FrankFirst lies exposed

Bainimarama has accused rivals of running scare campaigns about land and muslimisation but he knows FrankFirst has been running its own scare campaign on qoliqoli, claiming it means people would be denied access to beaches or fishing spots. SODELPA candidate, Nirmal Singh, has refuted these claims in the strongest terms, explaining that under the practice of the Bainimarama government a fisherman has to produce a letter of consent from the qoliqoli owner before the Fisheries Dept will issue a licence. “And to obtain a letter of consent you have to pay goodwill to the qoliqoli owner”. All the qoliqoli bills does, says Nirmal Singh, is regularise this by recognizing traditional rights formally. It will not deny individuals access to beaches.

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