F.A.S.T to host youth-focused rally: Laauli

The leader of Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, has appealed to young eligible voters to be objective in how they vote.

The former Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) M.P. told the Samoa Observer in an interview on Saturday that a special category is being created in the party’s manifesto to cater for Samoa’s youth population.

He said the needs of the young people have always been part of their plans and feedback from them on the challenges that they currently facing is being captured during the party’s various roadshows.

"And it is very important because we know the youth is the future and also they need to be guided properly not to be included in the old way of thinking in the politics arena," he said.

La’auli emphasised that the youth are “fresh-minded and fresh blood”, who need to be put into the right lane, which according to him is what they are now trying to do through their roadshows.

Under the old system of public engagement, he said there is a focus on the older generation, but issues concerning youth also need to be raised so they are not left behind. 

The party has also not received a lot of feedback from the youth during their various roadshows, consequently La’auli revealed that they are contemplating holding a youth-focused rally in the near future. 

In the old system, where high chiefs talk then everyone talks, but La’auli is of the view that the youth should be objective in how they vote and ultimately their votes will determine what is good and bad.

"You know they see the changes, they see the movement and everything happening around our community now and they know what’s happening," he said.

La’auli added that it is important to get the youth on board with the new way of sharing and presentation in terms of the issues affecting them.

Young people also have their own mindsets as well as problems and it is important their thoughts are captured, according to La’auli, hence the decision by F.A.S.T. to set up a Facebook page for the youth to share their views with the party.

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