Friday, January 01, 2010

Break free of old elite's grip says PM

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has called on the people of Fiji to break free of the past and join his efforts to modernise Fiji by standing up to the “old elite”.

In a New Year’s message, Bainimarama said his government’s reform agenda means the people of Fiji must modernise their outlook and “get out of the little boxes that we have been told to stay in by the past leaders”.

He said there are some people who are still working behind the scenes to undermine the coming together of people and some who still think along ethnic and racial lines.

“We have to be aware of them; we have to stand up to them by pointing out the facts. Let not the personal agendas of the few who were part of the elite, who were part of the old way of thinking, undermine us,” he said.

Bainimarama said modernising and reforming means his government will focus on empowering all Fijians.

He pointed to the recent changes to business and liquor trading hours and the creation of special zones as a recognition of contemporary Fiji and the changes in the country’s thinking.

Voreqe Please Note this:

Fights mar celebrations

Saturday, January 02, 2010

BRAWLS and fights broke out along Macarthur Road and Victoria Parade during New Year's celebrations.

Pubs and nightclubs were filled to the maximum with the more favoured spots charging as much as $20 in entry fees.

This as nightclubs were granted longer opening hours to 5am as part of the new special Suva zone, which would also see retailers in the area allowed to open longer.

This also saw pub crawlers on the Suva streets around 7am and 8am, with one or two nightclubs operating till that time.

Taxi driver, Rohit Singh, said taxi drivers were hesitant to pick up people who intoxicated and coming out of the clubs at those times.

"We clearly believe that these people have been drinking all night and most of them tend to get into one car. With previous experiences of attacks on taxi drivers and drunkards not paying taxi fares, many of us do not stop for them," he said.

The streets of Suva had people still wandering around after nightclubbing at around 6am and 7am, trying to stop taxis.

Fiji Womens Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali labelled the move to have nightclubs open for that long as draconian.

She said implementing such a law change could not be good for a country that was already riven with alcohol related social problems.

"An organisation like the Crisis Centre knows exactly what happens around nightclub hours to young people, what happens to families around alcohol, particularly at this time of the year, so for us that is really something that we believe should have discussed in consultation with NGOs and civil society, as well as business people, and that has been just done in a very draconian manner," said Ms Ali.

1 comment:

Dr. Mere Tuisalalo Samisoni said...


The Military Junta (MJ) through Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum (ASK) wrongly advises the Illegal Interim Regime (IIR) Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (VB). 

The "old elite model" is a function of the old economic order that was dictated by the "few elite" who owned and controlled asset. They made decisions for their own benefits with more risks going to the other side of the equation. The risks from this "old elite" centralized framework and core culture of autocracy, impacted to increase global poverty, climate change that the world leaders are still trying to address as recently as in the Copenhagen meeting 2009 and Arms proliferation. 

However, VB and his IIR are still using the same outdated centralized autocratic model of decision making with their illegal coup of December 5th 2006, the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution in April 10th 2009, (after being declared illegal by the Fiji Court of Appeal, by Judges Randall Powell, Ian Lloyd and Francis Douglas, 9th April, 2009), ruling by decrees and the continuous extension of the Public Emergency Regulations (PER). 

These behaviors, policies and regulations, directly contravene the new economic order of the digital age that VB, MJ and ASK argue that they wish to take Fiji to.

The new economic order has been decentralized since the 1950's with the Information Communication Technology (ICT) platform, where the people have made the market efficient through access to information through diversity of customers, capital and companies and democratic freedom with its institutions of government.
Indeed, so that the people can decide what matters to them and who can be removed by them at election time. 

Accordingly, to embrace this new order from centralization to decentralization, CHANGE in attitude, driven by market information and customer’s human values, allows the market to become very efficient through innovation and education for human and social capital development. In other words the vision and process is to be driven by the hearts and minds of the market/customers/public or people. 

But, in direct contrast to this requirement for the information market civilization, to function at peak performance, VB and his IIR is making the market inefficient with suppression of market information from the people. 

The IIR Brand, Product and Market Strategic Mixes are FLAWED & NOT IN THE PUBLIC GOOD OR INTEREST. 

THEREFORE VB and MJ SHOULD RETURN TO BARRACKS and "Sheath the Sword" (Baleidrokadroka 5th December 2009) and hand back Government to the people to whom it rightfully belongs.

In delaying this handover, will only worsen the DENIAL MENTALITY of those ADVISING like ASK who in his specialty area is not qualified nor trained for the civil job at hand. 

Dr. Mere Tuisalalo Samisoni Elected SDL Member for Lami Open Constituency (Deposed 2006).