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‘Singh A Fourth Generation Native’

National Federation Party member Prem Singh is a fourth generation native, says now suspended Member of Parliament Tupou Draunidalo. Ms Draunidalo while making her remarks while Parliament debated whether she
04 Jun 2016 13:59
‘Singh A Fourth Generation Native’
Mosese Bulitavu with Prem Singh in Parliament yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau

National Federation Party member Prem Singh is a fourth generation native, says now suspended Member of Parliament Tupou Draunidalo.

Ms Draunidalo while making her remarks while Parliament debated whether she should be suspended as per recommendations of the Privileges Committee, said Education Minister Mahendra Reddy insulted the Opposition.

She said “the Honourable Prem Singh by the way Madam Speaker is a fourth generation native of this country. Just in case that little fact was lost on the Government.”

She said that the Hansard Report did not record that she referred to Mr Reddy as a fool.

“Back to the recording, I got up at the relevant time to reply to the A-G’s complaint and I said ‘And he implied worse in his speech…’ then I asked ‘calling us dumb natives?’ before I said ‘You Idiot!’.

“At the same time, the recording picks up an Honourable Member near me asking the Minister ‘Are you calling us fools?’

“Let me say something else about that exchange Madame Speaker: the Minister was calling himself a ‘topper’ back in the day but this term has only become part of a government policy over the last two years?

“Not when the Minister was qualifying for tertiary studies. It is therefore fair to say he was misleading Parliament.”

Ms Draunidalo said if Mr Reddy did not mean it in a literal sense then “he was implying that he was an elite matriculating student while no one on the opposition bench was including the Singh.”

“He was implying that we were intellectually inferior, dumb or idiots. If he can dish it out Madam Speaker and you allow it- he should expect it back.

“And if that was his intention Madam Speaker denigrate all of us on this side in that way then he was a fool and an idiot for doing so.

“And let me remind this government again, the Honourable Prem Singh is a fourth generation native. We don’t and did not see race.”

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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