FIJI needs an unwritten constitution not entrenched, therefore flexible to be able to meet circumstances.
Making his submissions to the Constitution Commission, William Rosa of Tailevu proposed that Fiji formulate a constitution similar to the UK and Israel.
Mr Rosa said this would prevent Fiji from being a laughing stock because constitutions were continuously being torn by political upheavals.
He also proposed that all rights be subject to local customary practices. "Institutions that safeguard and will uphold the customary law and traditions of the iTaukei should be included in the constitution," Mr Rosa said.
He said the new law should also state that the iTaukei were to be known as the first citizens by virtue of the fact that they were the first inhabitants of these islands. Mr Rosa said government secretaries should be appointed on merit and experience. "This is to prevent cronyism, favouritism and is just for those who have risen through the ranks."