This is stupidly outrageous

Dear Editor,

Re: P.M. on church tax  

The logic behind taxation of pastors would have been funny if it wasn’t stupidly outrageous. The govt’s arrogance may eventually spread out to include the matai’s lafo in the norm of Samoan culture.

Going by what they had defined the ‘alofa’ to pastors, lafo and sua too can be viewed as very much similar and would and should be considered as income to be taxed.

Think of the pua’a and pusa apa. They should be valued so that the I.R.D. could determine how much tax the poor matais would have to pay for their, er sua.

The intrusiveness and inclusiveness of this law may even see the P.M. and the H.R.P.P. progressing onto the valuation of toonai that matais get to eat - the fruits of alofa from the people.

The I.R.D. may have the onerous task to value how much worth the head of a fish would be that a bloated matai ate; and even perhaps that of the pig’s head a taulealea had consumed.

Nobody should and would escape the clutch and claws of P.M Tuilaepa’s tax laws, after all the foreign loans have to be serviced well.

In the halls of the H.R.P.P. powerhouse, they would be asking these questions over and over again: ‘Who are these ignorant Samoans who thought they could eat and drink the sweat of others, and left out the mighty P.M. and the H.R.P.P. and their foreign loans?


Ropati V.

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