16 Jun 2010

Independent MP in Samoa calls for ban on commerce on Sundays

1:31 pm on 16 June 2010

An independent MP in Samoa, Tuia Paepae Letoa, has called on the Minister of Tourism, Misa Telefoni, to ban the operation of tourist resorts or any associated activities on Sundays.

In his speech during the budget debate this week the MP referred to tourists who fail to respect Sunday as a principal day in the Christian week.

Tuia says these people use Sundays for picnics and enjoying themselves instead of worshipping God.

But the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says the constitution required everyone to respect the beliefs of all people regardless of their religious views.

Tuilaepa says it's the duty of parents including the MP to advise children about Sunday rules according to religious teachings but it's not the duty of the government to impose a ban.