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Flags Matter

Flags matter as they are not merely pieces of cloth at the top of the pole says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. He made the comment while announcing a major corporate
07 Feb 2015 13:14
Flags Matter

Flags matter as they are not merely pieces of cloth at the top of the pole says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

He made the comment while announcing a major corporate sponsorship deal between Shop N Save and Athletics Fiji at Holiday Inn Suva yesterday.

“They are expressions of who we are and the values we hold dear as Fijians,” the Prime Minister said.

He said that when he announced on Tuesday his intention to replace the current British symbols on our national flag, it was about strengthening the Fijian identity and raising our eyes upwards towards symbols that were indigenous and authentic.

“An expression of our aspirations and strengths as a nation not symbols of our colonial past, but symbols of our present and our future.”

Mr Bainimarama said no Fijian would ever forget the thrill they all felt when Iliesa Delana, who he was proud to have as Assistant Minister in his FijiFirst Government, raised the existing Fiji flag aloft when he won gold at the London Paralympics. He said nothing would ever dampen that achievement, but they needed to recognise that the flag he held aloft depicted symbols that were only relevant to Fiji 45 years ago.

“Many in the crowd that day in London would have been excused for wondering, ‘Is this wonderful athlete from a British colony?’, especially those in the vast crowd who were from other countries and had no idea of our historical link to the United Kingdom,”

He wanted all to imagine how much more potent that moment might have been had Iliesa Delana been holding a genuinely indigenous and Fijian flag.

The Prime Minister said he knew not every Fijian had come to terms with this idea, but the vision of a new flag was something that many passionately believed in and one that they would like every Fijian to share.

He said they believe that they deserved a new symbol in the 21st Century that was more in keeping with their aspirations.

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