Long­est kaila

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Save­naca Vakali­waliwa, Delta, BC, Canada

Fi­jians just do not un­der­stand the men­tal­ity of the Op­po­si­tion par­lia­men­tar­i­ans. The Govern­ment has done a big favour to all Fi­jians, in­clud­ing those who voted the Op­po­si­tion into Par­lia­ment, by us­ing its power to give all Fi­jians whose names are recorded in the Data Bureau Limited a clean slate and a fresh start.

When all Fi­jians should be cel­e­brat­ing, the Op­po­si­tion turns holier than thou, op­pos­ing what will bring smiles to those who voted them in, but stand in de­fence of the Data Bureau who has shut out peo­ple with bad credit for a long time. Come on Op­po­si­tion, let Fi­jians en­joy this clean slate, learn from their past mis­takes and do the right thing as they move on with their lives. Re­minds me of that vil­lage where its co­op­er­a­tive store was empty be­cause all the house­holds in the vil­lage were con­sum­ing stock but book­ing it down.

So in a big vil­lage meet­ing, the co-op­er­a­tive man­ager re­vealed that there was no cash to buy more sup­plies, as all the house­holds were not pay­ing their debts.

Af­ter a long de­bate and fin­ger-point­ing that lead nowhere, the turaga-ni-koro stood up and said, “Since we all can’t pay what we owe, let us all kaila (shout) to for­get what we owe, and af­ter this start fresh all over again. They all kaila and shouted with joy, but when the peo­ple ended their kaila, the turaga-ni-koro’s kaila was the long­est. He owed the most.

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