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Call for Fiji flag re-design

By FONUA TALEI The Fiji Manufacturers Association has called for the Fiji flag to be re-designed to include 14 stars signifying the 14 provinces in Fiji with an emblem focusing
18 Oct 2012 10:14

By FONUA TALEI

The Fiji Manufacturers Association has called for the Fiji flag to be re-designed to include 14 stars signifying the 14 provinces in Fiji with an emblem focusing on Fiji’s main economic product.
In their submission, the association stated that bananas were no longer a significant earner for Fiji, adding that a banana should be replaced by a significant Fiji product like tourism, and the people.
They mentioned that the “impact of redesigning the flag is manifold: historic, educational, attractiveness, a newer vision.”
The group proposed that it was inappropriate to call all citizens as Fijians.
“It can be problematic in counting, as not all laws are changed to reflect that native Fijians are now iTaukei. A common identity is one which should be thoroughly debated.  Our suggestion is that we are all called Fiji Islanders,” they said.
They also submitted that the national anthem should be shortened with shorter verses.
The association is of the view that a secular state be maintained in Fiji to promote an enabling multicultural society and foster inter-faith dialogue, and respect for others values, tolerance.
It wants the complete abolishment of the communal representation system.
It supports the encouragement of free enterprise in Fiji for the development of our people and the economy.
It submits that there should not be any reserved or restricted activities for foreign investors.




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