SDL Party Official Media Release
The illegal regime's apologist Graham Davis has worked himself into frenzy about what he thinks is the SDL Party’s official submission to the Yash Ghai Constitution Commission.
But that is typical of the likes of him shooting from afar pretending to be an expert on matters that are uniquely Fijian in nature.
Despite efforts by the SDL to clarify and correct the erroneous assumptions that the submissions made by individual party supporters are not necessarily those of the SDL as a party representing all the people of Fiji, Mr. Davis continues to ignore basic facts.
But that is no surprise considering that he is a well known apologist of the Bainimarama regime.
But be that as it may, let him be assured that the documents he referred too and not the party submission to the Commission.
The SDL Party submission is yet to be completed and indeed yet to be presented.
It will be ready to place before the Commission in late September or early October after consultations with our members.
So Mr. Davis will have to lick his wounds and contain his curiosity until then.
He can be rest assured that Party President Mr. Solomone Naivalu did not lead a team to present the document that has made Mr. Davis so agitated.
It is not denied that Mr. Naivalu was indeed present at the opening of the session when the document or rather the SDL supporters made their presentation. He was there to observe how Professor Yash Ghai conducts the public submissions. No more no less. Any responsible party President would have done the same.
Mr. Davis, an absentee commentator, is nothing but an arm chair critic whose views on political feelings in Fiji are obnoxious to the people making Fiji their home.
He is oblivious to the feelings of the people of Fiji and obviously harbors intense hatred for the SDL Party and its followers. He equates party ideology and its membership as indigenous racist.
The matter is far from the truth. In fact it is part of Fiji’s political mainstream. It won two elections back to back signifying that it is a PARTY THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
Perhaps Mr. Davis should educate himself about the party’s ideologies.
If he were well-informed he would have easily deduced that the SDL membership has always been multiracial.
In the 2006 general election the SDL fielded a multi-racial slate of candidates and won the election under the proviso of peace, multiracial harmony and prosperity.
Our Party Leader Mr. Laisenia Qarase, who has now been imprisoned, said in the 2006 manifesto that he hoped the election of that year would open the way for multiracial government by parties with shared ideals and a positive approach to nation building.
When the Bainimarama coup took place, Mr. Qarase was leading a broadly respected multi-party cabinet.
However, the SDL is motivated by the ideals and principles of Christianity but at the same time is not oblivious to the religious beliefs of other ethnic communities in Fiji.
It might be fruitful than for Mr. Davis to be balanced and objective for a change.
Mr. Solomone Naivalu