Observer names Tuilaepa 'Person of the Decade'
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has been voted Samoa Observer’s “Person of the Decade.” He was among many outstanding nominees recommended by members of our community for this honor.
One thing you have to understand right from the start about Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is that he believes he’s always right, never wrong. So that as far as he’s concerned anyone who questions him is either insanely wrong or an unforgivable idiot.
He feels this way because he believes he is chosen to do anything he thinks is right to move Samoa forward economically, never mind what anyone else thinks.
And that’s Tuilaepa, 66, Lepa-born and raised, happily married to Gillian Meredith, sired eight children, 12 grandchildren, devoutly religious, sometimes obnoxiously arrogant. However, deep down he’s alright. Below the tough veneer is a great, resourceful man.
Which follows that if today he wants to pass a law to change the way God thinks, that law will be passed without even a squeak inside Parliament. Since the way Tuilaepa thinks, Parliament is just as superfluous as something trivial we can easily forget, since it is, after all, just a rubber stamp designed to jump when his hand is raised.
But that is how charmingly arrogant he can become. Such is his gift anyway. Arrogantly charming, charmingly brutal. Even those hunkering around him are well aware of this silent power he routinely unleashes without him moving a muscle.
And yet we can’t blame him; because if the truth is told, Tuilaepa, after all, was chosen to lead.