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Aspiring politician hopes to help the poor in the country

Nasik Swami
Friday, June 13, 2014

THIS week, The Fiji Times caught up with certified fraud examiner Balmindar Singh and discussed his political aspirations in Fijian politics. Below is a question and answer session with Mr Singh:

Q: Your background and qualifications?

A: I come from a family of dairy farmers; we have been in the dairy industry for the past four decades. I am from Nausori and my family has dairy farms in Tailevu. I completed my studies at USP and at Central Queensland University. I am a certified fraud examiner. I started my career with the National Bank of Fiji. I have worked for Multi-Ethnic Affairs as a scholarship officer, I have worked for FEA as a credit controller and customer service, business development manager with WAF then I was given the opportunity to join FICAC where I resigned a month back. I have been in the public and private sector for quite some time — 20 years.

Q: Why do you want to enter politics?

A: I have an interest; I have seen that our nation is suffering. We need to have policies in place which can foster socioeconomic growth. That has made me enter politics and also I am a people-oriented person and that is where my interest is built around.

Q: What do you mean when you say the country is suffering?

A: In socioeconomics, poverty is increasing, but because of recent policies that the current government has implemented, we could see the changes.

Q: What do you want to do as a politician?

A: I want to assist the poorest of the country because I have been a scholarship officer and I have seen how people have suffered or are suffering. They even begged us for scholarships; I saw the inner feelings of people that changed me and inspired me to be a politician.

Q: Is your decision to enter politics a wise one?

A: Yes. Being a public servant there was limitations to assistance. Being a politician, I could be an asset and implement systems and procedures that can enhance development.

Q: Which political party would you like to join?

A: I have interest in FijiFirst because I have seen the policies. The policies are more people-orientated — that has given me confidence and passion to join the party.

Q: Have you applied to FijiFirst?

A: I have applied; I am just waiting for the PM to come back into the country.

Q: Are you hopeful that you would be considered a candidate?

A: I should with my background. I think I should be given the opportunity.

Q: Do you think you will get the support of the Fijian people?

A: Well, I have worked in four provinces and then not limiting myself; I have worked in Rakiraki, Ba and Macuata. I was told by the people that they will support me.

Q: What if your application to FijiFirst party is unsuccessful?

A: I will just step down because of the FijiFirst polices. The policies are in line with my thinking so better join a party which is more service orientated, try and excel in service and see that our people are given the opportunity.

Q: Your message to the Fijian people?

A: Your votes are very important; please cast your votes so it reflects your future policies and systems. Don't waste your votes.

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