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No more Darth Vader in Parliament

The Opposition took issue at Attorney-General (AG) Aiyaz Saiyed-Khaiyum ‘Darth Vader’ reference in parliament today, with the AG agreeing not to use the term anymore. The Attorney-General had responded to continued interjections by Opposition during a debate on the Employment Bill, saying, “I can hear Darth Vader speaking again.” Opposition MP, Hon. Niko Nawaikula then […]

Calvin Prasad

February 10, 2016 10:40 am

The Opposition took issue at Attorney-General (AG) Aiyaz Saiyed-Khaiyum ‘Darth Vader’ reference in parliament today, with the AG agreeing not to use the term anymore.

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The Attorney-General had responded to continued interjections by Opposition during a debate on the Employment Bill, saying, “I can hear Darth Vader speaking again.”

Opposition MP, Hon. Niko Nawaikula then raised a point of order, calling for the AG to retract his statement.

The Speaker allowed the AG to respond, who replied, “I will refrain from saying Darth Vader again.”

Last year, the AG defended himself against accusations of racism following an outcry about his comments and gestures in parliament.

Hon. Tikoca had said the Attorney-General’s ape-like gesture was racist towards the i-Taukei.

In a statement, the AG said he was mimicking Darth Vadar from the Star Wars movie because of the rumbling and menacing tone of Ratu Tikoca’s interjections.

The AG added he had fought racism his entire life and the attacks were unjustified, cheap political shots.

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