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Konrote Articulates Views Of Silent Majority

The President, Major-General (Retired) Jioji Konrote, yesterday echoed the same sentiments of his predecessor, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. Ratu Epeli, in his swansong, called on all members of Parliament to promote
13 Sep 2016 08:28
Konrote Articulates Views Of  Silent Majority

The President, Major-General (Retired) Jioji Konrote, yesterday echoed the same sentiments of his predecessor, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

Ratu Epeli, in his swansong, called on all members of Parliament to promote unity rather than division – to think beyond parochial interests of ethnicity, religion, socio economic status or where we come from in Fiji.

“Not to peddle false information to create fear among ordinary people.

“Not to attempt to bring our highest offices  of State into disrepute with crude smears. Or undermine the economy for political gain.”

Ratu Epeli sealed his profound words with the following statement: “I ask you all to put the honour back into honourable, in carrying out your duties as members of Parliament. To raise the tone of the forthcoming session and to lead the nation by example.”

These are timeless gems and we can keep pulling them out every new Parliamentary year and they will still be fresh and new.

Major General (Retired) Konrote could not resist using them again and we don’t blame him. The words fit nicely with the theme of his address.

He added more value to those words by saying “let us all be worthy in public life of the ordinary men and women who have put us here, have given us their trust and to whom we owe our ultimate duty. Our ultimate loyalty. We are now a nation that is unified. More so than at any time in our entire history.  And we are a nation on the move.”

Major General (Retired) Konrote is absolutetly right. Visitors arriving to this country including those who have been here before speak of the remarkable changes that are happening. Those who are returning because they love visiting here admire the rate of development, the infrastructure, roads and economic activities, the new businesses springing up in many areas and the general positive mood.

Major General (Retired) Konrote noted this in his address. He said: “All around us are the signs of revival, of rejuvenation – whether it is the historic building in which we sit, the park outside with its new pavilion and grounds or the stately hotel that faces our beautiful harbour. All these are within a short stroll of here and are all signs of a transformation that we must extend to other parts of Fiji and to every facet of our national life.

“Let us rededicate ourselves today to the task of continuing to rejuvenate our nation and giving it the sense of direction and purpose it deserves.”

The course we have set for this nation in the 2014 General Election is the right one.

We need to build on it by walking together and moving forward despite our differences. It is disappointing then that the National Federation Party’s two MPs, its leader Biman Prasad and Prem Singh chose  to boycott Parliament because they have a number of grievances. On Wednesday, last week, they stayed away from Constitution Day celebrations. On the other hand their Opposition ally, SODELPA, has done the right thing by attending these important events. SODELPA has learned that it will not achieve anything through boycotts.

If it carries on with its negative and childish attitude, it will become irrelevant and will eventually end up as a bunch of losers. It’s MPs were elected by their voters to be in Parliament not outside. They and their party will be held accountable by the voters in the 2018.

The silent majority in this country just want to move on with their lives. They can’t be bothered by the political shenanigans and sideshows that are clouding the real issues that matter the most to them. They are simply fed up of the politics that have divided them and held them back from moving forward.

Major General (Retired) Konrote has clearly articulated the views of the silent majority and what we need to do to continue our growth momentum and maintain peace and stability. Those parties that  choose to ignore him could pay a heavy price in the next election.

 

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