In previous letters I’ve called you a coward, and a common criminal.
These are serious words and are spoken to a senior political leader, have the potential to have serious ramifications for both of us. Except for the fact that you are a politician; that I always speak the truth and it is all my honest opinion, you could perhaps sue me for slander or defamation. I could perhaps engender some form of resentment in your constituency with my direct and potentially offensive words and there is potential for cross-cultural challenges if things go bad. I mean what do you think most New Zealanders would be thinking when they find out that one of theirs has been booted out of Samoa after your peoples’ history overstaying in our country? Already the people who have heard my story are incredulous when they know the history between our two countries. “WTF? Samoa dares to deport a [supposed] Palagi overstayer? They’ve got a cheek!”
These are very serious allegations Tui . . . very serious!
So I wish to explain for the record the basis upon which I claim these things. I will be using more words that can cause offence in due course in relation to you but let’s start with these two concepts – the big ones – cowardice and criminality.
You are a coward to me because you know that I am a man of God ready and willing to deal with any matters of contention (either with you or with others) face-to-face and in the both godly and Samoan style. We sit down and talk about things until we come to agreement. I do. I try. But Samoans don’t like doing that with a Palagi do they? It’s embarrassing to have to deal with dirty laundry before a foreigner, so you lie and play games until the problem goes away.
The problem Tui, is, as you know, is that I never went away. I never gave up and even though I tried, you didn’t reciprocate – you gave me a bullshit story and like a typical politician passed the buck.
Then you worked behind the scenes to issue an order that called me a “Prohibited Immigrant”. Once you signed that order you knew that it would only be time before I would be gone. I believe that you signed that order (that you are still keeping hidden under wraps) in Q1 or perhaps Q2 in 2016 and that you asked Samoa Immigration to keep your name out of it. I believe this because suspecting that you could be trying to get me out of the country, I asked senior people in the Samoa Immigration twice whether you were involved and they (unconvincingly) advised me that no, it was all their doing – entirely. BS of course!
I now have the evidence that they lied to try to protect you. People only lie Tui, when they want to hide something – in this case your involvement. You didn’t want me to know that it was you who had signed the order. You Tui, on two counts then – first being too much of a wimp to tell me to my face that you wanted me to be gone, and secondly attempting to hide your role in my eviction – are an absolute coward in my eyes.
I though, unlike you, am fully prepared to face you and tell you to your face what I say here to the world. I speak the truth and am fearless. You don’t and you’re afraid.
Now it gets worse sir, because the Samoan laws are very clear – when you as the Minister of Immigration issue an order to cast a visitor out of your country there is a process that you must go through, by your own laws. This process requires you to inform your victim in writing. It’s unambiguous. It’s simple. It’s the law and you know this very well.
You, Tui broke that law deliberately and with full knowledge that what you were doing was wrong; illegal. That Tui, in my book makes you nothing more than a common criminal.
Should I ever have the opportunity to bring a private prosecution against you in the Samoan criminal courts for this willful crime against the laws of Samoa, take notice Mr Palemia, that I will. Who do you think you are, Tui? As you say yourself repeatedly, “Nobody is above the law!” Nobody, Tui. This arrogance in you is the very thing that winds your people up so much about you.
Now that I have explained why you are nothing more than a coward and a common criminal, I will now call you a hypocrite. This is because month after month, year after year, your people have heard you as their leader bleat on and on about the law this and the law that and God this and God that – how everyone who challenges you or disagrees with you is either “stupid!” or is a “fool!” or doesn’t know what he is talking about or is lazy or ignorant and more.
Your people Tui, and this even includes those inside your political party and cronies are sick and tired of your constant bleating about one thing yet doing another. Now with the circumstances of my eviction proving that you are a coward and a common criminal you are shown up as the ultimate hypocrite.
It’s trite to just say, “Oh well he’s a politician. What do you expect?” You of all politicians are the most recognised pontificator of judgment on others in the South Pacific.
The pain Tui to your people; the embarrassment of the Samoan people over not only what you have done to me, but how you have done it, a representative of the Palagi people of New Zealand as a visitor in your country must be huge.
You should be ashamed of yourself . . . totally ashamed . . . and all this over a ‘skirt’! It’s a disgrace.
In my next letter to you Mr Palemia, I ease off the aggression slightly and discuss the role of the Palemia in Samoan society and how you have achieved something big, but bad, when you take the biblical guidelines into account.