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A tough reminder of the horrendous events from the 1987 Coup and the effects of playing the race card left the parliament in silence yesterday.

Acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum went to town with calling out the Opposition for playing dirty race politics yet again.

Sayed-Khaiyum reminded the house of the price that was paid for race and ethnic profiling in the past years.

“When the Government was held captive for fifty-four days in Veiuto. People in Muaniweni in Naitasiri, we attacked. People in Vanua Levu we also attacked. Women were raped and they had cassava shoved up their vagina. That is the kind of issue that was taking place. We had women in Vanua Levu – and you know what ethnic group they were – they were asked to strip naked and parade in front of people and go and cook over the fire – that is what happened Madam Speaker.”

Sayed-Khaiyum says those that choose to play the race card need to realize that circumstances does not see the difference between race, ethnicity or class.

“We had people trying to use traditional methods of trying to settle rape matters. Let’s do the Bulubulu – lot of this matters was swept under the carpet. A women who is raped – is a women who is raped. We are going to then do ethnic profiling of that – Prem Singh? A Child who is molested – are we going to do an ethnic profiling on that?

The Minister highlighted with Politicians preparing for the General Elections next year, it’s crucial they refrain from playing race politics.

“It’s important for all of us in this parliament. Please let’s go to the elections and talk about policies. You have a right to win – we have a right to win but as the President said please do so with dignity by telling the truth. Please do not focus on ethnicity. That has been the bane of our past. And whoever wins we must win it you know you won it fair, square and straight and not by doping the people of Fiji.”

Sayed-Khaiyum reminded the politicians if they continue to engrain ethnic profiling while campaigning for elections, the country will never progress.


[Information sourced from here]
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