FLP on A-G’s comments – ‘What on earth does he mean’

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Former prime minister and Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. Picture: FIJI TIMES ONLINE

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry labelled comments made by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum that Government will improve the working conditions of “teachers who aren’t politically motivated” as “absolutely silly”.

“What on earth does he mean by ‘those who aren’t politically motivated’ and how does he intend to carry out this policy,” the former prime minister asked.

“There is also an implied threat here to teachers who may have political leanings towards parties other than FijiFirst.

“A teacher, or anyone else for that matter, has a constitutional right to freedom of political choice.

“Any policy or practice based on political leanings will clearly be unconstitutional.”

Mr Chaudhry also said the A-G’s comments that teachers were leaving for better jobs abroad was “because they are being forced to do so”.

“The minister’s belated election promise to improve working conditions is akin to shutting the gate after the horse has bolted.”

Mr Chaudhry was referring to statements Mr Sayed-Khaiyum made on Saturday while opening a hall at Nalovo Sangam School in Nadi.

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