7 Dec 2005

Fiji cane growers chide Senator Singh's India deal fee bid

3:47 pm on 7 December 2005

The Fiji Sugar Cane Growers Council has attacked Labour Party senator Anand Singh over his claim that he should be paid for his role in brokering the 52-million US dollar sugar industry reform deal with India.

The Fiji Sun quotes the Council chief executive, Jaganath Sami, as saying Senator Singh has no right to be paid and has warned what he called "vultures" against exploiting the sugar industry.

Mr Sami says the Council does not believe Anand Singh has any legal standing in his claim.

He says the question Mr Singh is not answering is who invited him to go to India to make deals with industrialists he has referred to.

Mr Sami says he does not believe the threat of legal action by Anand Singh can derail the reform process.

He says it is obvious that some people jumped on the reform bandwagon to make easy money.