Viliame Gavoka, Nadroga
Joseph Veramu’s opinion piece brands my economic plans as idealistic, meaning it won’t work.
My policies are in large part aimed at increasing the economic pie by engaging the iTaukei in ways that are real and practical, but not taking anything away from other communities.
Quite simply, I am tired of people saying that we are asset rich, but cash poor. It is sad that what Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew had said in 1988 are still true; to paraphrase, ‘the Constitution will change nothing, the disparity in earning power between the native Fijians and others needs to be addressed’. PM Lee was a very good friend of Fiji and he said that when the leaders of the Commonwealth were trying to help Fiji craft a new constitution following the coup in 1987. I intend doing something about it. I have experience in business and have served two years in parliament, so I know what I’m taking about. I can debate Mr Veramu on this issue at any time it suits him.