Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 22:30
The selection of Samiu Vaipulu as the new Chairman of the Whole House Committee, is historical because it is the first time ever for the House to elected a commoner to be the Chairman of the Whole House Committee, a position that has been traditionally held by a noble. On occasions a People’s Representative was made an Acting Chairman, but never before that the majority of the Cabinet Ministers overwhelmingly voted for a commoner to be Chairman. Tonga Legislative Assembly, Minute No. 1, Monday June 2, 2008. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.