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Opposition’s 2016-2017 National Budget Was ‘Pathetic’ Responses: A-G

  The  Opposition’s responses to the 2016-2017 National Budget was ‘pathetic’ says Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. In his right of reply on the Budget debate in Parliament
06 Jul 2016 10:10
Opposition’s 2016-2017 National  Budget Was ‘Pathetic’ Responses: A-G
Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum outside Parliament yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

 

The  Opposition’s responses to the 2016-2017 National Budget was ‘pathetic’ says Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

In his right of reply on the Budget debate in Parliament yesterday, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said providing a response was basically providing clarification on issues being raised.

“I don’t know where to start from with the pathetic response from the other side of the House,” he said.

He said listening to the responses from the Opposition reminded him of his days at Marist Brothers where he was advised by one of his mentors, Brother Eugene, that when the other party started attacking using personal matters it meant they had lost the debate.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that was the case in the Opposition’s response to the Budget.

“They talk about your hair, your roots and where you come from ; that shows that they have lost the debate; that is what’s happening when it comes  to debate; they attack me personally,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Opposition orchestrated figures and they made a big shenanigan of the economy; they had personalised matters.

He said the Opposition Whip, Ratu Isoa Tikoca, laid out names of people holding various positions within the Government sector because they were of the Muslim faith.

“But he didn’t mention the names of other people, faiths, other ethnicities; he selectively did that, why?,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said they had reared their head similar to their party leader who led the 1987 coup and was not part of Parliament.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was a shame that the Opposition leader who was in Parliament also joined the fray.

He said by personalising matters the Opposition went to the extent of blaming him to be controlling the judiciary and the  Director of Public Prosecutions office.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the DPP then issued a statement that he had no control over these independent bodies.

“It is a pathetic display of the level of debate of intellect they have,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Fijians “are sick and tired” of the Opposition constantly focusing on ethnicities rather than issues affecting the country.

 

Constitution

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also called on the Opposition to decide whether they were opposed to the Constitution or whether they were exercising their rights under the Constitution.

He made these comments after conflicting comments were being made from the other side of the House.

He also told the National Federation Party leader, Biman Prasad to be careful of derogatory comments he made and that it might come back to bite him.

Mr Prasad then raised a point of order requesting the Attorney–General to stick to the budget rather than personalising issues.

He said the Opposition had the right to respond to the Budget and the Government had the right to reply.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum responded it was a pathetic point of order and performance from the Opposition Finance spokesperson and Opposition MPs on the budget issues.

“The reality is their debate entirely tumbles on personalisation of issues……”

He said the Opposition wanted to run a modern state but with the drop of a hat they wanted to start dividing us.

He accused the Opposition of selective use of information to steer the debate.

Edited by Jyoti Pratibha

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