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Editorial: Tell The Whole Truth, Don’t Be Economical With Facts

  National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad continues to campaign on two specific issues. The party will increase the minimum wage rate to $5 and place zero Value Added Tax
12 Oct 2018 10:00
Editorial: Tell The Whole Truth, Don’t Be Economical With Facts
NFP leader Biman Prasad.

 

National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad continues to campaign on two specific issues.

The party will increase the minimum wage rate to $5 and place zero Value Added Tax (VAT) on 15 items.

Mr Prasad talked about this, among a few other things, while speaking during a Fiji Day event in Lautoka,

What Mr Prasad has not told those present was how and when a NFP Government will introduce $5 an hour as a minimum wage rate.

He has admitted in a private email conversation with a small businesswoman that NFP will not increase $2.68 minimum wage rate to $5 at once.

He said this would be implemented in phases. But, he did not mention any of this to people he has been cam­paigning to.

NFP youths have come out and claimed that the email exchange was doctored but the man himself – Mr Pras­ad who is in the thick of this has not refuted this.

Is this misleading? This is most certainly a case of non disclosure. When he tells people he will increase the minimum wage rate, he is deliberately not telling people when this will come to be.

He is not telling people that it will be implemented over time and he is not telling people how much time his party will take.

Most importantly he is not telling workers what he is saying to the business community- the $5 will not be implemented at once.

And, people may not even get $5 an hour. NFP policy on their living wage is that it will be supported by other measures. Does that mean that NFP will calculate how much people are saving in bus fare, in school fees and count all of that as part of the living wage support poli­cies?

We don’t know because Mr Prasad has not been forth­coming with any further details. He is conveniently telling the business community one thing and telling the working class Fijians something else.

Zero VAT:

Mr Prasad is yet to reveal which 15 items they will have as zero rated goods.

He does not reveal on his campaign trail how many of those 15 items are not made in Fiji. He is not telling peo­ple how many of these 15 items are imported and how global price affects how much we sell things in Fiji for.

When politicians like Mr Prasad go out to campaign, they need to tell the whole truth, they cannot be eco­nomical with the facts.

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 



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