61-year-old Masoe Sale from Sataua, Savaii has urged the young people of Samoa to make use of their time to look after their families rather than wasting it on things that are not important.
Speaking to the Village Voice Masoe said life in Upolu is way different from the life in Savaii.
“Young people are going too fast here compared with the big island,” he said.
“Yes there are problems that involve the youth in Savaii but they know their limits. However, here in Upolu it’s a whole different story because it’s going too fast.
“There are no strict rules of the alii and faipule here especially like those in the town area like Savaii.
“I see that there is so much freedom here in Upolu with the youths they can do whatever they want and go home at whatever time they want but in the big island it is so strict.
“We have curfews and the youth understand that when they go over the limit there is a prize to paid.
“But here most especially the town area, it’s different.”
He also went on to say that street vendors are a common thing here in Upolu unlike Savaii they are not desperate so parents don’t allow their children to sell on the streets.
“You hardly see any street vendors in Savaii because parents are so strict with their children,” he told the Village Voice.
“They depend on whatever they make from their plantation to get by every day even though life is hard and money is everything.
“Without money we cannot get by because we need money for our every day needs but in Savaii money or without money life there is much easier.
“We don’t worry about anything because we know we have our own developments to rely on but here I see life is very fast here and people don’t want to work.
“They want everything to be handed out to them but that’s not how it’s supposed to be because we live in a life that we ought to work to make sure we survive.
“And that is why we see a lot of children on the street because their parents tell them to go and sell.
“When it comes to our culture and traditions, this kind of lifestyle does not go together with our culture and traditions because we are working people.
“I guess we have been influenced by the lifestyles of overseas and that is why we don’t want to work anymore.
“So my advice to everyone is to work hard and depend on your own developments for the betterment of our families.”