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No Muslim or Chinese takeover in Fiji: PM Bainimarama

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SUVA, Fiji – June 28, 2018: 11am (PACNEWS): Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has assured Fijians there will be no Muslim or Chinese takeover in Fiji.

PM Bainimarama made the assurance at the Ba Provincial council meeting at Viseisei village, Vuda on Wednesday.

“There is no chance of a Muslim takeover in Fiji. Less than 5 per cent of Fijians are Muslim so they are not in a position to take over either. And Fijian Muslims – like every other citizen – are an integral part of our nation. They not only belong but are greatly contributing to our nation’s development.  And that includes the AG, who more than anyone else, has delivered the unprecedented economic growth we are now enjoying,” PM Bainimarama said.

He also defended Fiji’s Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum saying he is a trusted partner and friend.

“I know more than anyone how hard he has worked with me over the past 12 years for our nation and the advancement of all our people. We are a team and a great team. And his religion and my religion have never influenced the way we do our jobs. We work closely together for the advancement of all Fijians, irrespective of religious affiliation or ethnicity. And that is how it should be and the results are there for all to see,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama also used the opportunity to attack the opposition parties calling them liars and accusing them of sowing division in the ethnically diverse Fiji.

“SODELPA and the NFP know all this is true. But they think the Fijian people are stupid enough to be hoodwinked. And if this is happening already, imagine the lies when the formal campaign for the coming election begins,” he told delegates at the meeting.

“Friends, you think after a while in this job that you have heard it all. But when I learnt about the re-emergence of communalism among Indo-Fijians – Hindus being pitted against Muslims, North Indians against South Indians –it made me angry and very determined to fight it.

“In the same way, it makes me angry that we see provincialism in the iTaukei community rearing its ugly head again, with talk along provincial lines and with parties picking candidates depending on which province they come from rather than what they can contribute to the nation as a whole. We have even seen people trying to pit Fijians against each other along the lines of different Christian denominations.

“See, this is the difference between the opposition and the FijiFirst government. While they lie and treat the Fijian people as fools, I have the greatest faith in the judgment and common sense of the Fijian people.  And I trust them to see through the lies and exercise their vote wisely. They can certainly see with their own eyes the progress we have made under this government.  And I know they will make the right choice when the election comes, not only for themselves but for our nation as a whole,” Mr Bainimarama explained.

He also reiterated there was no chance of Chinese takeover in Fiji.

“Let me set the record straight once and for all. There is no chance whatsoever of a Chinese takeover in Fiji,” he said.

“We owe China only 10.6 per cent of our total national debt and they are not in the position to take over anything.

“As we approach the election, I urge you to continue to show leadership in your communities by stressing the importance of unity and encouraging everyone to ignore the voices of division among us,” Mr Bainimarama added.

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