Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Fijians' Coup Perception

Revisit Fijians view on coup: Ratu Joni
Monday October 01, 2007

Former Fiji Vice-President Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi
Former Fiji Vice-President Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi says the perception of indigenous Fijians that the December 5, 2006 coup was an Indo-Fijian coup needs to be revisited.

Speaking at the Fiji Indigenous Business Council annual general meeting in Suva on Saturday, Ratu Joni said indigenous Fijians felt that the coup was unfair and unjust.

"Much has been remarked about the increase in tensions between Fijians and Indo-Fijians since the December 5, 2006 takeover. I have observed elsewhere that it was perceived by many Fijians as an Indo-Fijian coup," he said.

"This has been reinforced by the presence of Mr (Mahendra) Chaudhry in Cabinet and the appointment of several Indo-Fijians to senior positions in the public service and to various boards."

"But we need to re-examine these perceptions. There is no secret plot to oust Fijians from their positions."

Ratu Joni added that while the aims of the military coincided with that of various individuals and groups it was however unfair to hold the whole Indian community accountable.

Ratu Joni also told FIBC members that Fijians were aggrieved and hurt by the actions of the military which seemed to be oppressing them.

He said many were bitter about and resentful towards the military.

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