Thursday, October 01, 2009

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Regime fails to cut any ice in New York

October 1, 2009

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Interim Prime Minister Bainimarama and his entourage to New York failed to make any impression on the international community which has soundly rejected the roadmap outlined in his address to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) last week.

This was evident from the flat response to the address and the subsequent statement issued by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) which met in New York on 26 September. CMAG had a special meeting to consider developments in Fiji following the visit of Sir Paul Reeves (Commonwealth Secretary General’s special representative) to Fiji early this month.

In a statement issued after the meeting, CMAG emphasised that:

in order for Commonwealth’s engagement with Fiji to
be meaningful and to continue, it must be inclusive of
of the participation and viewpoints of all sectors of Fiji’s
political leadership.

This is a clear indication that the Commonwealth requires the regime to include political parties and their leaders in any process associated with Fiji’s return to constitutional rule, the views of the interim PM notwithstanding.

CMAG also expressed its “strong concern about ongoing violations of human rights, including freedom of speech and assembly, occurring under the Public Emergency Regulations (PER) in Fiji and urged the Interim Government to rescind the PER immediately”.

Further “CMAG reiterated that the Commonwealth was willing to remain engaged with Fiji in support of any good faith efforts toward the restoration of democracy, including the facilitation of a credible political dialogue process towards that end, in accordance with fundamental Commonwealth principles. CMAG called on the Interim Government to urgently confirm its readiness to resume such a dialogue process, as well as electoral preparations, as a basis upon which Commonwealth engagement could move forward.”

With regard to Fiji’s participation in the upcoming Commonwealth Games, the statement read:

In relation to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, consistent with the precedent of the earlier decision of CMAG, the Group requested the Commonwealth Games Federation to take into serious consideration CMAG’s decision in relation to the suspension of the Fiji Islands, in determining Fiji’s participation in the Games.”

- Fiji Labour Party Statement

A Sugar Ministry task force is going around stopping cane farmers from signing a petition, addressed to the Sugar Minister, in protest against the scrapping of the Sugar Cane Growers Council.

Members of the task force are threatening these innocent farmers with retaliation from the army if they signed the petition.

They are warning farmers “Don’t go against the army”.

“The Sugar Minister and his Permanent Secretary must be held answerable for this intimidation of cane farmers. Farmers have every right to make representation to the Sugar Minister,” NFU general secretary Mahendra Chaudhry said.

Farmers have a just cause. The interim government has ordered the dismantling of key industry institutions without any consultation with the growers who are now completely denied a voice in an industry in which they have a 70% stake.

In the past few months, the interim government has dismantled the Sugar Commission of Fiji, the Fiji Sugar Marketing Ltd and the Sugar Cane Growers Council which were set up under the 1984 Sugar Industry Act to allow growers a collective voice in the industry, and to ensure transparency and accountability.

The scrapping of these important institutions has allowed minority stakeholder, the Fiji Sugar Corporation, sole monopoly of the industry.

The 1984 Sugar Industry Act had been the product of comprehensive consultations between industry leaders and stakeholders. It had given growers their rightful voice in the industry following decades of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the Australian Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR) and its successors.

Cane growers are naturally apprehensive about their future and their rights under a system whereby the FSC and the government have sole control.

They have a right to make representation to the authorities on issues of critical concern to them.

- Fiji Labour Party Statement

Reports have surfaced that tyrant Frank Bainimarama’s recent trip to New York was not a very pleasant one due to movement restrictions placed on him by the US authorities as a murderous tyrant.

Frank was heavily watched by US intelligence with his movements restricted between his hotel, the UN head office, Fiji office in NY, and the airport.

He was restricted from travelling interstate and was refused to visit the Fiji High Commission in Washington DC.

His supporter and coup apologist, Winston Thompson, had to fly over to NY from Washington to join his old elite buddies Vunibobo and Inoke Kubuabole in licking up to their treasonous boss.

We can confirm that the heat is on between Aiyaz and Frank verses the old indigenous Fijian elites most of whom are members of Frank’s junta cabinet, and other key public service positions.

Sources say that Frank has decided to put all his trust on Aiyaz and his con-artist friend, John Prasad, exposing him to a backlash from within his own military forces powered by Ului Mara’s men.

It is said that Ului Mara is no doubt in control at Fiji’s military camp and that Frank’s blurbs against Mara’s family as one of those “old elites” behind all the coups in Fiji is touching on a raw nerve that will cause a corresponding raw reaction.

Those who understand Fijian politics say there are things happenings at the ground level that Frank is no longer privy to after his decision to go along with whatever Aiyaz Khaiyum tells him to do and say.

Meanwhile, Frank’s biggest threat, ousted Prime Minister Qarase, is understood to be resting at his Mavana village, away from all the rumblings that is boiling up in capital Suva.

Frank on the other hand has been spotted by some of our Fiji based sources, back from the US, with more bodyguards around him.

Who said that this faceless bureacrat has a a distinction in Economics.

Our research has revealed that he was a junior field clerk in the FSC in the late 1970’s . He is reputed to have greased to the CSR bosses with “sispans and sispans of junglee murga and murgi ” to get a FSC sponsorship to USP where he had completed a below average degree.

He continued to grease his bosses in civil service and gradually made his way to the top job now. What he lacked in intellectual rigour and substance , he made it up by greasing and greasing and also backstabbing.

For example it is well known fact that he tried to backstab the previous deputy Governor of the Bank , the outspoken and bright Hari Pal Singh during the days of Savenaca Siwatibau.

This man was totally faceless, gutless and unheard of until now.

What does he know about the right economic prescription for Fiji ?

ANZ has sealed a world-first partnership to help the powerful China Development Bank.

The partnership will help the CDB achieve its goal of amassing a $25 billion portfolio of Australian assets by the end of the year and dramatically boosting its presence across the Asia-Pacific region.
In a significant boost to the strained relationship between Australia and China, ANZ yesterday became the first global financial institution to sign an agency agreement with the state-owned giant.

The memorandum of understanding, signed by ANZ chief executive Mike Smith in Beijing yesterday, will involve the Australian bank bringing deals to CDB for financing and acting as its agent in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of Asia.

“This is a first of a kind,” Mr Smith told The Australian. “What they are looking for is a partnership to create a conduit into the areas in which we operate, particularly Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Not so much in the other areas of Asia, although we are willing to work with them there too. They are wanting to get the local expertise, the local feel and local flavour.”

CDB, with about 3.8 trillion yuan ($636bn) in assets at the end of last year, is actively looking for development opportunities in Australia, New Zealand the Asia-Pacific. These could include participation in syndicated loans, in particular those investments with a China element, or providing funding to companies with a solid credit rating of A or above.

The Chinese bank’s preferred investment segments are natural resources and infrastructure, such as water and public utilities with a Chinese connection.

ANZ has set up a special group within the organisation to work with CDB, and the two banks have already struck two major deals within the past few months.

In May, CDB participated in a $US100 million ($115m) syndicated loan managed by ANZ for Woodside Petroleum. ANZ is also the lead banker for the Nadarivatu Hydro Power Project in Fiji, which Chinese company Sinohydro and the Fijian government are building with backing from CDB.

CDB has recently been overhauled — ahead of a possible listing on a stock exchange in coming years — and now has a commercial banking arm.

It is one of two main “policy” banks used by the Chinese government to finance massive offshore debt deals, such as the $US6bn in funding that Fortescue Metals Group must secure by today to meet its deadline for an iron ore supply agreement with the China Iron & Steel Association.

The other policy bank is the Export-Import Bank of China, or Exim Bank. Exim promised Rio Tinto an unlimited line of credit, potentially worth $US20bn or more to develop resources projects, during the giant miner’s negotiations with the state-owned Chinalco earlier this year.

The collapse of the $US19.5bn alliance between Rio and Chinalco in June has contributed to the breakdown in relations between Canberra and Beijing this year, along with the prolonged stoush over iron ore pricing, which ended with the arrest of four Rio employees. Anti-Chinese sentiment in the Australian press and the visit of exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer, who Beijing has branded a terrorist, has also strained diplomatic ties.

Mr Smith said there was a noticeable difference in attitudes towards Australia during his trip to China this week compared with previous visits.

“There is no doubt that it is a little more difficult than it was,” he said. “And I would express that as an aggregation of a number of issues.

“As a business we have received such extraordinary support from the Chinese authorities and I think they are a little nonplussed as to what is happening. I was actually quite surprised this time that there was such a depth of feeling because normally business is business and politics is politics. It’s certainly rattled their cage.”

Mr Smith, who was in China to open ANZ’s first local branch in the country as it works towards becoming one of only a handful of banks with a locally incorporated business, said the situation was “unfortunate and hopefully it will get resolved”.

Mr Smith has several decades of experience in Asian banking, having run the Asian operations of the world’s biggest bank, HSBC, before joining ANZ two years ago. Before that, he was with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Bank.

ANZ has by far the biggest presence of the Australian banks in China, with minority stakes in several local banks and plans to open as many as 50 branches across the country in the next five years.

Read more at The Australian

Frank Bainimarama’s condemnation of Fiji’s ”old elite” is not going down too well with his key supporters.

Sources say Aiyaz Khaiyum, who wrote Frank’s UN speech, was taking an indirect swipe at Koila and Ului Mara, the Mara siblings who are demanding the removal of Aiyaz from the regime quoting him as Fiji’s worst enemy.

And the two Mara’s don’t like the way Aiyaz is manipulating Frank claiming that the pair are concorting to destroy the native Fijian tradition and culture.

It is understood that Khaiyum has been branded as the biggest terrorist threat to Fiji with his anti-indigenous Fijian decrees that denies native Fijians of their indigenous peoples rights.

But other sources are saying the Maras are slowly etching in to take over power from Frank himself and that they are beginning to garner alot of support from indigenous Fijian communities – something Frank is craving for to save his skin.

Fiji Day in October 10th will mark the launching of the late Ratu Kamisese Mara’s book by their family friend, PNG PM Michael Somare.

Another very subtle way of allevating the very thing Frank and Aiyaz say must not triumph – Fiji’s “old elite”.

Is Fiji witnessing a slow but sure change of guards?

We think so!

Grow some balls Sada Reddy!

September 30, 2009

Funny isn’t it…that a Governor with a Post-Graduate degree with Distinction couldn’t even state the obvious. Are we playing safe Mr Reddy? Please grow some BALLs & say it like it is!! Now the public sees you as Leweni’s equal….un-qualified and full of everything else but the truth.

But, assuming that you are right, can you please enlighten us as to what data have you relied upon to reach such a conclusion. Do you have data that clearly links the impact of the Global Financial Crises to Fiji’s economy? What are they? Have you ran an analysis comparing the impact of the Coup with that of the GFC? If you say it’s not that simple, then please simplify it! You cannot reach a conclusion that the GFC is to blame for Fiji’s economic woes, just by guessing….I hope not!

Fiji military raid Fiji TV

September 29, 2009

The military forces and armed personnel are currently inside the Fiji Teelevision office in central Suva. Reliable sources said that the military are after a certain confidential document that was delivered to Fiji TV by an anonymous person last night.

The outspoken former Minister for Multi-Ethnic Affairs in the SDL Govt George Shiu Raj has now abandoned his loyal supporters in the province of Ra and joined the illegal regime band wagon.

Our sources have confirmed that George Shiu Raj is vogorously campaigning and lobbying with Frank and his illegal junta to give him the sugar portfolio. He wants to become the new minister for sugar. He is telling the people in government that he has the recipe to resurrect and salvage the dying sugar industry. This is the same George Shiu Raj that was totally against the removal of government in 2006 and made lots of noises about it. It seems that he has now taken the “cant beat them join them” principle. He has even gone to the extent of going to Kiuva village (Frank’s village ) to attend a village soli and fundraising.

To the people of Ra please wake up and look for a new MP come election time. Do not ever trust your current MP EVER AGAIN. He has taken your vote and your land and resources. He has totally backstabbed the chiefs of the province. He is also trying to own Vaileka town because almost all the developments taking place there involves Shiu Raj. Please beware he is the snake in the grass of Ra.

DOZENS of people are believed dead and a number of Australians are injured after a tsunami was sparked by an 8.3 magnitude quake in the Pacific.

There are reports of people being washed out to sea and whole villages being destroyed by up to five deadly waves.

One unconfirmed report suggests 40 people from the Samoan village of Lalomanu – on the southeastern end of the island of Upolu – have been killed.

New Zealands Foreign Affairs office said it had received reports of five people dead in Samoa and “many more washed out to sea”. One report said the island was hit by 4m waves.

There are also reports of at least 14 dead in American Samoa.

The Australian Government said a number of Australians had been injured.

“The early reports don’t suggest that any of them are very serious, but they are in hospital,” parliamentary secretary for international development assistance Bob McMullan told Sky News.

“My advice is that the Australians are stable,” he said.

“All of them have been able to contact their own families directly and none of them have said to the high commission they need any special extra assistance.”

He said reports from Australians suggested the event was “very frightening, both for the extent of the earthquake and the impact of the tsunami”.

“We’ve contacted all the Australians we can and we are trying to make sure they are as safe as we can help them to be.”

Australian consular officials in Samoa were at local hospitals to offer assistance, he said.

An emergency hotline has been set up for anyone worried about friends or relatives on 1300 555 135.

Related story Do you know anyone affected. Email us at

The tsunami struck Samoa and American Samoa this morning and a large swathe of the Pacific was put on tsunami alert.

There was no threat to Australia, and the tsunami reached New Zealand at height of 40cms without causing significant damage.

New Zealander Graeme Ansell said he saw the beach village of Sau Sau Beach Fale in Samoa being levelled.

“It was very quick. The whole village has been wiped out,” Ansell told National Radio from a hill near Samoa’s capital, Apia.

“There’s not a building standing. We’ve all clambered up hills, and one of our party has a broken leg. There will be people in a great lot of need ’round here.”

External Link Red Cross tsunami appeal

Local reporter Jona Tuiletufuga said there were up to 70 villages in the worst-hit area of Samoa each housing between 300 and 800 people.

Posts on the New Zealand Herald Twitter page said:

Samoa radio getting calls from all over the island of reports of houses destroyed.

Samos – Other villages reportedly with many deaths include Vailoa and Malaela in Aleipata – one of the worst hit villages

The powerful quake jolted people awake. In Apia, families reported shaking that lasted for up to three minutes.

“It was pretty strong; it was long and lasted at least two minutes,” one resident told local radio.

“It’s the strongest I have felt, and we ran outside. You could see all the trees and houses were shaking,” he said.

Sulili Dusi told New Zealand’s National Radio that “everything dropped on the floor and we thought the house was going to go down as well”.

Local media said they had reports of some landslides in the Solosolo region of the main Samoan island of Upolu and damage to plantations in the countryside outside Apia.

A 1.5-metre tsunami wave swept into the American Samoa capital Pago Pago shortly after the earthquake, sending sea water surging inland about 100m before receding, leaving some cars stuck in mud.

Electricity outages were reported and telephone lines were jammed.

In Fagatogo, water reached the waterfront town’s meeting field and covered portions of the main highway, which also was plagued by rock slides.

In New Zealand residents of low-lying areas on the Coromandel coast were told to flee this morning.

The New Zealand Herald reports a 90cm wave hit Tolaga Bay on the East Cape this morning.

In Auckland, police asked people to stay off popular beaches in the area.

External Link Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre

External Link US Geological Survey

With AFP and Reuters

Watch vidoe here,27574,26145503-401,00.html

Tsunami warning for Fiji

September 29, 2009

A tsunami has hit Samoa in the wake of an 8.3 magnitude earthquake, flattening houses and sweeping away cars. Civil Defence in New Zealand is warning of a tsunami.

The epicentre of the quake was 190 km southwest of the islands, at a depth of 33 km, at 6.48am (NZ time).

A resident of a coastal village, Theresa Falele Dussey, says her house has been destroyed by the tsunami, as were houses and cars in a neighbouring village.

She has been evacuated to Mt Vaea near Apia and said people were simply thankful that they had survived.

A New Zealand tourist, Graeme Ansell, who was at Faofao Beach Fales on the south-east coast of Upolu Island was flattened.

He says he clambered up a nearby hill, and one of the people he is with has a broken leg.

The earthquake lasted as long as a minute-and-a-half, the spokesman for the national disaster office of Samoa said, and people in Apia were continuing to experience aftershocks.

The West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said the waves at Pago Pago in American Samoa were1.57 metres above normal sea level.

Tonga had not received any word of the quake or tsunami warning yet, the Reuters news agency reports.

Warning issued by NZ authorities

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management has issued a warning of a tsunami risk to New Zealand. It has alerted the emergency groups and activated the National Crisis Management Centre.

The Hawke’s Bay Emergency Controller says there may be a one-metre wave at East Cape about 10.22 am.

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management is advising all coastal settlements of the risk, and asking public to keep away from beaches.

The tsunami will arrive on a low tide but there is still a considered risk to beach areas and public safety.

Waikato Civil Defence and Emergency Management is urging people living or working on the Waikato region’s coasts to be on high alert for tsunami warning information.

The ministry advises people to listen broadcasts on radio from local civil defence authorities and local emergency services.

Spokesperson David Coetzee does not expect New Zealand to experience the same impact as Samoa, but people in coastal areas, especially on eastern and northern coasts, should be ready to be evacuate promptly if they are told to.

Updates are being issued on the civil defence website,

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center’s warning, issued earlier, covers Samoa, American Samoa, New Zealand, Niue, Wallis-Futuna, Tokelau, Cook Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Kermadec Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Howland-Baker, Jarvis Is and Palmyra Is.

Radio New Zealand

Oh Sada Yada Yada Yada!!!

You can’t seriously think that everything is fine in Fiji.

Perhaps the following pointers will jolt you back to reality:
- increased unemployment
- inflation
- political uncertainty
- loss of investor confidence
- undermined property rights
- reduced freedom of speech
- militarization of the civil service
- loss of experienced and qualified civil servants and private sector players
- lack of independence of the judiciary
- loss of faith with the police force
- crippled sugar industry
- low tourist arrivals
- suspension from the Pacific Island Forum, Commonwealth and UN peacekeeping program
- etc etc etc

Given the above, things will not improve in the near future Sada. You don’t have to be a genius to figure that out.

So enough of your baloney Sada. Fiji and its people deserve more.

Sada Reddy’s Lies are Second-Rate

Sada Reddy, the illegal Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, wants us to believe that our economy has been hit by the global financial crisis, not the illegal seizure of power by a tin-pot dictator.

If he wants to say this he should explain why the biggest crash in our economy was in 2007 and 2008 BEFORE the global financial crisis struck in October 2008.

If he wants to tell lies, he should learn to tell better ones than this.

If he’s going to entice investors to Fiji he needs to understand that he’s talking to business people who know the truth about the international economy.

What this tells us about Sada Reddy’s pathetic lies is that they are targeted at the domestic audience, not foreign investors.

Fiji Democracy Now

We say – Shame on you Sada Reddy for trying to cover up tyrant Frank’s misdeeds and its subsequent negative repercussions on Fiji’s overall well-being! Sada Reddy obviously has short and selective memory. He has forgotten that Frank’s coup was in December 2006 while the global recession took its hit around September 2008. Fiji’s economy was already heading towards doom way before the September 2008 recession, a self-inflicted Fiji recession initiated by murderous Frank Bainimarama. Sada Reddy, you’re not worthy to be in that position if the basis of your agenda is supported by numerous lies that has become synonymous to your name. Tell the truth Sada!

The Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji says political developments in his country have had only a very minor impact on the Fiji economy. In an in-depth interview with Pacific Beat, Reserve Bank Governor, Sada Reddy, gave an upbeat assessment of Fiji’s economic prospects and some insight into the direction the interim government will take in its 2010 budget, which is due to be announced in November. On the international front, Governor Reddy lashed out at countries, he said, are attempting to block Fiji’s access to international loans.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett
Speaker: Fiji’s Reserve Bank Governor, Sada Reddy
Fiji’s Reserve Bank Governor, Sada Reddy, speaking with Jemima Garrett. And if you want to hear all of that interview with Sada Reddy tune in to Pacific Beat tomorrow, where it will be a feature in the second half of the program.

GARRETT: Late last week Fiji’s Reserve Bank announced the country’s foreign reserves had hit 1 billion fiji dollars for the first time.

Reserve Bank Governor, Sada Reddy, describes the record foreign reserves figure as a major milestone, helped along by the 20% devaluation of the Fiji dollar in April, a 188 million fiji dollar line of credit from the International Monetary Fund and a reduction in imports.

The devaluation came shortly after the abrogation of Fiji’s constitution and the imposition of strict media censorship.

Despite the ongoing political problems in Fiji Governor Reddy says political developments have only a very minor impact on the economy.

REDDY: That’s really.. when you have a situation like that, it does affect the economy to some extent, especially in terms of aid flows and foreign loans and all that, but it has not had any major, major impact on the economy as such. Of course travel bans and all that do have an impact. Good people are unable to accept positions in the government and the statutory bodies, and so in that sense it has got an affect, but not directly on the economy as such.

GARRETT: Many experts are saying the political situation is now the biggest negative factor affecting Fiji’s economy, because it’s affecting investment and confidence. How do you respond to that.

REDDY: Well, on the margins certainly it may be affecting, but business people and many other countries are probably going through similar or worse political situations. The business people get on with business and as long as they see that their business is secure in the long term and the rules and regulations are transparent and certain, they will continue to do business. I don’t think it is a major issue.

GARRETT: Fiji Reserve Bank Governor Sada Reddy.

Governor Reddy is optimistic about Fiji’s economic outlook. He says the tourism industry is already picking up and, having spoken with key industry figures in fishing and bottled water, he expects those to follow suit.

Mr Reddy forecasts 2% growth in 2010, up from a .2 % contraction this year and he predicts the 2010 budget, due out in November will be milder than many expect.

REDDY: I don’t think the budget will be tough, I think the budget will be more growth oriented in terms of promoting export. It will try and discourage imports and also try and I think the government is looking at making the civil service more efficient than it was in the past. I think more will be done in terms of investment, building investor confidence, providing a more certainty in terms of policy in the medium term I think. Those would be the thrust. Overall in terms of government framework, in terms of that deficit to GDP, all that will be contained. Government will spend more in terms of infrastructure. They are already starting. Our reserve bank message to government is to invest more in infrastructure which has been neglected for a number of years.

GARRETT: Next week, Governor Reddy will attend the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the world bank Group in Istanbul in Turkey.

One of his tasks will be to look for loans from multi-lateral organisations for Fiji’s infrastructure spending.

Fiji’s interim government has complained Australia and New Zealand are using their clout to persuade international organisations to join their campaign for the return of democracy in Fiji, by refusing assistance.

Governor Reddy says he will urge those countries that have long term interests in Fiji to support Fiji’s access to finance.

REDDY: Nobody gains by undermining any country’s economy. We all will be losing in the long run. So I would urge those countries which are taking particular sides or want to impede our access to international capital markets, that they look at these policies in terms of long term interests of the region and of Fiji.

GARRETT: Would you include Australia among those countries?

REDDY: Well, I will not name countries here. I think the countries know which countries are taking certain positions with respect to Fiji and I would leave it at that.

The Governor of Fiji’s Reserve Bank says the global economic crisis has had a bigger impact on Fiji’s economy than political developments.

Fiji’s Reserve Bank Governor, Sada Reddy, told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat program, that the impact of the abrogation of Fiji’s constitution and the imposition of strict media censorship, has had only a very minor impact on the Fiji economy.

“I think one of the key things that has affected Fiji in the last two years, more than the political, is the global crisis,”

“People are underestimating the impact of the global crisis on small island economies,” he said.

Mr Reddy acknowledged political developments in Fiji had affected aid flows and access to foreign loans.

He welcomed signs the global economy is turning around and said that as most of Fiji’s exports are linked to what is happening globally, he expected Fiji would be able to piggy-back on global growth.

Governor Reddy predicts economic growth of two per cent for Fiji in 2010, up from a slight contraction this year.

- Radio Australia

Demand for employment in overseas private security positions from former Fiji soldiers is said to still be strong.

A retired army officer, Lieutenant Colonel Sakiuasa Raivoce, an agent for Global Risk Strategies, says he gets at least ten people a week to inquire about job opportunities.

The interim Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, has complained to world leaders in New York that his country’s troops have been barred from joining any new UN peacekeeping operations.

Lieutenant Colonel Sakiuasa Raivoce says this is part of the continuing drop in overseas opportunities for Fiji’s current and former soldiers:

“Doing security work and military work is tailor-made for our men. They like to do something exciting, going out to trouble spot areas and do work in security duties and all that and also because of the money involved. Most of them will not want to work in Fiji and earn less money.”

But he says the global financial downturn and steady withdrawal of US forces from Iraq have seen a fall-off in security work available.

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Bainimarama employed economic terrorist Chaudhry as his Finance Minister – who got $2million by playing the race card to Mother India

The dictator Frank Bainimarama was once again playing the race card, telling the United Nations that he carried out the coup to crush racial supremacy and to weed out corruption in Fiji.

And he told the local press that he informed the Commonwealth Secretary-General that he did not want to include Laisenia Qarase and Mahendra Chaudhry in his directionless roadmap because the two would bring politics into the picture.

If so, why did the dictator bring Chaudhry into his interim Cabinet as Finance Minister and stood by him when the Fiji SUN exposed Chaudhry as the $2million Minister, who had obtained the money from India after weeping and crying about racial persecution of his Indo-Fijian voters.

It is time Chaudhry spoke out – and he must inform us how much the dictator was illegally paid to buy a house for his daughter in Suva, and other illegal payments Chaudhry signed for the tin-pot and idiotic and coward dictator of Fiji

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