P.M. aims to “correct” Constitution

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia 30 May 2016, 12:00AM

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has reaffirmed his views on a Constitution amendment to ink that Christianity is the official church of Samoa. 

In his weekly talkback show with radio 2AP, Tuilaepa emphasised the need to correct an error he claims was made by foreigners in the Constitution. 

“That is the only amendment to the Constitution,” he explained. 

“To correct what the papalagi did. Our forebears wanted that inserted in the body of the Constitution. The preamble is not important but inside the body of the Constitution, it should have these words inserted that Samoa is founded on Christian principles and values period to make it very clear.”    

Tuilaepa reiterated that those words are not identified in the body of the Constitution where they should be. 

“That is why I’m saying that will be corrected; to insert those words in the body of the Constitution,” he said. 

“But what I see in the newspaper is, it says that other religions are banned which is such a foolish claim.” He did not name which newspaper he was referring to.

Tuilaepa recalled that in the past, the elders wanted to insert the changes in the Constitution but “the papalagi told them not to as it would be too wordy and that there was no extremism then. 

“But that is not true during these days because what is happening from overseas comes from beliefs and religion. That is why I said that error will be corrected but I saw in the paper it says Tuilaepa says this and that.” The Prime Minister continued to say that his position on the issue was “very simple”.  “But there is something happening here,” he said.

“We are talking in Samoan and what’s happening is there are so many writers who are physically Samoans but do not understand Samoan. 

“That is why I continue to speak in Samoan so that our country can understand. The problem is you think you can speak English that runs like a sewing machine and then think you are smart but it only shows how stupid you are.”

He added what he had said was very clear but “when I saw the newspaper, it was wrong all the way from Sydney.”

Another point that the Prime Minister mentioned is that not correcting something that is wrong, is a sin. 

“Let’s talk about sin even though we are not pastors,” he said. 

“A person will commit a sin if they do wrong like lying and assaulting someone else but the other sin is knowing that the other person has done wrong, and you don’t do anything about it. 

“So there are two kinds of sins which are, when you do wrong and when you know that something is not right and you don’t correct it.”


By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia 30 May 2016, 12:00AM

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