6 Jun 2011

Samoa opposition wants clocks put back

6:35 am on 6 June 2011

Samoa's opposition is planning to ask the government to overturn daylight savings, if Parliament votes to change the dateline.

Legislation to move the country to the west of the international dateline has had its second reading in parliament, and will now go before a parliamentary committee.

The opposition leader, Palusalue Fa'apo II says if that goes ahead, theyll be asking for a re-consideration of daylight savings.

"The daylight savings as was implemented last year, doesn't suit our climate here, and also the way of living here in Samoa. The only excuse why they changed the time, was to save electricity. But in reality it costs more because you have to wake up early and and turn on the lights."

Palusalue Fa'apo II says it is also unsafe for children travelling from villages to school.