Grandpa begs for his job back

By Fetalai Tuilulu’u ,

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I FEEL AS YOUNG AS A TEENAGER: Mulivai Setagi Silao.

I FEEL AS YOUNG AS A TEENAGER: Mulivai Setagi Silao. (Photo: Fetalai Tuilulu’u)

A pensioner father has one wish.

Mulivai Setagi Silao, 66-years-old wants the government, namely the Samoa Land Corporation to rehire him to continue his work.

Mulivai used to work to maintain land belonging to the S.L.C. at Vailele for more than five years. He did this with the help of his wife and children because it was their only source of income. 

However, because of his age, he was told to retire.

Speaking to the Village Voice yesterday, the father and a grandfather said he would dearly love to have his job back.

The father of five said he is still strong to work. 

“I worked as hard as I could. What saddens me the most was that they looked at my age but not my service. 

“How am I going to support my family now?” 

Mulivai said the pay was not great but it provided some sort of money for his family.

“I worked all day long. The pay was not enough but that didn’t matter to me at all. What mattered was that it earned some money to support the needs and wants of my family.”

Today he is pleading with the Corporation to give him another chance. 

“This is why I am personally asking Samoa Land to give me back my job. I maybe old but I can do the work. I feel as young as a teenager.”

Mulivai said he gets the pension but that is nowhere near enough to provide for his family.

He spends much of his day developing his banana and taro patch.

With the help of his wife he says it’s easy when they work together. 

“Since I lost my job we decided to adopt our children to our overseas relatives.  

“You see any parent will do the same for their children because to be honest I don’t want them to starve while I can’t do anything about it.” 

Lastly to S.L.C, “Please give me another chance to work just to earn money for my family.” 

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