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Maiden Speeches Carry The Hope For The Future

The general election answered many questions and removed doubts about the direction Fiji was taking. As MPs delivered their maiden speeches this week, there were positive indications that the future
17 Oct 2014 08:42
Maiden Speeches Carry The Hope For The Future
The Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Natuva assured the nation that the Government had zero tolerance for any attempted disruptions to subvert our new democracy. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The general election answered many questions and removed doubts about the direction Fiji was taking.

As MPs delivered their maiden speeches this week, there were positive indications that the future looks very promising.

The momentum of economic growth that was building up before the election has been lifted to another notch. Representatives from the  business and commercial sectors are buoyed by the return to parliamentary democracy and the promise of peace and stability by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

On Wednesday, Timoci Natuva, the Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, assured the nation that Government had zero tolerance for any attempted disruptions to subvert our new democracy. He was reiterating the assurance given earlier by the PM before the election.

It was a timely reminder because in the same Parliament session SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula warned that there would be another coup if the Constitution was not amended. Mr Nawaikula said: “We have shown by the very way we have been voting since 1987 that a coup is a legitimate way to change things.”

Some maiden speeches in Parliament this week show that  there are elements still pursuing the racial agenda. They fought for it during the election but were comprehensively defeated. An overwhelming majority of those who voted wanted a change. Mr Nawaikula represents the voice of the minority.

Mr Natuva has promised that law and order would be maintained and the Government would crack down on any efforts to  destabilise the new democracy. They will not tolerate any disruptions.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, in a stirring maiden speech spoke of the increasing confidence in the economy. He has worked so hard to help Mr Bainimarama  bring the country to where it is today.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola disclosed that Fiji was strategically positioned in its international relations to benefit from the diplomatic ties.

He said they were pursuing “productive relations” with as many states as possible under terms that guarantee our equal treatment and that contribute to the welfare of the people of Fiji.

Minister for Education Dr Mahendra Reddy and Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu revealed innovative ideas and reforms to boost overall performances. In education, the changes are aimed at improving academic standards and achieving excellence. In agriculture, the changes are designed to boost productivity and enhance the livelihood of the people.

This week, the Government has been reminded  that it has only four years to deliver what it promised to the voters.

The maiden speeches, including some from the Opposition side, contained a lot of hope for the future.

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