Editorial from Tia Belau

July 22, 2009 at 2:50 pm 9 comments

Why such poor performance of OEK?
Many citizens are asking why the lawmakers at the 8th OEK have been so slow in making laws for which they were elected only 8 months ago?
After being in office for six. months by July 15, 2009, OEK members have each received $25,000 to date (half of their annual salary of $50,000) totaling $725,000 received by all 29 lawmakers which was paid by the struggling tax payers.
This is a lot of money, more than the annual budget of each of the 15 states of Palau except Koror. And what do the lawmakers have to show us the tax payers for it? 4 laws enacted in six months which translated to $181,000 spent per law. And what are the laws-setting OEK salary at $50,000 a year or $4,170 per moth each, 2009 FY budget, children’ welfare, and designation of Angaur and Peleliu as ports of entry to Palau. In the meantime, over 60 bills have been introduced up to today.
This means only 07% has been enacted so what about the 93% of the bills. What about the revenue generating, tax, and other development improvement bills now that the country faces an economic crisis.
When the current third regular session convened on July 14 last week for 25 days, the two chambers recessed until today, a week later so only 18 days are left. What hap-pened between the April’s second regular session and July 14, a period of about three months. Did the lawmakers not hold meetings and hearings, do fact findings, draft commit-tee reports, and make amendments if necessary to pend¬ing legislations and so when the regular session comes around, the committees can report to the floor for action on pending bills. This is the reason for the four 25-day regular quarterly sessions a year so that in between, the lawmakers can do basic legislative work
Otherwise, why pay them a salary equal to that of the President, $5,000 more than the Vice President, and $20,000 more than the ministers, when they do not work full time. So if the Palau lawmakers work part time as their performances to date show, then their salaries should be lowered by half or at amount commensurate to their work production and time spent as we have seen for the last six months.
Let’s look at Guam with 15 senators representing more than 150,000 people with a budget in excess of $500 million annually. Each Senator makes $55,000 and an average 10 bills are passed per session. Just read PDN last week. And each of them work full time, unlike our senators, i.e. some continue to engage in their private businesses and consider their legislative responsibilities as secondary.

Full Article can be seen on the July 20 edition of Tia Belau Newspaper


Entry filed under: Informational.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ellins  |  December 8, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    alii e belau uangerang a belau

  • 2. CDR Robert Meltel ,USCG  |  January 3, 2010 at 7:35 am

    kom uangerang

  • 3. Torsten van der Heyden  |  September 22, 2010 at 3:09 am


    it would be really great if you could add the flag of Palau to my world map (205 flags collected at the moment). Please visit my website
    http://www.vanderheyden-vonseth.de (mainly about butterflies and biodiversity)
    to do so. It’s just one click.

    Many thanks in advance & best wishes,

    Torsten van der Heyden

    Fellow of the Linnean Society of London FLS

  • 4. Nine A  |  October 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    No wonder why we can’t have a stable money flow or any progress shown on our today’s economy. Its hard for all the hard working tax payers to get what they deserve if the people who were selected to represent them work part time and have no commitment to the task they were chosen to do. If i would say this in our language I would say ” mekerang a rechebuul el meringl loureor a le bol el ungil beserir alskum a remengetekled a diak l ruul a urerir edi ou llel a tuu e mesuk ra kmal klou l luduoud”.. They should do something about their income or salary because I think its unfair for all the hard working people getting paid so less and for them to get paid more while they concentrate more on their personal bs…

    • 5. Anonymous  |  May 18, 2011 at 2:55 am

      Lol.. Ak AGREE!!

    • 6. Anonymous  |  August 30, 2012 at 5:41 am

      INTERNAL AFFAIRS…. The only solution to a corrupt government. I’ve been saying it since I was a senior at Palau High School playing MBIT in Tinian.

      • 7. Anonymous  |  August 30, 2012 at 5:46 am

        If only Camsek Chin would have been voted. Cause that is what Palau really needs, a big slap in the face with Military Order no free bee’s and definetly no moonlighting..

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