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Speak up to confront forces of division: AG

January 30, 2018 7:05 pm

Those seeking to divide the nation will not succeed.

This was highlighted by Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while reading out the Prime Minister’s statement at the talanoa session in Nakasi on the recent cases of desecration of temples.

Sayed-Khaiyum says there are still old forces in Fiji that want to drag people back by dividing Fijians along ethnic, religious and communal lines.

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Sayed-Khaiyum says the government of the day will not allow these to happen as all Fijians are united with a common purpose.

“Be wary of these people. People who think this way, people who remain silent in the face of division, will take us back to the days of 1987 and the days of 2000. Where race and religion was used to only bring some people power and, in the process, many people left Fiji, many people were discriminated against and we lagged behind in development.”

Sayed-Khaiyum says there are politicians, political parties and their supporters who either directly, publicly or privately add fuel to the fire of ethnicity and division.

“I know that opposition politicians, political parties and their supporters are keeping quiet when people speak in divisive ways. They should be openly condemning such behaviours. However, as we know, they like to divide people, because they see their political fortunes in a divided Fiji.”

Sayed-Khaiyum says all Fijians should condemn the divided way of thinking and speak up to confront forces of division.

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