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Star Of Budget Debate On TV

Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum gets the top award as the star of the Budget debate on live television. He has been able to easily handle the barrage of criticism
20 Nov 2015 10:13
Star Of Budget Debate On TV
Attorney-General and Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum gets the top award as the star of the Budget debate on live television.
He has been able to easily handle the barrage of criticism and abuse thrown at him and show that he can mix it with the Opposition MPs.
On Tuesday, he provided a brilliant animated right of reply to the Opposition response to his Budget address. It was high octane stuff and blew to smithereens the Opposition response.
On Wednesday, he showed that he could add animated humour to his parliamentary arsenal. While he was on the floor speaking, he turned his attention to an interjector, parroted his voice and his manner of speaking, and made some gestures that surprised many in the House including some in his camp. Of course, they were all done in jest. It’s part of his bagful of talents that he brings to Parliament.
When it comes to articulating serious issues, he is second to none. On live television, he makes the Opposition look and sound ordinary. Biman Prasad, the Opposition Finance spokesperson, the best of the Opposition, tries hard, but stands in his shadow.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s attention to detail is a thorn in the Opposition’s side. His composure and excellent presentation give him a commanding presence. Any MP that comes up with a statement that lacks evidence is quickly exposed as Opposition Whip Ratu Isoa Tikoca found out.
Ratu Isoa had claimed that a presentation of mutton instead of pork in the traditional farewell for the outgoing President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau had belittled Fijian protocol.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Ratu Isoa’s own colleague Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, whose people performed the ceremony, said it was pork.
Yesterday, Opposition MPs queried the Government move to lease vehicles for its fleet. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum had a simple answer. He said it was a cheaper option and that was why the Police would receive more than 90 vehicles next year. He said buying vehicles and maintaining them was a more expensive exercise.
Prudence, prudence, prudence, he says repeatedly. It is the buzz word in this Budget, he adds. And he has done more than enough to prove it.

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