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Constitution Rejects Division and Racism, Rosy Akbar Tells

Fiji’s Constitution ensured equality and freedom for all , said Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar. She also said it was the guide in Government’s efforts to repudiate
05 Dec 2017 11:00
Constitution Rejects Division and Racism, Rosy Akbar Tells
From left: Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala, President of the Fiji Muslim League Hafizud Dean and Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar at the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday celebrations in Lautoka on December 4, 2017. Photo: Charles Chambers

Fiji’s Constitution ensured equality and freedom for all , said Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar.

She also said it was the guide in Government’s efforts to repudiate the past’s division, racism, ethno-nationalism and sectarianism.

Ms Akbar was speaking yester­day during Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday celebrations at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

She said in today’s Fiji, Govern­ment sought to embrace the long-established principles of equality and true democracy.

“I believe there is a new atmos­phere of confidence and unity in Fiji. We Fijians believe in ourselves and in each other.

“Religion is a powerful unifying force, a bridge between all people of faith, no matter what their specific faith might be.

“A sense of spirituality, a belief in something greater than us, is com­mon to the overwhelming majority of Fijians, no matter what their re­ligious background.

“Indeed, even for those who do not align themselves with any or­ganised religion, spirituality often remains a fundamental aspect of everyday life.

“The Prophet Muhammad’s teach­ings are at the very core of Islam.

“It guides believers’ faith and de­fines the way they live their lives – lives of obedience to the word of God laid out in the sacred book of Islam – the Holy Quran.

“Today we join our Muslim broth­ers and sisters in celebrating the Prophet Muhammad’s birth,” she said.

“It’s all part of the wonderful tra­dition we’ve developed of acknowl­edging each other’s religious festi­vals.”

She said Fijians were a religious people, of many creeds and be­liefs.

“Our Government must respect the guiding principles of all faiths and build upon them to establish a strong moral compass to steer its works.”

Ms Akbar said where all faiths flourished in harmony, morality and goodness could prevail.

She commended the efforts of all faith-based organisations in Fiji which promoted unity and peace.

“On behalf of every Fijian, I pay tribute to our nation’s Muslim com­munity for its contribution to our national life.”

She thanked the Fiji Muslim League for the educational oppor­tunities the League provided in the five colleges and 17 primary schools that it operated.

“Those opportunities for learning and growth are not just provided for children from the Muslim com­munity, but are also there for young people of other cultural back­grounds and faiths.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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