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Year of the Horse momentous: PM

By ZAFIYA SHAMIM Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said yesterday the Year of the Horse was going to be a momentous year and everything his Government had worked for in
03 Feb 2014 10:14

By ZAFIYA SHAMIM

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said yesterday the Year of the Horse was going to be a momentous year and everything his Government had worked for in the past seven years was coming to a climax with the general elections in September.
Speaking at the Chinese New Year celebration at Yat Sen Secondary School yesterday, Commodore Bainimarama said the coming weeks and months promised to be challenging and also immensely exciting.
“When the new parliament is chosen, with every Fijian 18-year-old and over having an equal say for the first time, our revolution will be largely complete.”
He said the foundation had been laid but the real hard work was still to come and the task of building a new and better Fiji would be only just beginning.
“We cannot afford to deviate as a nation from the brighter course that we have set ourselves.”
Commodore Bainimarama said they had created a level playing field for every Fijian child.
“We are giving them free primary and secondary school education and an unprecedented opportunity to go on to higher studies.”
He said they were building a smarter country and delivering basic services like electricity and water to many ordinary Fijians for the first time.
“Our nation stands proud and tall and these opportunities are just the start. We must build on the progress we have made so far to take Fiji to much greater heights and to be the pre-eminent Pacific nation, a beacon of hope and an example to the rest of the world.
Commodore Bainimarama said that in a few weeks he would be standing down from the military job that he dearly loved to form a political party.
“I will be asking every Fijian, no matter who they are to join me. Together, our task will be to fight a battle of ideas to determine the future of our nation and in that battle of ideas, we intend to win.”
He said they would offer a fresh vision for every Fijian and humbly seek their support.
“The vision will be laid out in detail during the election campaign and it will be the foundation to continue stability, a healthy and vigorous economy and a climate that encourages new investments to create and sustain.”
Commodore Bainimarama said the foundation of this stability was the new Fijian constitution which, amongst other things, created common and equal citizenry, a prerequisite in any modern and successful nation-state.
Meanwhile, he praise the Chinese community for its contribution.
“We are building one nation and the Chinese community is an important part of that effort.”

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama (right), receives Chinese New Year celebration sweets from Chu Chu Shau (left) as Dixon Seeto (with camera) and Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Huang Yong (third from right) look on at Yat Sen Secondary School hall yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.




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