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A-G Downplays Gavoka’s Statement

A-G Downplays Gavoka’s Statement
Opposition member Viliame Gavoka outside Parliament on April 20, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
April 21
12:34 2018

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has labelled the end of the week statement by Opposition MP Viliame Gavoka as “completely inappropriate”.

Mr Gavoka, who is the Shadow Minister for Tourism, picked out issues previously presented in Parliament such as tourism and landowners grievances.

He stated that “…after 12 years of the FijiFirst regime, they have not seen a million visitors come to Fiji.”

He said there was a need for good management and this would only happen when SODELPA takes Government in the next few months.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said: “I think this end of week statement is completely inappropriate; he is all over the place.

“I thought he was going to talk about taxation, specifically what we can do together to improve the tourism sector given his background in the tourism sector.

“I note when he worked in the tourism sector none of the hotels were doing what he wanted them to do.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said through the current Fijian Government there were now proper leases and arrangement and people saw significant changes in that respect as Government worked with the landowners.

He said the Fijian Government provided free education, increase in income tax threshold, free text books, subsidised bus fares, which hotel workers and their children benefit from.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Mr Gavoka’s statement was a cheap political point scoring tactic.

In reference to Mr Gavoka’s reference on the buy local campaign, the A-G said the buy local campaign had never been more focused more than before.

“It is this Government that talks about buy Fijian, Fijian grown, Fijian sewn and Fijian produced. We worked together with the Reserve Bank of Fiji that gives scholarships and funds various projects for chefs in Fiji hotels who use local produce, ” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said for Mr Gavoka to come to Parliament again and again and use the same example knowing the truth was inappropriate.

“We as honourable members of this Parliament must be focused on growing the economy of Fiji. We must not try to score political points because election is around the corner. We must not undermine the economy; don’t do that please,” the A-G said.

“These young people will feel the effects, just to score cheap political points you want to undermine the economy and say everything is bad.

“What message are we sending to outside and internal investors. It significantly undermines the economy. Don’t do that, represent things fairly.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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