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A 'policed nation'

Mary Rauto
Saturday, May 26, 2012

IT is becoming a worrying trend that Fiji is now a policed nation.

These are the sentiments shared by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces land force commander Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga at the opening of the National Traffic Control Centre in Suva yesterday.

He said while people confessed to be religious and obligated to listen to their leaders, nothing happened unless they were policed by law and order.

"If in our awareness program that we can tell the people - not only be scared of police but be aware to do the right things, it should not take more police initiatives to make this country better," Col. Tikoitoga said.

He applauded police and road stakeholders in their awareness efforts, while at the same time called on the society to uphold their morals.

"We are forced to take these steps because we think we have failed in our capacity as leaders in our society, failed in our capacity as leaders of religious groups and we have failed more importantly as leaders of our families," Col. Tikoitoga said.

"Make our people aware that high moral grounds need to be adopted so we are not a policed nation but people who can do the right things for the right reasons," he said.