Friday, December 21, 2007

Ethno-Nationalism Will Be Removed

Sai's Comment:

  • This comment typifies the monumental naivety of the interim Fiji Prime Minister to think that erdicating ethno-nationalism is a realistic public policy goal. He ought to know, and clearly he doesn't, that what is involved here is all tied up with values, linked to peoples view of the world. Value- laden issues cannot be addressed through mainstream alignment of peoples' perception of each other because it assumes uniformity of world views, acculturation processes and experiences. It is a waste of time and effort!. You're better off acknowledging differences and diversity as a reality then tailoring policy responses. This is what "Affirmative Acton" policies are about.
  • Then again, the interim PM, is not one blessed with this understanding and knowledge to appreciate this. The sooner those who have it get back to running Government in Fiji the better it will be.

The Interim Prime Minister has stressed that the military will push ahead in its mission to ensure that ethno-nationalism is eradicated in Fiji.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama said the RFMF has to ensure this time that the next government does not come back with policies that benefit the elite from one race.

He said his mission is also to ensure that everyone who was born here and has contributed to the nation has a sense of belonging when they live in the country.

Bainimarama said this could not be done after Qarase was appointed after the 2000 coup.

Commodore Bainimarama also said that Fiji has had enough problems and his main concern over the past few years was that the Qarase government had started implementing the policies which were proposed by George Speight and his group back in 2000.

Meanwhile, the ousted Prime Minister has stressed that Fiji does not need a People's Charter to achieve true democracy.

Laisenia Qarase said the SDL's stand is clear that it will not be part of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji

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