Lucky ducks, to be given a lovely new boat but of course the Kia Islanders do need such transport to get here and there. Kia is an island west of Mali Island and the people are mainly a fishing tribe. However there is a catch, giving gifts at this time from the regime is certainly a way to catch attention and obtain favour and maybe votes in the forthcoming election. The PM takes all the credit for the gift, but isn't that what government departments just do anyway! The boat might be free but there's the expense of petrol and the upkeep and repairs later on down the track. And where is the financial statement to show the Fiji people the cost of the gifts given throughout the countryside? The next generation will have to repay the loans from China of course.
From the Fiji Times today: