2022 General Election: Sayed-Khaiyum ‘misrepresenting truth’

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FILE

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has accused FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum of misrepresenting the truth by saying canefarmers received the lowest cane price when Mr Chaudhry was Prime Minister in 1999.

Mr Chaudhry was responding to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s comments in interviews with the Auckland-based station Radio Tarana.

“In fact, the cane payout of $81.79 in 1999 was the highest for that entire decade,” the FLP leader said.

“In comparison, 23 years later under the Bainimarama government, farmers are getting a minimum guaranteed price of just $85 per tonne.

“This is, in effect, only $3 per tonne more than what was paid under the Chaudhry government.

“If one were to look at inflationary trends and the astronomical increase in the cost of cultivation, harvesting and transport to farmers today, then in real terms the farmers are worse off 23 years later.

“The farmers are also much worse off today when one looks at the huge decline in the value of the Fiji dollar today compared to 1999.

“So certainly FijiFirst has nothing to boast about.”

Mr Chaudhry said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum in his interviews has been talking a lot of nonsense and misrepresenting the truth.

“He should cut out the dirty politics and personal attacks and start speaking on issues of concern to the people.”

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