F.A.S.T. and Fiame seek Savai'i's blessings
Hundreds of Savai'i residents gathered at the Apita o Pisaga Hall at Salelologa to meet the Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party on Wednesday.
The event was also used to launch the party's manifesto as well as to introduce the 55 candidates who have already registered to contest the 2021 General Election under the party's banner.
The event was attended by the Party's leader, La'auli Leuatea Polataivao. The former Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, who has registered as independent candidate, was the special guest.
The event started with a service led by Reverend Pisopa Hakai who reminded the gathering that, every calling is from God.
“There are so many uncertainties around us,” Reverend Pisopa highlighted.
“We can’t help but wonder and seek solutions. But as Christians, we truly believe that God will always reveal his ways through uncertain times.
“We all have different calling from God, if all of you were handpicked by God, serve your purpose well by doing God’s will.
“What is God’s will? Do the right thing.”
Turning to the Chairman of F.A.S.T. and the candidates, Reverend Pisopa said: “You were chosen not only to inform people to do the right thing, but it should also be shown in the way you guys present yourselves. You should be righteous first and foremost. Honesty is the best policy."
“Humble yourselves, and seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and he will grant you everything your heart’s desire.”
La’auli spoke on behalf of the party to address the gathering and to officially introduce their candidates. The Member of Parliament for Gagaifomauga No.3. took the opportunity to thank the people of Savai’i for their ongoing support and prayers.
“We thank you Puleono (of Salafai) for your continuous support and prayers,” La’auli said.
“However, we don’t want to proceed with our plans without asking for your blessings and support. As you may have been aware, we started this party four months ago without any members. We then asked God to choose and select members for our ship.
“These are the members that were handpicked by God, they are the answers to your prayers and our prayers.
“We don’t want to make any promises yet, but as the Reverend highlighted in his sermon, we should always seek the blessings from the Lord, He will make our plans and wishes come true. We have also been reminded to humble ourselves and do the right thing.”
La’auli then took a look back and reminded the gathering about why the political party was started.
“A lot has happened in the past. We sailed through rough oceans to get where we are today. It hasn’t been easy, but we should start by asking why I left the party (H.R.P.P.) we all started.
“We should ask why Fiame (Naomi Mata’afa) left, the same party and why Faumuina (Wayne Fong) left.”
La’auli then made an emotional plea.
“Puleono, we humbly ask for your blessings and support. Grant us your blessings and give us your trust and faith.
“We are not here to ask for power and authority (pule). But we humbly ask to grant us your blessings and trust.
“It is no secret that the main reason why I was sacked from Parliament was when I stood up and fight against amendments to the Electoral Act. I was fighting for Saleaula’s seat, one of the Pule in Savai’i. I tried so hard to hold on to it. Therefore, with your blessings, we will correct the error that has been made.
“With your guidance and trust, we will be able to do the right thing for the future of our country.
“Our canoe cannot sail without your support and blessings.
“You have the answers and solutions to all the questions and problems we now have. The authority is in your hands.
“For your information, we are not preparing to be an opposition party.
“If you grant us your blessings and trust, we are confident that we will lead our journey to a new beginning.”
The guest speaker of the event was the former Deputy Prime Minister and veteran M.P. for Lotofaga, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.
During her remarks, Fiame highlighted and reminded the gathering that she is still an Independent Member of Parliament.
However, she would only switch after next year’s General Election. Fiame is one of three unopposed candidates for next year’s election.
“F.A.S.T. is the tree of life, it’s seed was planted in Salafai,” said Fiame. “It has now blossomed, and I truly believe that it will grow and flourish. I am honored to be here today.”
Fiame then detailed her reasons for leaving the ruling H.R.P.P. and Cabinet.
“I am still an Independent Member of parliament after I walked away from Cabinet, to protect the seat for my constituency. I will remain as an Independent Member for the remainder of this term.
“Ever since I walked away from the H.R.P.P., I have been traveling around like someone who is doing concerts. I have been invited to speak at various events about the three bills that are currently before Parliament.”
The speeches were met with cheers and support from the crowd.
The party will launch its plans and candidates in Upolu on Friday at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa Hall at Sogi.