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A Golden Chance To Participate In The New And Inclusive Fiji

Some of those MPs who were in Parliament when Sitiveni Rabuka entered with his band of soldiers in 1987 are no longer with us. Next week our newly elected MPs
02 Oct 2014 07:56
A Golden Chance To Participate In The New And Inclusive Fiji
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while having talanoa session with Cautata villagers on October 22, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Some of those MPs who were in Parliament when Sitiveni Rabuka entered with his band of soldiers in 1987 are no longer with us.

Next week our newly elected MPs take their seats in the renovated Parliament. They will go in with the hope that the events of 1987 will never be repeated. We have been assured by those responsible for internal security that there will not happen again.

After their induction on Tuesday, our MPs are prepared to carry out what they were elected to do. By the look and feel of what’s been happening after the election, this is going to be a different kind of Parliament. It will be different in the sense that there will be urgency and purpose in the debates because the political clock has started ticking.

Government is expected to press on with its development programmes which convinced a big majority of voters to vote for it. The Opposition has to first prove that it is credible and effective. Secondly, that it offers a viable alternative government.

There is always a temptation to get carried away in the debates when the exchanges can descend to gutter level. Hiding behind the cover of parliamentary privilege, some MPs can easily be drawn into unfounded and malicious attacks on their colleagues sitting on the opposite side.

This privilege should not be abused but used in a responsible manner to maintain the dignity of the House.

The quality and level of debate will be responsible for the kind of outcome we will see coming from Parliament.

This is a golden opportunity to open a new chapter in parliamentary debates. The success of the new four-year parliamentary term will depend on the quality of political discussion in the debating chambers. Irrespective of which side of Parliament good ideas are coming from, they should be encouraged, improved and supported. There is enough collective wisdom among the 50 MPs to push Fiji to the next level of its development progress.

We expect robust political debates. We also expect both sides of the House to come together on matters of national interests, and issues that directly impact on the lives of ordinary citizens.

After all, they were put in Parliament by ordinary citizens, to look after their welfare and interests.

So much is at stake. Many people have suffered since 1987. The country has suffered in many ways.

The people have entrusted the 50 with their faith that they will seize this moment to steer Fiji in the right direction. They can start by accepting an invitation to attend a Budget Forum organised by the Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum for all stakeholders. It is part of its inclusive policy. This is a wonderful opportunity for all the opposition parties invited to participate and express their views. Their participation will show people that they are genuinely interested in moving the country forward.  Government no doubt will consider their views but the final decision rests with it.

This participatory process is the new way, the hallmark of the new Fiji.

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