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Bulitavu 'refute and reject' PM's statement

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, December 11, 2017

SHADOW defence and national security minister Mosese Bulitavu labelled comments by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the Attorney-General's Conference as "cheap, childish and shallow".

In his opening address at the conference, the PM referred to what he termed old forces that once sought to divide the nation that still lurked beneath the surface.

Mr Bainimarama also said Fiji needed to unite and not take steps backward and slip back into "the dark years of ethnic and religious division and weak institutions".

Mr Bulitavu said the PM's comments were "devoid of any iota of truth and a blatant attempt to save the evaporating image of his government by championing the ideal and principle of secularism".

"Firstly, he mentioned that his government would not take a step backward into the past," he said.

"I refute and reject that statement as a smokescreen to hide the truth on the record of his government which has masqueraded with the mandate of the people.

"His Government has taken the people of Fiji backward in every sphere of life and that is now reflected in the depleting quality of life and standard of living of our people.

"The rich have grown richer and the poor have become poorer.

"Secondly, the Prime Minister chose to take a snipe at the opposition by making references to forces below the surface.

"I want to make it clear that no opposition party has ever compromised its position on secularism like the FijiFirst to massage the cause of its super minister.

"The Prime Minister's call was in fact more like a pot calling the kettle black.

"I also challenge him to prove his statements with evidence or stop being childish and shallow, stooping low for point scoring to damage the image of his party's electoral fortunes now on the downslide," Mr Bulitavu said.








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