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Anthony $160,000 report not fair, says his party

August 13
17:09 2014

The People’s Democratic Party says it’s not fair to highlight the $160,000 its leader got from three years on the Fiji National Provident Fund Board.

General secretary Aman Ravindra-Singh attacked the Fiji Sun over reporting yesterday on money Felix Anthony got from serving on the board and subsidiaries.

He said: “Our question to the        “With regards to this particular story is $160,000 figures is a matter of report with the tax department. And there is nothing secret about what was being received by Mr Anthony.”

Mr Anthony had been asked during the FBC TV programme 4 The Record whether he received $160,000 for serving on the board of the FNPF and subsidiaries. He replied he could not recall how much he got.

Mr Singh said that the questions asked to party leaders during talkback shows were to push the agenda of the regime.

“Each and every question which was asked was simply to do with the issues that the current government is under attack.

“Ask the questions on National issues, this programme continues to push the agenda for the regime,” he said.

The journalists on the FBC TV 4 The Record panel came from the FBC, Fiji TV and Fiji Sun.

One, Fiji Sun managing editor/elections Nemani Delaibatiki, said last night that the questions were those of the panellists. They were independent and did not have any agenda.

The questions followed a logical line of questioning, he said.

CLARIFICATION
Yesterday’s Fiji Sun said at the time Mr Anthony was receiving $160,000 from being on the FNPF board he was also being paid a salary as Fiji Trades Union Congress national secretary.

In fact we now understand that apart from various fees from sitting at the FNPF and subsidiary boards, Mr Anthony received perks from his other union jobs such as office space and per diems while serving with FTUC.

Other roles at the time included being Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union general secretary.

Feedback: varanisese.nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj

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