[Kaselehlie Press] Senator Figir makes his telecom position known in open letter to constituent


Category: Opinion
Published on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 14:58
Written by Isaac Figir

Dear Ms. Gisog,

Thank you for contacting me regarding your wishes for fiber optic connections for Yap State. I share your desire for better connectivity for our state. That being said, after all these years in politics I have learned that there is no such thing as free lunch. Every decision has its costs. When someone comes to you offering a wonderful thing there are usually hidden consequences behind the offer. As prudent decision makers, it is up to us to figure out what those hidden consequences are.
In this case, you may be aware that our neighbor Palau has turned down a similar opportunity for fiber optic connection in favor of a satellite-based system. Is there something they know that we don’t? Maybe there is and maybe there isn’t but we should find out before we decide. Likewise, what is it exactly that the World Bank wants us to do?  “Liberalization” is a very nice sounding word but what does it really mean in actuality? As they say, the devil is in the details. We learned that lesson with the Compact and various Asian Development Bank loans.

I assume you are a well-informed person so you must know that even the World Bank is critical of itself when it comes to promoting development. It is incumbent on us to perform our due diligence, and do what is best for our state after deliberation of the pros and cons. I am sure you are not asking us to jump just because someone may be giving us some money.

That being said I note your wish, and will keep it in mind as I go on to perform the task that our people have entrusted me, which is to make the right decision for our people.

Isaac Figir

Editor’s Note:  The open letter to one of his constituents was written before Senator Figir read about the Government to Government agreement between FSM and Palau.  He said that he still holds his position no matter what Palau decides.


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