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Don’t Insult Youths, A-G tells Opposition Members

The idea from Opposition to exclude young people from the Budget consultations is an insult to youths around Fiji, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, who is also Minister for
22 Mar 2017 11:00
Don’t Insult Youths, A-G tells Opposition Members
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The idea from Opposition to exclude young people from the Budget consultations is an insult to youths around Fiji, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, who is also Minister for Economy, was responding to SODELPA Opposition MP Mosese Bulitavu.

Mr Bulitavu said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum should step down from the consultations in schools because it was political interference.

He said he should leave it to civil servants to do the consultations. He said the A-G might end up brainwashing students.

The original question was asked by Government MP Mataiasi Niumataiwalu. He asked why it was important to consult widely especially with the younger generation.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said 25 per cent of Fiji’s population were between the ages of 17 to 30 while around 70 per cent were below 40.

He said it showed Opposition had the mentality that young people of this nation had no minds of their own and they were always vulnerable.

Government, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, said had more confidence in our youths than the Opposition.

He said through the budget consultations, youths were presented facts and they raised their grievances too.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was live democracy at work where the Government of the day would go out and interact with people.

He said Fijians would rely on facts rather than fiction spread by the Opposition.

Before, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said, budget consultations were only held for specific people.

He said now they also aimed at youths and people living with disabilities for their voices to be heard too.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was also important because they would be able to highlight the reasons certain institutions had not received their budget allocations because they failed to provide audited accounts.

He said for this year’s budget consultations they wanted to hear from the people.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said budget consultations this year would be extended out to schools and tertiary institutions around the country.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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