Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Fiji Dictator Dragging Fiji into Ruin

The Isoa Kaloumaira and Taroon Patel led Fiji TV has increasingly become a junta propaganda machine lately. Not only have they agreed to broadcast free to air garbage by the coup makers and their apologists, they have went further by airing tyrant Frank Bainimarama’s roadmap to nowhere as we blog. Why inundate the masses with Frank’s verbal diarrhea Fiji TV? Seems like you guys are lending legitimacy to these crooks. Why waste air time to a father of lies who has no regard for the rule of law and has absolutely no respect for humanity? Airing awareness documentaries on swine flu and that cows milk disease is more worthy than Frank Bainimarama’s diatribe. What a bunch of screwed up suckers at Fiji TV!
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We can report here that two prominent pro-democracy advocates, Fiji’s ousted Vice President and former High Court Judge, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi and human rights champion, Imrana Jalal, are amongst those banned by Fiji’s junta from speaking at the upcoming Pacific Youth’s festival iu Fiji. The festival’s chairperson, Jackie Koroi, is said to be controlled by the military regime and hasn’t been allowed to report on anything negative or to show any resistance to the junta’s draconian ways. Wonder why organisers still want to hold the event in Fiji? Move it elsewhere where youths will be free to speak their minds without fear!
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The fight to return free speech to Fiji has suffered another setback after the government banned several critics from addressing an international youth congress in the troubled nation. The military regime has blocked speakers at the Pacific Youth Festival on the eve of a speech by self-appointed Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama on the future on the country. Bainimarama’s announcement is expected to shed light on his plans for a new constitution to replace the charter abrogated amid political upheaval in April.Organiser of the youth festival, Jacque Koroi, said Fiji’s Ministry of Information vetted all speeches and selected “several people who will be unable to make their presentations”. Koroi would not say who they were but it is understood most are involved in organisations that support a return to democratic rule in Fiji.Also banned is Fiji Times associate editor Sophie Foster, who last month openly criticised the government’s heavy public and media censorship.She publicly attacked the regime’s “systematic attempt to erase any trace of disaffection” by installing censors in newsrooms. The festival, backed by UNESCO, is not the first to be scrutinised by the government.Several speakers were also banned from addressing a recent Society of Accountants meeting and another annual religious conference was cancelled altogether.The crackdown stems from Easter when the regime, which took over in a December 2006 coup, imposed a new order in a fresh grab for power. Over three days, the constitution was abrogated, judges sacked and elections Bainimarama had promised to hold this year were pushed back to 2014.Rules ensuring all news was vetted to exclude publicity of “negative” issues have been extended indefinitely. Bainimarama says the conditions are necessary to “minimise opposition” while his government formulates plans for future elections. His speech tomorrow, entitled “Fiji’s strategic framework for change”, is expected to outline the new constitution and the government’s way forward.
Sydney Herald
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The sermon was boring, the congregation was not challenged, uplifted, provoked or transformed and instead of lowering their heads in prayer, the necks were outstretched and all eyes were focused on the naked businessman doing the butt dance on his yacht which was anchored near the foreshore where the church service was held. Most of the time his naked butt was facing the congregation and it was swept up in great excitement! After all the excitement the congregation realized that Satan had sent them there and left vowing never to return. Now that is “Amazing Grace!” Man in custody for indecent exposure A 50 year old businessman of Savusavu is in police custody for allegedly indecently exposing himself to a group of church members who were praying on Sunday. Assistant spokesperson, Sergent Suliano Tevita has confirmed that the businessman who owns a yacht allegedly indecently exposed himself on Sunday however the matter was reported to police yesterday. The businessman was arrested this morning. It is alleged the businessman was inside his yacht near the foreshore where the church service was being held, when he committed the offence.
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There You Have It – 337 peaceful protestors in which Bainimarama and his Military Regime couldn’t hurt or do anything about. But No We Didn’t – Now We Have 337 Fiji lawyers effectively abandoning the legal oath they took when they were admitted to the Bar and now will be practicing illegally. Shall we forgive them? It seems our two good trustworthy friends, Jon Apted and Richard Naidu have taken the pragmatic approach. As a profession they have joined the others and maybe it is because resistance to them at this point is useless and have given in to the Military Regime in order to remain in the legal system and hopefully fight these rogues at their own game. If this is the case Go For It Guys and we wish you all the luck in the world because you will sure need it. However, I am sorry to say that “Pacifism” is something the tyrant Frank does not understand. At the same time we should all appreciate their method of fighting the criminals. TO BAINIMARAMA AND SQUADRON DON’T THINK YOU HAVE WON – THESE PEOPLE ARE LAWYERS, THEY HAVE DONE YEARS OF STUDY TO OUTSMART YOU AND THOSE THAT YOU HAVE WORKING FOR YOU. SIMPLY THEY HAVE MORE BRAINS THEN YOUR PREDICTABLE LOT. 337 lawyers granted license 337 lawyers have today been granted Practicing Certificates by the Acting Chief Registrar. However certain lawyers have only been granted certification on professional practice matters a period of 3 months only pending clarification on professional matters. Some of the prominent lawyers who have renewed their license under the decree include Fiji Law Society President Dorsami Naidu, Former Fiji Law Society Presidents Isireli Fa and Devanesh Sharma, Richard Naidu, Qoriniasi Bale, Doctor Shamshud Dean Sahu Khan and Jon Apted. Under the Legal Practitioners Decree, lawyers had to apply for their practicing certificates by June 15th as the license would expire on June 30th. Meanwhile in a notice issued today 30/06/09 chief Registrar Ana Rokomokoti said; “under the provisions of section 42 (2) and (4) of the Legal Practitioners Decree 2009, it states that law firms cannot operate lawfully unless each and every legal practitioner employed by or in the law firm possesses a valid Practicing Certificate. ( The cunning things, they have taken principled lawyer the likes of Mr Graham Leung into account. Mr Leung will outsmart them any day – wait and see. ) Rokomokoti said failure on the part of any person to comply with this provision may result in the person concerned having his or her practicing certificate cancelled or being prosecuted for contravening the Decree. PJ
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Authorities in Fiji have quarantined two dairy farms in Tailevu North after an infectious disease was detected among hundreds of cattle. The FijiTimes reports the disease, Brucellosis, was discovered on farms in Wainivesi and Waimaro. It says members of the public are being asked to not consume unpasteurized milk, and to avoid any unnecessary visits to these areas. It reports a Ministry of Primary Industries Veterinarian, Doctor Robin Achari, saying milk suppliers in the affected areas have been told to stop providing milk to clients until further notice because humans can transmit the disease through raw milk. It is also believed that boiling raw milk does not kill the bacteria. The Ministry says all Rewa Dairy products are safe for consumption because they undergo the pasteurization process which kills the bacteria that causes the disease.
Livestock officers are now expected to conduct tests at the more than 200 dairy farms in the Wainivesi and Waimaro areas. The affected farms in the area are under quarantine and the public is being advised that all movement will be monitored and vehicles are to be disinfected before departing the area.
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We say – Hey Sereana Qoro, why don’t you do the honorable thing and just tell the friggin truth that the BP Oil deal is all ego driven with ziltch financial sense? A loan application by Fijian Holdings Ltd (FHL) to finance its multi-million dollar purchase of petroleum giant BP South West Pacific is at the assessment stage with an overseas bank, says FHL managing director Sereana Qoro. In a market announcement earlier this month, FHL said it had reached an agreement to extend the time frame for the acquisition of BP South West Pacific to mid to late June 2009. Qoro told FijiLive, the deal will take place even though it is taking long to finalise.
“As you understand things have happened in this country that are beyond our control and the banks themselves have taken a while coming back and forth,” Qoro said. “But we are dealing with overseas banks and they have a long process of assessing. “That’s what we are going through right now,” she said. FHL has an agreement in place to purchase BP South West Pacific’s operations at a cost of $190 million, in addition to an initial $5 million deposit towards the acquisition.
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With the expected announcement by the dictator of his “national roadmap” for Fiji just hours away, who is holding their breath? No one, because we know the only thing Bainimarama’s dictatorship has achieved so far is the creation of pretence. And experience has taught us that the dictator’s much vaunted announcement will just be more of the same. There’ll be lots of hyperbole, but no sound logic or common sense. Just a set of objectives dressed up to look progressive, but transparently designed to entrench Frank Bainimarama’s power. Simple analysis of nearly every major statement or action by the dictator since December 2006 shows that’s all he’s capable of. And as blogger Keep the Faith so wryly notes in his most recent posting on Fiji Freedom Blogsite, intelligentsiya, the regime’s patently illegal status gives it no real foundation in the real world. This, says Keep the Faith, is demonstrated by the “empty, expensive rhetoric” we keep hearing from the dictator. At the end of the day, and despite all the words, the only thing the regime is capable of producing is the pretence that it is moving Fiji forward. In reality, of course, the regime is moving us backwards. As we have said before, the dictator’s roadmap will take our beloved nation nowhere!
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Fiji’s political concerns are to be raised at the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Cairns next month by the Melanesian Spearhead Group, the MSG. Radio Vanuatu says the chair of the MSG, Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Edward Natapei, confirms he is trying to convene an MSG summit next month to address Fiji’s political situation before the Forum Leaders’ meeting in August, and the meeting with France’s Prime Minister in New Caledonia in late July. He says with the interim regime excluded from Forum activities there is no other option for dialogue with Fiji. Mr Natapei admits that this has come about because Fiji had closed its own door. But he says Fiji’s situation must not be overlooked and the MSG members, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea will meet Fiji in Port Vila to discuss a way forward. Mr Natapei says he has spoken with the leaders of the MSG countries about the need for an urgent summit, but no date has yet been set.
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Thousands of civil servants have been sacked for turning 55 and yet the police claim they need to build a new building to house their headquarters. The obvious question is why can’t they use some of the empty space created by all the sackings The obvious answer is that the building is to house the enormous ego and bloated body of the fake Commissioner. This is the one person that the Dictator has to kowtow to. He just can’t say No to this bloated megalomaniac . Schools are being starved of money and left without teachers, hospitals are falling to pieces and most roads are a joke, but the police must have their new headquarters. The massive ego of its commissioner has to be appeased with grandiose plans. This rot cannot last but the damage it’s doing while it lasts is almost beyond belief.
CORRUPTION FIGHTER
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Another month long fasting and praying by the oppressed Methodist Church of Fiji will end today. According to our well placed sources, the Methodist Church elders have decided that their annual conference will still go ahead despite tyrant Frank Bainimarama’s assertions that the event is banned from ever happening. This defiance by the Methodist Church is expected to be the catalyst for Frank & Co’s dependency on the church. Sources say Methodist Church priests are ready to be martyred for the sake of upholding the truth. Like always, Frank & Co’s camp will be rocked to the core in the next few days. Past experiences with the Methodist Church month long fasting show that major unexpected things always happen in team Frank’s camp at the end of such fasting season. Major reshuffling and many defining moments in Frank Bainimarama’s short-lived naked grab for power always make it to the fore at this kinda time.
It’s already happening at the FNPF. Some are even predicting that heads will also roll at the cabinet level. And all this on the eve of what is to be tyrant Frank Bainimarama’s announcement on his new cooked up illegitimate constitution.
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Where’s the transparency & accountability?
June 30, 2009
National Farmers Union’s disclosure that 4 ex CSR and FSC executives ( all of whom had left Fiji more than 20 years ago) collected approximately one million Australian in basic salaries and other employment benefits should not come as a surprise to anybody. This equates to about $1.6 million Fijian and is a naked fraud on the poor people of Fiji. Like John samy, John Prasad, Francis Narayan, at least 3 of these recycled ex sugar industry fraudsters do not have a decent job back in Sydney and Brisbane. They are cold blooded mercenaries driven solely by greed , self interest and opportunism. Principles, morality and any ethical intergrity mean nothing to them.
They are predators who will not spare anybody for their own gain and greed. They have contributed to the crisis in the sugar industry , collected their fees and commisions. where is the transparency and accountability?
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Another old hand, Robin Yarrow and Transtel CEO, Radrodro Tabualevu are tipped to join the FNPF board. Yarrow was a senior civil servant during the Alliance Mara days. He later served as Fiji’s diplomat. Radrodro Tabualevu is currently the CEO of Transtel, a subsidiary of Telecom Fiji expected to be sucked back under the TFL management. Radrodro is understood to have started looking elsewhere after the re-absorption of Transtel into TFL was announced by the now sacked TFL/ATH/FNPF board member, Felix Anthony.
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We can reveal here that coup apologist Joe Rodan is a man on a mission. Insiders say that Joe Rodan is now playing balls with the big kahunas in Fosters Australia to give him the big job in Fosters Fiji that was recently advertised on Fiji’s dailies. According to our sources, the most senior position of General Manager Fosters appeared last weekend on Fiji’s newspapers. The incumbent is understood to be an Australian expatriate but with Joe Rodan now making his presence known by befriending the junta with his recent FNPF board appointment, these sources say that he is planning to frustrate the extension or issuance of new work permits for expatriates wishing to apply for the top job. He wants that job badly and he has been gunning for it for quite some time now. And Frank & Co’s coup has proven to be a good platform for Joe Rodan to push his own agenda at Fosters using the same template as the junta – the conniving usurpation way. But don’t get us wrong! Of course we’d like to see locals take up senior positions but it must be given to those who truely deserve it as true leaders and not leaders by default via Frank & Co’s illegal takeover. Joe Rodan’s crave for the top job at Fosters would have been met with lots of cheer if he got it without going to bed with the coupsters. And he could have been successful if he had maintained his moral high ground we are sure! But now that he has decided to get painted with the same paintbrush as the lawbreakers, everything he does or say will automatically be associated with his rendenvouz with coupmakers. It might have slipped Joe Rodan’s mind that he has brought shame to the Fosters company in Fiji for his unprincipled association with the junta. We think Joe Rodan has become the weak link in the Fosters lager brand mixing it with a bitter bad taste of coup dictators.
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There are talks that the over-rated Sereana Qoro and her FHL board will soon be given their marching orders by the same military gang who appointed them. The already doomed FHL/BP Oil deal has faced yet another major set-back. We are told that BP Oil in Singapore are demanding a further $5million non-refundable deposit from FHL if they wish to extend settllement to July. The initial Sale and Purchase agreement demanded that FHL pay a non-refundable deposit of US$10million. That amount was topped up by a further $5million late last month when FHL sought their second settlement extension from BP which was later announced by FHL’s chairman, Isoa Kaloumaira. Today, we are told that BP Oil Singapore has directed that a further $5 million be paid or else they will exercise their right to seek an alternative buyer leaving FHL more than $30million hole in their financial books which they will be taken to task for by their angry shareholders.
Sources report that Frank Bainimarama was informed of FHL’s financial year end today, 30th June, and he is said to be very concerned about the board’s inability to close the deal and how they have wasted $30million with nothing to show for at the end of their financial year.
Heads will roll at FHL we are told. And we say, why not! Frank Bainimarama had better act now before FHL blows up on his face!
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Fosters executive, Joe Rodan, has confirmed what many thought all along – that he is a Frank Bainimarama military regime supporter. Those who live near him in Nukuwatu,Lami, say Joe Rodan is a coup apologist who agrees with Frank & Co’s takeover to rid off what he terms as “indigenous Fijian supremacy”. But it is these same indigenous Fijians he despises that gave him and his forefathers that Nukuwatu piece of real estate they now call home which kinda makes Joe Rodan a thankless piece of bull dung. Joe Rodan is a well known athlete who has done good for Fiji. Unfortunately for him, it is his poor ethical judgment that is going to take away his athletics hero status to a scorned coupster supporter who will be mocked for the rest of his life.
So why exactly did Joe Rodan find it fit to accept a board appointment by murderous tyrant Frank Bainimarama? Is it one of those old Marist boys connection again? Many will agree that it is the same old boys, old girls bull crap that is half of Fiji’s problem with these kinda people still caught up in their immature days mentality from whatever school they attended. Grow out of it man! It’s 2009 for crying out loud and the world has moved on! Fiji doesn’t need the Joe Rodans of this world to tell them that sucking up to a dictator makes one a corrupt coup sucker who doesn’t deserve the respect of law abiding citizens. Shame on you Joe Rodan and yes, we think the international community should have no mercy on coup apologists like Joe Rodan.
Put Joe Rodan on travel ban!
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Fiji’s military backed government has some banned speakers and facilitators from participating in next month’s Pacific Youth Festival. Organisers say they are in the process of informing a number of delegations they will not be allowed attend the event, following a decision by the interim government that all speeches at the festival must be vetted by Fiji’s Ministry of Information. “The Department of Youth and Sport was informed by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Information that they needed to go through the list of people that would be making presentations,” said Jacque Koroi, chair of the Pacific Youth Council. “We were required to put together details of the background information on speakers and organisations and the contents of their speeches to be given to the vetting process,” she said. Ms Koroi won’t say who is on that list, but Fiji’s Young People’s Concerned Network, which has been lobbying for a return to democratic rule since the 2006 Coup has confirmed it’s one of the organisations told to stay away. The bans are being enforced under the Public Emergency Regulations, which are being used to censor Fiji’s media, and stop all political meetings. The week-long festival is intended to re-unite youth representatives from around the Pacific in Suva from July 11 to 18.
http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/story.htm?id=19178
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When you look at Fiji in mid-2009 it is impossible not to understand the grim reality of our situation as a nation under dictatorship. But there is another reality, which is positive. The grim reality is that we find ourselves being led towards certain socio-economic disaster by a self-proclaimed leader whose lack of formal education and checkered past make him least suited to be running a village, let alone an entire nation. The number one man in our country is many things, but a man who is fit to lead a nation is not one of them. In an age that has produced inspirational leaders of the stature of the Dalai Lama and Barack Obama, Frank Bainimarama, the dictator, stands out as an ugly little anomaly. But he is in charge of our country. That is the reality. And we are living it. Yes, if you love Fiji the reality is so sad. Our beautiful country is in the hands of a cheap thug who used his guns to seize power, a crook who is out to enrich himself, an unprincipled moral coward who cannot tell right from wrong. Who but a man with no respect for the law or the upholding of modern moral standards wouid order the release of convicted killers back into society, simply because they wear the RFMF uniform? Who but a man with no understanding of the truth would abrogate the Constitution, clamp down on freedom of speech, manipulate the judiciary and then say “not much has changed”? Frank Bainimarama, that’s who!
But all hope is not lost. One day we will be free of Balnimarama’s tyranny and be once again empowered by democracy to control our destiny, to choose who leads us and who doesn’t.
In the meantime, as Frank Bainimarama leads our beloved country ever closer to the brink, we have at least one bright, shining fact to console us. As honest Fiji people with a deep respect for God, truth and law, we are ALL the things that Frank Bainimarama is not! That is the other reality and Frank Bainimarama should know that it is a reality of which we are inestimably proud!
Fiji Democracy Now
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Fiji’s expats today
June 29, 2009
Have some sympathy for the expatriates who have decided to live in Fiji because the country gave them the lifestyle they couldn’t obtain back in their homeland. They enjoyed the cocktail scenes, mixing with diplomats, knowing whose who in Fiji, enjoyed the help of a housemaid, making lots of money during good economic times and travelling overseas on expensive holidays, shopping included. I asked friends of mine what it was like, living in Fiji as expatriates today. At first they were too afraid to say anything but later admitted things were not too good but didn’t want to say anymore for risking their work permits. I then asked why not leave and come back to New Zealand and sadly they said they just couldn’t afford to sell up in Fiji and begin again anywhere else. Like Fiji lawyers, Fiji expatriates will say they have no choice but to remain ignorant and not get involved with what Bainimarama’s Military Regime is doing to the nation. They disagree but won’t lift a finger because they will be worse off if kicked out of Fiji. For a start they could not afford to buy the house in the right suburb as to keep up with their rich friends, they would also find it difficult to find the job that would give them the lifestyle they have become accustomed to. These are also the people that Bainimarama knows will have to give him the support he needs. For these reasons I take my hat off to those that have the guts to stand up to this tyrant. PJ

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