Faifeaus in the news

Re: Church on taxes Malo uso Leituala, you are absolutely right. It’s unusual to have so many faifeau news these days but all the commotions are about the potential loss of personal wealth to the tax man...unbelievable!!!

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How we can fix Samoan rugby

Dear Editor, Re: Poor Prime Minister Tuilaepa He has got a point regarding the 7s team. They never won any tournament from the 2000 season until 2007. I can only remember them getting into one Cup final in all that time. It was at the Wellington 7s in 2002.

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E.F.K.S. gives reasons for clergy not paying taxes

Dear Editor, Finally, the E.F.K.S. church gives in writing the reasons for refusing to have its church ministers pay income tax. Here are a few brief responses to some of the reasons given and to the church’s General Secretary’s comments about his own beliefs and actions on the subject.

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To the E.F.K.S. members

Re: Why faifeaus should be taxed How pathetic these people are talking about Faifeau’s tax, donations, church contributions and church roles in Samoa. C’mon if you are from other denominations, please stay out of this matter. Let the E.F.K.S. members speak and voice their support or not about this.

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You need to work for it

Re: Savai’i woman’s cocoa break Agree. People complain about the government too much when they are living in “poverty”. But the truth is if you don’t work, no one will put food on the table and makes things better for you.

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Global developments, China and Trump

Dear Editor, Re: China, U.S. and Trump I've been longing to hear from you my friend on your take on this issue.

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Why the faifeaus should be taxed

Dear Editor, Re: Church implores govt This is a very unfortunate state of affairs with both groups. I am not a supporter of the P.M and his Cabinet, but I support this tax if it only applies to the so-called monthly "ALOFA".

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P.M’s comments unacceptable

Dear Editor, Re: There is no proof As a Samoan and U.S. citizen, I find it hard to listen to any of the P.M's comments. How on earth did this man get to the position that he is in? Did you guys really vote this guy in?

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Such a beautiful piece, Tui Atua!

Dear Editor, Re: Tui Atua’s paper in Fiji We need all these historical interpretations and perspective pieces from our Elders in one place. These are stories that explain our identity that must be preserved and passed forward.

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A warning

Re: Budget, aid and cost of hand outs Within your article is the essence of the “warning”. Every person of goodwill must discern the exiling of Joseph into slavery and eventually into Egypt.

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Time to deal with denial

Re: Rape, incest and vile crimes Perhaps the fact that Christianity has for so long instilled in Samoans a negative taboo about sex and sexuality as an expression of sin, rather than a healthy expression of affection between consenting adults, that it has become a deviant, sinful human activity, pursued in its most depraved form, by a sick patriarchy-?

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C.C.C.S. ministers must pay tax

Dear Editor It is beyond belief that the C.C.C.S. Ministers and the church somehow believed they should be exempt from paying the alofa tax. Jesus was not paid for his work or ministry so if you want to talk biblical then take a leaf out of Jesus’ example.

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Well done, Faumuina Wayne Fong!

Dear Editor, Re: I’m not a sifi Wonderful to hear some real exchange of taofi ma manatu being exchanged on the floor of the Fono. This is refreshing and long over due.

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Authority of the Samoan language

Dear Editor Re: Tui Atua’s piece in Fiji Tui Atua Tupua is the best of the best when it comes to the Samoan language and understanding Samoan mythology. He is the authority of the Samoan language and myths intellectually.

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About President Donald Trump

Dear Editor, Re: President Trump’s moves President Trump is an alleged sexual predator, has not paid his due business tax for years, a racist xenophobe who engages in racist politics, a climate-change denier despite most scientists (you know, the actual experts) in the world who confirm that climate change is real, and someone who suspiciously and steadfastly refuses to criticise Vladimir Putin - the authoritarian elected dictator of Russia, who has clamped down on media freedom and murdered political opponents.

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Opening the Games on a Sunday

Dear Editor, Re: Pacific Games open on Sunday Why on a Sunday? The Pacific Nations also observe the Sundays in their respective countries, and Samoa as a Christian nation according to their Constitution opt to use the Sunday to open their games?

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Little knowledge

Re: Factoids and Assumptions vs facts and truth. Thanks Nanai M. L. Nofoaiga for another helpful, enlightening piece for public reading.

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How to track O.L.P.

Re: P.M’s obsession with O.L.P. Obsessed alright! But then what O.L.P. writes given the context of our society/culture is dynamite no wonder the P.M’s obsession.

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Factoids and assumptions vs. facts and truth

Dear Editor, Re: An open letter to E.F.K.S. Ministers A.S’s open letter to Church Ministers of E.F.K.S. about tax is sadly a letter about dishonoring of God, God’s commandments and God’s law. It is just about more productions of factoids and assumptions produced from the Minister of Revenue’s mistake.

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It’s hypocritical

Re: Government and Church Ministers tax law threat Well done, Minister Tialavea! Not giving into the bullying and the threats is the mark of a courageous minister. A weak-minded minister would be thinking about the next election and be too afraid to rock the boat.

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Why is Money Laundering Bill being rushed? Does it have anything to do with a certain E.U. blacklist?

Come to think of it, the verbal sparring between the Speaker, Leaupepe Toleafoa Fa’afisi, former Speaker Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi in Parliament was really unnecessary. As senior leaders of the country, it wasn’t a good look at all.

Street Talk

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Should the Govt. listen to plea from E.F.K.S. Church?

“The Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) are urging Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration to reconsider the law to tax the alofa received by Church Ministers. This is the gist of a letter from the Church to Prime Minister Tuilaepa, dated 15 June 2018. The 11-page letter, written in Samoan, highlights the church’s position on the issue. It was submitted to Tuilaepa prior to their much-anticipated meeting on Monday. Do you think the Government should reconsider based on the request from the church? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Yes means stress

Think a minute…Are you a “yes man” or woman? Do you always say yes to everybody who asks you for a favor or help? Some of us just cannot say no to others. The problem is our “yes” sometimes means stress—to us and our family.


To tax or not to tax

With apologies to Shakespeare, but this is no longer the question. Prime Minister Tuila’epa and his Government have made up their mind. Faife’aus will pay tax. The only question left is how they will get them to pay and what process will be used to ensure that the tax they pay is fairly assessed.

Between the Lines


Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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