Adi Litia Cakobau’s insensitive remarks

  • 2nd July 2004
  • 2004
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The Fiji Labour Party strongly condemns the divisive and xenophobic motion titled “What’s in a name – Fijian”, in the Senate, which was moved by Senator Adi Litia Cakobau. As a mover of the motion is a government nominee, the Fiji Labour Party calls on the government to declare its position on such a racially prejudiced statement.

Senator Adi Litia Cakobau’s motion opposed the use of the word “Indo-Fijians” claiming it was too sensitive and “Indians are Indians”, and they should not criminalize the use of the word, “Fijian” which only belongs to the Fijian race. She also made the point that the invasion of “Fijians” by other races especially the Indians should de made a criminal offence.

Does Fiji need this kind of ‘leadership’ (coming from the highest office of the land) in our peace-loving nation?

By the government’s silence, it stands to be branded as agreeing to such discordant and bigoted utterances. Where is the spirit of reconciliation and unity it claims to be building at this time?

Many rightful thinking people of our land are appreciative of the tremendous contribution our Indo- Fijian brothers and sisters have made in the building of our nation. Indo-Fijians are our largest tax-payers over the years and through these revenue Fiji has become the most developed nation when compared to the other Pacific Islands.

A better use of taxpayer’s money in the highest office of the land, would have been to introduce sensible and practical motions that directly affects the lives of people who are still suffering today such as the victims of the floods in Tailevu and Ra.

It is clear that the intention and the timing of such motion is to coincide with the court cases of the Vice President and other Fijian leaders and basically to incite and inflame “race” as the issue.

The Fiji Labour Party calls upon Senator Adi Litia Cakobau to apologise for her insensitive remarks.

Jokapeci Koroi