Opinion

Criticism Hypocritical

The very people who advocate preferential treatment for one ethnic group are crying foul over the Prime Minister’s development priorities. They are quick to judge Voreqe Bainimarama when he says
29 Oct 2014 13:15
Criticism Hypocritical

The very people who advocate preferential treatment for one ethnic group are crying foul over the Prime Minister’s development priorities.

They are quick to judge Voreqe Bainimarama when he says that those who did not vote for FijiFirst did not want developments in their areas. He also says that FijiFirst supporters will be priority in the development plans because they wanted development.

The Opposition response is a blatant example of hypocrisy.
Opposition and SODELPA MP Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu has accused Prime Minister Bainimarama of breaching the Constitutional provisions of Common and equal citizenry, and  right to equality and freedom from discrimination. SODELPA’s discriminatory policies in its push for indigenous recognition and preferential treatment contradict these values Ratu Naiqama has highlighted.

It’s a classic case of the proverbial pot calling the kettle black.
What Mr Bainimarama means is that those who rejected his policies also rejected developments. It is common knowledge development has been the focus of his Government.

That does not mean that he will deny them development. Mr Bainimarama is on record as saying “I am the Prime Minister of all Fijians” and “no one will be left behind.”

Secondly, the majority of the voters gave him the mandate to lead Fiji.
So he will make sure that he will deliver on his promises to them. If he fails, they will hold him accountable. And that’s probably what was going on in his mind when he made the statement in question.

Make no mistake about it, Mr Bainimarama is a shrewd politician. He will not forget the minority that did not vote for him. He will reach out to them, win them over, and consolidate his support base before 2018.

Since the election, he has been talking about a united Fiji. He will not do anything that will contradict that position.
His statement in Bua should be taken in the context of the bigger picture.

When Government builds a new road, it benefits everyone who uses it to get to places irrespective of their political affiliation. There are no road marshalls at checkpoints to see whether you are a FijiFirst supporter or not.

When electricity is connected to a rural community, the power people do not go door knocking to see if the residents are FijiFirst supporters. Political belief is not used as an eligibility test. The normal requirements to be connected apply across the board. The same applies in order to access water and other basic necessities and amenities.

So the Opposition response was a hypocritical over-reaction. In reality, Mr Bainimarama is bound by the promises he made to the people. There is no other way. The PM would have it no other way.

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj



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