Publish date/time: 04/06/2008
Ousted prime minister and leader of the Soqosoqo Duavata Ni Lewenivanua (SDL) party Laisenia Qarase stressed that policies like the Qoliqoli and Indigenous Claims Tribunal bills are not racist and he still aims to implement them when they come back into power.
Qarase said the proposed legislations are necessary for the protection of the resources of the indigenous Fijians and there is nothing racist about it.
Although the military has stressed that the bills dealing with the Qoliqoli and Indigenous Claims Tribunal were racist policies, Qarase said there is nothing wrong with the proposed legislations.
Qarase is hoping the SDL will return to power as he has a passion for the protection of indigenous Fijian rights and property and he has unfinished business to complete. However, he stressed that the protection of indigenous Fijian rights does not mean that the other communities will be ignored as their rights will also be protected.