INTERNET shops will no longer have to close their doors at 9pm after a directive was issued by the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday
"I have directed the police to reverse their decision to close internet shops in Suva before their normal closing time," Commodore Bainimarama said.
"All internet shops from today will be able to open until the hours allowed under their specific business licences."
With many internet shops allowing all night deals for patrons, Commodore Bainimarama said parents should not take advantage of this.
"It has been brought to my attention that some parents have been leaving their children in internet shops while they go to nightclubs.
"I urge those parents to stop this irresponsible behaviour.
"As parents, we owe it to our children to not only nurture them but keep them in a safe environment and provide them with proper guidance."
The Prime Minister also said he was aware of internet shops being used as locations for drug taking and for easy access to pornography.
But he added that commonsense needed to prevail when policing these.
"The police are rightly cracking down on the operators of these internet shops.
"However, those shopowners who are doing the right thing should not be penalised because of the illegal and irresponsible behaviour of a minority.
"Meetings have taken place between the Minister for Local Government, the police and the special administrator of Suva to develop a code of conduct for internet shops.
"We must allow all Fijians, and especially our young people, who want to access internet shops the ability to do so at every opportunity."