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A-G: Time To Forget Problems With Anyone

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says it’s time to forget problems with anyone. The Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General said: “Let the light shine in your heart, let this Diwali purify you and
22 Oct 2016 12:35
A-G: Time To Forget Problems With Anyone
The Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Sanatan Shiv Mandir in Samabula, Suva, last night. Photo: Office of the Attorney-General

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says it’s time to forget problems with anyone.

The Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General said: “Let the light shine in your heart, let this Diwali purify you and start the New Year on a clean slate.”

He made the remarks during the Diwali celebration at Sanatan Shiv Mandir in Samabula, Suva, last night.

He said you might have some problems with your family members, or neighbours or anyone, but it was the time to forget that.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he thought Fiji was the only country to celebrate key religious festivals of different faiths with a public holiday for each.

“In Fiji, we have a wonderful opportunity to share this and I think in Fiji we are so lucky that we get to celebrate in such a big manner,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said one of Diwali’s significances was light over darkness, goodness over evil.

“We clean our house for Diwali, and prepare it for the Pooja and guests but are we cleaning up our own lives?

“Are we doing that internally? You get to do it every year.

“God has given an opportunity maybe you have done wrong and it is your chance to restart.

“We may eat and think differently but our ability to be able to see they are also human beings is very critical.

“I think that people who think or believe that a religion is only restricted to only those people who follow that faith are missing out on a lot.”

He urged people to look at the fundamental reasons behind the symbolisms, behind the stories, the ethics that we get told of.

“As wonderful as these stories are, we have to look at the value behind them,” he said.

“One of the beauties of being in public office, I personally feel, is that I have been given the opportunity to be able to help people.

“The joy that you may get by helping somebody, somebody who may be facing financial difficulties, is very pleasing.”

 

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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