THE Leader of Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale appealed to the Churches and people of Solomon Islands to share a thought in their prayers, for the people of the East Coast of Australia, who have and are still suffering from the ongoing effects of the recent bush fires.
Hon. Wale further said, “He is also saddened by the deafening silence of the government on this tragic event.”
The recent bush fires in Australia have already destroyed a lot of property, wildlife, animals and has also taken the lives of more than 20 people so far.
Hon. Wale said, “Words really cannot express the difficulties faced by the families and businesses affected and my heart goes out to each and every one of them. Indeed these are truly trying times.”
“As Christians, we are connected to the people of Australia through the body of Christ, hence we must find time to remember and pray for comfort and mercy.”
“I, therefore, invite all our Churches and people to say a prayer for the many families, wantoks and friends of those affected. In particular, let us remember those that have lost loved ones.
“May their souls rest in peace and may God comfort their families in these times of sorrow,” said Hon. Wale.
The Leader of Opposition, however, is saddened by the deafening silence of our government on this situation.
“The Australian government and people have always stood by us during our most trying times, including those moments when we also experienced natural disasters.
“Our neighbors, PNG, Vanuatu, and others have already made commitments to assist and so it makes one wonder why our government is so silent.”
“Our government must not allow our own shortcomings to be an excuse not to reciprocate the hand of compassion and mercy extended to us over the years, by the Australian people and government.
“If there is a time to demonstrate leadership, this is the time for our PM to make representation on behalf of the people of the Solomon Islands,” the Leader of Opposition said.