A Cautionary Note on Fiji Day 2012
Fiji Day address.
Fiji can indeed have an exciting future but only if its people act out the dream of strengthening the unity of its citizens. There are, thankfully, growing signs of respect for what the Prime Minister calls "all the strands of its many cultures, traditions and history" and an acceptance that "common and equal citizenry is the only foundation upon which a modern and democratic Fiji can rest."
But Fiji is not quite there, Prime Minister. You are right, though, in urging all citizens to commit themselves to leaving behind a better Fiji for all their children, and "reflect on what the country that we all call home means to us, our friends and our families."
It is also a day, as you say,"where all should join hands and commemorate the things that bind the people" for the "people have never abandoned the dream to achieve the goals and build a strong nation."
But it is still too early to celebrate with abandon, Prime Minister. Fiji, as others have said, is still a work in progress.
If all the people, including the Government and its opponents, resolve on this Fiji Day to work more on their common heritage and destiny —and somewhat less on their differences— next year or the year after, the dream may have become a reality, and then there will be cause to really celebrate.