FOREIGN STORE OWNERS RILE VANUATU RESIDENT

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By Elenor Waiwo

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Aug. 20) - A resident of the town of Luganville, on the island of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu has raised concern over the treatment of local residents in stores run by foreigners.

The resident, who wished to remain anonymous, witnessed an incident on Wednesday in which a man and his son entered a shop in Luganville and found the owner of the shop scolding a man and his child for touching a bicycle which he believed they had intended to buy.

"It was obvious the man and his son had wanted to try the bicycle to see if it was worth buying," the source said. "Apparently the Chinese shop owner wanted his customers to buy the bicycle first. I ended up telling the man and his son to get out of the shop and do their shopping in another shop in town," he said.

The concerned resident told the Daily Post that his decision to advise the man and his son was purely because he could not stand Ni-Vans being treated in that manner by so-called investors.

"We welcome investors and visitors into our country and we expect the least of such attitude from them," he said.

The man claimed the Chinese shop owner did not follow required procedures before setting up his business.

He said the government should look closely into such people and ensure they pack up and leave.

Daily Post understands that these incidents have been going on in Luganville for sometime in the past but nobody has raised the alarm for the authorities concerned to take action.

August 26, 2004

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