Fiji Time: 10:34 PM on Sunday 25 September

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Former member points biggest mistake

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, May 02, 2014

THE National Federation Party's biggest mistake was in forming a coalition with the then Soqosoqo Vakavulewa ni Taukei party to contest the 1999 general election.

This is the view of NFP's former parliamentarian Maan Singh who has now retired from politics and will not contest the September general election.

Mr Singh aired his views while commenting on the Social Democratic Liberal Party's decision not to include Sitiveni Rabuka in its line-up of candidates this year.

"I understand that SODELPA dumped Mr Rabuka because of his involvement in the 1987 coup. If it was for some other reason, then it would have been OK," he said.

Mr Singh claims "almost all the indigenous community supported" Rabuka during the 1987 coup, which included the Methodist Church and the Great Council of Chiefs.

"Mr Rabuka was treated like a demi-god then while the Indo-Fijian community went through a lot of sufferings.

"No indigenous organisation said anything then."

Mr Singh asked if there was a change of heart now, as SODELPA had decided not to give Mr Rabuka a ticket to contest the election.

"However, it's good to see SODELPA condemning coups. It appears that iTaukei leaders have realised now that they shouldn't support coups.

"Mr Rabuka was a hero in 1987 and we (NFP) made the mistake of forming a coalition with his SVT Party to contest the 1999 general election.

"We were dumped by our voters and we haven't recovered since then," said Mr Singh.

The Fiji Labour Party had a landslide victory in the 1999 general election while the NFP did not win any seat.

However, the NFP is determined that it will be a part of the new government after the September general election.

At a press conference yesterday, NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad said the party was a "new look" one as it prepared for the election.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64540.6264
JPY 50.542247.5422
GBP 0.37700.3690
EUR 0.44140.4294
NZD 0.68380.6508
AUD 0.65060.6256
USD 0.49670.4797

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 23rd September 2016

nd August

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Rawaca out
  2. Private jets attract attention at Nadi Airport
  3. Three Cavuilati, 6 Olympians in Fiji 7s squad
  4. 9 down, 41 to go
  5. Rio 7s victory celebrations
  6. Radar clocks 147km/ph
  7. Traditional friendship
  8. A-G: Proper documentation imperative
  9. Matanavou's contract ends
  10. Bothersome runway, Air Fiji cancels flights

Top Stories this Week

  1. Nurse is a lawyer Friday (23 Sep)
  2. Ali beats 'death sentence' Thursday (22 Sep)
  3. Road closure Saturday (24 Sep)
  4. Pastor makes case in rape trial Wednesday (21 Sep)
  5. After Ben Ryan Thursday (22 Sep)
  6. Under-20 named Tuesday (20 Sep)
  7. Rawaca out Sunday (25 Sep)
  8. Losing dad at Class 4 inspires Macanalagi Friday (23 Sep)
  9. Fijian pride Friday (23 Sep)
  10. Appeal fails Tuesday (20 Sep)