It doesn’t make sense

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Dear Editor,

Re: No water, electricity for family living in shack

This underprivileged and economically displaced family apparently represents a sector of the population living in conditions deprived of essential and necessary services that the government should provide at bare minimum.

For example, water and electricity. I appreciate the efforts by the Samoa Observer to highlight the shady reality in the lives of our people who have been struggling economically, politically disconnected, and overlooked by our government leaders. 

The plight of this sector of the population also implicates an apparent shift in the traditional pattern of village networking where a communal or collective leverage is available to sustain everyone’s basic needs, even the government becomes a integral part of the process. 

Unfortunately, this should not happen in this day and age. 

I sometimes wonder if these local residents voted during election; if they did, then it’s a gross negligence and disservice of the government not to provide water and electricity. 

Even if they did not vote, the government still has the obligation to serve everyone. 

Prime Minister Tuilaepa always prided himself for the accelerated pace in which Samoa’s economic development and remarkable infrastructural improvement under his watch. 

However, the quality of life appears somewhat disproportional across the privileged and the underprivileged sectors of the population. 

As in a chain link, Samoa as a country is as strong as its weakest link. This picture needs to be fixed. “Ia seu le manu ae taga’i i le galu,” Haste makes waste.

 

Joe Faamuli

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