Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Racist Aiyaz Khaiyum Need to be Removed ASAP

Aiyaz Khaiyum the architect of the 2006 coup

November 24, 2009 - Posted by rawfijinews

Comments I’d like to make’

1. If the Khaiyum brothers are giving themselves the licence to print money, we the Fijians have no one to blame but ourselves. Our displayed and collective ineptitude, inertia and reluctance since December 06 has allowed the Khaiyums a free hand…”

2. I dont understand what “…..which also owns the monopoly Papua New Guinea TV broadcaster EMTV..” is supposed to mean. In PNG, you have a choice of up to 120 (yes one hundred and twenty) TV Channels that you can choose from. EMTV is not even a “carrier”. From a local (PNG) TV station point of view, PNG has more than just EMTV, there are other PNG TV Channels e.g. Yumi TV, Kundu 2 etc.. PNG businesses use Australian TV stations to advertise to their PNG markets, e.g rice companies.

3. The military council and indeed Frank are coy of removing Aiyaz BECAUSE they know they are in the deep end and the only way they can find their way ashore is with the Aiyaz. He is the architect of the coup.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum driven by his racist agenda

Post by: Fiji Democracy Now

November 23, 2009

We all know jokes about crooked lawyers. But there is nothing funny about our illegal attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Least funny is the way his actions are driven by his pathological antagonism towards Fiji indigenous institutions, demonstrated most recently by his Regulation of National Spectrum Decree.

We’ll get to the background of Aiyaz’s racist attitudes, but first let’s examine the frightening ramifications of the illegal attorney-general’s latest move.

In a nutshell, the new Decree gives Aiyaz the power to strip the licenses of broadcasters, potentially costing investors millions of dollars if their companies are de-licensed.

Khaiyum has made no secret of his distaste for our dominant television broadcaster, Fiji TV, which is owned by Yasana Holdings, representing the 14 ethnic Fijian provinces.

Together with his younger brother, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, head of the government-owned FBCL (Radio Fiji), Aiyaz has been plotting for months to set up a rival pro-regime television station.

Now the National Spectrum Decree provides the means to do that effortlessly and Fiji TV, which also owns the monopoly Papua New Guinea TV broadcaster EMTV, is a sitting duck.

Under the provisions of the Decree it would require only the stroke of a pen for the Khaiyum brothers to re-allocate or demand a share of Fiji TV’s frequencies in order to put their new television station to air.

There would be no need for investment in transmission towers or reception antennas. Under the Decree it’s all there for the taking.

And under the provisions of Aiyaz’s Decree the management of Fiji could face up to five years jail if they refuse to cooperate in the hijacking of their broadcasting facilities, which represent millions of dollars worth of honest investment.

In any other society such a blatantly corrupt act would be theft, pure and simple. But under the latest dodgy decree hastily concocted by Aiyaz it’s all within the law!

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has certainly come a long way in a short time. When he jumped onto Bainimarama’s bandwagon following the armed coup, he was a relative nobody.

His main claims to fame were his legal qualifications and his well known antipathy for traditional Fijian cultural values.

In particular, he had long had his sights set on dismantling the chiefly system, which lies at the very core of those values. This is what he proposed in his university thesis in Hong in 2002 when setting out his case to dismantle the Bose Levu Vakaturaga (Great Council of Chiefs):

“. . . The Chiefly system must go. Cultural autonomy must have a sunset clause .. . ”

The sons of long-time NFP politician, Sayed Abdul Khaiyum, Aiyaz and Riyaz have each done well very out of the coup and the Bainimarama dictatorship.

Two years ago, and despite having no business experience, Riyaz, a former Fiji TV journalist, was suddenly elevated by the regime to the position of CEO of Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

But not everyone in the dictatorship thinks the sun shines out of the Sayed-Khaiyum brothers, notably the majority of senior RFMF officers that make up the Military Council that was established by the dictator immediately after the coup.

As well as privately deploring the way in which Aiyaz has used the coup to build his illicit powerbase, they are especially sensitive to Aiyaz’s racist attitudes towards ethnic Fijians.

Given that the RFMF is nearly 99 percent composed of ethnic Fijians, the military’s hostile suspicion of the brash and vain young Aiyaz hardly comes as a surprise.

But Aiyaz has never had much time for the military, either. As he wrote in his thesis for his Hong Kong law degree in 2002 when analyzing the 2000 (Speight) coup:

“…a a rescue of the prime minister and cabinet by the Fiji Military Forces, which prides itself in its military prowess, was an obvious and relatively easy task. However this was not to be. The ineptitude, inertia and reluctance displayed by the military in the first few weeks of the crisis allowed the kidnappers a free hand…”

Well, the Military Council certainly didn’t display “‘ineptitude, inertia and reluctance” in demanding the dictator sack his then interim Minister for Finance, Mahendra Chaudhry.

But does the Military Council have the balls to insist the dictator deals similarly with the out-of-control illegal attorney-general?

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