerous age old divisive tactic and his slogan is simple ‘Fighting for the rights of the indigenous people versus the exploitation of foreign nations and corporations’ and oh how attractive. This is music to the ears and you know what? We swallow this notion bait hook and sinker!!! Did I say gullible? How low can we sink man!
Almost every day you read and hear people in the social and public media discrediting some overseas friends who tried their best to bring needed foreign investment to the country and rubbishing their efforts. I did not say they are the best investors but they have been here for so long. If there are discrepancies on their operations and financial transactions, we have institutions in place who are the watch dogs on behalf of the people.
Yow quickly learn the history of some notorious citizens and uses them to the full in his wild media campaign. Were they successful? Off course! If you meet people in the Honiara streets, they will tell you Colin Yow was the saviour of the indigenous people.
He knows the leaders of the defunct??? Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) are champions when it comes to media campaign and direct attack. Instead of talking about the issues facing Malaitan’s and championing their cause, they quickly assemble enough armoury to engage in a futile media battle. Malaita wait let us take on Yow’s agenda first.
He convinces them that the chamber of commerce is not for you. You better start are new chamber and I will fund it. He knows that they have an ally in the PS of commerce already. The Malaitan banker? and MMF strongman. They already have their finance advisor a political appointee in the PMO. So quick as a crow the Indigenous Commerce for local businesses was launched with SIPA money and the approval from the PS.
Now the tune for MMF is no longer heard. The tunes of Mr Yow is no longer heard. Now you are hearing the tune of the new chamber of commerce. What would be the next tune? Iumi lo Malaita wait fastaem. We have the golden rule imbedded in our character. ‘Others First’.
Oh by the way, shouldn’t Colin Yow be barred from leaving the country to answers questions? Or can he be brought back to clear his name?
Mr M Fatainao