2 Aug 2002

More calls for Fiji's women's affairs minister to be sacked

10:31 am on 2 August 2002

Calls are intensifying in Fiji for the sacking of the minister of women, Adi Asenaca Caucau, after her refusal to apologise for inflammatory remarks in parliament this week.

Ms Caucau said Indo-Fijians were like weeds taking up too much space, and that they could leave if they did noot like the country.

She then said her comments were truthful and supported by grassroots people, and that she was not a racist.

But the leader of the United General Party, Mick Beddoes, says misguided people who espouse racism and hatred while calling themselves Christian are unaware that they are possessed by the devil.

An activist of the Fiji Women's Rights Movement, Edwina Kotoisuva, says Ms Caucau's unchristian comments were made while talking about Christianity and God.

The Fiji Nursing Association has branded the minister childish, shallow and unprofessional and called for a public apology.

The prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, has refused to discipline Ms Caucau, saying it's up to the speaker of the house.