“It is a well thought out, forward looking document that endeavours to redeem the pain and suffering inflicted on our people through 12 years of misrule and the anti-people policies of an insensitive government”: Chaudhry.
Labour’s 2018 Election Manifesto is driven by the Party’s motto to put the People First, said Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry at the launch of the manifesto in Suva this morning.
“It is a well thought out, forward looking document that endeavours to redeem the pain and suffering inflicted on our people through 12 years of misrule and the anti-people policies of an insensitive government,” said Mr Chaudhry.
“As a leader who has always put the interests of the people first, it pains me to acknowledge that our social conditions today are the worst they have ever been in the history of our nation,” he said.
Labour’s 2018 policy platform is also driven by the need to provide a rescue package for an ailing nation.
Mr Chaudhry said a robust and vibrant economy was an essential pre-requisite for any political party to deliver on its social package.
Labour’s 2018 manifesto therefore lays just as much emphasis on rebuilding a strong economy as it does on its social policies. The Party puts heavy emphasis on agricultural revival and the rehabilitation of our depressed rural sector.
Equally important, he said, was to create an enabling environment for growth and to restore the confidence of the people as well as the investors in Fiji’s future.
“Given the prevailing situation, manifestos and policy platforms of political parties can only be relevant if Fiji is able to return to genuine parliamentary democracy and the rule of law.
“This makes the upcoming polls the most crucial in our nation’s history. Our country today stands at the cross-roads – the choice we make will decide the future of our beloved nation.
“This election is therefore as much about restoring democracy and people’s rights, as it is about reviving the economy.
“Are we to move towards a prosperous, progressive society that protects human rights and fundamental freedoms of our people?
“Or will you vote for a party that will keep you shackled to the repressive rule of the past 12 years? Vote these people (Fiji First) back into power and it will be business as usual,” Mr Chaudhry said.
He said Labour was ready to take on a new challenge for a prosperous and stable Fiji where everyone gets their fair share.
We want to tackle the root causes of poverty by empowering our people so that you can live in dignity – earn fair wages, afford healthy nutritious food for your families, give your children a decent education and have access to affordable, quality health care.
We want to see that our workers are treated fairly, that they have security of employment and that their jobs and rights are fully protected. We want to substantially reduce the high unemployment rate among our youth.
We want a government that is transparent and accountable to the people. We want to rid the nation of corruption and nepotism.
We want Fiji to once again enjoy genuine democracy where the rights and freedoms of our people are fully protected and there is respect for human rights and the rule of law.