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More than 200 people last night attended the FijiFirst movement’s campaign in Koronivia, near Nausori to hear the movement’s general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum campaign. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum introduced the movement to
04 Sep 2014 11:25
Party With A Difference
From left: Resolution Technologies owner Kaushik Kumar and his father Atish Kumar infront of the solar panels and inverter which powers the irrigation system at their farm in Buabua, Lautoka. Photo: Shreya Kumar.

More than 200 people last night attended the FijiFirst movement’s campaign in Koronivia, near Nausori to hear the movement’s general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum campaign.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum introduced the movement to the people and told them how they were different from political parties such as the Social Democratic Liberal Party and the National Federation Party.

He said that while SODELPA focused on campaigning along racial lines and fear mongering, NFP had also campainged along religious and communal lines, but the FijiFirst movement believed in undertaking their campaign based on truth, honesty and with a focus on the future.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that people needed to look beyond the gimmicks and lies of the parties such as NFP and SODELPA and see how the future of their children and grandchildren could be secured.

He also said that Fiji had been a secular state since the 2013 Constitution was in place. He questioned how many religious organizations had been stopped from practicing their religion either privately or publicly.

The campaign rally started with prayers from all three major faiths that Fijians practice – Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.

He informed the people that the level of development the Bainimarama-Government managed to undertake without any form of tranditional financial assistance and loans from the likes of Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Australia and New Zealand was unmatched.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that despite the restrictions of the seven years the developments did not stop. Where possible, with future focused policies, they delivered.

He said that now that there were no restrictions,  imagine what the FijiFirst can deliver given their track record.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said NFP was remaining non-committal about their taxation plans and how they planned to offset the loss of some $300 million in Government revenue that would be incured if VAT is reduced from 15 per cent to 10 per cent.

He also said that  this would be done at the expense of development.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s discussion was well received by people.

The president of Rewa Nari Sabha Prem Mala Pratap said members of her organization had seen the developments and positive changes that had been brought about under the Bainimarama-Government.

Mrs Pratap said they were giving their 100 per cent behind the movement and would be voting for FijiFirst movement.

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