Government to review flag process if necessary
June 20, 2015 8:45 pm
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the public reaction to the 23 flag designs that have been put out hasn’t been entirely positive.
Speaking at the opening of a new multipurpose court in Raiwai, Suva Bainimarama says many Fijians don’t object to the flag being changed but want a design they like.
Bainimarama says that a lot of Fijians are now getting engaged and suggesting new ideas, only after the designs have been put out.
“In our vakamalua attitude to most things, it sometimes takes us Fijians a while to get involved but now that is happening. And that is good. I welcome this debate about the designs, the criticism of designs as well as the positive responses that have come in. I can assure you that as a Government, we don’t intend to cut corners and we certainly intend to listen to the new suggestions. As we have said before none of the current designs are locked in stone. And if necessary, we will review the current process to get the right result."
Fijians have been urged to give their feedbacks on the current designs, suggest new designs and join the crusade to find a national symbol Fijians can all identify with – a design that speaks to the experience of being a Fijian now and in the future.