Qarase pays tribute to Dr. Ahmed Ali
12 June 2005
PRIME Minister Laisenia Qarase said Fiji has
lost a devoted son with the death of Information Minister Dr
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
"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
"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
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.