Calm down, Usa­mate tells Op­po­si­tion

Fiji Sun - - Parliament News - ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA

Take it easy, the truth hurts, Jone Usa­mate told the Op­po­si­tion. The Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices made these com­ments while re­spond­ing to a se­ries of crit­i­cisms from the Op­po­si­tion on the 2016-2017 na­tional bud­get in Par­lia­ment on Tues­day. He was re­spond­ing to com­ments by the Op­po­si­tion that Gov­ern­ment lacked vi­sion and that the bud­get had no theme also. Mr Usa­mate said that was a false un­der­stand­ing of what the Gov­ern­ment was all about. “Calm down, calm down. Take it easy, the truth hurts,” he said. “We be­lieve we have a vi­sion that we have a strong united coun­try where ev­ery­one in this coun­try is re­garded as one,” he said.

“If we are able to do that, we will have a strong coun­try. To­day we have heard some of the most de­spi­ca­ble filth that has ever come into this House.” Mr Usa­mate said Fi­jiFirst Gov­ern­ment be­lieved in a united Fiji.

“A Fiji that builds a strong coun­try, a Fiji that doesn’t demarcate peo­ple ac­cord­ing to what their hair looks like or whether they have their hair and do not have their hair, what their re­li­gion is, what they speak and what they eat. “We treat ev­ery­one equally and when we are look­ing at our coun­try, and when we are try­ing to tell our­selves what we should do in this coun­try, we do not look at the eth­nic­ity or re­li­gion of peo­ple,” he said. Mr Usa­mate said they se­lected the best pos­si­ble per­son for ev­ery oc­cu­pa­tion, be­cause it was all based on merit.

“If we are able to do that, they can do the kinds of things in those or­gan­i­sa­tions to de­velop and to de­liver value for our peo­ple.” Edited by Naisa Koroi

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