Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Militrary and Rejected Politicians ruin Fiji!

FSC Web Site (fsc.com.fj)

It is shameful for company like Fiji Sugar Corporation Limited that their official website has been in development state for a long time.

For the benefit of the readers, FSC has a fully fledge Information System Department with number of so called professionals, yet is it pity that the website is blocked. I could see some possible reasons for website not in operation:-
a. no qualified personnel, both in terms of IT professionals to upload into website, and secondly to present the required text.
b. company hiding information from public (non of them relevant as they are always outdated)

Would Mr. Deo Sharan look into this anomaly making sure Corporation pays appropriately to people it employs.

The hypothesis that one can derive from all this coup culture in Fiji which is probably the common feature for other all coup around world is that you dont have to spend 3 or 6 years wrecking your brain studying for a degree to get a lucrative job in Fiji nowadays.

All you need to do is be able to say yes sir, salute, hold the gun the right way, torture and harrass people and you are fit and strong and above all else can play rugby.

You can get a good job with lots of other benefits derived from Fiji tax payers.

The irony of it all is the fact that the United Nations supports this process.

latinidaveta

Who Ruined Fiji?

Frank won’t allow politicians to join his national dialogue because he says they’ve ruined Fiji.

From where I sit, I’d say that military men have ruined Fiji.

Who started the coups? Sitiveni Rabuka! Politicians jumped on his bandwagon but he was calling all the shots.

And some of those same politicians (Bole and Kubuabola) are now in Bainimarama’s cabinet.

Other politicians in Vore cabinet are the unelectable children of the politicians Rabuka invited in.

So what makes the collection of politicians he has appointed to positions of power different from other politicians?

That’s easy, they’ve all be rejected by the voters.

With this definition of a politician, Frank can guarantee that he’ll never be one.

By 2014 he’ll be less electable than he is today.

Navosavakadua

It is becoming painfully clear that the secret to getting on with life and dealing with the horrific disaster that is engulfing our beloved Fiji …. is to pretend.

That’s right! We simply pretend it’s not happening.

And, it would be even easier if we could also pretend that our military leaders are NOT pretending to know what they are doing?

For example, did anyone catch Saturday’s announcement by the discredited Colonel Pio Tikoduadua calling for participants to register for the so-called National Dialogue on Fiji’s future?

If nothing else, Tikoduadua certainly demonstrated that when it comes to playing pretend, he’s right out there with the fairies.

Keeping a straight face the military stooge called on community “leaders” to take advantage of a “rare opportunity” to engage in a dialogue that would be “wide-ranging and inclusive”.

Then, getting right into his game of pretend, Tikoduadua went on to reveal that, actually, the “inclusive” national dialogue is carefully structured to “exclude” a big slice of the mainstream.

In short, you only qualify if you are a 100 per behind the flawed people’s charter, have a blind belief that the dictator is a man of his word, are not part of the Methodist Church leadership and have no links to any of our established political parties.

Yes folks, “pretend” is indeed the operative word.

The entire Bainimarama nightmare, from the coup to the current catastrophe, has been about pretending.

The dictator is pretending there’s a public emergency in order to justify a stupefying level of censorship of freedom of speech and curtailment of basic human rights.

He is pretending we have an “independent” judiciary while the entire civilized world says otherwise.

And the biggest pretend of them all: he has always pretended the coup was justified in order to clean up corruption.

But, in reality, his coup has paved the way for the most corrupt administration our nation has ever had.

And that brings us back to the military minion who made Saturday’s announcement, one Colonel Pio Tikoduadau.

Who remembers how, back in October 2007, High Court Justice Gerard Winter sprung Esala Teleni and Tikoduadua trying to pervert the court of justice in a bid to help the dictator’s brother in law, Francis Kean, when he was being tried for murder?

Or is that all in the past, and are we not supposed to pretend the past never happened?

If only we could pretend that the desperados running our country will one day allow us to have some sort of a future.

Fiji Democracy Now

Anthony Harold Cumberland Thomas Gates is a perplexing character. He’s the Chief Justice of Fiji and, as such, is right in the eye of a political storm. On Sunday Gates held a media conference and read a long statement, attacking the role of New Zealand and Australia for what he claimed was interference in Fijian judicial affairs.

The country is desperately short of judges, principally as a result of the military regime’s sacking of the entire judiciary in April.

A job lot of Sri Lankan lawyers had been recruited to serve as Fiji judges. The current diplomatic stand-off was precipitated by an Australian Immigration official’s warning to those prospective appointees that they would be subject to the travel bans that Canberra applies to Fijian government officials and members of the judiciary.

Gates has a house in Sri Lanka, has been a frequent visitor to the country and is well connected there.

After Cambridge, the young Gates practised at the London bar before sailing for the South Seas and getting a prosecutor’s job in Fiji in 1977.

Ever since he’s been climbing up (and occasionally sliding down) Suva’s slippery pole of preferment.

He became deputy director of public prosecutions in 1981 and a magistrate in 1985. He wasn’t in favour of Colonel Sitiveni Rabuka’s coup of 1987 and left the country, having been pitchforked from his job.

He fetched up in Brisbane where he worked for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

The return pathway to Suva was clear by 1993 and he went back to work as a lawyer. In late 1999 he became a judge of the Fiji High Court, which is the country’s main trial court.

In 2000 he gave a judgment in the Prasad case that found George Speight’s May 19 civilian coup had not succeeded in overturning the constitution and that parliament still existed.

Even though Gates’s judgment was upheld on appeal, Speight seemed to have enough guns and men to studiously ignore it.

By January 2007 Gates was acting chief justice of Fiji, on the say-so of the December 2006 coup leader Commodore Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama, who had deposed the elected government of Laisenia Qarase.

Bainimarama was not at all keen on Speight, and maybe that’s one of the reasons why Gates appealed to him.

The head of the military’s legal unit, Colonel Mohammed Aziz, escorted Gates’s predecessor as chief justice, Daniel Fatiaki, from his chambers on forced leave.

I first heard of Gates because of a celebrated incident at the French embassy during the Bastille Day cocktail party in 2004 – when he was on the High Court.

He indiscreetly told some guests at the party that he would ensure that a defendant on a charge of incitement to mutiny, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, would be ”put away”.

What made the comment particularly exciting was that Gates would be presiding at Takiveikata’s trial a few months later. True to his word, Takiveikata was ”put away” – for life.

The prejudicial remarks eventually emerged and an appeal against the conviction came before the Court of Appeal (Justices Ellis, Penlington and McPherson), which accepted the word of the witnesses at the embassy cocktails. Peter Maiden, SC, from the Sydney bar, did Takiveikata’s appeal. A new trial was ordered.

Gates then set about unsuccessfully petitioning the court to overturn the appeal decision, even though he was not a party to the criminal proceedings against Takiveikata.

Australian lawyers and judges have always played an important part in Fiji’s legal life and times. It was three members of the Sydney bar who lit the fuse to the chain of events that has led to the current sorry state of affairs in Fiji and its relations with Australia.

Francis Douglas, Randall Powell and Ian Lloyd sat as the Fiji Court of Appeal. The day before Easter they found that Bainimarama’s power seizure in December 2006 was illegal, so was the dismissal of the then prime minister Qarase and the dissolution of parliament.

In coming to those findings, the Court of Appeal overturned the thinking of a three-member panel of the High Court (Gates, an Australian-Irish peer from Ballarat, John Byrne, and a local lawyer, Devendra Pathak).

Bret Walker, SC, appeared for Qarase in the appeal and said it would be ”inconceivable” that the regime would not abide by the judge’s declarations and orders.

Bainimarama did the inconceivable. All constitutional positions were vacated, the judiciary sacked, all litigation deferred, and the military surrounded the courts and turned away lawyers who sought to appear.

The Law Society was stripped of its regulatory authority over the profession and lawyers were required to reapply for their practising certificates to Major Ana Rokomokoti, whom the junta had installed as chief registrar of the High Court.

A London silk, James Dingemans, pronounced the decree that resulted in the removal of the judges to be unconstitutional.

It’s believed that some of these illegal decrees have been drafted by New Zealand lawyers.

For a time Gates left the country. It was believed he was resting at his retreat in Sri Lanka.

A number of Australian lawyers who sat as Fiji judges were caught up in the storm and have since not sought to be reappointed. This includes Jocelyn Scutt and Thomas Hickie – both Australian academics.

By the end of May, Gates was back and had been sworn in as Chief Justice. He recalled being dismissed in 1987, after the second coup that year. He said: ”Though we felt we held the moral high ground, the ordinary people of Fiji were left abandoned.”

It took years to restore the numbers on the bench and to catch up on the backlog of cases, Gates added.

He has had to come to terms with his own compromises in the face of the junta’s attempts to destroy the independence of the legal profession and to install military cronies in key jobs within the court system.

The regime is unconstitutional and its appointments are invalid.

Yet there will always be lawyers who can find a rationalisation not to ”abandon the ordinary people”.

justinian@lawpress.com.au

The Tahitian based company, Pacific Petroleum Company, has signed a 6 months sale and purchase agreement with BP SW Pacific after FHL’s bungled offer to buy it at $190million turned out to be a major scam.

FHL’s CEO, Sereana Qoro and Chairman Isoa Kaloumaira were told in no uncertain terms by angry FHL shareholders during its recent AGM that they were incapable of running their company and should resign for failing to exercise their fiduciary duties and duty of care.

And the shareholders now have more reason to prove that their concern is spot-on.

Latest from Tahiti is that Pacific Petroleum Company will be purchasing the same BP SW Pacifict at only $95 million or half the price FHL was offering at $190million.

It means that FHL’s due diligence process claimed by Sereana Qoro and Isoa Kaloumaira to be a thorough one was nothing but a money making exercise for those involved with its 100% percentage error.

It also means that Qoro, Kaloumaira and the FHL board were frivolously chasing a non-sensical sale and purchase out of pride instead of good commercial sense.

$95million error in pricing judgment is too large and unacceptable.

It simply shows that Qoro, Kaloumaira, Colonel Aziz Mohammed and the rest of the FHL board are not the right people for their job.

They are doing things detrimental to the shareholders of FHL which will inevitably end up with the Fijian investment company tanking in the not too distant future.

Fiji and Oceania

Coconut dictator

Nov 12th 2009 | CANBERRA

From The Economist print edition

A coup leader who is tough on the outside, softer underneath

FIJI’S military strongman, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has thumped down his fist. He will restore relations with Australia and New Zealand only in 2014, he says, having booted out their High Commissioners on November 4th. He justified the expulsions by saying the countries were interfering in his efforts to replace judges he sacked when he abrogated the constitution in April.

This latest diplomatic crisis, as with previous such episodes, led to a ratcheting up of repression at home: Brij Lal, a persistent critic of the regime and a distinguished historian of the Indian diaspora, was taken to a military barracks, harassed and thrown out of the country. This week, the authorities started jamming anti-government bloggers, who have proliferated since the coup of December 2006.

Mr Bainimarama’s belligerence has divided the region. Kevin Rudd, Australia’s prime minister, gave warning that Fiji might spread its “coup culture” across the Pacific. Some Pacific island leaders, though, who think Australia and New Zealand are being overbearing, are more sympathetic to Fiji’s coup leader.

But while he talks tough in the region, back home the commodore is in trouble. Fiji’s economy is reeling. Sugar, its mainstay for over 100 years, has been devastated by big cuts in European Union preferential prices; the industry is failing to meet agreed shipments to the British company Tate & Lyle. Other export industries, including garments, bottled mineral water and gold, also face difficulties. Only tourism fared well in 2009, as Australians and New Zealanders stayed nearer home instead of going to Europe and America. The recent expulsions risk turning some of them away again.

Mr Bainimarama’s political position is being eroded, too. In August, two of his rivals—once arch-adversaries—joined forces against him. They are Laisenia Qarase, whom he deposed as prime minister in 2006 and who retains strong support amongst the 57% of the population who are indigenous Fijians, and Mahendra Chaudhry, who resigned from the government last year and whose Fiji Labour Party has long been the party of choice for the 37% of the population who are Indians. The two men want fresh elections by October 2010.

Of those politicians who remain in the commodore’s cabinet, most have no credibility, having been rejected at the last poll, held in 2006. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who became president on November 5th, had his nomination as vice-president rejected in 2007 by the Great Council of Chiefs, then the appointing authority for both posts. As Mr Bainimarama made clear in July when he acknowledged that Mr Qarase would win an election if one were held soon, he has strong reasons for delaying both election and diplomatic normality until 2014.

Fiji’s military dictator has sent a message to the New Zealand Government – butt out and stop your bullying.

Speaking publicly for the first time about the expulsion of the New Zealand High Commissioner two weeks ago, Frank Bainimarama told TVNZ last night that Todd Cleaver had to go because he was a representative of New Zealand.

“I didn’t throw him out. Did I throw him out? I didn’t pick [up] anybody by the coat-tails and throw them out of the window.

“What did I do? I gave him 24 hours’ notice and told him [he was] persona non grata … to tell New Zealand we can’t stand any bullying any more.”

Mr Cleaver was the third NZ High Commissioner the self-appointed Prime Minister has expelled. The others were Caroline McDonald last year and Michael Green in 2007.

Wellington has imposed travel bans on Fiji officials, which has irked Commodore Bainimarama, who can now not visit New Zealand for rugby matches, visit close family or receive medical treatment.

He told the Sunday programme in response to this: “We’re trying to send New Zealand a message. New Zealand has been telling us that they want to destroy our economy, destroy our judiciary and we want to tell New Zealand: Stop there.”

The commodore shrugged his shoulders when told Fiji would experience a decline in tourist numbers and its trade would be severely affected. “Well, if there’s going to be dwindling numbers because of that, so be it.”

He said a 2014 election date was “guaranteed”. Two years ago, he had said a poll would be held on December 10 this year.

TVNZ said its interview, which was also recorded by Fiji’s Ministry of Information, would not be shown in Fiji as Commodore Bainimarama bans anything critical of his regime.

Asked why he censors the news, he replied: “We don’t gag media. The papers are out every day. The radio stations are on, TV stations are on. It’s irresponsible reporting that we don’t like. [Coverage that causes] instability in the nation, we stop that.”

The editor of the 140-year-old Fiji Times, Netani Rika, said officials of the military regime visited the newspaper’s offices every day to check the pages.

When first gagged, the Times responded by publishing white space in protest. But the regime soon warned it not to continue doing that.

Since April, 4200 stories have been censored. Mr Rika said they would be kept until they could be printed.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10609484

US president Barack Obama says the United States is a Pacific power, and he has vowed to deepen Washington’s engagement with the region.

Mr Obama outlined his vision at the start of his first Asian tour as president, as North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy reports from Tokyo.

Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on the first day of his nine-day Asian tour, which takes in Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea.

The US president met with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama for more than an hour, the two men discussing North Korea, climate change, and the war of Afghanistan.

Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, Mr Obama stressed his approach to the Asia-Pacific.

“Throughout my trip and throughout my presidency I intend to make clear that the United States is a Pacific nation and we will be deepening our engagement in this part of the world,” he said.

After his Japan trip, Mr Obama will fly to Singapore for an APEC summit before visiting China and South Korea.

- Radio Australia

FSC and its predecessor CSR has been pillaging and raping the environment and marine life for the last 125 years with impunity. With a compliant colonial government before independence and now an equally pliable regime, FSC can do anything and get away with it. As a legally independent entity, FSC should be subject to all the regulatory checks and balances and should be prosecuted for all breaches of law. But no they could not give a damn to anybody because they consider themselves above all law, accountability and regulatory requirements.

The government agencies do not spare anybody for even minor breaches of health and sanitation infringements, but turn a complete blind eye to the decades of environmental degradation and destruction of the Qawa, Ba, Rakiraki rivers and the open sea near the Lautoka mill. Poor fisherman are savagely fined for catching the occassional baby fish and there is FSC killing all kinds of marine life everyday and every minute. FSC has been engaged in the biggest acts of eco terrorism and environmental genocide ever seen in Fiji and it is time the authorities woke up to it.

The stench, stink and the abnoxious smell emanating non stop from the Qawa and Ba rivers from the black and thickly industrially polluted water with chemicals, poison and oil and fuel and the long-term damage to the surrounding vegetation, the black smoke from the mill boilers, the bagasse contamination ,the noise, the excessive carbon footprint makes the adjoining area uninhabitable. Throughout the world, industries are told to lift their game and make appropriate investments to minimise such abuse of the community. Not only that in many cases, companies and organisations have been retrospectively prosecuted for historical breaches.

All over the world, there is pressure on big companies to demonstrate conscionable corporate citizenship and just not make all other goals subservient to it heir bottom line. This is why there is now an international move to require companies to also file social and environmental balance sheets alongside its traditional accounting reports.

But not in Fiji as the unemployable conman Gautam Ramswarup led regime of Australian fraudsters ably supported by the supine local pimp Deo Saran are not worried about Fiji and its people. They are there to line their pockets and by all accounts they are doing very well.

Has the government got the guts to prosecute these bastards and hold them accountable? Or will they be allowed to freely replicate the tragedies of the Bhopal Union Carbide in Fiji?

The Labasa, Ba and Lautoka Town councils have also been hopelessly ineffective and they have blood on their hands as well. They can only make life miserable for the carrier operators, the market vendors, shopkeepers, hawkers, fisherman and the taxi drivers.

But when it comes to enforcing the by laws against these FSC criminals, they cringe on their arses or as my Kaiindia brothers say “ Ghaand phat jaye.”

It is far more economical to raise the standard of living of 1% of the population with guns instead of the other 99%.

Instead of a colonial government working through the chiefs, you have a military despot working through the army.

The army guys derive their power not from respect, but from the aura of the gun.

That is the difference.

It is all a tidy little scam, but not likely to be supported by the People generally, investors, or internationals.

So what happens?

As the economy stagnates or tanks, the army keeps ripping off through intimidation and extortion.

Frank buying gun votes


November 13, 2009

Looks like Franko is buying gun votes.

He never had the support of the People generally and is losing the support of the Indians he hoodwinked with his false promises, now he is left with those few (1%) who hold guns and therefore have the firepower to rape and steal from the rest. So it makes sense for him to pay them well since they are the only source of his power.

He must be getting increasingly desperate though, as he loses support and makes blatant his corrupt and racist policies.

Dear Oracle: (referring to a previous post by Oracle)

Are you just being rhetorical for the purpose of stimulating discussion as your quaff your cup of Yaqona under your palm tree? Or what?

Are we to suggest that your brand of “necessity” now with all alleged Christian flags flying is any more just than Frank’s necessary coup against corruption and the Qoliqoli? You’ve bought into the same mind-set friend.

The problem with your “Christian final solution” is that it is not only that it isn’t a just solution – it simply isn’t Christian. You’ve forgotten that the perpetrators and the defenders of this unstable state of affairs are deeply panicked by the fact that if they don’t maintain their “brave” stand then they will be brought to justice. I don’t just mean the events of 2000, or even the events of December 2006.

We’ve got a situation here where the leader of the Military has led his troops into effective long-term isolation from their own regional security responsibilities. We’ve got a situation where a rump of South West Pacific lawyers and legally trained professionals have put themselves onto an ongoing collision course with the regional constitutionalism in public-legal affairs for decades to come. See latest post on Raw Fiji News.http://rawfijinews.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/fijis-illegitimate-chief-justice-likely-to-leave/We’ve got some very compliant commercial and other interests …. I won’t go on – Raw Fiji News is better equipped than I am to explore all that:http://rawfijinews.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/aiyaz-khaiyums-qoliqoli-bill-2009/

And so – what is your suggestion. Extermination in the name of Christ? So much for peace and reconciliation! No. What Christians in Fiji are called to do is nothing other than what need Christians in the region are called to do … they are to follow the Apostle Paul and form their citizenship to bring justice – not manipulate their churches to gain an advantage from the latest military or para-military ego-trip. In that sense Fiji, like the region is probably going to have to discover the peaceful road of non-denomination and specifically Christian political SERVICE. And that means a conscious adoption of HUMILITY without PARALYSIS. Bold with Christian humility is the only way Christians are promised to be assisted in going down the track following their Lord. This is the ONLY way to avoid paralysis. A plan as you put forward to “exterminate the bastards” avoids the justice that will have to be meted out and it also forgets just how much we Christians, without God’s disciplining are prone to being “mere bastards”. If you think that is too crude go read Hebrews 12:1-13. And as an Australian Christian (if not a bastard) I want to acknowledge that the sad fruit of Fiji’s coup culture comes also as a judgment, as a disciplining judgment, to those of us who now realise just how much we haven’t been concerned about our neighbours. Let me try to expand to try and explain why I am actually rejecting your call out of a real solidarity with you concerning the problem WE IN THE REGION now face:
First, nothing in our Christian way of life, including our contribution to politics, should give any hint, any whiff, that we are involved in last judgment politics. By that I mean Christians have to face the fact that the last judgment is not in our hands to deliver and we should not live our lives as if it is. It is clear from the New Testament that any last judgment is what God will do when His plans for His creation and the redemption of the world are complete – that is the end time and the Bible is plain about that when it say that is what the angels will come to do at God’s command. That’s what the Lord will return to do. He will separate the lambs from the goats, the wheat from the tares. So anything that we Christians say that suggests that “We are coming to set the world right!” is just not within our mandate. That is not what we are about. Jesus’ teaching was emphatically in the other direction: God gives rain and sunshine to the just and the unjust alike and as long as God is doing that our task as Christians is to be like our Father in Heaven and we ought to be the ministers of God’s mercy to everybody around us. And that holds especially and importantly for our work in the political realm.

Following on from that, we should never claim to be doing God’s will. What you say? I think that that also holds for other areas of life as well. We are not God. Just because the Holy Spirit has brushed past us and aloud us to give a smidgen of faith to Jesus Christ does nt mean we become a little bit Divine with a little bit of Divine Authority that we can throw around with our declarations that WE ARE DOING GOD’S WILL. Frank may have thought that having his photo in the Sunday papers after Dec 5th 2006 drinking from the Communion Cup was good advertising for his couping ambition – but only God will decide whether we are doing God’s will. For us to claim ahead of time that what we are doing is God’s will presumes that we make the judgment that is God’s judgment. What we should be saying boldly to one another is this: “We are seeking to respond in obedience to God’s call to do justice!” But that is all that we should claim. We are trying to respond in obedience to God’s call to do justice.

And to follow that up we might try to explain why we think that certain restorative measures and even some retributive redress after this coup business has run its course can lead to peace and reconciliation – we may want to propose some serious punishments when these perpetrators of gross injustice are tried, but those policies, thos suggestions, will need to be just and need to be justly implemented … We think this is an obedient response and this will chart a truly new course (possibly with a reformed constitution and a reformed military) but say that boldly. We are convinced after working on it that it is a good policy. But then having said it we discover that someone else doesn’t agree. What is our response going to be then? “You don’t think so? You don’t think that this is a just policy? Well please show us why. If this isn’t an obedient response to God’s call to do justice then we might be doing injustice. And you may be helping us see a better way to go. You also might have a word from the Lord.” And we Christians must keep in mind that those who are not Christians may have a wise word that calls us to account when we are proposing (or worse doing) something that is unjust. We don’t rule that out. We try to posture ourselves so that we can listen carefully to all those who comment on what we have to offer.

So it seems to me that that is the Christian foundation for serious political dialogue. Nobody should ever see us saying, “God and us have decided. Be with us or get out of here!” or “This is a just policy. We have reasoned it out from the Bible to the conclusion.” That is the way most people still think when they hear Christians talk about politics and really we have a big task AS CHRISTIANS to show that we are serious about serving God in politics and not just big naming ourselves. Others seem to think of us people for whom there is just no discussion. And they probably have good cause to think like this.

We ought to be able to demonstrate our intent to have serious listening to every other citizen. Serious discussion must take them all seriously as Image Bearers of God – to hear what they say because we too are blinded by sin and confused even as we try to be Christian. But that shouldn’t bring paralysis.

I hope I have not offended you. I think you really need to re-think your entire approach to Christianity; but then you are not alone in that. I join you in that. That’s why I have written this.

Charles Whyman

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