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Written By : Seruwaia Bula Nadi . Many hardworking Fiji citizens have questioned whether the election will solve Fij’s problems. Of course not. The 1997 Constitution is supposed to help
16 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Seruwaia Bula Nadi . Many hardworking Fiji citizens have questioned whether the election will solve Fij’s problems.
Of course not. The 1997 Constitution is supposed to help move Fiji forward to a healthy economic, social and political development for our multi-racial nation.
But it was thrown into the drain by the 2006 coup with only pieces being selected to suit the current regime.
Donor agencies have stopped aiding Fiji, overseas investors have put on hold projects and now we are exempted from seasonal jobs in Australia. Their demands have been unchanging and direct: “Get Fiji back to democratic rule and hasten the process for democratic elections.”
Will this change anything? In the immediate future yes – development projects, construction of facilities and public utilities, education and health funding, employment opportunities within and outside Fiji. The major changes we look to are the change in leadership direction and mentality in Fiji. The Fiji we want should be thoroughly discussed and efforts to legalise policies be formulated through legal, social, religious, business, community-based, civilian and NGO consultations, after commencement of democratic leadership. As ordinary citizens, we can only hope that leaders will swallow their pride and for once move the country forward with what’s best for us all, and not what they think is best for us.
As we look around us, consumer goods, rents, and transport are a daily struggle considering our meagre income.




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