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PM Happy With Flag Response

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said he was happy with the public response when the national flag competition closed yesterday. Mr Bainimarama said: “We have had a wonderful response from ordinary
02 May 2015 11:14
PM Happy With Flag Response
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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said he was happy with the public response when the national flag competition closed yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama said: “We have had a wonderful response from ordinary Fijians to our call for a new flag that all of you will stand before and salute for the rest of your lives.”

As of Thursday, the office had received more than 580 individual entries in national competition to design a new flag.

“They have come from all walks of life, from young people like yourselves to the very old. From ordinary Fijians right across the country, from overseas, and from all sections of the community – farmers, labourers, tradespeople, shop workers, professionals.”

He said even children submitted their designs on pieces of paper with professionals sending their designs in slick presentations via email.

“It has been a wonderful response and I want to thank the Fijian people for embracing our noble initiative so eagerly,” he said.

“They have shown their desire to embrace a new flag that we can all be proud of as Fijians and speaks to all of us today, not our colonial past,” he added.

He said the officers would start sifting through the entries and examining the various concepts in detail.

“I’m told there are some very imaginative entries and it may well be that the final design reflects the work of a few people rather than just one or two.

“But I can assure you as Prime Minister that we will come up with a design we can all be proud of, no matter who we are or where we come from, because this is about strengthening our identity as Fijians and reinforcing the notion of One Nation, One Fiji.”

He added that it was a matter of immense pride for all of us to be Fijian – citizens of one of the best countries in the world.

“We must never forget how fortunate we all are to belong and the duty we have to keep us united and strong. And to look after each other – to love one another – and especially those who need our help most.”

He said for the last 45 years, soldiers, the old and children had bravely stood before the flag and sang national anthem with pride.

“But, of course, this year we are changing our flag to replace some of the old symbols that stretch back to the time the British ran Fiji with symbols that are genuinely Fijian,” he said.

“We want to reflect who we are today, not how we were 45 years ago at Independence.”

waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 




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