Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Life the Public Emergency Regulations Act

The Interim Government should lift the Public Emergency Regulations Act immediately.
 
The Public Emergency Regulations Act was re-imposed after Laisenia Qarase returned to Suva from his 9 month long stay in Lau. The military responded to his return by imposing the PER.
 
This seems to have been a knee -jerk reaction that has caused more harm than good, similar to the deportation of former NZ Ambassador to Fiji, Michael Green.
 
What the IG needs, as Ministers travel the world trying to convince aid donors and tourists that normalcy has returned to Fiji, is back it up with concrete deeds. Just talk is not going to work.
 
Re-imposing the PER is not going to do any favors when discussing aid with the EU or discussing the visitor worker program with NZ. No tourist will be more likely to come to Fiji because of this backward step. 

Another pertinent point in this whole saga is that the decision to re-impose the PER was taken by the Security Council and not Cabinet!

3 comments:

Paula said...

I have been a long time reader of your blog...thank you for the balanced views that you put foward.

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Anonymous said...

Great blog..........thanks LF...NO DEATH THREATS HERE..ONLY FACTUAL REPORTING AND BALANCED TOO.

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