The Government’s so-called 5.5% unemployment rate is laughable. It is suggesting that Fiji’s unemployment rate is similar to that of the United States or the United Kingdom.
The Economy Minister and his associates need to get out of their air-conditioned offices and travel to the rural areas and squatter settlements and ask the thousands of idle or under-employed young people what they think.
If there are so few unemployed people, why does the Government have to increase welfare payments? Why does the Prime Minister run around the country handing out so-called $1,000 “small enterprise grants”? If there are so many jobs and so few unemployed people, then employers would be paying high wages to attract the best people to their companies. If that is so, why is the minimum wage still below $3 an hour?
The Government claims that the economy is so well managed that Fiji has nearly full employment. This means that it really has no idea of what is happening on the ground. We call their claims laughable. But the many school leavers and poor people who are struggling to find work will not see the joke.
AUGUST 09, 2017
THE NATIONAL FEDERATION PARTY WISHES TO CONVEY ITS CONDOLENCES TO MERE MATHEWSELA, THE MOTHER OF THE TWO CHILDREN WHO TRAGICALLY DIED IN THE SUNDAY LATE NIGHT HOUSE FIRE IN LAUTOKA. OUR PRAYERS ARE ALSO WITH SALASEINI MARAMAELEVUKA, WHO LOST HER DAUGHTER AND CLOSE FRIEND, IS RECOVERING AT LAUTOKA HOSPITAL.THE DEATH OF THE 3 YOUNG CHILDREN AND 2 ADULTS IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE HUMAN TRAGEDY, HAS SHOCKED THE PEOPLE OF LAUTOKA AND AS WELL AS PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.
“THIS TRAGEDY IS NOT THE FIRST IN LAUTOKA. IN 1997 2 YOUNG EXPATRIATE CHILDREN WERE SIMILARLY BURNT TO DEATH IN WAIYAVI, LAUTOKA.”
THEY WERE ALSO TRAPPED IN THE HOUSE DUE TO THE SECURITY GRILLS AND NEIGHBOURS AND FIREMEN WERE HELPLESS IN TRYING TO BREAK INTO THE HOUSE TO SAVE THEM.
WE ARE SEEING A REPEAT OF SIMILAR SITUATION HERE, WHERE NEIGHBOURERS WERE FRUSTRATED IN REMOVING THE SECURITY GRILLS TO RELEASE THE VICTIMS.
INDEED, IT IS IRONICAL THAT THE CITIZENS IN THIS COUNTRY BARRICADE THEMSELVES IN THE PHASE OF “VIOLENT CRIMES” AND “HOUSE BREAK-INS AND ROBBERIES” EXPERIANCED IN THE COUNTRY WHILST CRIMINALS ARE RUNNING FREE. GENERALLY, PEOPLE DO NOT FEEL SAFE IN THEIR OWN HOMES AND HENCE SECURITY GRILLS.
WHILST WE ARE ALL CURRENTLY FOCUSED ON THE TRAGEDY AND LOSS OF LIVES, IT IS ALSO TIMELY THAT THE AUTHORITIES NAMELY POLICE, FIRE AUTHORITY, OHS, LCC AND OTHER RELEVANT AGENCIES SHOULD SOON MEET TO TAKE URGENT REMEDIAL ACTIONS TO AVOID SUCH HUMAN TRAGEDIES IN THE FUTURE.
NATIONAL FEDERATION PARTY
August 9, 2017
The fact that 12 Police Officers have been charged by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for criminal offences shows the extent of lawlessness in the country.
If law enforcers and those vested with protecting the people from criminal elements become law breakers themselves then the confidence of people in the Fiji Police Force is seriously eroded.
And if those tasked with maintaining law and order are engaged in unlawful acts, they are setting a bad example for our ordinary citizens who are struggling to make ends meet and survive. They tend to lose all faith and confidence in our police force.
12 Police Officers being charged for criminal offences cannot taken lightly. This is the manifestation of the rot that has set in our society. People’s confidence in the police is already low and faith in Police to provide safety and security is now further shaken.
This cancer of lawlessness starts from the top. Any breach of the law, no matter how trivial, is a crime. This rot must be stopped.
To stop lawlessness in a country, people must wake up, stand up, unite and reject all who are involved in taking law in their own hands. People who usurp power must understand and learn that peoples power is at the ballot box and they must and can decide the kind of country and government they want – an accountable. transparent. trustworthy and compassionate government.
National Federation Party
August 7, 2017
The Leader of the National Federation Party, Professor Biman Prasad has called on the Prime Minister and Minister for Immigration to provide full disclosures to all Fiji citizens on the details surrounding the arrest and supervised repatriation of 77 Chinese from Fiji on a chartered Chinese flight.
“What exactly is the extent of this? Were they Dual Citizens holding Fiji Passports? Were their human rights amply upheld during detention? How long has this manner of transnational crime been occurring? Are there any further details? Is this limited to telecom scams or were there also other illegal activities? What measures will the Government urgently implement to ensure there is no repetition?” Professor Prasad asked.
Professor Prasad said the Fiji First Government needs to be transparent and accountable with this issue for it involves Fiji’s border security, domestic security, as well as the immigration policies that the Government has implemented.
“The supervised repatriation of such a large number of Chinese people from Fiji on a chartered China Southern Airlines plane, with an even greater number of Chinese security personnel to escort them back to China has made international headlines, yet here in Fiji we have not heard a single word from this Government.”
“This is unprecedented and has never occurred under the watch of any Government.”
“I am urging the Prime Minister who is also the responsible minister for Immigration and his Fiji First Government to clearly and honestly come forward with the facts on this case of public interest.”
“The Chinese authorities are reportedly saying that this supervised repatriation involves individuals that are involved in telecom fraud, with dens being busted in Fiji.”
“There are however many lingering questions that the Government needs to answer for the sake of transparency and accountability of an issue of such a magnitude.”
“In May this year the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence tabled their report recommending that Fiji ratify the UN Convention Against Transnational Crime and 3 Protocols. One of the “Challenges” raised in the report by FRCA, DPP, the RFMF and Immigration Department is that they all said they needed to strengthen their collective collaboration. The lack of this collaboration has been laid bare for all to see.”
“Then the other challenge in the report is that the Immigration Department suggested that they take back the primary line because they are better specialised, is highly problematic as this role is now undertaken by FRCA. This is now a serious indictment on the porosity of our borders and it falls on the Government to come clean.”
“If this issue is not resolved and responded to quickly, the global community and their expectations on Fiji as a responsible State will not look very kindly on us and any global initiatives we advocate.”
Professor Biman Prasad
(Source: August 7, 2017 Fiji Times)
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