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Galuemalemana Nanai Elisaia Nanai (middle) flanked by colleagues outside the venue where Samoa Airways launched its inaugural Brisbane Flight Services in Logan
Galuemalemana Nanai Elisaia Nanai (middle) flanked by colleagues outside the venue where Samoa Airways launched its inaugural Brisbane Flight Services in Logan

(GOVT. PRESS SECRETARIAT, Brisbane); Galumalemana Nanai Elisaia Nanai originating from Matautu Falelatai has joined the chorus of Samoans in Brisbane condemning the verbal abused of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi by two Samoan youths now on the hunt by Queensland Police.

His Security Firm was on duty that evening when the two Samoans stormed the Hall in Logan where the launching of Samoa Airways Brisbane direct flight took place and verbally abused the Prime Minister with Samoan profanities.

And it lasted less than 20 seconds after the masked hoodlum threw a pigs head shouting “Kuilaepa” followed by Samoan profanities. The unmasked one assisted throwing eggs, fruits and papers. And they vanished into the night.

Galumalemana gave pursuit after the pair were removed from the hall. “There were three cars waiting in the parking lot for them and they took off as soon as they saw me in pursuit,” he said.

“I know the unmasked kid. He’s from here.”

Samoa Airways Minister Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell with Samoan officials and leaders of the Samoa Brisbane Community before the airlines launching event took place.
Samoa Airways Minister Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell with Samoan officials and leaders of the Samoa Brisbane Community before the airlines launching event took place.

“They came from behind the hall and took everyone by surprise.

“It is a total embarrassment,” he says issuing his deepest of apologies to the Prime Minister.

“As a leader he deserves our highest of respects and what these two boys did is totally against our culture and values especially when it’s our Prime Minister.

“My sincere apologies to Prime Minister Tuilaepa. He does not deserve this because he has done great things for Samoa and our families back home,” he continued.

“My family now has transport because of Tuilaepa’s road switch.

“Hundreds of Samoans are working in Australia as seasonal workers because of Tuilaepa.

“He continues to fight for Samoa on the world stage so that our home is protected from climate change.

“The list goes on and on.

“Tuilaepa is a man of his word.”

As for the two suspects, Galuemalemana vows that he will assist authorities.

“I can promise you that they can run but cannot hide.

“Our Samoan Brisbane Community is together on this and we will do everything for the two to answer to their mischief. And I am certainly going to assist police with their investigation.

“Whatever they want I am at their disposal.”