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A-G To Students: Politicians Divide Along Ethnicity

Politicians today are unfortunately dividing the Fijian people along the line of ethnicity and putting Indo-Fijians against iTaukei, Hindus against Muslims, North Indians against South Indians and Samajis versus Sanatis.
14 Oct 2018 13:14
A-G To Students: Politicians  Divide Along Ethnicity
From left: 2018 Student of the Year Nivikesh Ram, 2018 Dux Sweshna Kumar, Minister for Education and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Junior Dux Ashna Kumar with their prizes during the graduation ceremony at Korovuto College in Nadi on October 12, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Politicians today are unfortunately dividing the Fijian people along the line of ethnicity and putting Indo-Fijians against iTaukei, Hindus against Muslims, North Indians against South Indians and Samajis versus Sanatis.

The comments were made by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum as chief guest during the Korovuto College annual prizegiving ceremony in Nadi yesterday.

“Today if one of you needs blood transfusion and assuming you are a Madrasi, will you say you want only Madrasi blood, or if you are a iTaukei in the hospital and you need blood will you ask for iTaukei blood?

“No you just want the blood that goes into your system.

“So remember we are all human beings.

“Don’t let people divide you along those lines. If we are focused on our commonality we will become a much bigger nation than what we are today.

“The young people provide the energy, they will provide the innovation, they will provide access to technology and indeed can have new ideas on how to take the country forward. This is why we are investing on education.

He said there were also more females in the universities than ever before.

“What this means is that we have a huge impact for the future generation,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“Women are quite instrumental in having influence on their children.

“The children they nurture will have a lot of wisdom and have a better education.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also stressed that it was important that people do not look down on others.

“Don’t ever do that,” he said.

“It does not mean that when you become a doctor or engineer you look down on the tea lady, driver, cane cutter or a farmer who does the teitei (planting) in the village.

“Every human being is essential and every human being is God’s child.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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