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A-G: No Politics In National Development

The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the formulation of the five-year and 20-year development plans will be done in an apolitical manner. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this while
24 Jun 2015 11:05
A-G: No Politics In National Development
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum with Citizens’ Constitutional Forum staff (from left) Vilisi Gadolo, Sereima Lutubula,Viniana Cakau, Ken Cokanasiga and Analaisa Nacola during the workshop yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the formulation of the five-year and 20-year development plans will be done in an apolitical manner.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this while speaking at the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) Budgetary Process workshop at the Peninsula Hotel in Suva yesterday.

“It is not done with the FijiFirst Agenda. It is done based on national priority and all governments need to focus on national priority,” he said.

“The national priority must supersede any political agendas. The problem in Fiji has always been that everything seems to be politicised.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum gave an example of this saying two days ago when they released the Land Transport Authority report, the General Secretary of the Fiji Taxi Association, Rishi Ram, said it was a “very good report”. On Monday, Mr Ram said it was “not a good report”.

“Because I think someone from the National Federation Party (NFP) came to talk to him and he decided to change his tune because he was ex-NFP candidate. What I’m saying is that we need to be able to look at these things objectively,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said if “we want to grow the economy then we have to be objective about how we look at things. There are certain things that are beyond politics; economic development, jobs, looking after poor people.

“If we start thinking along those lines then Fiji will greatly improve,” Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said that Government providing free essential services like medicine, education, water and subsidised electricity was not a political stunt.

“Why are we giving free medicine from this year? Why are we giving free water? Why have we subsidised electricity? Because we want to help people at the bottom end of the socio-economic scale to have certain things that only rich people can have,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“It is not a political stunt. We want to help people on the lower end of the socio-economic scale so that they have more money in their pocket, so we look after their basic needs.”

He said in connecting people through proper roads, water and electricity “we help to grow opportunities”.

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