Koya Lays Into Opposition

Government MP Faiyaz Koya yesterday blasted Opposition MPs for their comments and observations on the 2018-2019 National Budget. In a response that was, at times, fiery Mr Koya called on
12 Jul 2018 10:00
Koya Lays Into Opposition
Minister for Health Rosy Akbar and Minister for Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya outside Parliament on July 11, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Government MP Faiyaz Koya yesterday blasted Opposition MPs for their comments and observations on the 2018-2019 National Budget.

In a response that was, at times, fiery Mr Koya called on

Opposition MPs to refrain from using civil servants as a political football and labelling them as pathetic.

The Minister for Industry, Tourism and Trade, Lands and Mineral Resources made particular reference to National Federation Party MP Biman Prasad’s response to the national budget in Parliament.

Mr Prasad, a  Professor of Economics and Dean of the faculty of Business and Economics at the University of the South Pacific from 2007 to 2011, compared Government with drunkards at a nightclub having a good time.

He added that the hangover would be felt by ordinary Fijians who were the taxpayers of this country.

The FijiFirst Government, Mr Koya said, had provided Fijian people with everything they needed to improve their lives through education and other services.

He then said that the contributions from Opposition MPs was akin to flogging a dead horse.

Mr Prasad then raised a point of order stating that he was being labelled pathetic, which was not parliamentary language.

Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni said the word pathetic had been heard in Parliament proceedings previously.

Mr Koya, in response, said the Opposition MP was unpatriotic and that it was a cheap attack on civil servants who aren’t able to defend themselves in Parliament.

“It is my responsibility that the dignities of my officials are protected. Civil servants aren’t to be used as a political football and they serve the Government of the day for the delivery of public services,” he said.

“They are impartial, and there to serve the Government of the day by delivering essential services to our people. The Honourable Member should be ashamed of himself.

“For the benefit of the Opposition, who choose to have a selective memory, when it suits their nefarious purposes,” he added.

The Opposition, Mr Koya said, only contradicted themselves in their immature responses to the budget which confused and bewildered ordinary Fijians.

“They have confirmed to us that we are indeed scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to the quality of submissions coming from members on the other side of the house,” he said.

“It is outrageous that the Opposition thinks that Fijians are gullible and will somehow fall prey to the same race baiting and fear mongering that the Opposition is known for.

“The Fijian people are tired of the politics of the old. The average Fijian desires a decent job that pays a decent wage so that they can look after their families, as delivered by the FijiFirst Government,” he added.

“The Opposition is completely bereft of any new ideas or sound policy proposals so they resort to deceitfulness.

“SODELPA’s heavy-handed and regressive approach will take Fiji back to the dark ages.  We don’t need geriatric thinking politicians and parties in power! We need a level headed, assertive, fair and just Leader, like our Prime Minister, who will defend Fiji’s interests both in Fiji and abroad.

“Opposition parties have sold out on their principles, they have sold out on their integrity and by and large through the actions of their Leaders and many of their members, they have sold out on  their moral authority with a core objective of spreading lies, hatred and ethnic division,” he said.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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