Let’s see. One could be forgiven for thinking that the political discourse in Samoa these days has become one big comedy. Well almost if only the issues were not so deadly serious.
Yes folks that was all so close. Excruciatingly so. Today, it is absolutely undeniable that we all feel so gutted. Who wouldn’t be after such a close game against Fiji?
On Wednesday’s Samoa Observer, a story titled “Govt. moves to stop election corruption” was published on page 2. The story naturally attracted attention for the simple reason that as far as we know elections and corruption go hand in hand regardless of where in the world they are held.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Nafo’itoa Talaimanu Keti, raised a legitimate point in Parliament last week. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his leadership should take a moment to hear him out.
This much we know. The conversation about whether wooden buses are still road worthy given this country’s changing dynamics in terms of road usage is one that needs to happen now. And it cannot remain just a conversation.
A lot has been said about Samoa’s debt, aid and why we shouldn’t be panicking about the state of the economy during the recent past. Take for example last week in Parliament where Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, his Cabinet Ministers and certain Members of Parliament made a concerted effort to drum up the country’s financial position and how each and every one of us should be grateful to the government for where we are today.
About a month ago, on 18 December 2017 that was, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi shocked everyone when he did something that was quite inconceivable at the time, so that it seemed pretty clear that no one in his right mind would have known what to do in response.
Every time we hear Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, demanding that all church ministers in this country pay taxes to the government, the mind winces and for a moment there it feels as if it’s refusing to think.
The war of words fought in Parliament last week between two government politicians, is clearly the sort of drivel we’d thought this country’s politicians would have learned a long time ago to ignore, and if it’s humanly feasible with just a simple giggle and a frown.
On the front page of yesterday’s Weekend Observer, the main story’s bold headline reads: “P.M. accuses lawyers”. Accompanied by a photograph of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, facing the camera, the story reveals that at the time, he was addressing Parliament.
We know this much. This country needs better prison facilities for reasons that are obvious. Apart from the fact that the prison population is growing rapidly, the idea that two more prisoners escaped from Tafa’igata yesterday is further evidence something needs to be done urgently to improve the way they are locked away.
Two imminent threats were identified in Parliament this week. The first threat was raised by former Speaker and Cabinet Minister, La’auliolemalietoa Leauatea Schmidt, on Tuesday when he finally addressed Parliament after a long absence.
After the fun comes reality. And with the Festive Season of last year now only a distant memory, it’s back to school time again with all its joys, sorrows and all other feelings it brings. Whatever feelings you have, we know one certainty for this week and the next.
There are two ways one can interpret the latest developments at the public Health sector detailed in a story titled “Govt. Health vision” on the front page of the Samoa Observer on Monday. The first pair of lens can see that the government is learning as they go along and that the merger between the National Health Services (N.H.S.) and Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) reflects a government that is not afraid to make tough decisions when it has to. That’s the good news.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is absolutely correct. This country needs fit and able-bodied Prison guards who can chase after prisoners who run away from Tafa’igata Prison. And even some Police officers need to get in shape so they can do their jobs properly.
The United States Department of Homeland Security’s (D.H.S.) decision to remove Samoa from the list of countries whose citizens are eligible for temporary work visas is an unexpected surprise. Not just because we’ve hardly heard about anyone from these shores taking up the visa class but the reason behind the decision is rather poor and disappointing.
Aid and white elephants are not exactly strangers to each other. Especially where cheque-book diplomacy is involved since the focus is not always on what people really need but rather a formality so that the funders can tick their boxes, have their cocktail functions, be merry and fly the flag.
Let’s admit it. Our man Lupesoliai Joseph Parker is a lot better being the nice genuine bloke that he is. He should just be himself. We don’t think he suits the role of trying to play the bad guy clearly judging from the events that have been unfolding during the past few days in the lead up to the first official press conference where he and Anthony Joshua faced off.
It’s about time. Unless the government moves to do something to protect users of the Tufuiopa village pool, someone is going to get killed. There is absolutely no doubt about it. By the grace of God and sheer luck, no one has died yet during the recent incidents where vehicles have ended up in the pool.
The truth is simple enough. Australian Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells might have sounded rather undiplomatic in her criticisms of China’s aid to the Pacific region but we cannot deny that she does have a very valid point.
Re: Colonialism attitudes Oh dear, so now we need to cross the t’s and dot the i’s? Which part of “insidious colonialism” needs clarification? Was Christianity part of Samoan culture before colonial powers invaded and settled Samoa?
In the wake of Cyclone Gita, one Pastor has claimed that the cyclone was a mild warning from God to the government over their decision to tax pastors. What do you think? Samoa Observer reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk: Do you think Tropical Cyclone Gita was a sign from God? This is what they said:
Think a minute…Apple Computer’s Steve Jobs’ death from cancer at the age of 56 touched millions. His impact on the world through the Macintosh computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and iTunes will continue for many years.
Talofa Samoa! Someone asked me the other day whether the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet that M.E.T.I. is promoting can help reverse heart disease. The answer is a loud YES.
THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.
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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