The power of social media and our lands

Dear Editor,


Social media has more power these days because it has the potential to mobilise resistance from free spirited citizens around the world who are tired of capitalism and financial institutions these days. 

A.D.B has already said that the “proposed reforms to improve the use of customary land in Samoa will not result in people being alienated from their land.” 

This statement suggests that A.D.B is more than just a fund provider for Stui, they’re also the driving force behind these proposed legislations. 

They’re committed just like Stui, they even make statements like they’re reading a carbon copy of Stui’s speech. 

That’s why in my opinion it is necessary to put the spotlight on A.D.B because we only hear of them coming in the picture like fairy godmother and trying to smooth things out like the failed consultation process, but they were there all along. 

I totally agree with you on the implications of following a snobbish system, it is time for the young Samoans to have an open mind about issues that have the potential to affect their livelihood and culture in the future. 

Hierarchal and loyalty shouldn’t stop the flow of information or sharing of information with the majority of our elderly people who are not familiar with modern issues. 

It’s this sector of the demographic that Stui is targeting with his well-constructed stories and deceptions. Village councils, women’s committee, pulenu’u they are all being paid with peanuts to make sure Stui gets what he wants (what A.D.B wants) but they need to look beyond the free carrots and peanuts. 

It is the sanctities of our extended families, our itumalo, our villages our fa’alupega that’s at stake. 

Imagine a palagi couple buying a section of Lefaga beach and then zoning it off as a private beach, or perhaps the ancient village malae being developed for foreign buyers? 

I hope things won’t get that ugly but Samoans can always reject these proposals from the government of A.D.B. 

If there is a need to develop customary land for economic benefits, then that decision should be between the extended family and business people or people that wants to develop any piece of land. 

The government should only play a supporting role if the proposed business venture will be beneficial to the economy. 

And A.D.B well there’s no need for them to be involved in Samoa’s affairs, but then again these kinds of situations only happen to countries with puppets as leaders.


Le Mafa P

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