Government accuses the Labour party of lying to Fijians
Taken from/By: FBC Report by: Shanal Sivan
The Bainimarama government is accusing the Labour Party of incessantly lying to Fijians about the state of the national economy.
Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry recently claimed the present government is handling finances poorly and that Fiji’s economy only ever did well under a Labour- led government in 1999.
FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry claims his government’s economic performance in 1999/2000 was the best ever for Fiji.
Attorney general Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says this is another Chaudhry lie.
“Any first year economic student will tell you, that when you are calculating an economic growth rate, it depends on what you are using as the base. So if for example, you have one particular year when the economy has not done well, perhaps because of a cyclone or drought in fact which was the case in 1998, there was a downturn in agricultural output, if then there is growth if you compare that, then obviously the growth rate will look to be more lot higher”.
Sayed-Khaiyum says Chaudhry is making false claims as his party came to power only in March 1999.
“So almost four months had already past, so you cannot necessarily claim total credit, for what had actually happened, and you know this is the kind of lack of integrity in the analysis that many of these politicians, throw out in the public space. They just pick and choose what figures suits them”.
Chaudhry also claims the present government’s handling of finances is the most abysmal to date for Fiji.
But the government says Fiji has had only about three spurts of consistent economic growth….the first was in the early nineteen seventies following independence, then it was between 1992 and 1996, and again under the Bainimarama government over the past four years.
FBC news has made several attempts to interview Mahendra Chaudry. He says he is not ready for an interview yet. SSivan/rn