Criminal Libel, ‘Ghost writers’ and “Ole Palemia”! What fantastic fun?

Across the front page of the Samoa Observer on 3 November 2017, the story titled “Govt. brings back Criminal Libel law in hunt for ‘Ghost writers’,” was published. Down below, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is quoted as having said, his government is reviving this law so that it can use it to hunt down some jokers whom he describe as ‘Ghost writers’, one of whom is “Ole Palemia” (The Prime Minister).

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Go on Toa Samoa, you’ve got this!

Put it this way. If we were able to control how other people behave, it would have been nice to just let the Tongan fans go crazy. Sure they can burn our flags, taunt us, challenge our people to a noisy parade and they can say whatever they like. Let them be.

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Why we need to pay attention to the alert from Ministry of Health

Everyone should take notice. And we mean everyone. With the heavy rain settling in and the onset of the wet season, we need your attention for a moment. It could save your life and that of people close to you. We cannot afford to be complacent.

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Disgraceful behaviour nonsense we don’t need

Being patriotic is one thing. Being stupid is quite another. And when it comes to burning another nation’s flag of freedom under the guise of patriotism; that is definitely beyond stupid.

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Such a cruel, inconsiderate decision

Oh how gullible we are! Just when we started to think the government has finally got it right by allowing free flowing competition among airlines – if and when Samoa Airways eventually hits the skies in 13 days – we get a reality check chucked in our faces.

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Mr. Brown definitely not the “biggest idiot”

Let’s face it folks. Scott Brown was never going to be your average diplomat. The Ambassador of the United States of America to Samoa and New Zealand made that quite clear from the moment he arrived.

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A question of taxes

It was Benjamin Franklin who famously said, ‘In this world, nothing can be certain, except death and taxes.’ But up until this year, the Head of State and church ministers have only had to contend with one certainty. This has now changed.

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Insist on transparency, accountability and good governance

There is only really one way Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, as the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, can save the sport from further slipping down the path of extinction.

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Go get them, Toa Samoa!

The good news for Toa Samoa is that with Tonga taking all the limelight with their star-studded team, the men in blue are relatively underrated heading into rugby league’s premier showpiece this weekend.

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Welcome back Prime Minister Tuilaepa!

Boy how we’ve missed our beloved Prime Minister! One week away is way too long. So imagine life without him for three weeks? It felt like an eternity. Especially for those “idiots” and “fools” running newsrooms who would have to conjure up “rumours” to fill the empty pages of their newspapers.

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It’s about time the Police rethink drunk driving penalties

One life lost on the road is one too many. Fifteen lives unnecessarily claimed by drunk drivers is a tragedy of enormous magnitude. If we are not concerned, something is terribly amiss somewhere.

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The ugly truth that cuts so deeply

Yeah we know. The story on the front page of the newspaper you are reading today is disturbing. It is disgraceful and in the words of Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, this is a “horrendous tragic tale of sexual abuse of a young girl where the defendant seems to treat her as his play thing.”

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Men, you have been warned!

One of the most bizarre incidents to have surfaced in this place we call home reared its ugly head last week. It did when a story titled “Angry wife pours boiling water on sleeping husband” was published on the front page of your Samoa Observer last Wednesday.

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Playground politics as the P.M. returns

The return of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has not come a moment too soon for most of us who have interests in life outside of playground politics. The reports of alleged and unseemly plotting, the forming of factions and jockeying for positions while the leader of our country was receiving medical treatment in New Zealand is rather tacky, to say the least.

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Welcome home Prime Minister Tuilaepa! Congratulations Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern!

The manner in which the New Zealand government had made sure the country’s general elections would not be disrupted in any adverse way, as it was moving along relatively slowly over recent weeks for reasons that could not possibly be avoided, is the sort of performance the Samoan government should both learn from, and indeed emulate.

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Strategically planned low key preparations good for the Toa

If the hype were anything to judge by, Mate Ma’a from Tonga would have already won the Rugby League World Cup. That much is undeniable. And they might too, who knows?

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H.R.P.P.’s political power struggle

The good news is that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is reportedly recovering well. And if all goes according to plan he should be back in the country on Sunday.

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Revolving door and the Union’s legal woes

And so the revolving door that is the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) continues to spin uncontrollably. The latest to have been ejected is the former Manager of the Manu Samoa Sevens, Leulua’iali’i Theresa Passi, whose fate was cemented last week when the Union announced her replacement.

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“At the end of day, S.L.C. paid $490,000 for an expensive broken down elevator”

As Members of Parliament, whether they belong to the H.R.P.P. or the Opposition Party, we know they have a sacred responsibility to do what is right in the eyes of the people they serve. Not to mention God who sees everything.

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“A small party made up of small-minded people,” says M.P. Faumuina Wayne Fong.

On the front page of the Sunday Samoan of 15 October 2017, the headline read: “Member hits out at dirty H.R.P.P. politics.” The “Member” in question is Parliamentarian Faumuina Wayne Fong, of the Human Rights Protection Party, who claimed that members of his party “are engaged in dirty politics.”

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Letters to the Editor

How to catch O.L.P.

Dear Editor I can find the O.L.P. It should be quite simple and should only take up one page in your newspaper. The Prime Minister wants the O.L.P. in prison and the O.L.P. wants the Prime Minister sacked.

Street Talk

Aitasi Ugapō Aumua

Head of State or Governor General?

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. But the change has given rise to suggestions that since anyone is now eligible to become the Head of State, is it not time to consider changing the title from Head of State to Governor General. What do you think? Ioana Tupa’i asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

True friends say what’s true

Think a minute…The former U.S. president, Harry Truman, had a reputation for being an honest and loyal friend no matter what the cost. One of Truman’s friends, Tom Pendergast, helped Truman win his first election to public office as a county judge.


FACE OF THE MOMENT: N.Z. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

The N.Z. connection and capitalism with an ugly face

New Zealand, a member of the Pacific family of nations, has an exemplary record in the development and the maintenance of democratic governance in its modern history.

Between the Lines


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.

Sunday Reading

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

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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