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Archbishop Apologises For Wrong Figures

Archbishop Apologises For Wrong Figures
Catholic Church leader Archbishop Peter Loy Chong
October 09
14:15 2018

The leader of the Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, has apologised for giving wrong figures about the economy and poverty in the country.

The figures were in the church’s newsletter, The Proclaimer, in the main article titled ‘PRE-ELECTION HOMILY REFLECTION ON ECONOMIC JUSTICE.’

Last night Archbishop Loy Chong  confirmed  his Facebook post in which he admitted his mistakes. He said it was unfortunate.

He said: “My sincere apologises, my statistics on poverty and VAT was based on Warden Narsey’s study on Poverty in 2008 and therefore it is out of date. VAT was reduced to 9 per cent in 2016 and poverty according to United Stations Development Programme 2014 has declined, but remains a concern.”

He said some people had called him and pointed out the mistakes.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said last night: “It is unfortunate that the archbishop has chosen to make comments in perhaps areas that are not his expertise, using outdated figures.”

He said Government would be releasing the figures today which showed Archbishop Loy Chong’s analysis was incorrect. He said Fiji was in a far better position than what Archbishop Loy Chong was saying.

“It is very unfortunate that he has done that because that’s really misleading the Fijian public using outdated figures,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said new surveys had been carried “but we will give you the figures tomorrow (today)”.

“It is unfortunate that we have a man of the cloth getting to an area that’s bringing some level of disrepute.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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