The Fiji Labour Party is deeply saddened by the sudden death of its MP and Party stalwart Mohammed Latif Subedar, Member for the Labasa Rural Indian Communal constituency.
Mr Subedar, 61, died at 8pm Friday in Labasa, ending a long struggle with a heart ailment and was buried in Labasa Saturday afternoon.
Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry who flew in to Labasa with deputy leader Krishna Datt to attend the funeral, said Mr. Subedar’s passing away was an irreplaceable loss to the Party.
“He was a strong and committed Party activist who was very popular with his constituents. Mr. Subedar had also been a staunch executive and supporter of the National Farmers Union.
“My association with Latif Subedar goes back many years to when he was an executive officer with the Ministry of Agriculture in Labasa. Over the years, I came to respect his devotion to duty, his sense of responsibility and deep religious convictions.
“He was a fellow hostage with me when we were held together in Parliament by terrorists. I admired his stoicism, his courage and commitment to his religious faith during this time of crisis.
“In the two months we were held prisoners, Latif never missed carrying out his religious observations. He was a constant source of courage and inspiration to us,” Mr. Chaudhry said.
Latif Subedar joined politics on his retirement from the civil service in 1992. His last posting was as executive officer in the Attorney General’s Chambers and as Divisional Registrar Northern.
He was elected to the Sugar Cane Growers Council in the first ever elections held in 1985 and served as councillor till 1992.
In 1992 he entered Parliament as Labour Member for the Macuata East Communal Constituency. He lost narrowly in 1994 and became an executive officer of the National Farmers Union but was re-elected to Parliament in 1999 and 2001 as Member for the Labasa Rural Indian Communal seat.
He was made a JP in 1996 and served as executive officer of the Labasa branch of the Fiji Public Service Association from 1989-1992. Mr. Subedar served on several school boards and committees, was a vice president of the Macuata Muslim League and president of the Coqeloa Muslim League. He was manager and coordinator of the Coqeloa Jainari Multi racial youth club and in 1992 served as vice president of the Labasa Soccer Association.
FLP extends its deepest condolences to Mrs Subedar and her family.