Eco­nomic ide­al­ist

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

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.

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