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Ro Teimumu responds to A-G's statements

Solomone Rabulu
Saturday, February 03, 2018

THE condemnation of the Opposition by the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, for its silence on the recent attacks on Hindu temples is a calculated scheme to whip up ethnic emotions, claims Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Ro Teimumu claims the statement by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum at a gathering of the Hindu community in Nakasi this week was grossly misleading people.

"I ask the A-G where he and his government were when these attacks took place that they woke up so late in the day to politicise the issue," Ro Teimumu said.

"If you look at the events as it happened, the Opposition has been the first to condemn these acts of sacrilege.

"Furthermore, to put it on record once again, I wish to categorically state for the information of the FijiFirst and the public of Fiji, that the Opposition deplores the attacks on the Hindu temples around Fiji in the strongest possible manner and calls upon the police to apprehend those involved and take them to task."

Ro Teimumu claims the manner in which the A-G spoke was provocative, reminding the people of the events of 1987 and 2000.

"May I remind the A-G and his leader specifically and the FijiFirst party generally, that during the last address by the President of Fiji to Parliament, he urged us all to contest the elections this year on issues."

She questioned why the FijiFirst party was "now deviating from that and raising questions related to race, religion and culture? Have they run out of ideas? Why do they keep referring to 'those politicians', not appreciating the fact that they themselves are politicians? They should heed what his excellency advised and speak only on important issues and not politicise and make matters worse by intruding into the sensitive areas of society."

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