Social media users who are using fake IDs to attack other people, particularly national leaders have been asked to be respectful when commenting on social media, especially Facebook.
The appeal was reiterated by Minister of Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs, Chief Jean Pierre Tom in a Press Conference on Monday this week.
It has almost become a norm for people to express their anger and frustrations against national leaders on Facebook.
Minister Napuat who said he grew up in a home where foul language was never used, admitted that he felt offended when he was being sworn at on Facebook.
“Should you have a constructive criticism, I’d really appreciate that. Show your face. Come forward to my office and tell me what you have to say or even write to me or send me an email,” the minister stressed.
The minister says he welcomes anyone who has any issue against him to his office so they could sort it out it the proper way.
Condemning the attitude of disrespect in the society, Chief Tom said swearing is not part of Vanuatu’s culture and people should have respect for each other.
He cited the famous words of the late Father Walter Lini, “Respect is honorable” and reminded everyone of the significance of the principle of respect.