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Politician claims support for SODELPA intact

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SODELPA says its support from the Fijians of Indian decent community is intact.

Party member and former minister for multi-ethnic affairs George Shiu Raj said Fijians of Indian descent knew who to support.

Mr Raj claimed SODELPA was the only political party in government that gave the largest number of scholarships to Fijians of Indian descent and other minority groups.

"When I was the minister for multi-ethnic affairs, the highest ever number of scholarships was given, 5600," he said.

Mr Raj claimed that support for the party was everywhere as people were aware of the work the party had done in the country.

"Support for SODELPA from the Indo-Fijian community will be very much intact — I am there, people know what I have done for the nation."

According to him, race, colour and creed do not matter in the context of serving the public.

"We are one people and we are one nation, there is no race in my mind."

Mr Raj believes that education loan schemes should be abolished.

"We do not need to have a loan scheme. If the parents have done so much for this country by giving a lot, by being a farmer and producing thousands of tons of cane for the benefit of the country, can't we stand to educate their children?

"The issue is when people go up to tertiary level, get a degree, will they look after their elderly parents, build their houses or pay the loan to the government."


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