Tipping the same as bribery

Dear Editor, Re: Tipping and bribery The Minister’s comments about allowing and accepting tipping clearly violates on many fronts. His understanding of bribery requirements needs investigation. A clear conflict of interest, it undermines the integrity of whatever department or programme and service, the integrity of the public servant, and the whole country.

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In support of South Africa hosting World Cup

Dear Editor, The World Cup should return to South Africa, a traditional rugby heartland and super power of the game, with the second largest player community in the world, according to World Rugby’s own statistics, and the second most successful international record behind New Zealand.

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False promises

Re: Samoa Airways eyes 777 Come on Lautafi please, you need to stop talking and see how things will work out with just one plane. You are already talking about getting this big plane, and Samoa Airways has not even made a “penny.”

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A challenge to a round of boxing

Dear Editor Re: Stop being hysterical Thanks for the question Mr. Editor; I’m a retiree now, and transiting often between Palisi and Brisbane. And in my spare time, proud to acknowledge I’m still scavenging at tips in Queensland turning trash into gold.

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Lack of transparency

Dear Editor Re: Samoa Founded on Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi of Lepa? If the Ministry of Health did their jobs and we could trust they are inspecting things properly, no disgruntled employee would be able to tell a story on social media that people might believe.

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Such stupidity

Dear Editor Re: M.P. blasts Minister So during the process, there may be discussion or reference to a tip while assessment of the shipments value for duty or tax purposes, but because the pay off happens after all is said and done, it is a tip and not a bribe.

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In support of Olo Fiti’s views

Dear Editor Re: M.P. blasts Minister I agree wholeheartedly with Olo on this. Customs Officers like other public servants are paid by the Government to deliver services to members of the public and tips are not part of their remuneration.

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Let’s set the record straight

Dear Editor I’ve seen this argument from the politicians a couple of times on the Samoa Observer. They said that the Lord Jesus was the only honest businessman in the world because he paid his taxes.

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Opening the gate

RE: Tipping public servants Olo Vaai is absolutely right. Tipping government employees is widening the gate of corruption, which has already spread across all government organisations and the government itself.

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Dealing with stigma

RE: Courage needed to stop epidemic Good for you Ms. Wendt. This is a major problem with religious societies. They are sexually sick because of the denial they perpetuate about normal sexuality.

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Great work Justice Tafaoimalo

RE: Justice warns 15 years? Choohooooo ... now that’s justice! That’s like sweeping away the filth to expose its disgusting root to uproot it from its secured nurturing place. Well, I bet the only nutrients it’ll received now will be from tears.

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Stop being hysterical

Dear Editor, Re: Desperation knows no boundaries Hysterical you are! Just calm down your nerves for goodness sake. You sure remind me the year 2009 during that left hand drive shifting from left to right in Samoa when the Honourable Prime Minister of Samoa, the master Tuila’epa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi had responded to criticism from Tole’afoa Maposua To’ailoa Solomona.

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What was the fuss about?

Dear Editor, I was interested in the big breaking news in your paper and on social media about a woman being appointed the “Acting Assistant Commissioner.”

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Tipping and bribing public servants

Dear Editor, Re: Line blurred between tips and bribery It amazes me that this issue is being seriously discussed. How can any fair-minded individual even consider that tipping a public servant for doing their job can be anything other than a bribe.

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Shame on Bainimarama

Dear Editor, Re: Keep our distance O.M.G. PS Jeffrey. It finally happened. You are correct.

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We are not fools

Dear Editor, Re: Minister defends role for wife of Associate Minister They may be professionals, they may be honest, they may be the nicest people in the world but the fact is it's a conflict of interest.

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A national hero

Re: Whatever happened…? Ole Palemia is a national hero and should be encouraged to continue to expose the truth. I can't believe that every H.R.P.P. M.P. is associated with some for of wrongdoing.

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A lot of nonsense

Re: Health warning alert about Tui Cable site Samoa Observer, you should be ashamed for giving this technology expert so many column inches. Was it a slow news day or is this a new section for the crazy old man in the Village Voice?

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Make him miserable

Re: Man jailed for sex with girlfriend’s sister I would ask all my friends and relatives in prison to please make his 4 years and 8 months a living hell. From sunrise to sunset and late nights too.

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The 100th annivesary of the visitation by the Immaculate Conception

Talofa once again Samoa and to you dear Editor, Thirteenth September -13/09/2017, marks the 100th Anniversary of the fifth (5) visitation by the ‘Immaculate Conception’ [Forever Blessed Virgin Mother of God the Human Arch of the Covenant] the 3 children in Fatima with the last of the promised sixth (6) visitations, to commemorate its 100th Anniversary 13th October.

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Editorial

Something’s missing

It says quite a lot when there is more passion displayed in the boxing ring after the announcement of the outcome of a 12 round bout, than during it. And that the passion didn’t come from either of the two boxers themselves.

Street Talk

Mele Maulolo Iasoni, 47

Line blurred between tips and bribery

The difference between tipping and bribery has been spelt out by a Cabinet Minister who said public servants should not feel bad about accepting tips for doing their work. The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tioniso Hunt, said it is only wrong when public servants accept bribes. What do you think? Should members of the public be encouraged to tip public servants, especially people like Customs officials? Ulimasao Fata asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Your little voice

Think a minute…A man named John bought a fancy new car loaded with modern technology. It included a recording of a voice that reminded him if he had forgotten to put on his seat belt, or warned him if he was running low on fuel.

Columns

A DIP TO THE FUTURE

Apaula Tafea of Vaiala Beach School, submitted this entry to take out the Year 8 English prize in the Samoa Observer’s 2017 National Short Story Competition. Read other prize winning stories in the coming Monday editions of the Samoa Observer.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

Sunday Reading

EMPOWERED NOFOTANE WOMEN: During the Teuila Festival 2017, the unemployed Nofotane women sold products at their own market stall set up at the Teuila Festival site in front of the government building.

Samoan women reap socio economic returns

While the celebration of Samoa’s culture and traditions as per the Teuila Festival for 2017 has come to an end, the empowered nofotane women used the festival to enjoy the socio-economic returns from being empowered.

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