Fiji Time: 3:57 AM on Tuesday 25 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Call to redefine role

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, August 28, 2014

THE role of the Great Council of Chiefs should be redefined to serve the needs of the iTaukei people, says Catholic head Archbishop Peter Loy Chong.

So he believes it is not a matter of bringing back the GCC or removing it, but rather a matter of redefining its purpose.

In an interview with this newspaper, Archbishop Chong said the GCC was introduced by the colonial government to serve the interest of the colonial era.

"First, we need to understand the history of the GCC and why it was brought in.

"So when we do that, then it will help us redefine its purpose to ensure that it is relevant to the needs of the iTaukei people today," he said.

"The GCC was brought in to serve the interest of the colonial administration.

"Now, if it was set up by the colonial government, then we should be able to redefine and review the role of the GCC to serve the needs of the iTaukei people."

Archbishop Chong said it was impossible for the two systems — chiefs and politics — to work together because chiefs were by virtue of birth and politicians were elected.

"One is customary and one is political so customary leadership is that you are born into that and die into that.

"So if you don't do your job, no one can sack you from that position because it is your traditional birth right.

"But as an elected leader, like politicians, you are accountable and can get voted out if you don't do your job well and that is why these two things cannot match up.

"The symbolism is also different and as a chief, you are to serve and be served by your people but as a politician, you have to serve because you promised to serve.

"In customary and traditional leadership, people serve their chiefs so you cannot be served and serve just like the Bible states that you cannot serve God and man."

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65020.6312
JPY 51.786748.7867
GBP 0.39950.3915
EUR 0.44950.4375
NZD 0.68980.6568
AUD 0.64760.6226
USD 0.49350.4765



Exchange Rate updated on 21st October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Hunt on for sex assault suspect
  2. Drop in roll
  3. Fiji pearls make history
  4. Villagers fear for safety
  5. Abuse on the streets
  6. Teenager finds body in a creek
  7. Village diving expedition turns tragic
  8. Villagers turn to sea cucumbers for income
  9. Alleged robber charged
  10. Year 13 exam starts

Top Stories this Week

  1. Former flight attendant invests in farming business Wednesday (19 Oct)
  2. Calls for USP vice chancellor to step down Tuesday (18 Oct)
  3. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  4. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  5. Dad's cry for justice Tuesday (18 Oct)
  6. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  7. Hero's welcome Wednesday (19 Oct)
  8. 18 workers on the run Tuesday (18 Oct)
  9. Death probe Sunday (23 Oct)
  10. Fijians at heart Wednesday (19 Oct)