Is there a change in the air or has Ramadan put some sense (?) in some people. Interesting comments from the vile ig ag – Sounds like aaghe piche
The Charter is not taking away the land or the identity of the indigenous people, explained the Attorney-General who is also the acting Minister for Industry, Tourism, Trade and Communications, Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum made the comments at an informal meeting with the staff of Treasure Island Resort last Friday (29 August 2008).
The Attorney-General clarified any misconceptions about the draft People’s Charter that were asked by the employees of the island Resort.
In relation to the common name proposed by the draft People’s Charter, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum clarified to the staff that by having a common name, it did not mean that the indigenous people were going to lose their identity and their land.
“You will still be the i taukei, you will not lose anything. If anything the Government wants to empower the indigenous people,” the Attorney-General said.
“Having a common name creates nationhood and it will stop politicians from creating divisions.”
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum cited as an example of the great rugby legend and Australian, David Campese whose family were Italians and had migrated to Australia. The Attorney-General said David Campese was born in Australia and was and is known as an Australian.
He added whenever David Campese played for Australia, he was always known as an Australian.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the same concept applied with international golfer, Vijay Singh.
“Whenever Vijay Singh plays golf, he is always referred to as Fijian golfer.”
Amongst questions raised at the meeting included: the archaic laws that dealt with native land; the proposed voting of 18years recommended by the Draft People’s Charter; having the National Anthem translated to the three major languages in Fiji and; what the minimum wage was.
A Director for Treasure Island Limited, Mr Ponipate Turuva said he appreciated the clarifications made by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.
Mr Turuva added that such an opportunity to meet and speak with Mr Sayed-Khaiyum enabled the staff to hear first-hand information and explanations from a senior member of government, instead of hearing it from other people and mediums after they made their own interpretations.
I say it’s a good chance for all to take the opportunity to bitch slap him mada vaka vinaka!