From Semi Meo
It is most heartening to learn this present Government’s timely response to the inhumane predicament of out overseas Indo-Fijian cousins; offering dual Citizenship and other incentives to encourage former Fiji Citizens to turn their heart towards home at such a time as this.
We could safely state, with due respect to former Governments, that no previous Government has ever addressed this issue. It has been only; good riddance and goodbye to Indo-Fijians as they, with deep regret, leaves our shores. Record shows the mass Indo-Fijian exodus in the 1987-2003 period.
We still sternly believe that our resolve to rebuild our economy should be the proud responsibility of all Fijians of Indo, Chino and all other backgrounds; the 1.2 million of us leaving in Fiji and overseas.
Let’s bring things to perspective; predicament of Foreign Indo-Fijians faces compared to “Taukeis”; Citizens of other Countries, prior to present Government migration and investment incentives.
1a.Overseas Indo-Fijian absolutely loses ALL Fiji Citizenship rights and privileges when taking on other citizenship.
1b.On the hand, “Taukeis” retains privileges as permanent member of respective Land owing unit enshrined in the “Vola ni Kawa Bula”.
2a.All Overseas Indo-Fijian investment portfolios back into Fiji are scrutinized and mandatorily required to comply with Foreign Investor policy requirements as any other foreigner to our soil. NO reprieve or concession given to overseas Indo-Fijian what so ever or their status considered when pursuing possible investment.
2b.Conversly, it is know that “Taukeis” may, without any retrain, invest personally, collectively (family unit) and corporately (vanua). Not surprised if some “Taukei” now invest in FHL and other local micro or macro enterprises. Notably, some overseas “Taukeis” are still eligible and even recipients of Native Land Lease monies.
3a.Obviously, All Overseas Indo-Fijians do not even think of taking up employment in Fiji.
3b.Many “taukei” are known to resume temporary or fulltime employment on their return to Fiji, taking for granted that they are still technically Fiji Citizen.
4a.Had opportunity provided overseas Indo-Fijians would prefer to be either cremated or buried in Fiji instead of in a foreign graveyard at the end of their respective ripe old age and most times with only handful of family members.
4b.Overseas ‘Taukei” universally accept that Fiji would be their final resting place at the end of their natural life, hence, offer relatives back home the opportunity for proper burial, mourning and closure.
As we speak, thousands of inquiries may have been received, not only from first generation former Fiji Citizens, but more so from our children who desire to re-connect with the land of their ancestors and are proud to be REALLY Fijians once again!!
These are the generations that may assist in our rebuilding process while other conspiracy theorist shouts from the sideline are muffled by their own guilt parade and rhetoric of nothingness.