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‘You Must Ensure Fijians Are Safe’

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday told members of the three disciplined forces in the country they must ensure the safety and well-being of all Fijians. “All three play a major
25 Jan 2016 13:01
‘You Must Ensure Fijians Are Safe’
News--combined dicipline church service--reporter maika bolatiki--24-01-16 Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama addresses the combined dicipline forces special church service at Vodafone Arena yesterday. pic.....RAMA

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday told members of the three disciplined forces in the country they must ensure the safety and well-being of all Fijians.

“All three play a major role in ensuring the safety, security, defence and well-being of Fiji and all Fijians.”

The PM was speaking as chief guest in the Fiji Police Force, Fiji Corrections Service and Republic of Fiji Military Forces combined church service at the Vodafone Arena in Suva yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama, during his speech, particularly stressed on the safety of Fijians from criminal elements.

He said while they had different functions, they worked together to weave the strongest possible web of defence against criminality, whether home grown or from abroad.

“Narcotics, trafficking, cyber crimes, identity theft, human trafficking: Who in colonial times would have thought that we would dedicate huge resources fighting these crimes?” he said.

He said it was their duty and their challenge to adapt to change and do battle against the threats to the Fijian people with new technology.

He said if they stayed ahead of these things, if they kept learning and growing, they could stay ahead of the people who preferred to prey on the innocent rather than do honest work.

“The people and communities have put their faith in you to do these things.

“But your job is not easy…you must follow the law always. You are held to a higher standard than the criminals because, of course, they are criminals, while you represent the people.”

However, he said the fact was that when they came in contact with the very worst of human nature, they have to experience the vilest acts committed by human beings against one another.

According to the Prime Minister, the challenge is to deal with this resolutely, but without compromising their humanity.

Also at the service was Dewan Chand who represented the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji and the general secretary Fiji Muslim League, Sayed Hussain.

The Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Natuva and the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau were also at the service.

 

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti
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