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Kiniviliame Keteca,Nausori
Saturday, December 02, 2017

I READ with interest the piece in the other day's paper about one of Fiji's proud sons and academic — Professor Brij Lal.

As reported, he still remembers with fondness growing up in the sugarcane fields at Tuatua, Labasa.

The portion that saddened me were his remarks relating to not being allowed to return to Fiji.

In his words, "We have done no wrong. We have broken no law, we are not criminals".

He added, "All that I have done is stand up for the values of true representative democracy, processes of transparent governance, the rule of law and free unfettered speech".

I like his bold and firm conclusion- "The music must play on; the lights must never go out. Fiji will always be in my heart wherever I live".

I admire such a gentleman. I respect his views. I believe he isn't a criminal. Neither is he a security threat. Far from it.

He is a renowned academic. He has been recently honoured in Australia. He is the head of research of the UNESCO International Scientific Committee on Indentured Labor and more.

I once again ask the Fiji government -— please allow Prof Brij Lal and his dear wife to visit Fiji.

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