Friday, May 15, 2009

Praise Be for Rev Lasaro's Courage and Love for Fiji

Fiji Police Director Operations Waisea Tabakau should do himself a favor and arrest Frank & Co. for destabilising Fiji in every sense of the word. Tabakau himself should come out clean and admit that he doesn’t agree with the public emergency bull crap shoved down his throat. Go on Tabakau, show what you are really worth by arresting Frank and his goons!
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A tribute to Rev Lasaro’s courage
May 14, 2009
By solivakasama.org
While most of Fiji enjoyed the comforts of sleep last night, the respected and elderly Rev Manasa Lasaro was languishing like a common criminal in a cold, dark cell at the Totogo Police Station in Suva, carrying his cross for the stance the Methodist Church had consistently taken for justice, the rule of law, and an early return to democracy as a means to alleviate the hardship and poverty now so prevalent in Fiji. As a leader in the Church, Rev Lasaro stands out for his dedication to God, his outspokenness, decisive action and control which he had used for the good of so many individuals, families, the Church, community and the nation. True, while being carried away with the nationalistic sentiments of 1987, his actions, like those of so many others were dictated by the pressures of those moments. However, the consistent position of the Methodist Church since December 2006 gives Fiji hope that most have learnt from the mistake of supporting coups and the poverty and despotic tyrants they produce.
Under current circumstances, while some have preferred appeasement and downplayed their prophetic responsibilities in the face of oppression and tyranny, Rev Lasaro had shown that regardless of personal consequences, obedience to God’s calling has to be reflected with instincts that are consistent with God’s will. With his responsibility for building a Christian nation, Rev Lasaro has been forthright and truly prophetic in pointing out to the Bainimarama junta the need to comply with the rule of law, the April 09 ruling of the Appeals Court, and the importance of human dignity through the need to restore basic rights and freedoms. That he is now personally paying the price for the stance of the Methodist Church is a rallying point for others who will soon make their stand for peace, democracy and freedom of worship, human rights, and the rule of law in our nation. It spells doom for dictators, tyrants and their henchmen who have driven the nation to ruin and hung on to save their own skins.
God bless you Rev Lasaro and to God be the glory!
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May 14, 2009
Fiji’s interim government plans own TV channel

Fiji’s military rulers are planning to set up their own television channel to promote their aims and objectives. Radio New Zealand has obtained a leaked document which reveals Fiji’s interim government wants its own channel on Fiji TV and is also hoping to take over 12 pages of the Fiji Sun newspaper. Government spokesman Major Neumi Leweni says plenty of other countries control the news, so why not Fiji. He says they hope to have the new TV channel up and running next week. Fiji’s military regime has been deporting foreign journalists, arresting local reporters and censoring the news.
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A spokesperson for the Fiji military regime has confirmed one of two media outlets it approached for air time has agreed. Yesterday, Radio New Zealand revealed it had obtained a leaked document detailing the interim government’s plans to use Fiji Television and the Fiji Sun newspaper to promote what it calls “development programmes”. Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni says Fiji Television has agreed to allocate it a channel to allow it to have air time of up to seven hours a week. “It’s one of the paid channels, but when the government programme is on, it’ll be a free to air one.” Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni says discussions to acquire 12 pages of the Fiji Sun every week to promote its initiatives are continuing.
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Latest from juntawood is that methodist church reverend Manasa Lasaro is still in police custody in Suva. Sources say more methodist elders are expected to be taken in today for detention.
Meanwhile, it is said that police officers at Central Suva police station, where Lasaro is detained, have had continous prayer sessions with the reverend. They report that Lasaro is in very high spirit and has spent the whole time worshipping. He is said to have been locked up with a bible in hand.
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Financial disclosures obtained from the Australian Stock Exchange reveal that FHL was receiving a cool return on investment of around 35% from the 29% shares it held in Fosters.
The 29% Fosters shares, known as Carlton Brewery back then, was bought by FHL in 1988 for FJ$3.6million with the names of its two founding members Lyle Cupit and Sitiveni Weleilakeba marked off as FHL reps in that deal. ASX records clearly show that FHL received an average of more than $1million as dividend receipt every year since 1989 to May 2009. All up, FHL have made a phenomenal $60 million (includes capital gain) from their $3.6million investment – and that is what you call prudent investment by FHL’s ousted board and management. But all that has come tumbling down with FHL’s militarised board decision to liquidate its bluest of the blue chip stocks in Fosters.
If Sereana Qoro is to be believed, she had stated to the media that at certain times, part of their investments must be liquidated and re-invested elsewhere. Fine! But, Qoro should be reminded that cashing up and re-investing for the heck of it is disastraous if what you are investing in is a dead cow like BP South West Pacific. Qoro should explain to FHL shareholders where they will re-invest that Fosters share sale proceeds and what kind of return they should expect from it.
If it’s more than 35% return on investment beating the returns they were collecting from Fosters since 1988, then yes, liquidating the Fosters shares is justifiable. If not, then it means that Sereana Qoro and her FHL board have simply killed FHL’s cash cow to buy a dead one and they should be taken to task for it.
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One of Fiji’s strongest performing blue chip investment company, FHL is quickly turning into a poorly managed in-the-red fijian company. We have said many times before and we will say it again that Sereana Qoro’s proposal to the militarised FHL board that they buy-out the BP South West Pacific will be the catalyst for the demise of that Fijians in commerce flagship. That sale and purchase has been prolonged for yet another month and in that period, many key assumptions have changed like the devaluation of the Fiji dollar by 20% in early April. It’s like slapping another 20% interest on top of the interest rate FHL is negotiating with their fictitous offshore financier making their loan repayment out of Fiji more expensive. It also means that cost of imported fuel from Singapore to Fiji will be 20% more expensive than what it was pre devaluation. Yet, Sereana Qoro and her FHL board are still pushing ahead with what is already prescribed as a doomed deal. But of course they will see to it that the deal is concluded.
After all, they have already sunk in US$10million non-refundable deposit.
Retracting will expose them to an immediate litigous war with the shareholders who will most likely take all the FHL board members to task for failing to exercise their duty of care etc, etc.
The FHL board’s motive right now is not so much to produce healthy return on investment to their shareholders but to cover up their BP acquistion mistake by going ahead with their commercial suicide bid. They have failed to front up to their provincial council shareholders meetings and have given all sorts of excuses to avoid answering questions from their well educated shareholders – that in itself is a sign that the FHL Board and its CEO Sereana Qoro are up to no good!

Will believe it when it happens!
May 14, 2009
By ratuborogag
So the word is that the Methodist Church has planned a peaceful march through the streets of Suva.I want to see The Church get out there, peacefully or otherwise and lets see what happens. The irony of this whole thing is that a little over a quarter of a century ago during Rambo’s rise to fame it is the same church & community which was saying “we dont support the method but we support the cause”. 27 years on the players have either changed or aged but the script is the same albeit with passage of time the story line and pace of play & scenary has changed somewhat but the underlying storyline….riding the fast train to anarchy has not changed. It took 22 years for the Church and no doubt there is the toothless GCC hiding in its shadows to wake up to the fact that what is happening is in fact wrong. The Church & GCC are made up of lazy opportunist who quietly enjoyed under regimes when it suited them and are crying wolf when they’re on the receiving end.
To this pathetic group whom we call elders & leaders here is the scrip…..it is the same game the only difference is that you cannot play the race card anymore.You are a bunch of laughing stock who will now reap what you have sawn…you say there is a sense of resentment in my tone..you bet there is. It is because of you lot that I now sit on the sidelines and watch my beloved Fiji go to the dogs. I will be watching your play in the streets of Suva when & I seriously doubt if it happens.
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Release political prisoners and respect human rights
May 14, 2009
Press Release : Release Political Prisoners & Respect Human RightsYesterday morning at 10am Fiji Time, A newspaper reporter Theresa Rogaivau was arrested by Police Officers in what was claimed to be a breach on the Public Emergency Regulations code currently governing the Fiji Islands. Also during the day, an array of police officers arrested and currently hold in their custody a high profile Methodist Church minister Reverand Manasa Lasaro. Any chance of exercising their arbitrary rights have proven worthless in a nation where our security forces are almost blind to simple human courtesy and respect for human rights. Earlier in the week two Journalists from FijiLive a Internet based media outlet, were detained for running stories contravening the Public Emergency Regulation. There have been a large number of arrests lately aimed at political figures. Therefore these detainees are political prisoners. Questions to certain businesses in Suva have also revealed that they have been told to close down business at 5pm due to the named Regulation. The general public have been made to believe that there is no law but the PER and there is a suggestion that we do not our Human Rights. The country may be going through a constitutional crisis and there may seem to be no law, however we remind the people of Fiji that we all have our Human Rights. Even in Times of crisis authorities have to adhere to human rights principles that are universal and inalienable. No one can take away your God Given rights. With detainment’s happening around the country, we the YPCN are troubled by the lack of respect for human rights. Already there is no freedom of the media and we do not enjoy balanced and fair reporting, furthermore the media seems to only report on issues that paint positive images of the Interim Regime that is running the nation. Violations of Human Rights and productive viewpoints that go against the Regime are denied. Citizens who do not support the Coup are been detained and human rights of these individuals starined. Fiji exists today with a functioning legally based judiciary. The magistracy which have appointed under suspicious laws and civil servants hired by the regime to head integral departments of the civil service were dome without proper consultation and PSC bureaucratic procedures. 9 soldiers charged for the murder of a young man Sakuisa Rabaka and sentenced for four years imprisonment were released earlier this week after serving just over three weeks in prison. We live in a Fiji where our security forces do not have good people skills. Treating the citizens of Fiji with respect and decency is above all the right thing to do. Police officers must release all political prisoners and maintain a respect for the rule of law. The force stands danger of losing face and faith from the general public.
This administration that has taken control of Fiji’s Government must seriously adhere to Human Rights Principles and respect the people of this country. They show a considerable lack for appreciation and respect for the people of the country. Peace and Dialogue are the two most used metd we use ith htht in iji constructive means of solving this sad state of affairs and the regime must invest in ‘People Skills’ very soon. Violence and Anarchy will not help this nation move towards a sustainable future. The only answer is through peaceful means and nothing else.
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There are talks that Fiji’s tyrant, Frank Bainimrama, who only returned from Bali, Indonesia last Thursday is preparing to travel out of Fiji again. Is Frank running away from a planned peaceful show of resistance towards his junta by the Methodist Church followers? We won’t be surprised! But who is paying for the trip? Taxpayers again?
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Where is your illegal judiciary Aiyaz?
May 14, 2009
Adolf Aiyaz Khaiyum is keeping very quiet these days. His world seem to be caving in on him with the shameful drop by more than 20,000 tourists to Fiji in the same period last year, his sickly health is taking him to the hospital more frequently – a self-inflicted one caused by the sudden demand placed on his factory of lies to produce more dishonest, deceptive cob webby stories. But his biggest worry right now is the judicial vacuum he created since April 10th. Many of those close to him who were giving Aiyaz counsel have now deserted him after his advice to Frank and Iloilo to try and decapitate the 1997 constitution. Today, this sorry sod is still trying to organize a credible line-up of individuals who can give some legitimacy to all his illegal initiatives.
Some local legal eagles who were thinking of joining Adolf Khaiyum’s line-up have since backed off after realising that Aiyaz will eventually lead them all to the mass slaughter house. They are not willing to allow an ambitious vindictive lawbreaker like Aiyaz to smear their reputation which they have built over their life time. So when exactly will Fiji’s mickey mouse judiciary be announced? Aiyaz said last week it was very soon – how soon? Perhaps the Methodist Chruch gang can answer that one!
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The Fiji interim government expects to next week start using two media outlets to broadcast and publish its intentions. A leaked document obtained by Radio New Zealand on Thursday shows plans to start a government channel on Fiji Television and to use 12 pages a week from the Fiji Sun newspaper, to publish aims and objectives. A spokesperson for the government, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni, says Fiji Television has agreed to let it have a channel to broadcast for up to seven hours a week. He says discussions are continuing with the Fiji Sun newspaper. The Newspaper Publishers Association in this country on Thursday condemned Fiji’s miltary led government for restricting the press.
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Are the military camps and police stations ready to host 200,000 Methodist followers?
May 14, 2009
Frank Bainimarama and his troops should not run away from hosting unplanned visits by the many methodist followers (in masses) to military camps and police stations nearest to them.
What if there are plans to do just that team Frank? There are so many ways to skin the cat so there you are Frank – there’s abit of “free intelligence” for you.
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We think Frank & Co’s habit of detaining people they think look suspicious as possible threat to their existence is not only boring and unexciting but it has become a flopped unproductive exercise reminiscent of lowly cowards they are. Here are wanabee high folutent grown-up military and police officers, complete with their tin medals, yet they fail to realise that detaining 1, 2, 10, 20, 100, 500, 1000 people at a time will not solve their problem. There are more than 400,000 people like Manasa Lasaro who refuse to bow down to Frank & Cos illegal new order.
Frank & Co. should therefore not be surprised if this more than 400,000 masses turn themselves in at police stations and military camps at will for detainment across Fiji? Will they have the resources to stop these people from giving themselves in for detainment? Frank and Co. should know that for every detained person they take in, the detained immediate family members will automatically become their enemy as well compounding their unpopularity ratings even faster. They should just go ahead and jail everybody they think is suspicous of creating havoc in the middle of their public emergency controlled environment. But of course they won’t – they have insufficient resources to manage the masses who are against them. Frank and his cohorts are dead meat! They know they are getting cornered between a rock and a hard place.

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