A-G attacks Rabuka, NFP leader

Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka exits parliament after the Budget Debate in Suva. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum accused Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka of being “intellectually dishonest” and National Federation Party (NFP) leader Prof Biman Prasad of being unprincipled while speaking in Parliament yesterday.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s comments to Prof Prasad were made in relation to an email produced by NFP president Pio Tikoduadua in Parliament on Wednesday which allegedly referred to a communication between Mr Sayed-Khaiyum and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama about economic growth figures in the lead-up to the 2014 General Election.

“We must have principles, we must have values, there’s certain boundaries, there’s certain lines you do not cross, you must not come to this Parliament,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“When you come to Parliament, don’t feign empathy for the poor, don’t feign patriotism, intellectual input credibility, by producing some email that if he did not read the full content of, they’ve already put on their Facebook page.

“He did not actually put up all the other emails.

“Did they read the full content? And this is a professor, professing these kinds of things.”

In his attack on the Opposition Leader, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum cited Mr Rabuka’s critique and then use of Reserve Bank of Fiji data.

“In one breath honourable Sitiveni Rabuka criticises the RBF but in the next sentence, very hurriedly uses their figures to actually back up his own argument.

“What kind of contradiction is this, it’s a paradoxical approach, intellectually dishonest.

“This is the level of debate that we actually have in Parliament.”

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