Grace Road saga | Employees voice concerns over detained president

Staff of the Grace Road Group during an interview with The Fiji Times Online outside Government Buildings in Suva on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. Picture: TALEBULA KATE

Employees of Grace Road have taken to social media to voice their concerns about their financial future and the well-being of their families.

Their concerns come as company president Daniel Kim and other members of the company are being detained at the Suva Remand Center.

In a short video posted on the company’s Facebook page, an employee flanked by few others asked for the return of Mr Kim so that Grace Road could resume normal operations.

The employee said the company had made significant contributions to Fiji, creating numerous job opportunities and a culture of inclusivity, adding the employees have always been treated with respect.

Other employees also aired their sentiments on social media in support of the company.

A petition was handed to the Ministry of Immigration earlier this week by a handful of Grace Road employees requesting the release of Mr Kim.

Receiving the petition, Home Affairs Minister Pio Tikoduadua said he could not do much because Mr Kim had been declared a prohibited immigrant after the Korean Government nullified his passport.

Mr Tikoduadua assured the workers the Government’s actions were not against Grace Road as a company, but the individuals named in the red notices and those wanted by the Republic of Korea.

He was expected to issue a ministerial statement on the matter at yesterday’s Parliament session, however, as the matter is before court the minister decided not to comment further.

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