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SUVA – Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama appeared not moved by the Opposition’s rejection to the funding allocation provided by parliament to political parties’ saying they needed to turn their attention away from themselves and concentrate on addressing the needs of the ordinary people.

Bainimarama said since the start of the year the Opposition has been at it about “how hard done by they are in terms of the money they are getting for themselves.”

The Opposition has rejected the funding arrangement, which allocated $15,000 per MP per annum and support staff have been given notice.

But, Bainimarama said the Opposition needed to start thinking about the best way to deliver and serve.

He said he would welcome constructive suggestions from the opposition about how the government could serve the Fijian people better.

“I ask the opposition to rise above petty politics and personalising issues and help the Government address the great issues of our time – how to improve our economy, attract investment, create jobs and generate the prosperity upon which the future of every Fijian depends.”