Chaudhry on A-G’s comments: The cap fits him perfectly

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Former prime minister and Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. Picture: FIJI TIMES ONLINE

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s comments about powerhungry politicians is an “apt description” of himself, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry.

He was referring to comments the A-G made at the Nadi Women’s Forum over the weekend.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said “They (politicians) just want to get into government, want to have power, not because they want to improve the country, not because they want to put in place good policies.”

“If anyone in the country is power-hungry, it is him,” Mr Chaudhry said.

“The cap fits him perfectly.”

The former prime minister said instead of making hollow statements about Opposition politicians and political parties, the A-G should look at his dismal record while in office.

He said under the present administration, there has been “unprecedented social, economic and political turmoil”.

“The national debt crisis, a severe economic recession, high rates of poverty and unemployment particularly among youths and escalating costs of living were all critical issues even before COVID struck.”

Mr Chaudhry claimed the A-G was forced to slash the 2019/2020 budget by $1 billion “because of debt unsustainability, drastically reducing expenditure in the social sector” and further claimed “no other government had such a dismal record in office”.

“The minister couldwell take a lesson from the Labour government’s sound management of the economy and state fi nances resulting in a record 9.6 per cent economic growth in 1999/2000.”

Speaking at the Nadi Women’s Forum last weekend, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also said that none of the parties had released their manifestos as yet to which Mr Chaudhry said the A-G should inform Fiji when it was going to the polls.

“As for election manifestos, I say to him release the election date and we will release the manifestos.

He should know that party manifestos are released once an election date is declared, not before.”

  •  Questions sent to the Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

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