25 Feb 2003

Fiji Opposition MP says inquiry needed into corruption laws

5:37 pm on 25 February 2003

The Fiji Labour Party has called for the setting up of a commission of inquiry to look into laws relating to bribery and corruption.

Labour MP Pratap Chand has told Parliament there is a need to maintain public confidence in the integrity of government and of commercial and business dealings.

As well, he says there is a need to establish a new body to deal with corruption and its prosecution, and to inquire into fraud and related matters.

Mr Chand says media reports have continuously highlighted scams and abuses in the private and public sector, including the Ministries of agriculture, public works and immigration.

He says these have run into hundreds of millions of dollars.

Mr Chand says those in office take advantage of their power, privileges and positions to gain for themselves and it is time their roles are scrutinised.