Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry says Voreqe Bainimarama’s attack on him in reference to a remark made by SODELPA’s Laisenia Qarase was totally unwarranted.
“First of all the statement alluded to by Mr Bainimarama were those of Mr. Qarase’s. Fiji Labour Party disassociates itself from any remarks that cast a slur or aspersions on any religion,” Mr Chaudhry said.
“FLP has always advocated religious freedom and tolerance and we want to keep Fiji that way. All religions teach the same values of love for one another, peace, harmony and tolerance. And in Fiji we have learnt to respect and accommodate each other’s religious freedom and practices,” he said.
Bainimarama’s remark, on the other hand, that Mr Qarase and I want to “take Fiji down” with us, is totally baseless. He has a habit of making generalized statements against former politicians without citing any shred of evidence or proof to support such allegations.
In fact, if anyone has brought Fiji “down” it is himself. His 8 years of misrule and repression, and his draconian decrees have taken a heavy toll on our country and people.
Look at the state of our nation today compared to the real progress made under just one year of governance by the Labour-led government in 1999/2000! Labour’s record of achievements remain unparalleled to this day.
He should learn from us.