Illicit drugs biggest problem says king; calls on gov’t to speed up post-Gita recovery

King Tupou VI said this morning the biggest problem facing Tonga was the use of illicit drugs.

Speaking during the opening of Parliament in Tofoa, His Majesty also said he wanted the government to speed up the recovery process from Cyclone Gita.

He said winter season was approaching but the people were still in a vulnerable position.

He said the harm illicit drugs had caused to the youth, family and the nation today was immeasurable.

King Tupou VI said some countries around the world have adopted a severe stance against drug-related crime including death penalty.

Leaders and MPs should create jobs for the youth locally and internationally, he said.

This means, the king said, Tonga has to upgrade the quality and levels of its academic qualifications at higher education to be in line with that of the international levels.

He said this could ensure the local students could achieve same quality of education students at international schools have achieved at the same time Tongan students still stay in Tonga and help build up the country.

The king believed the government has more short-term policies than long-term policies.

Leadership and vision as well as long term policies should be congruent, the king said, as he addressed the nation in a speech which was televised and streamed on Facebook.  .

The king said it was important for Members of Parliament and civil servants to carry out their responsibilities according to the laws.

He said it was obvious after the Nuku’alofa riots in 2006  businesses and lives of some people were lost as a result of law breakings and breaching of the peace.

The King thanked Tongans overseas for their sacrifices and assistances which help Tonga after tropical cyclone Gita.

He also thanked foreign donors and governments for their contribution to the development of Tonga.

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  1. Tō Folofola Mei he Taloni

    ‘Oku ou tuku e fakafeta’i ki he ‘Otua Mafimafi ‘i he’ene tataki pea tau tū’uta ki he ‘aho ni, ‘oku laumālie lelei pē ‘a e Sea pehē ki he Palēmia mo e Kapineti kau Fakafofonga ‘o e Hou’eiki Nōpele mo e kau Fakafofonga e Kakai kuo lava atu e ngaahi mahina ‘i he hili ‘a e afā tolopika ko GITA mo e kei tokolahi pē ‘a e kakai ‘oku fiema’u e tokoni. ‘Oku ou faka’amu ke to’oto’o ange ‘a e ngāue he ‘oku ha’u ‘a e faha’ita’u mokomoko pea ‘oku uesia ‘a e kakai fakaenofo, fakaeloto mo e faka’atamai foki.

    ‘Oku mahu’inga ke ngāue ‘a e Fale Alea mo e Pule’anga fakatatau ki he lao koe’uhī kuo hā mei he ngaahi ta’u si’i kuohili ‘i he tutu ko ia ‘o Nuku’alofa, ko e faka’auha ‘o e ngaahi pisinisi mo e mole ‘o e ngaahi mo’ui ko e ola ia ‘o e maumau’i ‘o e lao mo e nofo melino.

    Ko ia ko e fatongia ‘o kitautolu kotoa ke malu’i hotau ‘ātakai ‘o tatau pē ‘i he fonua pea mo ‘ōseni koe’uhī ko e ngaahi to’utangata ‘i he kaha’u kae ‘ikai ke fakapotopoto ke tau ngāue’aki hotau ‘ātakai pea ‘e ‘ikai ha fakatu’amelie ma’a ‘etau fānau mo e kaha’u ‘o e fonua.

    Ko e tupu meia GITA kuo hiki mai ai ‘a e Fale Alea ki he Senitā Fakafonua ko ‘eni ‘o hanga lelei atu pē ki he Potungāue Mo’ui mo e Falemahaki Vaiola pea ofi mai foki ‘a Falemasiva mo e Kolisi Tailulu.

    Ko e ongo kaveinga ‘oku na mamahi’i pea u ‘omai he ta’u kotoa ki he Fale ni ko e mo’ui lelei mo e ako lelei ‘i he fonua ni. ‘Oku taau foki ke fakataumu’a ke hiki hake ‘a e founga ki he tokanga’i ‘o e mo’ui lelei ki ha tu’unga ‘oku fakamāmāni lahi, kā ke tau lava ke fua.

    Ko e faingata’a lahi taha ‘oku tofanga ai ‘a e fonua he ‘aho ni ko e faito’o konatapu. Ko e maumau ‘oku hoko ki he fānau ngaahi fāmili mo e fonua ‘o e ‘aho ni pea mo e kaha’u ‘oku ‘ikai ala fakafuofua pē fakamahu’inga’i kā ‘oku ‘i ai ‘a e ngaahi fonua ‘oku tautea ‘a e hia fekau’aki mo e faito’o konatapu ‘oku a’u pē ki he tautea mate.

    ‘Oku totonu ke tau fakapapau’i ‘oku ngāue ‘a e kau taki mo e kau Fakafofonga ke fakatupu ha ngaahi ngāue ‘i Tonga ni ma’ae to’utupu pea mo ha ngaahi faingamālie foki ‘i tu’apule’anga. ‘Oku ‘uhinga eni ke a’usia ha ngaahi tu’unga fakaako fakavaha’apule’anga ‘i Tonga ni ke fe’unga mālie mo e ngaahi tu’unga fakaako mā’olunga ange ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako ‘i tu’apule’anga, ‘oku ‘ikai ke lava ‘o a’usia ‘i Tonga ni koe’uhí ke lava ke tau fakahū atu ki he ngaahi ‘univēsití ‘a e fānau te nau ako pea nofo ‘i Tongá ni ke langa hake hotau fonuá.

    ‘Oku hā mai mei he ngaahi ta’u si’i kuo hili ‘oku hangē ‘oku fakataimi nounou pē ‘a e ngaahi taumu’a ngāué lolotonga ko ia ‘oku totonu ke ‘i ai ‘a e palani lōlōa ange ki he kaha’ú koe’uhi ko ‘etau vīsone ma’á e fonua ‘oku totonu ke taimi lōlōa ia ‘o laui ta’u kae ‘ikai ke fakangatangata pē ‘o fakatatau ki he ngaahi ta’u ngāue. ‘E mātu’aki tokoni heni ka tu’unga tatau ‘a e takí, ko e palaní mo e vīsone.

    ‘Oku fakatokanga’i ‘a e ‘ofa mo e feilaulau ‘a e kāinga Tonga mei he ngaahi fonua mulí ko e tokoni ki he ngāue langalanga hake ‘oku lolotonga fakahoko ‘i he fonuá.

    ‘Oku ‘i ai ‘a e fakamālō ki he ngaahi Pule’anga muli pea mo e ngaahi kautaha fakavaha’a Pule’anga mo fakataautaha ‘oku nau fakahoko mai ‘a e ngaahi tokoni ki he langa fakalakalaka ‘o e fonua.

    Fakatauange ke mou ma’u ha fakataha alea ‘e lelei fakalukufua ki he kakaí mo e fonuí pea langilangi’ia ai hotau ‘Otuá. ‘Ofa atu.

    Kingi Tupou VI

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