Racial stereotyping whether by government or opposition is unacceptable - Raj

Racial stereotyping whether by government or opposition is unacceptable - Raj

By Rashika Kumar
Saturday 22/02/2020

Ashwin Raj, the Director of Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission says racial stereotyping is unacceptable and it is an anathema to the constitutional values of common and equal citizenry regardless of whether it is used by government or opposition.

Government Whip Alvick Maharaj had earlier said in parliament that the National Federation Party leader is a puppet to SODELPA and two National Federation Party parliamentarians.

The Party President, Pio Tikoduadua had responded yesterday by saying that when Maharaj made those comments he was saying that since he(Tikoduadua) and the Lenora Qereqeretabua are indigenous Fijians, they dictate to the leader, an Indo-Fijian, to support anything done by SODELPA, whose members are indigenous Fijians.

He adds that this is racism at its worst.

He also says that racially insulting an MP is also not racism to Raj.

He says Raj is quick to label opposition MPs of racism for even asking Government to release data based on ethnicity.

Raj says the comment by Maharaj may be construed to be disparaging if someone is being referred to as a “puppet”, an expression which is readily invoked in politics, but certainly not racist because in his speech, Maharaj makes no reference to race or ethnicity in relation to the NFP.

He says clearly, the NFP has decided to do an overdetermined analysis of a speech that makes no pejorative reference to race or ethnicity.  

Raj adds that he refuses to be embroiled in this retrogressive conversation with Tikoduadua.

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Economy continues to perform well, headline inflation at 4% in Oct – RBF
Despite the slowdown in the global economy, the Reserve Bank of Fiji states that the Fijian economy continues to perform well and is projected to grow...
7 hours ago
Environment Dept looks into rubbish being illegally dumped in Wailoku
The Department of Environment is looking into a case where rubbish is being dumped by a group of people in an empty plot in Wailoku. In videos ...
7 hours ago

Demand for labour continues to rise in Fiji – RBF
The demand for labour continues to rise, reflective of the rebounding economic activity coupled with higher labour emigration according to the ...
7 hours ago

9 students acknowledged by Sanatan Fiji for scoring highest mark in Hindi
It was a historic day for 9 students of Visama Sanatan Primary School, Ba Sanatan College, Pundit Shreedhar Maharaj College and Chauhan Memorial ...
8 hours ago

FDB raises $10,000 for Fiji Cancer Society
The Fiji Cancer Society has received a boost in their work to assist people battling cancer as the Fiji Development Bank presented them with a cheque ...
10 hours ago

Acting DPP will not be the prosecutor in Bainimarama and Qiliho's appeal matter
Acting DPP John Rabuku has informed the court that he will not be prosecuting the matter where he has filed and appealed against the former Prime ...
12 hours ago
PM’s motion passed to reduce overseas travel allowances for the PM, Ministers, Assistant Ministers, Leader of Opposition and MPs
Parliament has passed the Prime Minister’s motion to reduce the rates payable for overseas travelling allowances for the Prime Minister, Cabinet ...
12 days ago

CEO of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission, Joel Abraham appears on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan
CEO of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission, Joel Abraham appears on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay ...
18 days ago

HIV infections in Fiji increased 260% since 2010, making Fiji the second fastest-growing epidemic in the Asia Pacific region
Speaker of Parliament and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for the Pacific Region, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says according to the Global AIDS Monitoring Report, Fiji is in the top 5 countries of rising new HIV infections in the Asia Pacific region amongst the 15 t
23 days ago