Analysis | Politics

Our Economy Is Not Your Political Football!

On Monday, SODELPA’s Viliame Gavoka stood up in Parliament and claimed that companies in Fiji are having problems raising loans with Banks.
04 Sep 2019 16:52
Our Economy Is Not Your Political Football!
SODELPA Member of Parliament Viliame Gavoka. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

Analysis:

Picking on the economy is the new “in-thing” by Opposition Members of Parliament. Social Democratic Liberal Party and the National Federation Party embarked on a witch hunt. They are convinced that our economy is not doing well.

This is despite independent international agencies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund lauding the Fijian economy and its growth.

Fijians have come to expect the Opposition to have at least two red herrings during every Parliamentary sitting in regards to our economy.

On Monday, SODELPA’s Viliame Gavoka stood up in Parliament and claimed that companies in Fiji are having problems raising loans with banks.

In his usual style, he did not offer any evidence, he did not name any banks, he did not name any companies, but because he is protected by Parliamentary privilege, he stands in the august house and says things and cannot be sued by Banks.

The Opposition aided by faceless keyboard warriors have worked very hard to damage our economy. SODELPA’s Niko Nawaikula often shoots his mouth off on his Facebook page about Fiji not having any more money left. What an outright lie and a load of rubbish!

Who hurts if companies and international investors are spooked by these unsubstantiated claims? The Fijian people. When our economy suffers, we become the biggest losers.

The keyboard warriors know that people are seeing through hate perpetuated through racism and that younger Fijians do not have time for racists. So what do they do? They turn their focus on the economy.

This is where we need politicians like Mr Gavoka and NFP leader Biman Prasad to set the record straight and not add fuel to fire. Mr Gavoka knows very well that the Government cannot force any bank to lend to a company. The government does not have a say if the bank rejects a company’s loan application. Of course, loan applications depend on individual companies’ cash flow, balance sheet, et cetera, and the banks assess that on an individual basis.

Mr Gavoka is well aware of this fact, but he seems to be turning a blind eye to facts which would show FijiFirst in good light.

Our economy is not your political football, stop treating it as one.

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