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Racial discrimination worries me: Bainimarama

September 13, 2014 8:07 pm

FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama says for him and his party, removing racial discrimination is the biggest challenge facing Fiji.

Speaking on FBCTV’s 4 The Record, Bainimarama says social issues, development and growth are all being addressed, however racial discrimination is hard to remove.

He adds the 2013 Constitution was to be the answer, but there is resistance.

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“We keep saying there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. We thought the Constitution was that light – apparently not because when we look back, the dark part of that tunnel is still there. The light didn’t really shine through. There are people who want to take us back to the dark days of 2000.”

The FijiFirst leader reveals that attempts to bring about equality in Fiji are being thwarted, because people are easily manipulated.

“This is a thorn in our side that we need to get rid of. Racial discrimination is going to be our down-fall. If people, especially politicians keep using it, they’ll keep lying to the people. That’s how deep politicians have placed racial discrimination into people. Get rid of it, and we’re home free.”

Bainimarama also says the FijiFirst campaign has been focusing on removing misconceptions about common identity and equal citizenry.

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