NFP calls for public holiday
26 October, 2016, 12:00 am
THE centennial celebrations to mark the arrival of the last shipload of indentured labourers to Fiji from India on board the Sutlej in 1916 will start on November 9.
Starting at Albert Park in Suva, celebrations will also be held in Nadi, Nausori, Tavua, Savusavu, Labasa, Rakiraki and Ba.
Attorney-General and the Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum launched the centennial celebrations at Albert Park yesterday afternoon. While launching the event, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also highlighted that direct descendants of the 888 indentured labourers who were on board the Sutlej V would also be given commemoration plaques.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was important that during the celebrations people talk about the courage of these labourers who were suppressed by the political system which existed during that time, but were able to survive and become free citizens of Fiji.
Vodafone Fiji gave $100,000 for the celebrations.
Meanwhile, during a press conference last week, the National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad called on the Government to mark the centennial celebrations with a public holiday.
However, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was another political scoring comment made by Mr Prasad and that a public holiday was not the answer to recognising the work done by the indentured labourers.