US couple’s death in Fiji: NFP says handling of this case has been a PR disaster

Professor Biman Prasad outside Parliament. Picture: ATU RASEA

NATIONAL Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad claims government’s handling of the mysterious death of the USA couple has been a public relations disaster.

Prof Prasad claimed Government’s public utterances on the tragedy created a public perception, especially in the minds of the couple’s families in USA that Government was devoid of any compassion and humanitarianism.

“Almost two months after the couple’s death, Government finally informed the couple’s families last week that their bodies would be repatriated,” Prof Prasad said.

“This is after saying that they were going to cremate the husband as his body was rapidly decomposing.

“This is despite the fact that their bodies were embalmed and ready to be repatriated.

“Undoubtedly, this has been a huge public relations disaster and will impact the tourism industry, particularly visitor numbers from the United States.

“Once again, government’s taxpayers funded Qorvis Communications, which has received millions of dollars over the past years, has failed to prevent this colossal failure,” Prof Prasad claimed.

When contacted for a comment yesterday, Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said he would not respond to the NFP leader’s statement.

“No, I won’t respond to it. That’s his statement, he made a statement so he’s made a statement,” he said.

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