August 08, 2012 05:06:14 Pm
Fiji businesswoman and Soqosoqo Duavata Ni Lewenivanua (SDL) party member Mere Samisoni today presented her submission to the Constitution Commission, but not as a political party member but as a businesswoman.
Speaking to the commission in Lami, the Hot Bread Kitchen owner called for the removal of the Price Control Decree saying it has affected her business which has forced the closure of some of her outlets.
“We had to close down three shops and this means 30 people, people unemployed and the impact of that with the wages and the people in school and so forth,” said Samisoni.
Samisoni said there is too much power and too many legislations and the Price Control Decree should be removed.
She said small businesses in Fiji should be allowed to have the freedom of choice and they should be allowed to grow on their own.
“We should have some price control but not too much,” she said.
“We should be spending more time in productivity and serving our customers but with the regimes heavy handed intervention we are spending more time in compliance issues,” she said.
Samisoni’s submission was among 18 received today by the commission from people living in Lami and nearby areas.
Commission member Peni Moore told FijiLive that there has been a continued request for Fiji to become a Christian state because there is a lack of understanding about what circular statues mean.
“Circular statues are still coming out in submissions as people do not understand what it means, they do not understand that in the 1997 constitution we were a circular state so people are concerned that circular means no religion so there has been a continued request of a Christian state,” said Moore.
She said people have very diverse ideas and would return to make another submission upon hearing someone else’s submission.
The commission, she said is not concerned about the low turn-out and that they are happy people are coming forward to voice what they want included in the new constitution.
She also confirmed receiving submissions from the Methodist Church.
Submissions close on October 10.
By Mereani Gonedua