Friday, November 13, 2009

Military Back Pay is Corruption High Order

by Rawfiji news


Frank Bainimarama approves $50million x-mas backpay for all military officers to keep them happy


November 12, 2009


Sai's Comments:
  • This was always to be expected. How else was Frank expected to prop up his illegal regime? By keeping his foot soldiers happy with an illegal, undeserved, back pay allocated by an non-mandated regime.
  • We hear all the time about the difficult times faced by people in Fiji, yet here we have an illegal regime forking out money to its own.
  • It is high order corruption and just one of those actions Frank and his cronies in the current regime must be held accountable for when they are thrown out of government.
  • One feels for the suffering Fiji people as the festive season draw near to see this type of behaviour from an unelected regime.

Frank and and his think tank has approved a massive Christmas salary backpay for all military personnel backdated to 1996.

This was signed off by Frank before flyingn out of Fiji to Brussels two days ago.

For the first time in Fiji’s history , an RFMF corporate backpay backdated 13 years that will cost taxpayers of Fiji more than $50 million dollars will be paid out.

This payout is not for the civil servants, police forces or prison wardens but specifically for the military men and women.

Frank’s hype that the military will not benefit from the coup was all a lie and a smokescreen to temporarily convince the people that his act of treason should be allowed when in fact its now payback time from Frank to all his loyal servants for their continued support and loyalty to his tyrany.

This latest sweet-heart payout by Frank is also meant to keep the soldiers happy while he and his plotters continue to scratch the bottom of the barrel for more survival self-preservation options.

Frank’s think tank and key players in orchestrating the coup and manipulating the illegal governing of the Fiji Islands are now all exposed.

Many in that troubled state understand just how corrupt Frank’s junta is and over the past 3 years under his dictatorship, they have seen first hand who has benefitted and who the real manipulators are.

Aiyaz Khaiyum tops the list. Next to him is Anthony Gates, Nazhat Shameem and Christopher Pryde. Others include Colonel Aziz Mohammed, John Prasad, John Sami, Ramswarup, Deo Saran, Prof Mahendra Reddy, Sada Reddy, Shaista Shameem, Sri Lankan Ajith Kodagoda, Tom Ricketts, Bernadette Rounds Ganilau, Aslam Khan, just to name a few.

So where is Frank’s trust on ethnic Fijians who make up the Military Council and the Fiji Military Forces he is depending on to detain, torture and even shoot the buggers who dare tell him that what he is doing is wrong and hurting Fiji?

A sweeping view of who’se who in Frank’s junta will clearly show that ethnic Fijians are simply pawns in Frank’s main game plan while it is the minority Indo-Fijians and others who are controlling and manipulating everything important in Frank’s small coup world.

They are the ones who are compiling and enforcing new illegal laws through decrees. They are reshaping Fiji’s law and judiciary in their usurped attempt to blotch-out their illusions about ethnic Fijian supremacy in their own land by tearing down their chiefly structure and everything attached to it.

Roll your eyes to the other side of the line-up and you’ll see native Fijians acting as Frank’s gun-holders and torture chamber commanders only. They’re not needed when it comes to important law-making that determines the governing of Fiji as a sovereign nation. Nor are the voices of the entire Fijian constituency required in drafting what they believe is good for their country and their future generation.

So what story does this picture tell you?

That ladies and gentlemen is the sad reality in Fiji where only a handful of overly ambitious elitish Fiji Islanders are unlawfully re-writing Fiji’s supreme law and moulding Fiji’s government system to wipe away their fear of ethnic Fijian supremacy.

We think Frank and his team of high-profilers are whipping up a very dangerous and poisonous portion they will all drink one day.

They must never under-estimate indigenous Fijians whom they are simply relegating to do all their dirty work for them while they plot.

Forcefully imposing their ideas on Fijians will not work.

They too are smart people who can read their dirty agendas and they know how totally wrong Frank & Co’s methods are.

The military council and the military forces are also getting tired of being used and abused by Frank and his think tank.

Frank and his think tank will not last!

Fiji’s main pension fund says it will consider taking legal action if it can’t recover millions of dollars in unpaid employer contributions.

The Fiji National Providence Fund says employers owe nearly $US3 million in contributions to staff retirement savings.

The fund’s Tanya Tabuavou says companies in the security and construction industries have been especially slow in getting their employee contributions in.

“These sort of organisations are mostly the companies who provide services to the corporate or large organisations. And other companies are like a portion of the small hotel operators or the minor hotel operators.”

She says the fund will use audits and inspections to recover the unpaid money, with legal action a possibility later down the track.

- Radio Australia

A member of New Zealand’s Centre for Strategic Studies says there’s no point in the New Zealand government trying to speak directly to the leader of Fiji’s interim regime.

The comment, from Dr Rod Alley, comes amid mounting calls for the governments of New Zealand and Australia to start talking with Commodore Frank Bainimarama and follows a flurry of diplomatic expulsions.

Dr Alley says Sir Paul Reeves’ meeting with the Commodore showed that any discussions with him are unlikely to result in a start to dialogue within Fiji, and a more subtle approach is needed.

“Maybe somebody who’s got wider Pacific links through the Forum could say well, a spat and it’s getting worse between New Zealand and Fiji is only simply going to damage the wider region. But I have to say the man’s conduct lately has been pretty obdurate and these options of somehow getting a line to Bainimarama are going to take patience and I’m afraid some time.”

Dr Rod Alley of New Zealand’s Centre for Strategic Studies.

Radio New Zealand International

Race is a fact of life


November 12, 2009

To pd12345.

We meet again on the same issue of strategic marketing when you removed my response to your comments on SDL policy which you continue to call rascist. And which you removed in the first week of November without giving me the right of reply even though you replied and posted it on my Wikipedia (the lowest of the low source of information because it is not a professional source) profile. You are acting with unfair advantage. Who are you?

I beg to differ. As a manager we have to measure the market and account for customer base, values and aspirations apart from money, time, capacity, asset use, economic, technical, political, information, moral, social relationships and structures and so on in the business plan.

If you want to succeed in today’s market economy your personal life, community life, professional life, national life and international life must be managed like a business. Otherwise you fail. And we Fijians have because we have not had the right strategic policies to back us, until the SDL policies.

I don’t know where you are coming from because you a hiding under a pseudonym but my guess is you are not a manager. Firstly, you have not read about the need to differentiate the market for the new economic order under research design that measure qualitative information through proposition testing and analysis by statistical significance, hypothesis and theory building. You got to University to find this moral professional standard NOT from Wikipedia source.

This is the research methodology that prevent bias from being used as a basis for policy and management/leadership decision making.

We did just that under the SDL Strategic Development Plans 2002, 2004, 2006
rolled over to 2007 -2011 that aligned to Paris Declaration 2004/2005, Millenium Development Goals and Pacific Plan 2005. I followed this up with my own research (Samisoni 2008) to prove that among 185 universal success factors and local market indicators, race and religion were value added variables. Given, human nature has two sides to the coin, (strengths over weaknesses and opportunities over barriers and threats) race and religion cannot be swept under the mat. VB and his stooges are using fear, barriers, weakness, demons, hate biases to support their “race free policy” for Fiji. One size cannot fit all in the new market information economy of today. VB has no doubt realized this fact to now support the SDL, Multi Party Cabinet (MPC) Qoliqoli Bill. In professional circles this is called Plagiarism(lowest of the low copying without acknowlegement of the source)

Again, race is a fact of life upon which human values with respective checks and balances have evolved. To suddenly remove this source of our humanity for the Indigenous Fijian people is destructive for our identity, integrity and self-worth. Furthermore, race and religion need to be counted in a multiracial, multi-religious society in order to serve the diversity of human aspirations given Indigenous Fijians are a collectivist society of 3500 years living with an individualistic group. Under this OPED system of strategic marketing, good governance result where the strategy is designed and processed to serve the people. By design it cannot be used as a tool to hide behind ignorance as in VB’s case nor a pseudonyms as in yours.

Dr. Mere Tuisalalo Samisoni SDL Member for Lami Open (deposed 2006).

We all remember that the Qoliqoli bill was one of the main reasons put forward by Frank Bainimarama for his seditious threats against the Qarase led multi-party government in 2006.

Bainimarama saw an opportunity and jumped on the hysterical outcry against the bill. We were told it would cripple tourism and rob all non-Fijian citizens of rights they had enjoyed from birth.

It was obvious that it was an emotional minefield. On the one side, we had Fijians who, since the first Great Council of Chiefs meeting, had demanded the recognition of traditional fishing rights. On the other side, non-Fijians felt they would be stripped of rights they had enjoyed since birth.

The BBC quoted a businessman, Ashneel Singh, who said “Many of us Indians support the military commander and many of the indigenous Fijians support the democracy. But Indians had serious problems with the proposals put forward by the democratically elected Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase. He wanted to allocate the ownership of coastal land to the indigenous Fijians.”

But the fact was that the bill was poorly understood.

The bill transferred ownership rights over coastal areas held by the state to “traditional owners”. But it did so with important many caveats. For example, any rights that had been conceded by the state to others were not affected. No-one could lose any right to which they were already entitled.

Section 8 of the bill said that “the exclusive possession conferred by section 6(1), does not affect any legal rights and interests duly granted or obtained by virtue of this Act or any other written law.”

Similarly, the idea that all beaches would be closed was a myth.

In fact, what the bill said was: “The exclusive possession conferred by section 6 shall not be construed as affecting the right of members of the public to have free and undisturbed access within the qoliqoli areas for the purpose of non-commercial recreational activities”.

Members of the public could still access the beaches freely for their own personal enjoyment.

Commercial fisheries were another matter. Anyone who wanted to charge tourists to snorkel on a reef would have to seek the permission of reef owners to do so, but I could take my boat to a reef and fish happily.

One complication is the fact that there has been informal recognition of qoliqoli rights for many years. Problems have arisen when outsiders have blundered in without recognizing the feelings involved here. The Qoliqoli bill was designed to bring and end to such problems.

One great irony in this whole complex problem is that the American owner of Turtle island, Richard Evanson, who funded Epeli Ganilau’s unsuccessful 2006 election attempt in order to defeat the Qoliqoli bill, has long advertised his “private beaches on Turtle Island, which, for a fee, he’ll make available to guests for their private enjoyment. The fact is that the law in Fiji does not recognize “private beaches”.

Even the Qoliqoli bill would not disturb the rights on members of the public to enjoy free access to Turtle Island’s so-called private beaches. There are no private beaches. Evanson was opposing the transfer to traditional owners of a right he didn’t have.

So has the dictator suddenly understood that the Qoliqoli bill was not as disastrous as he thought?

May be the dictator’s announcement of a review of the Qoliqoli legislation is the start of his campaign to rebuild support within the Fijian community. That’s the view of fellow democracy blogger, Intelligentsiya.

Frank’s announcement of the regime’s decision “said that there is discontent among Qoliqoli rights owners on the use of their fishing rights without fair and just compensation.”

But then again, he’s going to provide a solution that will provide certainty for investors interested in foreshore development.

He knows Fijians will never be happy until traditional fishing rights are recognised but even his tiny brain is capable of remembering his grand stand in 2006 telling the Qarase Government they had to withdraw the Qoliqoli bill.

The theory of “reporters” that Frank’s being manipulated by someone else is probably close to the truth. The only question is who is pulling the strings this time.

If it’s Aiyaz, what does he hope to achieve?

Frank’s walking into a minefield here. Let’s hope his foot finds one very soon.

Navosavakadua

Currently, Fiji is being ruined by the greedy, unscrupulous and criminal behaviour of a very select group of people who attempt to hide behind the thin veil of “nationalism” and alleged “reform”….

Fiji and Fijians have now been under this rule for almost three years. There seems to be a lot of talk (rightly so) on these forums and blogsites about how “unfairly” and brutally this place is being ruled. On the other hand, there is no one willing to walk the talk.

Fiji is being ruled by Frank, Khaiyum & Gates..never mind the President..he is there as a rubber stamp for Frank. For all the talking that happens on the website, no-one cares enough about Fiji to take the steps to plot his downfall, no-one is willing to sacrifice to bring him down. In Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, this type of rubbish wouldnt last a month..our Melanesian neighbours know how to skin the cat. Fijians know how to look the part carrying the latest weapon in some war torn country overseas but couldnt lift a their quarie finger for the vanua!

qasex

The qoliqoli bill did have honourable intent to protect traditional Fijian fishing areas from exploitation and I think the wider Fiji community respects that, however, one wonders why this purpose could not be achieved by improved environmental enforcement to result in genuine environmental preservation and sustainability.

Pragmatically the bill would have been difficult to administer and did have divisive implications for our society as its consequences where about denying access to “other” none vanua individuals the pleasure of enjoying our nations naturally endowed beauty. Evidently, in SDL’s opinion, being a vulagi in our nation relegates one to being a second class citizen with limited rights and opportunities, because our Fijian brothers and sisters suffer this same stigma in their own land, apparently due to the actions of the uninvited foreigners.

I would suggest the cause of the appalling statistics that demonstrate the steady and sad demise of our Fijian community is complex and is in need of open, genuine, non- racial and transparent debate to identify the root causes to commence an immediate reformation process. In the long term, it is in our collective best interest to ensure no one community is marginalised from our society, and equal opportunity is there for all being the great goal. However, pandering to a particular electorate with band aid “solutions” such as the qoliqoli bill is, in my view, short sighted.

Sadly long term growth and prosperity continues to elude Fiji, due in large to our policy makers and leaders not demonstrating true leadership and doing what is required, but instead playing village level politics as Frank is doing now, as was done previously. The evidence suggests, as before, the motivator is self preservation and ones own vested interests’ rather than the greater good of the nation’s prosperity. Increasingly it is becoming plain, Frank and his cohorts do not have a long term strategy and plan as they stumble from issue to issue and compound Fiji’s problems because of impulsive, ill conceived, forcibly imposed reactionary measures. How long will the pressure remain contained is what most are wondering?

pd12345

ISRAEL is sending a foreign ministry official to the Solomon Islands next week to seek an explanation as to why it was the only country in Oceania to vote at the UN for the Goldstone report condemning Israel’s assault on Gaza.

Solomon Islands’ Foreign Minister William Haomae a year ago flew to Iran, following a meeting at the UN in New York with counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki, to explore the prospect of formalising diplomatic relations, and of benefiting from Iranian aid.

Prime Minister Derek Sikua also held talks with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when both were attending the UN General Assembly in September last year.

Mr Haomae said at the time that Iran’s assistance might be helpful in dam construction, training for the oil and gas industries — for which the Solomons hopes to attract exploration — and trade in general.

The Solomons foreign ministry issued a statement that “as a peace-loving state, we have adopted a foreign policy of `friends to all, enemies to none”‘ — also the foreign policy slogan of the first Papua New Guinea government of Michael Somare.

Mr Mottaki said at the same time that “co-operation within the framework of south-south countries is very useful”. Since then, diplomatic relations have still not been formalised between the countries, although they have signed a “co-operative memorandum” about exploring practical ties in the face of criticism from Solomons opposition leader Manasseh Sogavare, who said that Iran “works against every principle that all right-thinking governments of the world believe”.

Iran promised to fund the travel for Solomon Islands medical students to Cuba. Iran and Cuba have long had close relations. Former Cuban president Fidel Castro spoke admiringly of Iran’s “increasing its ability to fight big powers by the day”.

Cuban doctors are also working in the Solomons. Fifty Solomons students are already in Cuba, and a further 20 are to leave for Havana shortly.

However, it remains unclear whether all the funding pledged by Iran has been received in Honiara as agreed.

The two-year-old government of Mr Sikua, while perceived as more supportive than its predecessor of the Australia-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) that ended the civil strife there, is nonetheless seeking ways to assert its sovereignty.

The Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru and Palau joined Australia in opposing the Goldstone report into Israel’s January assault on Hamas. Fiji, PNG, Samoa and Tonga joined New Zealand in abstaining. Only the Solomon Islands voted in favour.

- The Australia

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