Nov 22, 2017 Last Updated 9:11 AM, Nov 15, 2017

Whispers

Published in 2017 October
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Samoan passports

THERE is anger in Samoa after the Prime Minister revoked the diplomatic passport of the outgoing head of state. The PM, who is also responsible for the Immigration portfolio, was apparently well within the law when he cancelled the official passports of the former customary head of the land and the first lady. But the people of Samoa reacted loudly on electronic media condemning the action as disrespectful and not Fa’a Samoa (the Samoan Way). Despite the justifications offered by the PM and his references to international laws and practices, the people remain unconvinced and continue to call for the return of passport privileges to a muchloved couple. 

Unlikely prizes

THERE was much nudging and eyebrow raising at the awards ceremony of a communications company in Fiji last month. The new CEO received an award for Outstanding Leader of the Year while staff members have been abandoning the company due to poor leadership and vindictive management. So dire has the situation become that the once proud company has lost its best managers and highly-skilled technical staff as insiders cosy up to relatives in government. The recent award and the sacking of the CEO’s best friend of over 30 years has forced staff members to reconsider their future in the organisation.

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