New law timely to pre­vent false in­for­ma­tion

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Giv­ing false in­for­ma­tion is a se­ri­ous of­fence in many ju­ris­dic­tions. As­so­ci­ated laws con­tain jail terms. Par­lia­ment passed the False In­for­ma­tion Bill. The new law says that any­one found guilty of giv­ing false in­for­ma­tion would face a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

It is de­signed to de­ter peo­ple from giv­ing false in­for­ma­tion for pe­cu­niary gain when ap­ply­ing for Gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance. In al­lo­cat­ing fi­nan­cial help Gov­ern­ment ex­pects a cer­tain amount of hon­esty from ap­pli­cants. The new law will re­in­force that.

It sug­gests that there seems to be a cul­ture of dis­hon­esty and it’s dif­fi­cult and even prac­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble to mon­i­tor all the use of fi­nan­cial help given.

It’s in­cum­bent on all the ap­pli­cants to be truth­ful in fill­ing forms and us­ing the as­sis­tance for the pur­pose it was in­tended.

It will en­sure that as­sis­tance will go to the right peo­ple. False in­for­ma­tion laws can be found in many ju­ris­dic­tions. This new law is timely be­cause it will come in handy dur­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

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