Friday, August 08, 2008

NCBBF’s common identity plagiarised

NCBBF’s common identity plagiarised

8/7/2008
One of the authors of the 1997 Constitution, Dr Brij Lal, says the National Council for Building a Better Fiji has plagiarised the idea of a common identity for the people of Fiji.
Dr Lal said he wanted the NCBBF to have the courage and the honesty to admit the idea was not theirs.
"I hope the people in the NCBBF will have the courage and the honesty to say they are plagiarising this idea," said Dr Lal.
"In fact the change of identity idea and having a common name for all was suggested and mooted by someone else."
He said the idea of a common 'Fijian' name for Fiji, with the indigenous people being called 'Taukei' was first mooted by the late AD Patel in the Legislative Council in August 1967.
"This was Mr A.D. Patel's idea and it was discussed in the Legislative Council in 1967 and here they are trying to take the credit for suggesting the idea," Dr Lal said.
He said the idea of a common identity was great for a lot of people and he for one applauded the idea.
But he said it was ironic that a handful of mostly non-indigenous Fijians in the NCBBF were telling the majority population who were indigenous Fijians what they should be called.
He said the whole thing wasn't a consultation any more, it was a dictation.
Dr Lal said the NCBBF was an unaccountable body spouting pious platitudes and motherhood statements.
Military should stay out of politics: Raivoce

8/7/2008
Former military officer and now head of Global Risk Security Colonel Sakiusa Raivoce says the military should concentrate on looking after the internal and external security of the nation and not try and poke its nose into political matters.
Colonel Raivoce was reacting to the call by the National Council for Building a Better Fiji to redefine the role of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and for the national security forces to be more engaged in Fiji's national development.
Colonel Raivoce said the RFMF Act was very clear and simple and the role of the military was limited to national security.
"Why are they trying to interfere with political matters?" he said.
"There is no point at all in extending the role that soldiers are already involved in.
"They should leave political matters and debate to the politicians and they stick to their role as defined in the Act and also within the Constitution." He said the military shouldn't concern itself with running the affairs of the nation because there were men and women chosen by the people to do that job.
"There are internal and external matters of security they should be concentrating on because that is there job," he said.
"The recommendation must be strongly condemned by all law abiding citizens of Fiji."
He said the decision taken by the NCBBF was a poor judgment and a poor quality of decision making.
The NCBBF calls for a national dialogue on the RFMF's role and also outlines a number of security roles which the military should undertake.
The NCBBF has also proposed that the National Security Council expand its membership to incorporate wider representation.
"I hope that the people of Fiji will carefully scrutinise its pronouncements because the future of the country is at stake," he said.

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