Make the right choice, says PM

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the briefing session in Nabouwalu yesterday. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA.

ABOUT 2800 landowners and Fiji Pine Group of Companies employees were challenged by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to make the right choice when casting their votes in the 2018 General Election.Speaking at the Fiji Pine Group of Companies lease security bonus payments in Lautoka on Monday, he called on landowners and mill workers to compare their standard of living under his Government against previous administrations.

Forty landowning units from across the Western Division received cheques totalling $7 million, the biggest bonus payout in the industry’s history.

“We certainly can’t afford to take this Industry back in time. Back to the verge of bankruptcy, with no vision, no payments and no security for landowners,” he said.

“Ask yourselves, were you better off back then when this industry was in the gutter? Were your families better off? And were your children better off when they did not have free education? Were your children better off when they could not attend university?

“These are the questions that need to be on our minds, especially in the year ahead, as we enter into another election because it isn’t the 1990s any more, it’s 2018.

“This industry is better than ever.”