Labour rejects FCCC and Prof. Prasad's claims

Labour rejects FCCC and Prof. Prasad's claims

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Friday 04/08/2023
FLP Leader Mahendra Chaudhry

The Fiji Labour Party has rejected the Finance Minister and the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission that it posted incorrect information regarding price increases on its Facebook page.

In a statement, FLP Leader Mahendra Chaudhry says the matter involves an FLP post on 21st April this year at a time when the Chair of the Financial Review Committee was advocating that the zero rating on basic food and other household items be removed and these be subject to 15 percent VAT.

He says FLP was concerned at the severe impact of such an increase on the pockets of poor and low income families.

Chaudhry says they posted a comparative table showing the impact of a 15 percent increase on these basic items using prices prevalent as at 21st April, 2023. He says no one had objected to the post then and questions so why bring it up now more than 3 months later. The FLP Leader says they stand by the prices quoted on their post.

Chaudhry says it is FCCC which has erred in comparing those prices with prices prevailing at 2nd August, 2023 and it did not take into account price fluctuations between 21st April and 2nd August, 2023.

He says they have written to FCCC drawing attention to their error and they expect them to correct the misinformation they have spread labelling their prices as fake as it is a serious allegation which they must correct it.

Earlier this week, the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission had confirmed that the list that is being circulated on social media that was created by the Fiji Labour Party is totally incorrect.

FCCC CEO Joel Abraham says they have sought clarification and have spoken to the FLP Party Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, and have also sent the Party a letter asking them to clarify their stance and position.

He says they note that the post of that price list was developed as a matter of trying to raise some awareness before the budget announcement.

He adds that some people are now taking that price list and in a deliberate attempt to spread misinformation, have circulated this, telling people that the government has increased the price.

The CEO says they have done an assessment, and after their on-site verification, the items on the FLP list should have a zero percentage increase.

Abraham is also calling on members of the public to get their information from trusted sources.

We have sent questions to FCCC and Pro Prasad on the statement by the Fiji Labour Party and they are yet to respond.

viber-image-2023-08-02-08-56-42-901

FEATURE NEWS
Restaurant/shop in Toorak closed after traces of rat faeces and presence of pests found inside
A restaurant/ shop in Toorak, Suva has been closed by the Health Inspectors from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Food Unit after it failed...
38 minutes ago
LATEST NEWS
Westpac grant recipient, Raina thrives at India University
Raina Ram who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science in Gujarat, India, is now on her final semester and recalls the moment that ...
4 minutes ago

Calls being made to include people aged 60 years in the social welfare allowance scheme
The government should look into including people aged 60 years in the social welfare allowance scheme in the upcoming National Budget to assist those ...
7 minutes ago

ODPP waits for police investigation file in amusement ride case
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is still waiting for the police investigation file in the case of the amusement ride incident that ...
1 hour ago

Catanasiga and Kotobalavu confirm their appearance on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan at 7pm tomorrow
Fiji Council of Social Services Executive Director Vani Catanasiga and Fiji Public Service Association General Secretary, Judith Kotobalavu have ...
3 hours ago

A woman, man and 13-year-old reported missing
Police are seeking assistance in locating 13-year-old Ashwariya Roselyn Kumar, 34-year-old Ashneel Narayan and 18-year-old Salanieta ...
4 hours ago



fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
yb
IN DEPTH
Crisis within FijiFirst relating to the termination of 17 MPs who voted for salary increases
A crisis has erupted within the FijiFirst party relating to the termination of 17 members of parliament who supported the government's motion to ...
4 days ago

Pre-Budget 2024-2025
Pre Budget 2024-2025 budget recommendations and an insight of what people on the ground wish to see in the National Budget
6 days ago

Sayed-Khaiyum case on alleged payment of Saneem's taxes without proper approval
It is alleged that between the 30th of June, 2022 and the 12th of July, 2022 in Suva, whilst being employed in the civil service as the Acting Prime ...
7 days ago

TOP