$900k funeral facility opens

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Kaiyum make a tour after opening the Vatuwaqa Funeral Rites Facility over the weekend. Picture: NILAM KUMAR.

MEMBERS of the Hindu community now have a better facility to conduct final funeral rites for loved ones following the opening of the Vatuwaqa Funeral Rites Facility in Suva on Saturday. In his address, Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said he had never seen such a facility in Fiji specifically for Hindus.

“Today the Government has a Constitution and a Government that believes in assuring that all Fijians are treated equally,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He confirmed Government allocated $900,000 for the construction of the facility, built for all Fijians who wished to perform final rituals for their loved ones.

“Government believes that every single citizen in this country should be given the dignity and respect every human being deserves also it is the priority of this government to fulfil that demand in a very practical and tangible manner.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Government would also work to ensure that similar facilities were built in Lautoka, Nadi and Vanua Levu.

“We must ensure that all our citizens enjoy the same level of respect and dignity.”

President of the funeral rites facility Sadasivan Naicker said the completion of the facility was an example of Government’s initiative to provide world-class facility for Fijians.

“The Government needs to be commended for this project which will now give loved ones the opportunity to perform the last rites in a much dignified manner,” he said.

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