Rabuka: PM and A-G have failed to create a happy nation

People's Alliance party leader Stiveni Rabuka. Picture: File

The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka says it is the epitome of self-deception that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum convince themselves they are doing marvels for the people – and all is well – while surrounding themselves with bodyguards.

At a news conference yesterday, he questioned the need for the PM and A-G to be consistently ringed by bodyguards, and asked, “who is fearful of whom”.

“It is impossible for them to admit that fear does exist as it would show that they have failed to create a happy nation,” Mr Rabuka said.

“They have shown that they have created an unhappy nation by having too many people guarding around them.”

He also claimed that throughout the country there was a perception that the government was to be feared.

Mr Rabuka claimed “so many things they have said and done have driven people to fear them”.

He claimed the origin of fear went back to numerous publicised incidents and utterances, including when Mr Bainimarama threatened to withhold development funds to an area that did not support him in the 2018 election.

“He seems to have overcome that urge now because it is getting too close to elections and he wants everyone to be on their side. That’s why we see these giveaway and high-profile developments being carried out just before elections.”

Mr Rabuka said the people had not forgotten the PM’s threatening attitude as it made citizens cautious about speaking out as they feared the repercussions.

“For many the safest approach is to hide their true feelings and shower the PM and his minister with praise.”

Mr Rabuka said that it would be natural for people to fear speaking out against the government as he claimed even members of Parliament were taken in for questioning for opposing Bill 17 when it was tabled in Parliament.

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