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'No data based on ethnicity'

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

No data based on ethnicity was collected during the 2017 Fiji Population and Housing Census, Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told Parliament yesterday.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum made the statement in answer to a question from Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa on why the Fiji Bureau of Statistics could not release the data on ethnicity from the census.

Issues such as health, education and social welfare were impacted by ethnicity, Ro Teimumu said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that based on the question, the Opposition was obsessed with ethnicity.

"This is again an indication of the Opposition's obsession with ethnicity," he said.

"It would have been really nice if the Leader of Opposition asked us did the census reveal how many poor people we have, how many doctors do we have, how many people in particular are earning a particular wage, how many people have bank accounts, how many people have access to telephones and how many people have access to roads, water and electricity.

"These are more pertinent questions that need to be asked. Not with this obsession with ethnicity.

"Health, education and social welfare are not impacted by ethnicities.

In a supplementary question, National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad asked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum why, if the Bureau of Statistics had collected the data, it had not been released.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said no such data was collected.

"No aggregation of data based on ethnicity under the 2017 census, none whatsoever," he said.

"They (Opposition) have to move away from that. They think we are hiding it. We are not hiding it.

"There is no collation of data, how can we release it. This is why no data is available, no data has been collected and will be collected."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said whatever census data was collected, it had been published. In January, census commissioner Epeli Waqavonovono said the Fiji Bureau of Statistics would only release data on ethnicity from the 2017 census if it was instructed to do so.

"What people should be expecting all the time is whatever the bureau releases is what is available," Mr Waqavonovono said.

He said they collected data on ethnicity during the counting process. "We did ask about people's ethnicity, but the decision to release it has to come from higher authority. Once we are instructed then we will release it," Mr Waqavonovono had said.

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