‘Be vigilant’ – Chaudhry cautions State on borrowings

Former Prime Minister and Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FILE

Fiji should be very vigilant with borrowing from foreign countries, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. He made this comment during the party’s annual delegates conference in Lautoka over the weekend.

He said Fiji had started to lose its sovereignty to countries that were giving budget support finance.

He said borrowing too much money could have a lifelong impact on the generation of this nation.

“If we continue doing that, you become beholden to them and in the long run that is what happens.

“You become a client state of these people from whom you ask for favours.

“In a way, you lose your sovereignty to them and then you have to listen to what they tell you.”

Meanwhile, Mr Chaudhry said his party would contest the 2022 General Election.

He said they were aware of the challenges leading up to the election.

“We might have been out at times, down at times, but not out.

“We are making a comeback.

“We had our setbacks for reasons you probably know, and for every setback, there has to be a comeback.

“We are now organising at the grassroots level structures, it is taking its message to the people.

“We are making good progress despite the COVID-19 pandemic that put in a lot of restrictions.”

Questions were sent to Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

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