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Radio, TV boss queries Hibiscus win selection

By MAIKELI SERU Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) chief executive officer Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has called for transparency and fair judgement in the selection of winners in the annual Hibiscus Festival in
28 Aug 2012 09:36

By MAIKELI SERU

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) chief executive officer Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has called for transparency and fair judgement in the selection of winners in the annual Hibiscus Festival in Suva.
He said he would lodge a complaint to the Hibiscus Events Group Inc, the organisers of the week-long carnival.
Miss Mai Life Magazine, Drue Slatter, was announced as Miss Hibiscus. Miss FBC Genevieve Sukhdeo was announced as the first runner-up.
“I raised a complaint to Hirdesh Prasad the chairman and Ana Tuiketei after the crowning. This is on the criteria of judging. I will also lodge a formal complaint to the officials,” Mr Sayed-Khaitum said.
“All I am saying is I have some serious doubts of the final result as I question the judgement methodology.
“I have nothing against the winner but my issue is how the judgement was done. All I want is for the Hibiscus Committee to answer some questions I have raised.
“I am that sort of person who sees something wrong and raises the question. We should move forward and look at the criteria of judging and the method we use. We should never leave room for doubt,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mai Life magazine publisher Nazia Ali told broadcast media the judging was independent. Hibiscus Events Group chairman Hirdesh Prasad told broadcast media he would not comment until he saw a complaint in writing.




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