Parties respond to PM’s claims

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Picture: FT FILE

NO promises would be delivered and no progresses would be made if the future of Fiji was left to any other political party, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

While speaking at the opening of the Public Rental Board flats in Kalabu, Nasinu this week, Mr Bainimarama claimed no Fijian family would feel any of the benefits brought about by his Government if there was another party in leadership.

“Because, rest assured, if our future is left up to any other political party in Fiji, no family would feel any of the immense benefits my Government is bringing to our nation. In fact we’d actually move backwards into the past, and your dreams for yourselves and for your families would stand no chance of being realised,” Mr Bainimarama claimed.

In his response, National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad said the PM was bringing shame and disrepute to the Office of the Prime Minister by trying to blackmail the people of Fiji into re-electing him in office.

“The PM thinks he has a monopoly on governance and that it is his sole right to rule Fiji. How desperate and low can he go by lying that the benefits that people receive will be taken away by any other government?” Prof Prasad questioned.

“His comments that some opposition politicians have no experience in governance and that they are making false promises is hypocritical.”

He said the fact that Mr Bainimarama and his Government were consistently trying to ridicule NFP and the opposition showed how panic-stricken he was.

Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka said the PM’s comments were unreasonable and egocentric.

“What he is doing is just building from the developments done by previous governments.”

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said if people voted the FijiFirst Government back into power, they would simply get more of the same.

“In fact, it will be worse because the handouts which are just vote buying gimmicks will disappear,” Mr Chaudhry said.

“People must understand that had it not been for the four coups which have set us decades back as a nation, Fiji would have progressed a great deal more and people would have been much better off than they are today.

“People have to be cautious of promises made by coup-makers.”

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