The former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi’s decision to break his silence on fears about the alienation of customary lands and Samoa’s land laws will gain him some friends and probably more enemies. That much is undeniable.
The frustrations expressed by the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry over the Government’s latest cost of living stunt called the Customs and Tariff Bill should be taken very seriously. As if this law was not already unpopular with members of the public, the sentiments by the business community echoed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber, Lemauga Hobart Va’ai, is absolute proof of another truth we’ve known for a long time now.
Prime Minster Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s week in London would have done him a world of good. It was a timely break from the pressures of home. Anyone who lives in this country would understand that now and then; you need to get away from “the rock” for some fresh air. The petty politics and the personalities can certainly be stifling at times.
We live in a very interesting time. The truth is that everywhere we look today we see conflicts, hardship, strife and war. Around the world we’ve become so used to seeing bloodshed, death and the hopelessness which follows. But there is no sign of slowing down either. The developments between the superpowers of the world are intriguing to say the least.
It has been one of them weeks for Samoa. A rare one where we’ve hardly seen rays of the sunlight, which are synonymous with our tropical environment. Instead, it has been a week of heavy rain and downpours so that all we see in Samoa today are floods, potholes, mud and more mud.
Two days ago, a story was published on page 3 of the Samoa Observer titled “A four year old street vendor.” It immediately caught the attention. The story was accompanied by a photograph of a young boy who was identified as “Ivan.”
We know this much. The comparison of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s administration to a “dictatorship” and comparisons of the man himself to one of the world’s most notorious dictators, Adolf Hitler, are not new. They have been made time and time again, most of the time by different individuals who believe Samoa is being run like one.
It wasn’t that long ago that a Tufuiopa resident, Tu’ifao Sauala, raised the alarm bells about changes that needed to be done to their road to improve safety in general. The concerns were raised after three pick-up trucks plunged into the village pool having gone too fast and skidded off the main road, which is literally centimeters away.
It was bad in Hong Kong yet the faithful Samoan rugby supporters held their tongues and remained hopeful that somehow it might change. But when Samoa went down 33-0 against England, after capitulating in their first game against Australia, 27-7, at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games two days ago, we cannot continue to be silent anymore.
This much is undeniable. Facebook and its creator, Mark Zuckerberg, have been making all the news during the past couple of weeks. Isolated Samoa in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean is certainly not immune.
The Government must provide monetary rewards for our Commonwealth Games gold medalists. While it would have been nice if all medalists get some form of monetary compensation, we believe gold medalists should at least be recognised and rewarded for their hard work.
There is a time and a season for everything. And in every season of human history, God alone, in his infinite wisdom and sovereignty, raises a man for his purpose and his glory. That man is given a certain time period to complete a mission and when that is done, God closes a chapter. He gives him rest.
Members of the legal profession could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has something against them. As if the daily ridicule through remarks on national TV, radio and newspapers targeting certain members of the profession is not enough, Tuilaepa has now turned his attention to lawyers working for different Government bodies, basically calling them a waste of time.
Monday was a golden day for Samoa at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. And on these shores and everywhere else, who wouldn’t be proud? Today Sanele Mao and Feagaiga Stowers are the toast of Samoan elite sports.
The National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) could not have chosen a better man to honour during their graduation ceremony last Friday. Looking at the enormous impact the University has had on the lives of thousands of Samoans today, the conferring of an honorary Doctor of Political Science and Education upon Tapusatele Le Mamea Ropati Mualia could not have been more fitting.
We live in a very interesting time in a world where things just don’t seem to be what they appear. Where political correctness gone mad has turned things upside down so that many people have been forced to think and accept things in a certain way as the “new” normal.
A lot has been said, written and debated lately about the economic use of customary lands to advance the development of Samoa. To say that it is a controversial subject is an understatement. It is an extremely hot political potato at the moment that needs to be handled with care.
This much we are sure of. Today is a gift and tomorrow is the unknown. We only have to read the front-page story of yesterday’s Samoa Observer to be reminded about this again and again. Under the headline “Bizarre tragedies probed,” the story talked about three deaths, which occurred on three separate occasions within the space of one day.
For a long time now, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has enjoyed the freedom of saying anything to anyone and everyone in this country. What from colourful words like “idiots”, “fools”, “kids”, “stupid” and “stinking pigs” used to describe critics of the Government to veiled verbal threats, we’ve heard it all before.
In December last year, four prisoners escaped from Tafa’igata Prison. Among them was a notorious criminal convicted of tying up a man while raping his wife at knifepoint at Tiavi the year before. The good news at the time was that Lauititi Tualima was immediately recaptured.
Dear Editor With regards to your article “The Letter that made the former Head of State cry,” I am flummoxed. Perhaps then, the taking over of the Head of State role by the current Head of State Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualaivi ii is the will of God Almighty knowing Tupua Tamasese Efi no longer has the leadership quality?
The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:
Think a minute…Crabs are very interesting creatures. If you put several of them in a bucket, the moment one of them starts crawling out of the bucket, the other crabs will pull him back down. So not one of the crabs ever succeeds in getting out.
I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.
THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.
Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.
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