Clar­i­fy­ing re­ports

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Semi Koroilavesau, Suva

I wish to clar­ify two points of re­port­ing that the Fiji Times wrote in their col­umn dur­ing the Bud­get de­bates.

Firstly it was re­ported that Honourable Salote Radro­dro from SODELPA was able to con­vince me to sup­port her mo­tion in the de­bate. This is far from the truth and the fact was that I in­di­cated to the Op­po­si­tion that Hon Radro­dro’s re­sponse to the in­creases in the bud­get by sug­gest­ing the trans­fer of funds to cover the sug­gested in­creases was good sense and should be the norm. I had sug­gested the above, as the Op­po­si­tion had com­plained bit­terly about their highly man­u­fac­tured debt level and on the other hand sug­gested huge in­creases that had no ba­sic rea­son. I had sug­gested that at the end of the day the Bud­get has to be bal­anced. Se­condly the com­ment on Flot­sam and Jet­sam on Satur­day 9, July seem to sug­gest that I wanted to sup­port Honourable Alvik Avhikrit Ma­haraj, and stood to make a point of or­der. In fact I was test­ing to see if I will be al­lowed to make a state­ment with­out stat­ing any point in the Stand­ing Or­der as the Op­po­si­tion has been do­ing through­out the pro­ceed­ings. I was shouted down by the Op­po­si­tion which proved my point that any in­ter­jec­tions had to be loud to be heard. I could have made a point of or­der from any of the sec­tions avail­able in the stand­ing or­der but I de­lib­er­ately chose not to.

Pol­i­tics is a very in­ter­est­ing game es­pe­cially when one wants to por­tray pre­de­ter­mined re­sults es­pe­cially when watch­ing from the side­line. I now can con­firm the side Fiji Times is sup­port­ing in this po­lit­i­cal foot­ball.

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