Different views on offer
24 March, 2018, 12:00 am
TODAY we start a series of opinions by political parties in the lead up to the 2018 election.
Today the question is about what the various parties see as important issues for Fijians.
Understandably there are differing views. That’s to be expected given the different challenges, composition and ideals of the various parties.
The opinions are those of the parties.
We hope you are able to see the differences, analyse what they stand for, and hopefully be informed about their relevance to the mechanics of what we individually perceive as the best scenario for our nation.
We all will differ in what we feel about politics, what it entails, the impact it could have on our lives and what it means for our nation.
As we gear up for our national elections, we hope to provide information that is relevant for the masses.
That means laying down the platform for readers to understand and appreciate what each political party goes into the elections with.
Today begins a series that we hope will enlighten you as well as empower you to make an informed decision.
Efforts will continue to be made to embrace every party. This time around the governing FijiFirst party and SODELPA did not respond to emailed questions.
It is just fair though that we continue to include them in this series.
The four parties that did respond came back with mixed views on what they felt were important issues to the masses.
Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube touched on unity of all races of people in our country.
He listed this as an issue of national importance.
National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad believes the focus should be on the government people need. He talks about governing in the national interest.
Aman Ravindra-Singh, the assistant general secretary of Fiji Labour Party, highlighted eticketing as a major issue.
He took the line that the system was imposed on the people and consumers, being the everyday people who used buses, were never consulted or given an opportunity to have an input into the new system.
Jagath Karunaratne, the leader of the Fiji United Freedom Party, highlighted economic development and health as major issues of interest affecting Fijians.
The views are interesting. Different people, obviously, will see things differently when it comes to issues of importance to Fijians.
With this series, we hope to stimulate discussion with the views of the parties and aid in creating awareness of what each has to offer.