Bain­i­marama tells West rally: Change al­ready here

Fiji Sun - - Marist Dux, - JY­OTI PRAT­I­BHA Edited by Naisa Koroi Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj TAVUA

The change that po­lit­i­cal par­ties are harp­ing about has al­ready come.

This was the mes­sage from Fi­jiFirst party leader Voreqe Bain­i­marama to more than 2000 Fi­jians who turned out at Tavua’s Gar­vey Park for the rul­ing party’s fam­ily fun day. Mr Bain­i­marama told a cheer­ing crowd that none of the other po­lit­i­cal par­ties were of­fer­ing any­thing new.

He said all these par­ties were only talk­ing about poli­cies which Fi­jiFirst had al­ready in­tro­duced and not one po­lit­i­cal party has talked about a new ini­tia­tive for Fi­jians.

On sugar

Where other po­lit­i­cal par­ties have said they will give a $100 cane pay­ment, Mr Bain­i­marama re­minded the cane farm­ing com­mu­nity that if one was to take into ac­count all the sub­si­dies his Govern­ment had given to the in­dus­try, it would amount to more than $120 per tonne for cane.

Equal­ity

Mr Bain­i­marama said if Fiji was to pros­per, peo­ple needed equal­ity. He said he stood for all com­mu­ni­ties and he walked the talk.

He crit­i­cised the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party’s si­lence in Par­lia­ment when SODELPA “at­tacked Indo-Fi­jians.”

We will con­tinue what we have done

He told those gath­ered at the event that Fi­jiFirst would con­tinue the move­ment he started in 2007. He ques­tioned the guar­an­tees by the Op­po­si­tion par­ties that they would bring change for the bet­ter. Party gen­eral sec­re­tary Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum also raised this ques­tion and re­minded peo­ple that change for the sake of change did not nec­es­sar­ily mean things would change for the bet­ter.

The Fi­jiFirst party leader told a cheer­ing crowd that none of the other po­lit­i­cal par­ties were of­fer­ing any­thing new.

Photo: Jy­oti Prat­i­bha

The crowd at Gar­vey Park in Tavua on Oc­to­ber 12, 2018.

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