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A discriminatory comment by a prominent Tongan legislator against PNG’s Miss South Pacific, Leoshina Kariha, has gone viral on social media, with thousands condemning the Tongan politician.
The Tongan leader was reported to have yelled at our Miss Kariha as ‘black, ugly and disgusting’ at the Miss Heilala festival in Tonga.
Papua New Guineans from all walks of life have demanded that the Tongan government apologise to Miss Kariha and PNG for the comments allegedly made by its deputy prime minister.
Miss Kariha has not responded to the comments.
But a member of her Tongan chaperone team apologised on behalf of the Tongan organisers of the Heilala festival.
The festival turned ugly when the crowd attending the crowning of the new Heilala Queen booed their own Miss Tonga as she gave a speech on her experiences of bullying and lack of support during her tenure.
The Tongan leader’s alleged ‘bad mouthing’ of our Queen comes at a time when Pacific Island countries are meeting in neighbouring Samoa for the Pacific Games.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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