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Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with women pensioners in Suva yesterday. The retired civil servants received their outstanding pension cheques. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum apologised to them for the laxity of previous governments which overlooked the issue. Photo: DEPTFO NEWS
December 04
11:06 2014

The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee needs to respond factually in Parliament, according to the Attorney-General.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum raised a point of order in Parliament yesterday in the ongoing controversy over public commentary made by Biman Prasad on the Auditor-General’s Reports.

He said Mr Prasad’s assertion that he had never in his ‘public utterances, cast any expression or made reference to the content of the Report, “was contradictory”.

Mr Prasad’s statement, made during his budgetary presentation on Tuesday, was challenged by the Attorney-General yesterday.

“Biman Prasad should rely on facts. The issue is when members respond they need to respond factually,”  Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum then read extracts from the Fiji Times Online that quoted Mr Prasad’s commentary on the Auditor-General Reports.

Mr Prasad’s National Federation Party colleague Tupou Draunidalo objected saying Mr Prasad was entitled to his views under parliamentary privilege.

However, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said parliamentary privilege should not be abused.

The Speaker of Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni, cautioned both sides of the House to be mindful of parliamentary privileges.




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