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Attorney-General Exposes Opposition’s Lack Of Depth In Budget Debate

This was a strange strategy that backfired when members of Cabinet rallied behind Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.
19 Jun 2019 11:11
Attorney-General Exposes Opposition’s Lack Of Depth In Budget Debate
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Photo: Parliament

The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last night ripped apart the Opposition in his Budget Right of Reply in Parliament.

The Opposition responses to the Budget were full of emotions, personal attacks against Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, sadly with racial overtones – but with little substance to offer.

SODELPA MPs Lynda Tabuya and Aseri Radrodro did their best to try to salvage the situation by proposing alternative measures.

But they were drowned out by the overwhelming and co-ordinated strategy to portray Mr Sayed-Khaiyum as the villain and that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama should remove him as Economy Minister.

This was a strange strategy that backfired when members of Cabinet rallied behind Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

Perhaps the big issue of concern as the Budget debate drew to a close was the way the SODELPA Opposition tried to turn the debate into a racial issue.

It was unfortunate and uncalled for. And because of it, the Opposition lost the plot and it was easy for Mr Sayed-Khaiyum to pick them out.

There were no new ideas and the Opposition did not present an alternative Budget. Most of the statistics they quoted were shot down by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum using figures from authoritative sources.

Moving forward, the nation building work continues. The MPs will meet again in standing committee sittings to discuss affairs of the state and seek the people’s views. These forums are ideal to rebuild some of the spirit of unity that the Budget debate might have dampened.

At the end of the day we are all on the same boat, one people united by a Constitution that regards everyone as equal. And it’s on this basis that we need to keep building this nation – not on the grounds of race but on merit and needs – just as Mr Sayed-Khaiyum articulated last night.

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