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In a democracy, no one single point of view must prevail.
National Federation Party (NFP) MP Prem Singh made this comment in Parliament today as he responded to President Jioji Konrote's address at the opening session of Parliament.
“I am disappointed but not surprised that the message of unity, togetherness, and inclusivity has been ignored by the ruling party,” Singh said.
“The message I get from them is loud and clear - it is 'my way or the highway' - they are the patriots and only they have the ability and right to govern after the 2018 general elections and that the Opposition is incapable of governing our nation.”
Singh said he felt the other side of the House was not a team but a collection of individuals who were “vociferously campaigning for votes individually”.
“Also, Madam Speaker, Government thinks it has a monopoly on ideas that it thinks are best for Fiji.
“No one political party, leader, person or organisation has a monopoly on policies. In a democracy, no one single point of view must prevail.”
Meanwhile, Fiji's Industry and Trade Minister – Faiyaz Koya has called on the opposition, to stop misleading the public – while criticising the government’s schemes to assist its people.
Koya expressed his disappointment on the responses from the opposition, on the policies and programmes of the Bainimarama government.
“Honourable Mosese Bulitavo alleged that the permanent secretary stated that the Ministry was having difficulty in monitoring the Micro and Small Business Grants. This is an in and out fabrication concocted by the Honorable Bulitavo. In fact the PS himself is involved in spearheading the monitoring evaluation and motoring program for all our grant recipients.
“The Ministry has gone to the extent of cross checking with all official communications pertaining to all these parliamentary retreat last month and confirms that Hon. Bulitavo has misled this august house with his rhetoric on Monday and he should stop misinforming the Fijian public,” said Koya.
He said that while the Bainimarama government’s aim is for no Fijian to be left behind, the opposition fails to see the big picture.
Koya is calling out on the opposition to go out and meet the people instead of always criticising government.... PACNEWS
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/ FIJI TV/PACNEWS
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