Mutual respect, please

01 October 2017

Dear Editor 

Re: Public Servants acknowledged

I also must herald the service offered by our sons and daughters who are at the frontline to meet, greet, and of course, say talofa when I am there at what eva government department I may have to seek help to solve my need.

I know sometimes I’m making myself a headache but so so thankful you guys are so patient to handle this repatriate gumboot.

Sometimes I forgot I’m in Samoa am not dealing with a palagi who thinks they are a class above the rest.

You should have heard me dealing with a palagi; do I look like an idiot? Stop looking at me I know I’m handsome. And all that blah blah garbage.

Nevertheless, no idiot (including me of course) has any right to abuse those who are offering themselves to serve Samoa.

But don’t get me wrong guys; there’s always a bad apple somewhere of course and that’s when I use my thousand dollar worth of words to express myself.

Respect is not a right.

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Yes indeed!

It is the kid from Palisi who concocted the: Respect is a privilege that we all must work hard to earn.

It was here in Samoa Observer in 2010 I first said it during the banishment by Lufilufi of Tuiatua.

Anyhow; what baffles me most, is when I telephone a Samoa Government department and the respondent would say first and foremost: Saunoa mai!

I felt like spewing!

Would it be nice to say: Talofa, o Tofaeono lea e tautala. Taeao manuia; aso manuia; o a mai oe?

The buck stops with you. You respect me I respect you.

Just a thought; after all, they are not Queens and Kings but a Public Servant; right?

Just a thought.

 

Tofaeono Hollywood

01 October 2017

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