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Analysis: Ted Young’s Illogical And Irrelevant Argument

A former Minister in the Laisenia Qarase-led Government is of the view that more iTaukei staff members of the Land Transport Authority needed to be present when a barrel draw
16 Aug 2018 10:11
Analysis: Ted Young’s Illogical And Irrelevant Argument

A former Minister in the Laisenia Qarase-led Government is of the view that more iTaukei staff members of the Land Transport Authority needed to be present when a barrel draw was done.

Ted Young has, of course, not given a reason on why and how he has come up with such a preposterous analysis of the draw.

Mr Young is the former Minister for Regional Development from 2001 to 2006 and has come up with a rather illogical argument that by having more iTaukei LTA staff members present, the outcome of the draw would have been different.

He, of course, chose to write about this on Facebook. Perhaps he knew that no mainstream media would entertain such an outrageous comment.

It is sad that this line of reasoning has come from someone who used to hold a ministerial portfolio in Fiji. This is the calibre of Cabinet ministers we have had, people who are unable to see beyond race.

Will they have the betterment of all Fijians at heart?

No.

It is disturbing that there are some Fijians who continue to subscribe to this belief.

Mr Young said there should be a list based on which ethnic group received how many taxi permits.

I wish he was joking, but sadly he was serious.

Fijians should reject this line of thinking.

The LTA taxi barrel did not succeed in the first run and we are the only ones to be blamed for it.

Greedy Fijians who put in their applications, who lied on a legally binding document are to be blamed for it.

They robbed honest Fijians of a chance to have a fair go at receiving a taxi permit.

These Fijians who lied on their statutory declarations need to be taken to task and face the full brunt of the law. No one can point a finger at LTA or Government.

For the first time, taxi permits were given out in public. This was a new level of transparency.

All the LTA expected from people were to be honest in their application.

Is it Government’s fault that we have greedy Fijians out there?

No.

When will Fijians get over this mentality?

Taxi permit approvals have always been an issue. We have had LTA officials previously giving out permits to people they knew.

This ended when this new LTA board took over.

We have had people who worked for municipalities giving out base letters to their colleagues and family members. This Government put an end to that as well.

It brought about a new level of transparency.

The law needs to take its course now.

These greedy Fijians should not be allowed to slide through the system.

We need to make an example out of them.

Our country will never progress if our own people are unpatriotic and dishonest.

And no Mr Young, this is not about the race of any individual.

Having more iTaukei LTA officials present would not in any way change the outcome of the barrel draw.

This ethnicity obsession will indeed kill our country.

And we have people such as Mr Young ready to add fuel to fire, while conveniently sitting in their homes overseas.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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