A-G to Kili­raki: Let Us Ex­plain To You How It Re­ally Works

Sayed-Khaiyum said the Op­po­si­tion MP was mis­lead­ing peo­ple by propos­ing amend­ments

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: arieta.vakasukawaqa@fi­jisun.com.fj

Op­po­si­tion MP Ro Kinivil­iame Kili­raki thinks ev­ery­thing will be­come ‘hunky dory’ if the Fiji Ma­hogany Trust bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion was in­creased to $600,000, says the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum be­moaned the fact that the Op­po­si­tion mem­ber did not even take the time to sit down with those en­trusted with the hard­wood trade to find out what was go­ing on. “Not once in the past two or three years has he taken the op­por­tu­nity to even sit down with us to try and un­der­stand what is hap­pen­ing,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was re­spond­ing to a mo­tion in Par­lia­ment by Ro Kili­raki to in­crease al­lo­ca­tions for Fiji Ma­hogany Trust from $250,000 to $600,000. The Fiji Pine Trust al­ready had an al­lo­ca­tion of $600,000. He said the al­lo­ca­tion would help landown­ers to estab­lish nurs­eries and to pro­ceed fur­ther from their cur­rent po­si­tion which had al­ready been hap­pen­ing with Fiji Pine Trust. How­ever, Ro Kili­raki’s mo­tion was de­feated by 28 to 15 while nine didn’t vote.

“The way for­ward is for this $600,000 to be able to em­power the landown­ers to be more proac­tive in the Ma­hogany In­dus­try,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said just by in­creas­ing the $600,000; that sud­denly ev­ery­thing would not be­come ‘hunky dory’. “You must take time out if you are truly con­cerned about what is hap­pen­ing; if you re­ally want to know, sit down with us and we will ex­plain it to you,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Op­po­si­tion MP was mis­lead­ing peo­ple by propos­ing amend­ments.

“It is not go­ing to make a dif­fer­ence,” he said.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Op­po­si­tion MP Ro Kinivil­iame Kili­raki out­side Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

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