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PM Tuilaepa should step down - He's driving Samoa down the toilet


Enough said.
The man is an arrogant fool.
Would not listen to sound advice even when he's faced with all the hard facts on RHD.
This is the result of someone who is power hungry and in power for far too long. They start to behave like they are some gods. That they are invincible and immune to public criticisms..

If he has LOVE for Samoa: Resign already..

JUST GO!!

and if some HRPP members had any guts at all they'd agree that this foolhardy RHD bullsheit is a stupid idea and speak out. But they are all gutless and wimps and intend on sucking on the milk from Tuilaepa's balls

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Locci

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I heAR YOU, anonymous...but Stui is not the root of the problem. Get to the root...the ones who voted him in office & in power...us, the people. We voted him in...we likewise should vote him out. I believe we have the power & right to impeach him, don't we? If we have...Then we should do it! Get him out...!!!

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he's a cowboy alright

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RHD, Black Christmas & God

Friday 28 December 2007

Dear Editor - This RHD issue is really getting to a very depressed state.
Our pompous Master is bulldozing everything & anything that gets in the way: He manipulates his little Davendale dwarves like Willie Wonka manipulates his little umpa lumpas in that kids classic, Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
The Genius who invented the automobile put the drivers seat towards the centre lane for a reason: so that he/she is in the best position to judge so that all who are in the vehicle are not at risk to a Head On Collision.
Now we have a cowboy from Lepa telling us that (18,000 drivers) we are not in the correct position of the vehicle, us drivers are not to be harmed so he has decided to position us on the outer edge of the road let the passengers take the impact.
I have 2 vehicles I would like to sell to buy a long bed truck for my business, oops, I cant do that now thanks for the punch in the mouth and the kick up the backside. My fault. Thats the risk I took for setting up a business and employing ten people, paying NPF, ACC & Taxes.

The harder you work, the more you should be rewarded those that live off the sweat of others deserve nothing! Do not label us! Le au maumea, we were not born with a money tree behind our houses. We, like anyone else started with nothing.
IF the RHD switch goes ahead and 1000 vehicles are brought into the country every year, it will still take 18 years for an opposite steering balance to occur policing of this switch.
Malifa lights were off for 3 to 4 days earlier last week.
My experience in NZ when traffic lights went out especially during the busiest of times, there were always traffic officers there to guide the vehicles.
One of our busiest 4 corners did not have a traffic officer in sight 6;30am to 8.am 3 days.

I hope the government does a much better job if the switch goes ahead:
Black Christmas Just ask most of the shops in town Business is slow.
Why because people are depressed, people are holding on to their hard earned cash in case this switch goes ahead:
God Where does he come into this letter?
Well, if engineers, accountants, economists, insurance agents and the general public cannot persuade the government that the switch is wrong, then, and maybe then, only GOD will be able to convince them With the help of his salulima, God please do not let this switch happen. Joke of the week.
Q: What does a mouse piggy-backing on an elephant have in common with our government and its relationship with the business sector?
A: They are both enjoying a free piggy back ride, except with the latter, its the elephant piggy-backing on the mouse:
Faafetai lava

Fata S.A. Cronin.
Have a merry Christmas & a safe new year.

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Anonymous

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don't believe all the bs you read..the rural communities that make up 75 percent of the population are 110 percent behind the PM..If they had elections tomorrow, Tui would be back in the driver's seat in another landslide..the opposition is mainly the selfish Apia-based business people..they can go f- themselves..evileye.gif

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Business man

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The above is your typical samoan LOKOLEAGA! Why don't you get off your fat arss and get a job or something maybe your aiga can afford a bicycle to ride in town with other then get all jelous with other people fortunes and success. A le maua loa se mea oga taumafai laia e faaleaga le'isi samoa. Yea you go f yourself watch out cause i might run you over with my truck biggrin.gif

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Anonymous

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lokoleaga?weirdface.gif..and who the f- are you? i'm probably more successful than you and I SUPPORT THE RHD SWITCH!!..vaai se meamalo galo e faapa ai lou ulu..e le ga'o oe e fai gi kaavale lou ogak_ebleh.gif..

GO STUI!!YOU DA MAN!!wink.gif

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Business man

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Hay selling seasea on the roadside wount be enough to buy a bicycle for your aiga. So you and stui should try and lose some wait first as the cheap Chiness cars will be too small for your fat arss the only cars you guys can fit in is a dump truck biggrin.gif

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It may be true that some of the rural communities still stand behind our Prime Minister. However, I think that once someone stands up and explains to them what this old Govt. is pulling our country through, and the politics that they are using to cause such an uproar in our island, I'm pretty sure you'll find that those rural communities will turn around and change their perspective on Tuilaepa.

The older people in the rural areas should be worried about the changes that Tuilaepa is trying to implement without any justifications and logical explanations. First, they tried to ban RHD cars being brought in, and now we're banning the LHD cars - The pros and cons of the change should be brought to light, THEN a decision should be made.

You can't just go around making changes because you feel like it - We need a new government that will be transparent to the public!

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Anonymous

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why the heck would people in kua support you?weirdface.gif..the new law would allow them to bring in kaavales from their aiga in NZ and Aust, I don't see any Apia businessman offering them cars apart from the overpriced American second hand junks sold in town..cry.gif..Giood on you Stui..biggrin.gif

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kua back

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E leai lava ma se isi o supportiga lega alelo o Stui...Stui, alu e ai uma *@#...o loo i le makafaga o le kou guu.

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Kua le kogavao

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GO STUI, THE RURAL HEARTLANDS STILL SUPPORT YOU!!!! APIA CAN GO EAT %$#@

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SamoaMoSamoa

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I like the letter by Cronin that is the gist of it. I also especially like that it is the view of a business person. Poko o le ulu o Tuilaepa e faasamoa mai i kagaka laukele ma kaufaaleaga mai lea au faipisigisi when he is also one of the aufaipisigisi. He's full of it. He's trying to make us versus them when he's rich enough as it is and the switch will not hurt him one bit! He rules the country whatever he wants he gets!! of course and yet he tries to butter up the "poor people" with his song that its for them to afford cars. Ia kalofa e o lona uiga o le a ku le pasi ae kulioso i lalo kamaiki aoga i le moa o le auala. I agree with someone else who said that he may have lost his marbles. No doubt about that.


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Anonymous

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The more the aufaipisigisi squirm and shout; the more I like Stui.

Tumua ma Pule had more than 120,000 signatures on their petition and 30,000 marched to parliament, but the business people stayed home. What comes around, goes around.

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Anonymous

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Why don'nt you go and focus all your hate on building you onwn business or maybe get a job, maby your family can afford a bicycle! The be too loko leaga at the business people.
Jelouse minds never rest.......biggrin.gif

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Locci

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This is an urgent call to STUI to wisely consider STEPPING DOWN...NOW!!!
The truth about the switch to RHD is now beginning to surface. It is a money-making plan by STUI and FAUMUINA (The Minister or rather monoster who heads the Customs. The one who was successful in his ''evil" plot to rid "honest"Fuimaono Te'o from this post..thus forcing Te'o into early retirement).
The rest is, as they say...is history...go figure...and remember the that Sunday School chant: Soon and very soon, we are going to see the...king?

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Praytell dear Locci, how the govt will make more money from RHDs? Cheaper cars coming in from NZ and Australia equals LESS import tax and customs duties NOT MORE. You muppet.

The govt is actually making a killing at the moment out of the more expensive American vehicles coming into Samoa. Switching to RHD will incur a one-off loss to people who continue to insist that it is their God-given and constitutional-right to own a car as an 'investment'. Like Toailoa Toleafoa the leader of PASS. He is, of course, a fool, because ALL VEHICLES lose value as soon as you buy it. So what people like Toleafoa are saying is that they have the right to preserve the re-sale values of their vehicles so they can sell it to the next sucker in Apia.

I say he and PASS can go shove it up their arses!



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pro

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kalofa e ia falevao kogavao,

plz dont post another comment. you sound so stupid as if you never made it to year 6.
Sili le alu e tuitui lou teeth pe alu loa e fufulu le goo o Stui e maua ai sau fasi tu.

People like you dont deserve an explanation. The only comments worth for you is "Go back to school and learn your abc before you come here"

O a all cars lose value after they buy it??? Alu ia e sulu lou ulu i lalo o le mul* o Kuilaepa. Kago e compare le new LHD and a new RHD if you resell, now which one loses much more??? Ia, aua le koe reply mai seiloga eke malamalama gae alu laia e fufulu muamua ou guku gae kaea.

RHD is the most insensitive decision ever. Kuilaepa is getting too old to think properly. I think his time is over and should pass the reign to someone younger.

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Anonymous

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Hey pukio, why do would you want to re-sell your idiot car anyway? You're nothing but a speculator, buying cars to "make" money? There should be laws against you pukios who buy cars just to sell them again. So you're not really buying the car in the first place to pay it off, you're just buying it so can skimp it off to another sucker to pay off. If you want to play by the market, fine. However, this stupid rich-mans game you idiots play shouldn't be supported by the govt. The govt needs to rule for rich and poor. You fools just want to keep the prices up so the market can sustain your arsehole buying and selling. Don't go crying to parliament when the rules change and the market actually has to cater for the poor people.

Samoa is not just for you rich people. The car market should not just cater for you pricks. Alu ia e fufulu lou muli ma le sua o lou koeaiga.

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pro

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ia vaai laia i le valea saupa'u o lea gukuelo e fia osooso mai.

any smart and good thinking educated person would think of reselling an asset while they are still good. In that way, there will not be much of a loss.
This is a general practice to all good asset-keepers be it business or personal. A e leiloa keukeu mealelei, ia gao le pa'u kaavale lava lau mea e maua, e leai fo'i sesi e fia faakaua. This really works for the current LHD cars. Now its going to change, o ai le vale a koe fia faakaua gi LHD?

Vaai, e le faapea a resell oga faapea laia gao pisigisi e resell lakou kaavale...alu ia e sulu lou ulu i vaivae o Kuilaepa. Se a faalogo aku e le malamalama lelei ile makaupu, aua le faia se kala male kaea o ou foliga ile goo o lau koeaiga

alu loa e koe fufulu ou guku gae ua koe kaeabiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif


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Anonymous

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All this arguments and disappointment stem from this RHD. The worse thing about this change is the clause on this Bill to RHD that you cannnot sue the Gov't, what a way to do business by the Gov't; it is sad when the Gov't operate this way, with that said, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that the Gov't knows what the risk is of the change and didn't even reconsider its position on this mess before it gets out of hand now.
I think Mr. Tuilaepa forgot his roots when he reach the top. Most Gov't leaders acted like they are appointed for life and forgot how they made it to where they at. I can only say that I do hope this RHD reach a good conclusion for the sake of everyone especially those living in SAMOA. If it is not broke then don't fix it.

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Ei pro pukio, faalogo mai...

LHD cars are generally more expensive (I don't believe a word of the propaganda prices provided by CoC saying RHDs are more expensive).

Why are LHDs more expensive?

1. The United States and Japan and a lesser extent, Korea, where RHD cars are imported from are further away from Samoa = greater sea distances = more expensive to transport by the shipping companies.

2. In the case of Japanese cars, an extra cost is added on to change Japanese vehicles to LHD because Japan drives on the left hand side of the road and most of its car companies make RHDs. This results in japanese cars exported to Samoa being more expensive than Japanese cars exported to Australia and NZ (who obviously drive on the left).

3. Vehicles imported into Samoa from NZ and Australia will be less expensive transport costs for the very very simple reason that these countries are closer to Samoa than Japan and the United States.

4. The US dollar and Japanese Yen are miles more expensive for the Samoan tala to buy (see US/tala and Yen/tala exchange rates) than the less expensive NZ and Australian dollars (compare NZD/Tala and AUD/Tala exchange rates). Therefore, no matter what the product is, the differences in exchange rate will mean anything coming out of the US and Japan into Samoa will always be more expensive than anything coming out of NZ and Aust into Samoa. Even if you add customs duties and other import duties! Its common bloody sense!

5. US vehicles will have added costs of more strict emission standards because pollution in the US is so much greater than NZ and Australia. Take one look at the LA motorway system and you'll see endless smog and pollution from millions of vehicles.

6. NZ-based vehicles are only 12 years old on average. The vast majority of Used vehicles are still good to drive. There are also new laws that will be passed shortly in NZ which will restrict second-hand imports into the country. However, with the law in Samoa restricting vehicle imports to 8 years old models, it is all good. Samoa will not get 12, 11, 10, or 9 year old vehicles. I don't know what PASS is whingeing about.

7. Any importation of RHDs into the country will create a whole new industry in Samoa for spare parts and mechanical parts dealers for the economy. NZ and Australia are closer to Samoa and therefore it would be cheaper to source parts from those countries. If the RHDs result in greater growth of car ownership in Samoa, than so be it. It will be good for the economy because it will create whole new opportunities for the private sector in car-wrecking and in parts servicing. The 8 year rule will keep vehicles constantly needing to be serviced to maintain the higher standards required under the law - especially for Warrant of Fitness checking. The economy will also benefit from Samoans in NZ and Australia entering the Samoa car dealership market and competing with the locals by setting up shop in Apia. If Apia is afraid of this competition then tough biscuits. Eat it and weep.

8. As for the Rental car companies, I don't know why some of them are complaining. THe MAJORITY of tourists are from NZ and Australia - most of their damn clients come from these RHD countries!! Surely it would be economical and beneficial for them in the long run to go to RHD vehicles, so the tourists wouldn't have to re-adjust every time they come to Samoa. The tourism industry has grown exponentially over the past five years due to the PolyBlue merger and also AirNZ having to compete and lower their prices to compete with PolyBlue.

9. It is nothing but mere speculation that peoples' safety will be at risk. All buses must get off the damn road to deposit and pick up passengers. At least this RHD law will at least force them off the road to drop-off and pick-up passengers. As for everyone else, if you can't drive safely on the road, then don't get on the bloody road! No immigrant to Australia or NZ has got into a crash because he forgot which side of the road to drive on.

10. Now, let me get to this silly buying and selling "assets" that the pukio is wanking on about...

- IT IS NOT THE GOVT'S ROLE TO KEEP THE PRICES OF YOUR SO-CALLED "ASSETS" HIGH, SO YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM YOUR BUYING OR SELLING. If the govt wishes to change to RHD so that poorer people can have access to chaper vehicles, then so be it. Just because you want the higher-priced LHD vehicles to protect your re-sale values of your vehicles is no good reason for the govt just to cater to your selfish interests.

- It is not a constitutional right for the govt to protect the re-sale values of your cars. If it was a constitutional right, it would make a mockery of the free market capitalist system Samoa supposedly operates under.

- Therefore, I suggest you just keep your LHDs until it dies of old age. You're all stupid anyway for thinking a vehicle is an "investment". You're not even making any money. You're losing money from the day you buy the overpriced waste of space. You're basically fighting for the right to benefit from the slower depreciating value of a LHD compared to the depreciating value of a RHD. Fighting for depreciating. Its all depreciating anyway you idiots.

- Its a good thing the govt has put a stop to your speculating. What you guys are doing is controlling the prices of the market so that people on lower incomes have to buy cars off you lot instead of from their own families in NZ and Australia.



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pro

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ia malo le reply anus momos, oi anonymos or wateva

vaai oe, o a brand o kaavale gae fai i Giu Sila?? is it the Kiamoko, Kekabila, the oldie Holden or what???

Most of the cars in NZ are imported from overseas too. you will find thousands and thousands of Ford, Toyota, Nissan and overseas motors being shipped from Japan, US and Europe almost everyday. And the majority of those cars after being used are resold. Now these second hand cars are the ones most Samoans go for the kill. Mind you the brand new car for example the common model back home, the Toyota corrola [sedan 2004] can be bought from Japan at 1,070,000yn or equivalent of WST$25,000. The US is slightly expensive but not much of a difference.

The same car if you can buy from Auckland is listed not less than NZD$20,000 or equivalent of more than 37,000tala. You do tyhe math, dont ask me why but thats the reality. Bulk buying score some more discounts on the prices again.

Also take into account that the most popular models are Japanese, Germans and US made, the most preferred and used vehicles in Samoa at the moment. Perhaps you can quote me a second hand bomb at the Manukau garage of 4,000 dollars?? Thats exactly the same unsung hymn by Skui to send all the junks home coz pple can afford it.
Wake up and smell the beans :O

The prices of a new car in Japan or the US is way cheaper than the same car in NZ and in fact way cheaper include the shipping and customs duty costs if you like. Only if you want to send a much discounted second hand car to Samoa then only you will get a slightly cheaper deal.

You said the JPY and USDollars are both expensive, yeah its true but still it doesnt add up. The rising NZdollar is getting very expensive while the US Dollar is getting diminish in value, even the yen is decreasing in value compared to last three years. NZ Dollar and the Australian Dollars are two of the most consistent and ever increasing currencies in the world, so get that in your head. Its not the current value of the currency, rather its the consistency of the value that matters. And getting these foreign exchange to their favour is not bad at all, it helps offset our exports to those countries. Dont try and make it sound its a very bad thing. Thats how pple at the Reserve Bank look and base their judgements/estimations on. The governor of the RBS has been warning the PM and the cabinet of the consequences of this RHD change and no one is ever willing to listen.
Anyways, the many points you have formalised didnt ever touched on the current LHD owners, the real victims of the move. What will happen to the bus and the taxi owners? Mind you there are a lot of single taxi and bus owners not including the Speakerof the House who operates 50 Queen Poto buses. I know a few of these single taxi owners, this is their bread and butter, their only income to suport their families and faalavelaves. Getting a taxi license, registering and passing these public vehicles has becoming extremely expensive and more a stressful process for a contry like Samoa, and in particular this business. Are they gonna just ignore the thousands of dollars the business sector pour into the economy and beg them again to start new ones???? its just seem so wrong, ethically and morally wrong

If there is anyone selfish in these arguement, Im afraid its your one sided opinion.
you sound just like Kuilaepa and its cronies...oops

Seems to me, you are trying to throw out some pple's lifetime assets and savings and demand they start all over again...huh thats pretty cold and selfish. y not start throwing out your computer and get a brand new one? if its easy for you, have a heart to say it might be harder for your other sister/brother...bt surely u cant do that. can u??

Good luck with your research..........on RHD
One wise man said "Two attribues are needed for any worker, Wisdom and Compassion. If one is without compassion, they are Cold heartred humans. if one is without Wisdom, they are warm loving Fools"

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PRO AND ANNOY
CAN YOU GUYS MAKE IT SHORT AND SWEET FIRST IT WAS INTERESTING AND NOW IT'S GETTING BORE. WHY DON'T YOU TWO EMAIL EACH THAT WAY WE DON'T HAVE TO READ YOUR OH BLA DI, OH BLA DA BORING STORY ON THE NET.

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hAHAHAHAHA what a load of horse sh!te from Pro. Even predicting America's economy will weaken to such an extent that the NZD will gain parity with the USD! hahahaha stop smoking pot mate. You're in the clouds!

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ia a ai ai au horse **** ga koe pepelo lea....
vaai oe lea pa'upa'u, it was not something I just made up, take a look several years ago and see how much samoan tala you get from NZD$1 and USD$1, compare to the current value.

Its not some statements I just made up. The USDollar has plummet in value ever since 9/11. It used to be 3.20 for one US dollar, now its only 2.40 and its continuing to slide.

The NZDollar we used to get only 1.4 back then, now its almost WST$2, 1.90most of the times

So, have a thought about it before you shoot yourself in the leg.

By the way, the topic we discussed was RHD. No need to change fullstop. Samoa is unique in its current ways. This point of having more toursits coming from NZ and Aussie to finding it easier to drive here is so stupid. We had done it in the past and not one tourist ever complained of the side we drive. In fact we should not let the tourists or other people dictate which way we should be using. Just leave it as it is.
its not broken, dont fix it for goodness sake

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E pei o oe o le ulivaa o lau vasega a ea lii Pro?

Whatever way you dress it up, the USD is still stronger than the NZD vis-a-vis the Samoan Currency. Therefore, it will always be significantly more expensive to buy USD with WST than it is to NZD. You clown.

The fastest growing sector in the Samoan Economy is the tourism sector. The other large sector in the economy is Remittances from overseas. Guess which countries prop those two sectors up? AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.

Is it not in the national economic interest to continue to service the tourism sector as a way of earning foreign exchange in the local economy? It is a fact of life that most tourists come from Australia and NZ because the only two airlines that service Faleolo on a regular basis are Air NZ, PolyBlue (HQ in Sydney). It is better for business if the rental companies switch to RHDs. They'd be earning more money than they currently are. It just makes economic sense. Especially as the growth in tourists from NZ and Aust is set to rise.

As for your pukio assumptions on car values NZ vis-a-vis Samoa, whatever car you put up, I can easily put up any car from a local car sales yard in NZ for half the price you say represents the cost of cars in NZ. Its a load of nonsense put up by people in the local car industry in Apia who are afraid of competition. What a bunch of fools. They built their fortunes on the "free market" yet now they are scared because their monopoly hold on the local market is under threat. Well get used to it. Competition brings out greater efficiency in the industry and lowers the cost for consumers. However, you pro and your pukio mates at the CoC are afraid of competition because you have been creaming off the artificially high prices of vehicles for years. Time to enter the real world and compete for your income.

And why weren't you PASS people protesting the drunk-drivers on the roads? They're the ones who cause the most road accidents (have a look at the statistics). Not people from overseas who are not used to the side of the road you drive on.

But, it is no surprise you PASS people won't protest drunk-drivers. You are only motivated by money. Fair enough. But don't try and bring in your "safety concerns" for the public when you quite clearly do not give a sh!t about the safety of people, only about the value of their depreciating idiotic assets.

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kasi lea fia leokele solo i luga ole ea ae pa le muli....y change names male gasu solo ole mea

faasaga kogu ou guku i le topic ma points ga sa avaku ae aua le lokea fua isi fulufulu ma lou laoa ai fua.

Vaai oe, e le faapea a koakele kulisi mai Ausekalia ma Giu Sila oga faapea lea e sui ai fua le mea ga kakou masagi ai pei o le LHD. Check out how many tourists arrivals we had recieved so far inthe last 5yrs. It has been on all postive increase than all pacific islands. Last five years we only recieved 80 - 90,000. last year it reached record level of more than 127,000. And yes, the majority of toursits come from Aus and NZ because of many reasons like Fiji experienced a coup, the fares to Samoa has been on consistent discounts and few other advantages. So what has the road gotta do with tourism??
Or are you suggesting we change the side of driving so millions more can come to Samoa.... I dont think thats a wise move, mr puki

To answer your suggestion that NZ and Aus made up more percentage of the remittances, yeah so whats your point in relation to RHD??? Of course they should contribute more coz much more Samoans are in these two countries than any other country in the world. Let me tell you this, all families in Samoa have immidiate relations in NZ and Aus. But not all families have immidiate relations in the US, so think about it for the hundred times before you hop with one leg.

Ia ga e koe oso ifo foi laia faimai ile PASS e complain i drunk drivers.
Pumoo, e ese lava le faafitauli ole 'drink and drive', ese le faafitauli ole suiga o le itu e feoai ai. E eseese mamao mea ga e lua pumasa. Whether we drive on the left or right, e iai lava kagaka e igu pia i luga o kaavale e oo lava i drivers. Tell me one country which doesnt have this problem oga avaku lea o sau pa'upa'u lapoa lea e mikimiki.

Again, not one of your claims have contributed to a good reason why we should proceed with this RHD. Let is rest once anf for all for Goodness sake :P



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LOL @ pro....malo lava le oke...ua lelei lava lau oke pro...hehehehe

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kasi lea fia leokele solo i luga ole ea ae pa le muli....y change names male gasu solo ole mea

faasaga kogu ou guku i le topic ma points ga sa avaku ae aua le lokea fua isi fulufulu ma lou laoa ai fua.

Vaai oe, e le faapea a koakele kulisi mai Ausekalia ma Giu Sila oga faapea lea e sui ai fua le mea ga kakou masagi ai pei o le LHD. Check out how many tourists arrivals we had recieved so far inthe last 5yrs. It has been on all postive increase than all pacific islands. Last five years we only recieved 80 - 90,000. last year it reached record level of more than 127,000. And yes, the majority of toursits come from Aus and NZ because of many reasons like Fiji experienced a coup, the fares to Samoa has been on consistent discounts and few other advantages. So what has the road gotta do with tourism??
Or are you suggesting we change the side of driving so millions more can come to Samoa.... I dont think thats a wise move, mr puki


Ok, ulivaa, let me make this simple for your simple little head to get around.

More Tourists from NZ and Aust = More foreign exchange earnings from these tourists = more money for local hotels and rental companies and car parts suppliers = multiplier effect = more money in the local economy.

The change to RHDs, allows the cheaper-priced RHD vehicles from NZ and Aust to enter the market (decrease costs for businesses) and at the same time increase profit margins.

The change to RHD only supports the growth in tourists from RHD countries. Lets fact it. Americans don't travel to Samoa in the same numbers as NZders and Australians. End of story. It makes business sense to change to RHDs.

You can't depend on remittances for the rest of your life Pro. Better to grow the tourism industry for job growth. Also, the way the govt has gone about growing the tourism industry is smart and clever - "eco-tourism" and promoting the small stakeholders as the backbone of the tourism sector (the small backpacker fales and the homestay options) which earn village operators real earnings at the grassroots level. The govt has not gone hard out to attract the major international hotel chains like Fiji and Tahiti. It is a clever strategy and one which has resulted in exponential growth in Samoa's tourism revenue earnings but not at the expense of village lands.

To answer your suggestion that NZ and Aus made up more percentage of the remittances, yeah so whats your point in relation to RHD??? Of course they should contribute more coz much more Samoans are in these two countries than any other country in the world. Let me tell you this, all families in Samoa have immidiate relations in NZ and Aus. But not all families have immidiate relations in the US, so think about it for the hundred times before you hop with one leg.

The point was, little petal, that NZ and Aust prop up the Samoan economy. PASS has said over and over again that NZders in particular are too poor to afford cars for their families in Samoa. The statistics show that remittances have doubled in the last ten years from Aust and NZ (mostly due to the economic growth in NZ and Aust). I think NZ is more than capable of supplying Samoa with cheaper vehicles than the US (for all the reasons given before).

Not only will cars be sent over by families in NZ and Australia, but also some Samoans will come and set up shop in Samoa. I actually know one myself, and I have been talking to some of my clients (who are Samoan car-dealers) who are very interested in coming to Samoa and exploring the feasibility of setting up RHD car dealerships on behalf of their franchises in NZ.


Ia ga e koe oso ifo foi laia faimai ile PASS e complain i drunk drivers.
Pumoo, e ese lava le faafitauli ole 'drink and drive', ese le faafitauli ole suiga o le itu e feoai ai. E eseese mamao mea ga e lua pumasa. Whether we drive on the left or right, e iai lava kagaka e igu pia i luga o kaavale e oo lava i drivers. Tell me one country which doesnt have this problem oga avaku lea o sau pa'upa'u lapoa lea e mikimiki.


E sa'o mamao lava le kala a Stui. You guys think changing the side of the road will kill people. Um, no. It is the DRIVERS THEMSELVES who can't drive properly who kill people. If you can't drive properly by following the road and looking to the right (instead of the left) for oncoming traffic at intersections, then you should not be driving on the road! Simple as that. The only real traffic intersections in the country are in Apia anyway. Once you get out of Apia, the only skill you need is to stick to the speed limit, keep the car on a straight line and keep to right of the road. Simple. It is so simple in fact that when new Samoan immigrants to NZ and Australia drive on the right hand side of the road, they don't have any problem with it. So what is the frickin' big deal with these so-called safety 'concerns'??? Its just a load of bullsh!t made up by PASS.

Again, not one of your claims have contributed to a good reason why we should proceed with this RHD. Let is rest once anf for all for Goodness sake :P

Well, sorry to say Puki, but not one of your claims stack up either. Run along now little boy.



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It is so simple in fact that when new Samoan immigrants to NZ and Australia drive on the right hand side of the road, they don't have any problem with it.

Drive on the LEFT hand side of the road. Sorry, error typing on my part.

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