Mumu Elia 55

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:

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Ata Laban, 37

Public express views on Pacific Games 2019 logo

With a few months left for Samoa to host the Pacific Games 2019, expectations are high. In the lead up to the region’s biggest sporting event, the Pacific Games logo was unveiled on Friday evening. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the views of the Samoan people on the new Pacific Games logo, which people responded to.

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Peteru Taoipi, 53

Mixed opinions about arming Police officers

The recent violence in Savai’i involving, which led to Salelologa men interfering with the work of the Police, has revived the question about the need to arm the Police Force to deal with such issues. Do you think the Police Force should be armed, to allow them to deal with incidents where their lives are under threat in carrying out their work? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Eti Seumanutafa, 38

Parents, alcohol and lack of education blamed

The violence in Savai’i last weekend has been a major talking point for the past few days. Even the Head of State referred to the incident during his Independence Day address. What do you think is causing all this? Adel Fruean asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Havira Masoe, 56

Workers delighted with two public holidays, not business owners

The Government has declared two public holidays to commemorate Samoa’s 56th Independence Day at the end of the week. The holidays are Friday, 1 June 2018 and Monday 4 June 2018. While workers are delighted, the private sector is not happy. What do you think? Was it necessary to extend the public holidays to Monday or would it have been sufficient to celebrate on Friday and Saturday? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Niko Temo

Church gets backing on tax position

The biggest denomination in Samoa, the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) has reportedly rejected the Government’s new law to tax the Head of State and Church Ministers. Although the church has yet to confirm its official position, reports from the Malua annual conference indicate that the church will continue to reject the law. Despite this, the Government has put out a notice that after 30 June 2018, they will start enforcing the law on people who continue to disobey. What do you think? Reporter, Adel Fruean asked members of the public today and this is what they said:

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Eseta Faasao, 42

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

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Yu Felise, 20

Opinions differ over Facebook threat

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has threatened to ban Facebook as the Government continues to crack down on anonymous writers on social media who attack the Government. What do you think? Do you support the Prime Minister’s threat? Our reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked people in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Eseta Levi, 37

Village curfews vs. public roads

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has reminded that it is illegal for villages guarding evening curfews to interfere with members of the public using public roads. Our reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked the public: Do you think villages should focus on vehicles on the road or should they concentrate more on what is happening in their village during the curfew? This is what they said:

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Faaofonuu Iosefo Faamausili, 57

N.Z. govt. urged to change law

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is standing by her country’s immigration laws requiring Samoans to go through a stringent screening process to obtain a visa to visit New Zealand. This is despite the two countries sharing a Treaty of Friendship. Do you think this is fair? Reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Alosio Gasio, 55

Mandatory voting in Samoa

“By the 2021 General Election, it will be mandatory for every registered voter to vote”. The move by the Election Commission is strongly supported by the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. Our reporter, Ilia L Likou asked the public: Should there be compulsory voting in Samoa? Here are the responses.

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Ricky Faamui,  58

Parents cop blame for child slavery

An article published on the front page of the Samoa Observer this week with the headline “Samoa shamed in ‘worst forms of child labour’” has exposed the issue of child slavery in Samoa once more. The article details the findings of a United States Bureau of International Labour Affairs study which highlighted forms of child labour in Samoa. In today’s Street Talk, Reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked: Is it the parents or the Government’s responsibility to alleviate child labour? This is what they said:

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Lui Tamoto, 49

An act of God or nature?

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:

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Aulalo Mulitalo, 44

Devastated by Cyclone Gita

Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated a number of Pacific island countries last week. In Samoa, it left many families at Lelata, Ma’agao and Vini devastated. What was going through your mind during the cyclone? And what would you do differently if another cyclone comes? Nefertiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Norma Matatia, 37

How can Govt. address social media abuse?

“ The Government is facing a new threat. It comes in the form of anonymous bloggers using fake names to attack senior Government leaders – including Prime Minister Tuilaepa – on Facebook and other social media sites. What do you think the Government should do? Would you support the Government regulating the use of social media sites – and to some extent blocking them altogether – like they do in China? Nefertiti Matatia asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Faamoe Ma’anaima, 57

Should we outlaw wooden buses?

“The deadly bus crash at Puipa’a last Saturday, which claimed three lives instantly, has revived questions around the safety of wooden buses. Even the Chief Executive Officer of the Land Transport Authority, Leasi John Galuvao, has called for them to be phased out. What do you think? Should the Government phase out wooden buses? Nefertiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Peresiteine Lokeni, 25

$20m prison project

The Minister of Finance defended the decision by the Government to invest in a $20m prison which will be built at Tanumalala. Our reporter, Nefertiti Matatia asked the public: What do you think about the Government’s decision on a $20m prison investment? This is what they said:

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Amaoso Lilomaiava Tulolo,  63

About those Prison Guards

In a story published in the Weekend Observer titled “P.M wants fit Prison guards”, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has slammed the poor management of the Tafaigata Prison as one of the reasons prisoners keep escaping. Tuilaepa has come up with a couple of solutions to end the problem. “My advice to the Minister is to remove Correction Officers who are like sumo wrestlers because they are weak. “They should get dropped off at Apia at 7:00am and they should run all the way to Tafa’igata,” said Mr. Prime Minister. In today’s Street Talk, our reporter, Ulimasao Fata, asked people about their views on the matter. This is what they said:

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Ioane Isa’ako, 72

Your thoughts on China’s aid

According to the Lowy Institute, China has provided A$1.8 billion in aid and loans for the South Pacific nations between 2006 and 2016.The main recipients were Papua New Guinea, which received A$632 million, Fiji (A$360 million), Vanuatu (A$244 million) and Samoa (A$230 million). Last week, Ms. Fierravanti-Wells launched an unprovoked scathing attack on China’s aid to the Pacific countries – including Samoa. She accused the Chinese of building “roads to nowhere” and constructing “useless buildings” which will only leave Pacific countries with debts they cannot pay. What do you think of China’s aid to Samoa? We asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Mata’afa Iefata Iata 51

Lupesoliai Parker gets the support

It’s signed and sealed. Samoa’s Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker will take on Anthony Joshua in what will be the biggest fight of his life. The fight will take place in Cardiff Wales on 31 March 2018. Do you think Lupesoliai is ready for the fight? We asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Editorial

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.

Letters to the Editor

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!!!

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.

Columns

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

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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