|ELECTIONS IN 2014? Absolutely says Khaiyum|
Khaiyum used the word 'absolutely' to reply to several of the questions by the presenter of the TV3 programme, The Nation, including the question of whether Fiji will definitely hold elections and will anyone who wants to stand be able to do so.
He also used the term 'restructuring' quite often defending the junta's track record with Frank Bainimarama at the helm saying the regime had reiterated several times free elections will take place in three years time, as it has always promised.
“We have said that now for three years in a row running, the 1 July strategic framework that was announced by the Prime Minister in 2009 clearly sets out the steps leading up to the 2014 elections," he told presenter Sean Plunket.
Khaiyum said critics, including New Zealand and Australia, haven’t even bothered to read the Roadmap.
“I think what the New Zealand media and New Zealand Government and anybody interested in knowing what Fiji is planning to do should look at the 1 July strategic framework and I bet you many of the people in the New Zealand Government including perhaps your foreign minister has not even read it."
He said Fiji was not interested in pleasing New Zealand saying the regime's priority was building a Fiji that would in the longterm serve Fijians.
Khaiyum also chose to use Germany's Nazi leader, Hitler, to defend the regime's continued efforts to bring equity to Fiji and the need to keep public emergency regulations in place. (Readers: remember his thesis?)
“Hitler came to power through elections. What a Government does after it’s elected also matters. Just because it’s been elected doesn’t mean you’ve crossed the path and are suddenly democratic. Is it more important to simply please you and the New Zealand Government or is it more important to ensure that we put in place structures that is for the long-term benefit of Fiji."
Listen to the TV3 interview between Sean Plunket and Aiyaz Sayed Khayium by going to the following link: