MP Bulanauca: Give Sexual Offenders Time To Change

Mr Bulanauca said sexual offenders need to be given an opportunity to change.
22 Sep 2021 13:52
MP Bulanauca: Give Sexual Offenders Time To Change
Opposition member, Mitieli Bulanauca outside of Parliament on July 27, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum lashed out at SODELPA member of parliament Mitieli Bulanauca calling him a hypocrite for comments he made during his deliberations on the Registration of Sex Offenders Bill 2018 in parliament yesterday.

Mr Bulanauca said parliament needed to consider deleting the establishment of this register because it allows the registration of a sexual offender for life.

The Bill seeks to establish the Register of Sex Offenders (‘register’) to enable specified agencies to monitor sex offenders in the community and to reduce the risk posed by sex offenders and the rate of sexual offences in Fiji.

The Bill requires sex offenders to report relevant personal information about themselves for inclusion in the register and they are also required to make periodic reports to keep their personal information in the register up to date.

Mr Bulanauca said sexual offenders need to be given an opportunity to change.

“That’s what I oppose, you need to give sexual offenders time to change for a better person,” he said.

“The approach here in this bill, Mr Chair, that I do not support, is that it is founded on hate, you are hating the person when you should be hating on the evil that is in this person.

“The bill is to condemn any sex offender; we have to ensure that our laws are based on biblical values and principles.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Mr Bulanauca would only say things when it suits him.

“He speaks about love and humanity when he, in the year 2000, stood up outside of Civic Centre, this can be seen in a documentary available at USP, and said the executives are run by Kaidia, Hindu, Tevoro! Judiciary run by Kaidia, Hindu, Tevoro! Is that love?” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“Is that spreading the love of Jesus Christ? That’s utterly hypocritical.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Act was to ensure that the country has a shield of deterrence mechanism in our laws that stops people from committing the offence.

“It is even disheartening to see that when MP Bulanauca made that suggestion, Hon Lynda Tabuya was signaling to someone from the back to second it, this is a serious matter.

“We have said, both sides of the house have agreed that the rise in sexual offences need to be curtailed dramatically.

“We need to have community awareness about it.”

He challenged NGOs and women groups to condemn comments made by Mr Bulanauca in parliament.

“That’s if they have the courage to do so,” he said.

“These things have been done and adopted by many jurisdictions against Australia and New Zealand as a mechanism to deter people from committing these offences.”

Leader of opposition Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu also suggested that iTaukei administration in villages be given access to the register.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said only authorised people would have access to this register.

“They will not give out access to the whole register. That’s where there is a balance, we protect the victims and protect the one that has committed a crime.”

The Bill was unanimously passed in parliament without amendment yesterday afternoon.



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