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It is now time that the FijiFirst Government take full responsibility of the things “they did wrong and stop blaming others”, says Shadow Minister for Economy and Leader of Opposition Sitiveni Rabuka.
In his contribution to the 2020-2021 national budget debate in parliament Monday,Rabuka asked how long would the Government keep blaming others for its own fault.
He said when Opposition pointed out that the Fijian economy was “facing headwinds” or that the local economy was in recession, the response from the Government had always been “nasty and demeaning”.
“The Honourable Minister of Economy blames us, and me personally, for the problems that exist now referring to things that happened more than three decades ago,” Rabuka told parliament.
“It is time now that the FijiFirst Government realises its own wrong policies that has left us high and dry; policies that have put the people of this country in a dire situation.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has only made things obvious. The Fiji economy has been facing problems from about five years ago. It did not start with the COVID-19 pandemic. It started in 2014 and possibly even a few years earlier than that.”
Rabuka said the Minister for Economy would continue blaming others for his “short-sightedness for he should be humble enough to admit his fault”.
“But, Mr Speaker Sir, the people of this country are not fools. They know what this Government is doing and what it is not doing.”
Meanwhile, Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is responsible for sinking the Fijian economy.
And for that, he should be thrown out of the boat like Jonah in the Bible, says Opposition MP Niko Nawaikula.
Speaking on the 2020-2021 national budget debate in Parliament today, he said the A-G was not a qualified economist.
“The Economy Minister, he is not a qualified economist ,” Nawaikula said in parliament.
“He thinks he knows everything.
“We should be honest with ourselves.”
He said the Economy Minister lacked intellectual honesty.
Former Reserve Bank of Fiji governor and Unity Fiji Party leader Savenaca Narube says Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum “may wish to change his attitude and rethink his budget”.
Narube said the budget lacked economic logic and had placed the entire country on a road to financial disaster.
He made the comments in response to a statement that was made by the Sayed-Khaiyum when he described a few media organisations as ‘joke publications’.
“As always, the Minister has hidden behind his defence of blaming the messenger,” Narube said in a statement issued today.
“These alternative views will ultimately save this country from disaster.”.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
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