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Procedures were not followed, claims Chaudhry

Former Prime Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry says parliamentary procedures were not followed in the rush to put a motion through on the highly controversial pay rise.

In a statement, Chaudhry said salaries, allowances and other benefits of parliamentarians, the Speaker and the President cannot be altered except by way of an amendment to the Parliamentary Remunerations Act – Section 80 of the 2013 Constitution.

“The Lynda Tabuya motion passed by MPs last Friday is not sufficient authority to implement the much-condemned recommendations of the Tabuya committee report,” said Chaudhry.

“It was also highly improper of Tabuya, being a Minister, to have moved the motion without the report being first discussed and endorsed by Cabinet.”

Chaudhry said the fact that the Prime Minister did not intervene to put matters right shows a pathetic lack of discipline within his Party and his Coalition partners.

“It was sheer greed that ultimately won the day for the self-serving MPs who voted for it. The mounting problems of our nation cannot be solved with such selfish people at the helm.”

He said the outpouring of public disgust and anger at this most recent display of the greed and self-interest that drives those at the helm of our nation is fully justified.

“It is a shameful and immoral act coming at a time when the nation is going through a serious financial crisis and the economy is flagging.”

“The MPs have shown sheer insensitivity and open contempt for the cry of our poor families who struggle every day to put a decent meal on the table for their children, made worse after the imposition of a 15% VAT on most goods and services.”

He added that the stance taken by Government is also a slap on the face of our elderly citizens who have been crying for justice for the wrong inflicted on them in 2012 when their FNPF pensions were arbitrarily and unlawfully slashed by 50 per cent, creating much hardship.

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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