7 Dec 2005

Fiji MP reports government minister to police

11:23 am on 7 December 2005

The Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, has reported the minister for labour, Kenneth Zinck, to the police over remarks he made on TV.

The remarks were made after it was reported that the Labour Party and Mick Beddoes' United People's Party had entered into an agreement to share preferences in next year's general election.

Mr Zinck then said that "A vote for Mick Beddoes is a vote for Mahendra Chaudhry is a vote for instability."

The Fiji Sun quotes Mr Chaudhry as saying that the statement by Mr Zinck is "a clear indication of plans by him and some in the SDL government to resort to illegal methods to dishonour the mandate of the electorate should the SDL not win next year's general election."

Mr Chaudhry says "such comments as made by Mr Zinck are clearly inflammatory and designed to incite racial turmoil."

He says it is imperative that racially inflammatory comments be fully investigated and appropriate charges laid when warranted.