On 23 November 2017, the headline across the front page of the Samoa Observer, read: “Criminal charges to be laid in passport scam”; and up there on the top right hand corner, accompanying the story that followed was the photograph of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
What is it that this country’s Prime Minister, inexorably active Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has done so that he’s become such a lovable rogue whom everyone wants to emulate, and be his friend? We have no idea.
Let’s face it. A lot has been said about the invisible chap called Ole Palemia - none of which is endearing to the ears of those he’s been teasing from wherever he’s hiding anyway - and yet it seems as if he’s just biding his time as he’s waiting patiently for the right moment when he knows, it’s safe to strike again and again.
Around three months ago during a press conference, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi apparently vented his rage against the media and the Police, accusing them of giving Samoa a bad name around the world with what he claimed, were repeated media reports on incest and rape right here in Samoa.
Someone is not telling the truth. Which ironically is the only truth we know in the ongoing dispute between the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) and World Rugby. Who that is, you can be the judge.
We’ve got to feel for Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. He appears to be suffering from that condition nobody wants called paranoia. You can’t really blame him though.
Apologies to our readers for our rather gloomy group of stories on Page 1 of today’s edition. It would be great to start the week with something more uplifting but you’ll need to flick over to Pages 2 and 3 and the rest of the paper to start to get yourself into that kind of mindset.
Something that is so rare we believe it’d never happened before in this country actually happened yesterday morning. It did when while glancing across the front page of yesterday’s Weekend Observer, right there was that headline, saying: “Pay your taxes, P.M. tells Church Ministers.”
And so once again, the death of another prisoner has come under scrutiny. It surfaced on the front page of the Samoa Observer yesterday under the headline “Wife calls for investigation into husband’s death.” At a quick glance, it has become almost normal to say ‘another one at the prison.’ Except it is not normal.
The power struggle between the government and the church over the issue of taxes is an intriguing one to follow. It certainly adds a new dimension to the political climate of the moment. And while it appears insidious, it is nonetheless a first for Samoa and perhaps a sign of things to come.
Let’s face it. The launching on Monday of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s pride and joy, his government’s new airline company called Samoa Airways, had somehow managed to stir back to life all those fond memories that we’d thought, had been buried permanently away.
Here’s an idea. Since Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government just can’t stop meddling with the once sacred office of the Head of State, they should come up with one supreme law to end all madness.
So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. After all the talk and the excitement of the past few days, with Samoa Airways inaugural flight from Faleolo International Airport to Auckland this morning, a new era has started for Samoa.
So, in the rugby sense, are we on the road to redemption? Can we dare believe that after improved performances from our Manu Samoa 15’s in Scotland and 7’s team at the Oceania tournament at the weekend?
And so finally, it looks as if Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has had enough of the “Online Hacker” who’s been gleefully calling himself, “Ole Palemia”. Indeed, it looks as if he’s made up his mind that “Ole Palemia” would be tracked down, and then when he’s found he would be severely punished, and be shown who exactly is the boss here.
We know it’s hard to be positive. What with the Samoa Rugby Union declaring itself bankrupt, reducing this once proud rugby nation to the butt of ridicule and jokes from all over the world, it’s not a good time for many of us.
So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. One of the worst kept secrets in Samoa has finally been let out of the bag. It happened on Tuesday afternoon during an interview between this newspaper and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, as the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.).
The front-page story on the Sunday Samoan titled “Tension in the halls of Justice” was certainly an interesting read. Not just because of the people involved but there are legitimate questions that must be asked in relation to the scenario at hand.
Think about this for a moment. Judging from the number of serious crimes reported in small Samoa, something is terribly amiss somewhere. The truth is that people talk so much about progress and how far we’ve come as a country, which is true to an extent.
An interesting story jumped out for attention on page 3 of the Weekend Observer of 4 November 2017. Titled “P.M. deflects criticisms of taxing envelopes for pastors,” we say it was unusual for the simple reason that P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is not one to dodge anything.
Re: Chairman rejects report Sister marches are taking place all over the world in support of this march. Indigenous people are sick of having their lands taken from them.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has moved to amend the Constitution once more in relation to the position of the Head of State.
Think a minute…A man named Cliff Streigling told about an older man, Bud Abbot, who changed his life. This is Cliff’s story and testimony.
If you are unemployed, blame yourself. Nobody else. Almost. Let me explain. People say I need a job. Doesn’t anybody? Unfortunately, those who proclaim that way, and I don’t blame them, do not know, with all certainty, what kind of a job they want.
LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.
Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.
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