Friday, November 20, 2009

Khaiyum’s Corruptive Move

Post by: Fiji Democracy Now

Aiyaz Khaiyum and Riyaz Khaiyum’s corruptive move

November 20, 2009

Corruption exposed! Aiyaz has given his brother a multi-million business leg-up

The sudden and until now unreported promulgation of the Regulation of National Spectrum Decree marks the final stages of Fiji’s transition from a democratic tropical paradise into a corrupt totalitarian fascist state.

And, as we will explain here, it will be the sort of fascist state that will allow the Sayed-Khaiyum brothers, Aiyaz and Riyaz, to consolidate their power over our lives and amass huge wealth.

Not only does the Decree gives Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum absolute power over all Fiji broadcast frequencies, it also gives his younger brother a multi-million dollar business advantage.

That’s not called happy coincidence, it’s called corruption.

Read the fine print of the Decree and you see that it just happens to leave Riyaz, who is head of FBCL, sitting in the box seat.

FCBL has taken out a $17 million loan from Fiji Development Bank to set up a new television station, but the provisions of the Decree are carefully crafted to now allow Aiyaz to re-allocate Fiji Television’s frequencies to his brother’s new television station.

As freedom blogger Coup Four A Half reports: “the decision by Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to make all broadcast licences and frequencies temporary with immediate effect means that FBCL will be the biggest beneficiary of this Decree.

“Frequencies used by Fiji Television can now be re-allocated entirely or shared by FBCL’s new television service without having to invest millions to set up transmitters or carry out a marketing campaign because people already have antennas and have their television sets tuned for the current frequency used by Fiji TV’s free channel”.

In addition to being the instrument by which the Sayed-Khaiyum brothers can line their pockets, the Decree, like its draconian cousin, the PER, is clearly designed to control media content.

The Decree and the PER together mean that the regime now has complete and absolute control over all media across our nation.

And under the provisions of the Decree, broadcasters who object to being disadvantaged in any way have no recourse to justice.

That’s not called “reform”, it’s called fascist dictatorship.

It’s proves that Frank Bainimarama and his rat-bag cronies have no intention of ever allowing free and fair elections in Fiji that could cause them to give up their hold on power.

And it proves that Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is by far the most evil and greedy member of the dictator’s immediate coterie of self-serving acolytes.

This is the same man whose racist proclivities were so clearly announced when he wrote in his rambling university thesis that there should be a “sunset clause” on traditional Fijian culture.

Now we know why he saw a huge opportunity in supporting the idiot Bainimarama’s overthrow of our legally elected government.

Aiyaz saw for himself the opportunity to get the power to invoke the “Sunset Clause” and corruptly exercise that power for his own and his family’s benefit.

His latest Decree will give his brother’s company a windfall of millions of dollars by enabling it to hijack a huge part of the television broadcasting spectrum that other companies have built up through honest and diligent work.

It’s no wonder that the majority of senior officers on the Military Council who still have Fiji’s best interests at heart cannot stomach the likes of the corrupt Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and are demanding his ouster.

But you can be sure that the dictator will stand by his boy wonder.

Because Aiyaz has delivered what amounts to totalitarian control of everything we hear and see in the media in addition to what we are allowed to read.

Thanks to Aiyaz, our military dictatorship is now freed of the last vestiges of accountability.

In addition to corruptly playing Santa Claus to his little brother, Aiyaz has given our power-mad, grubby little dictator the best Christmas present he could have hoped for.

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