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Biman hits out at A-G

Aqela Susu
Thursday, March 08, 2018

NATIONAL Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad yesterday accused Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum of misleading Parliament on census information.

Raising a point of order during yesterday's Parliament sitting, Prof Prasad said he had asked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum a question on Monday about why ethnicity data from the 2017 census had not been released.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum had answered that no ethnicity data was collected and there had been no aggregation of data based on ethnicity under the "2000 census and the 2017 census".

Prof Prasad said he had asked a supplementary question during Monday's sitting, which had led to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum "blatantly misleading the House that no ethnic data was collected by the 2017 census enumerators," Prof Prasad said.

Prof Prasad said no census had taken place in 2000, but there was a census done in 2007.

"In the 2007 census there is public information readily available that clearly shows aggregation of data based on ethnicity."

HE said the people of Fiji were up in arms over the issue.

"There is already a hashtag called #MyEthnicityCounts starting on social media.

"Everyone who was counted willingly allowed complete strangers in the form of census enumerators into their houses to extract very private and confidential information from them, with the understanding that this information is to be used for enhanced government services and support.

"They are now being told that the Bureau of Statistics has a competence issue which I find very hard to believe because the previous statements are contrary to the statements of the bureau today (yesterday)- especially when this exercise has cost taxpayers $14.5 million."

Prof Prasad also sought a ruling by the Speaker that Mr Sayed-Khaiyum immediately apologise to Parliament for misleading it.

Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni said she needed to look further into the evidence before she could make a ruling at a later date.

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