The poor remains poor

Dear Editor,

Re: The Govt. and debts 

Well the people with brains are arguing that only a few people will benefit from leasing of customary lands. 

If you could prove the distant cousin who has an interest in the leased land benefits as much as the Sa’o maybe you have a case. 

They don’t PS Jeffrey so the poor stay poor and the rich get richer. 

This is a problem. The Samoan people living on freehold land and Samoans living overseas are still Samoans who have an interest in Samoa in their hearts whether you like it or not. 

You should stop trying to make like they are less Samoan and therefore less entitled to an opinion than you. 

Again I tell you to look at the Canadian lease models. 

It’s the wealthy Sparrow family, equivalent to the Sa’o, that are benefitting from the leases while their poor relatives are still struggling in poverty. 

The poor end up not even being able to grow food for subsistence on these undervalued leased lands, never mind being able to send their kids to good schools and to get a good education for a better life, nor are they able to afford the lawyers to fight for their rights to the land, because the land is now leased for the benefit of the wealthy.


Wendy Wonder

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