National Federation Party Leader, Professor Biman Prasad says the attack by Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on non governmental organisation, Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises Development or FRIEND is shameful and disgraceful.
Prasad made this comment in Parliament after Sayed-Khaiyum had said that FRIEND is making a lot of political mileage for its work and is the only organisation that the Opposition keeps talking about.
Prasad says FRIEND is doing a lot of work for the people.
Sayed-Khaiyum had said in Parliament that there are several other faith-based organisations and NGOs that are doing their work quietly and do not go out and seek public attention and also do not get in touch with politicians.
He says there are many members of NGOs and civil society organisations that have given food ration packs to members of the public who they think needed it as they have not been working in areas like Nadi and Lautoka.
We are currently trying to get comments from FRIEND Director, Sashi Kiran.
Following comments made in Parliament, Fiji Labour Party Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry says Sayed Khaiyum’s attack on FRIEND, well known for its charitable works, is not only unwarranted but disgusting and shameful.
Chaudhry says FRIEND is not a political organisation and it’s work in promoting the welfare of the rural communities and assisting the needy, is much appreciated and admired by the people.
He says there are thousands out there who are grateful for the help they have received from FRIEND when the government failed to reach them.
Chaudhry says instead of being critical, Sayed-Khaiyum should have had the sense to acknowledge and thank FRIEND for their good work.
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