Qarase pays tribute to Dr. Ahmed Ali

Fiji Times, 12 June 2005

PRIME Minister Laisenia Qarase said Fiji has lost a devoted son with the death of Information Minister Dr Ahmed Ali.

He conveyed his condolences to Bessie Ali and her family on behalf of the Government and the people of Fiji.

Dr Ali passed away in Sydney on Thursday night after a short illness.

Mr Qarase said Dr Ali distinguished himself throughout his life as a person of outstanding intellect and scholarship.

"In his academic career, his scholarly research and writings showed his lifelong interest in promoting a better understanding of the complexities of Fiji's multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society.

"What was outstanding about him was that he had the courage and willingness to come forward to serve his homeland in Parliament, Cabinet and in Fiji's diplomatic service.

"In politics, he first served as a minister in Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara's government.

"When I approached him to join my Cabinet in the SDL/CAMV government, he had no hesitation about accepting because he saw it as another opportunity to serve Fiji."

He said Dr Ali wanted very much to do whatever he could to improve the lives of Fiji's citizens.

Dr Ali 'was a good citizen'

Fiji Times, Tuesday, June 14, 2005

THE late Doctor Ahmed Ali was a person whose loyalty never changed through thick or thin, says Senator Ratu George Cakobau.

In an emotional speech on behalf of the Great Council of Chiefs in Senate last week, he said Dr Ali was a good example for citizens.

"If only people could follow the example set by Dr Ali then Fiji would be a better country," he said.

Ratu George said Dr Ali was a true son of Fiji and was very loyal to his country.

He said members of the GCC missed him for his fatherly advice on political matters and his continuous striving to work for the betterment of the country.

Attorney-General Qoriniasi Bale said Dr Ali was a vigorous and articulate debater, blessed with a high intellect and deep-seated courage.

"He was from the old school of those who would differ vigorously with you, but be able to present his different views with dignity," he said. Mr Bale said the Government was indebted to Dr Ali for taking up an invitation to resume his political contribution by becoming the Prime Minister's nominee to the Senate.

Ratu George said his contributions were made with vigour, enthusiasm and profoundness.

His interest and passion in history and socio-developmental issues made him a valuable asset to discussions, he said.

A-G Qoriniasi Bale said the country had lost a son, man of faith and strong moral character, who epitomised the values of the country and the character of Fiji's people.

Senator Mohammed Afzal Khan said Dr Ali brought about changes in education and related matters with the Fiji Muslim League.

"He laid the foundation for the Islamic Institute of the South Pacific which has become one of successful institutions in the country and the region," he said.