A-G Hits Back At Anthony
As a trade unionist, the
had ‘actively engaged in lobbying’ against tourists
coming to Fiji
and JYOTI PRATIBHA
Questions are being raised on whether unemployment and the wellbeing of ordinary Fijians were on Felix Anthony’s mind when he actively lobbied against Fiji and national development during his trade union days.
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said comments and supposed concerns by the leader of People’s Democratic Party were ‘rich coming from a person’ who had actively engaged in lobbying against tourists coming to Fiji, among other things.
“This is rich, coming from a man who has been internationally going out to tell people not to trade with Fiji, to tell people not to travel to Fiji,” he said. Mr Anthony has said that the unemployment figures cited by the National Employment Centre are disappointing, excessive and unacceptable.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said: “He (Anthony) is at the moment sending out information to take out a certification that has been given to Fiji Pine/Tropik Wood.”
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the most recent lobbying against a Fiji Pine/Tropik Wood certification would not only deny the Fijian economy through stopping Fiji Pine/Tropik Wood from getting optimum prices but it would deny landowners who are shareholders from getting higher returns and bonuses.
“He’s a man trying to make people’s job insecure, make them lose their jobs and he is stopping job creations for ordinary Fijians,” he said
“Such actions by such trade unionists and politicians will affect the workers in the pine industry, the hotel industry, the manufacturing industry, and have an overall negative impact on employment rate in Fiji.
“It’s very, very rich coming from a person like that, who seems to be more concerned about trivial allegations but not focusing on the main issues, and these are the main issues.”
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has also questioned why some positions in trade unions vacated by such trade unionists have been filled in acting capacity and not permanently.
“Why are certain positions, for example in trade unions, from which some of these people have resigned from, people who have taken over these positions are now acting, is it because they have not really left, and want to still maintain control? And/or they want to keep their seats kept warm in case they do not win any seats in the upcoming elections?
“Unfortunately, all of this together with the very tangible attack on the jobs of ordinary Fijians demonstrates the hypocrisy of self serving politicians.”