Monday, June 06, 2011

Terrorist Khaiyum' Assault on Fijians Designed to Forcibly Modernise!

Posted on Raw Fiji News - 06 June 2011



Aiyaz Khaiyum says their terrorist assaults on civilians is good to modernize Fijians


Fiji’s known terrorist Aiyaz Khaiyum
Aiyaz Khaiyum was once thought of as an active pro-democracy fighter during Fiji’s 1st coup in 1987.
He was believed to be either soo passionate about restoring democracy or deeply detested Sitiveni Rabuka & Co.’s  spurious assumptions that shaped his 1987 coup as one aimed at defending indigenous rights against the interests and aspirations of an immigrant community.
But his actions way back then diffused any belief that he was a genuine pro-democracy non-racial kinda guy.
His idea of resisting Rabuka’s coup was not a peaceful one like those exhibited by pro-democracy advocates after Frank’s 2006 coup.
Aiyaz’s coup resistance was more deadly and terrorist-like.
He formed a group of youthful immigrants and taught them how to make home-made bombs.
His intent? To blow up people and properties causing wide spread destruction.
Some members of his terrorist group were imprisoned after they were caught but were released from jail following the blanket immunity given to Rabuka and all other political prisoners including these terrorists.
Their leader, Aiyaz Khaiyum, cowardly fled to Sydney to avoid imprisonment leaving his naive followers high and dry.
A similar pattern of manipulation and causing harm to civilians’ lives and properties is repeating itself in Aiyaz’s world.
Through his puppet Frank and his military goons, Aiyaz has found the perfect ally to terrorize Fijian civilians  in the most brutal way in the history of that island state.
Over the weekend, his corrupt Aunty, Nur Banu Ali, organised a “Fiji Business Forum” targeted at the business sector to invest more in their criminal activities.
She invited her nephew Aiyaz to be one of its key speakers and this is his talk as reported by FijiLive.
A modern Fiji will facilitate more investments and bring about investor confidence in the country says Fiji’s Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Speaking during the Fiji Business Forum, Sayed-Khaiyum said the Bainimarama government is focused in making a modern Fiji for all.
He said the government has been changing a lot of laws within the past few years to achieve its goals.
“We have brought in about 70 new laws within one year. We did a referential check one government did not pass even 60 laws within five years,” Sayed-Khaiyum said.
He said the reasons why they are doing is not a matter of points scoring, it’s a matter of realising that there needs to be many and numerous changes in order to modernise Fiji.
Sayed-Khaiyum said the Bainimarama government has the expectations to expertise and modernise within the span of a couple of years.
“The expectations must be high but we must also realise that we are trying to play catch up with 20 years of indecisive decision making and the lack of progress in thinking and modernising,” said Sayed-Khaiyum.
He added that this is the reality and all should work towards modernising Fiji.
Are Fijians listening to Aiyaz’s diatribe?
They are but they don’t believe Aiyaz one single bit.
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Ului Mara to campaign in the Pacific against Fiji regime


Ului Mara and his 3FIR
The escaped Fijian military commander, Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, has called on Fiji’s regime to end the Public Emergency Regulation and follow an open route to democracy.
Lieutenant Colonel Mara fled to Tonga last month, as he faced charges of mutiny and trying to overthrow the military government of Commodore Frank Bainimarama.
In a video posted on the social networking site, YOUTUBE, Ratu Tevita says Fiji has not developed since the 2006 coup and it is time for free elections.
Mr Mara also says he will tour the region to run a campaign against the interim Fiji government – but what are the legal and political implications for the region if he does so?
Will other countries in region offer him a warm welcome?
Presenter:  Janak Rogers
Speakers:  Ratu Tevita Mara, former senior Fiji military officer; Dr Brij Lal from the Australian National University

ROGERS: Ratu Tevita Mara’s fifth YOUTUBE video marks a change in tone from his earlier dispatches from Tonga where his currently in exile. Where earlier videos emphasised allegations against Fiji’s interim government, this video strikes a more triumphal note and marks the apparent beginning of a real campaign to undermine Fiji’s military government.

MARA: Fellow citizens of Fiji, today I will talk about the future of our beloved Fiji. I will start the discussions about the Fiji that the people want and deserve and not the hatred, military junta forced upon them by Khayum (Fiji’s interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khayum) and his hand puppet Bainimarama.
ROGERS: Mr Mara calls on interim prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, to end the public emergency regulations that have been in force since April 2009, which limit civil freedoms.
MARA: If they are doing good job as they say, they have nothing to fear. The papers will sing their praises and the public will only march in support of the illegal military junta. Why then are they to scared to remove the PER. The military junta won’t remove the PER, because they know without it, they would be driven from power by the voices of the people.
ROGERS: Mr Mara goes on to say that he plans to expand his campaign against the interim government in Fiji.
MARA: Over the coming weeks, I will travel the region to discuss with the Pacific leaders the real situation in Fiji and I will discuss the road map on how we will return Fiji to democracy in the shortest time.
ROGERS: But Mr Mara’s departure from Fiji to Tonga has already raised tensions between the neighbouring countries. The question remains whether other regional neighbours will welcome Mr Mara at the risk of upsetting the leadership of the interim government in Fiji.
Dr Brij Lal is a leading specialist on Fijian affairs at the Australian National University in Canberra.
LAL: This is going to complicate the story for the military regime in Fiji. Now you have a very senior member until recently a very senior member of the Military Council Tevita Mara going around the region telling people about the inner workings of the Military Council of the regime and that’s going to be difficult.
ROGERS: Dr Lal also says that Ratu Tevita Mara’s campaign is likely to extend beyond the borders of the Pacific.
LAL: The South Pacific tour I suspect is going to be a prelude to a larger effort to engage with the international community, the UN, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Union and so on. So I think that if I were a member of the military regime in Fiji, I would certainly be very worried about what Tevita Mara is going to say to the international community about what is actually going on in the country.
ROGERS: And yet Dr Lal says that not all countries in the Pacific region may necessarily welcome Ratu Tevita Mara’s presence.
LAL: He is welcome in Tonga. I have no doubt that he will be welcomed in Samoa, but there are some other countries where things could be complicated. For example, Fiji is the chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, whether he received a warm welcome in Solomons or in Vanuatu or in Papua New Guinea remains to be seen. But I think even in those countries what he had to say about what is going on, people will listen.
ROGERS: Ratu Tevita Mara also used this video to more formally position himself as an opposition figure.
MARA: Many of you are putting your faith in me to bring about the end of this military junta. I will not let you down.
ROGERS: Dr Brij Lal, from the Australian National University in Canberra said that Ratu Tevita Mara could represent a new rallying point for people opposed to the interim government in Fiji.
LAL: He is credible in the sense that until recently, he was part of the inner circle of the Military Council and in the regime in Fiji. And of course who he is, a high chief. His father was the founding prime minister of Fiji and late president, so it’ll be difficult to dismiss him and I think that he’s presence at this point in time I think is going to encourage groups which have hither to been disorganised and unable to really get their act together.
ROGERS: As part of rallying people together in opposition to the Fiji interim government, Ratu Tevita Mara also has this suggestion for people in Fiji.
MARA: Whenever you meet your friends, your family and your colleagues, I want you to give a thumbs up for democracy. You’ll be doing nothing illegal, you cannot be arrested by the police, you cannot be taken in by the military.
ROGERS: Dr Brij Lal, from the Australian National University says that the thumbs up campaign may be more than just a gimmick.
LAL: It’s quite a clever move really. It’s kind of a quiet signal to people you know in a sense saying we’re on the same side. If you put your thumbs up without exchanging any words. I suppose in that sense you’re creating a network of people who are basically on the same side and supporting each other silently.
ROGERS: A spokesperson for the Fiji interim government declined to comment on this story.
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Frank Bainimarama forgets others as he concentrates on rural indigenous Fijians only
Noticed how Frank Bainimarama is spending all his Presidential campaigning time at indigenous Fijian communities and villages lately? Like, soon after Ului Mara’s first You Tube series was broad-casted to the world?
This is the guy, who with Aiyaz Khaiyum, are still trying to do the impossible by claiming they will wipe out racism, corruption, croynism, and every thing bad, based on Aiyaz’s personal manifesto he impregnated in Hong Kong and birthed on Frank’s lap.
Their self-righteous vision for Fiji, rolled out with the barrel of the gun, have only instilled fear amongst the usually friendly people of the Fiji Islands.
They initially brought a sense of relief to most people who rebuke racism in any shape or form, particularly those who felt discriminated and marginalized as non-native Fijians that make less than 50% of Fiji’s total population.
But as Frank’s reaction have shown in the past few days in response to Ului Mara’s statements, Frank wouldn’t care less what the minorities think or feel now.
As far as he is concerned, they can wait while he address the rumblings from indigenous Fijian communities he fear most.
He must tame the beast first before it gets out of control.
So the pinning of tin medals on his trusted few, who make up the 99% indigenous Fijian dominated Frank’s Military Forces, was top priority to the dictator.
And he’s done that a few days ago.
Now he plan to sail off to Tubou, Lau later this week, Ului Mara’s home turf, just to jerk a jab back at Mara.
He said he’s going to some other islands in the Lau group before he checks out the exact spot where Ului Mara was plucked from near Ono-i-Lau, a Fijian island closer to Tonga than it is to Fiji.
He also intends to visit the Ono-i-Lau people so he doesn’t get blamed for  smashing those Tongan built lighthouses again in that area like he did last year.
All in all, Frank would have spent endless consecutive months trying to appease indigenous Fijians.
Would he spend as much time with others?
No he has not and he will not!
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Frank Bainimarama’s son an arrogant drunkard like his tyrant father
From this ……
…to this….
Meli Bainimarama too drunk to feel his sister’s kicks
Frank Bainimarama’s only son, Meli, is proving to be just as arrogant as his killer Dad.
His head is puffing up every day with arrogance as he watches his tyrant father break all the rules in Fiji in his desperate bid to avoid life-time imprisonment for his treasonous coup.
Meli’s big-headedness is said to be causing lots of angry whispers within the corridors of the military facilities around Fiji with our informants reporting that many of them are not liking what they’re seeing with Frank’s excessive favoritism for his soldier son.
They say that military officers are always disciplined or even sent home if they are caught drunk and disorderly in public places like what Meli does almost every other week.
The  picture of his gun resting on a Fijian version Good News Bible below, is also said to be causing a stir within the military ranks with our intel saying that Meli is inciting public disobedience with the negative connotation the photo portrays.
They say soldiers are not permitted to showcase their guns in such a manner and that Meli should be court-marshaled for his lack of sensitivity towards Christians who make up majority of Fiji’s population.
These soldiers say Frank has been quick to terminate the services of even his most senior officers when they’re seen to be undermining Frank’s Military Forces reputation.
But not so for his foolish son who is mirror-imaging the drunkard, corrupt ways of his own murderous father.
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Fiji’s current problem is because of Frank and Aiyaz’s poor leadership


Speech by Biman Prasad at a recent Lions Club Dinner
Professor Biman Prasad
Speech by Prof Biman Prasad at a recent Lions Club dinner.
I thank you for the invitation to speak this evening. I am really pleased to be here and also to take the opportunity to speak to such a distinguished audience. It is not easy for people like us these days to find an audience of this stature to say what we want to say given the emergency laws and the strict media censorship that we have in Fiji. It is a delicate situation, to say the least.
I want to concentrate today on leadership and the economy, and what is in store for us. Let me begin by making few remarks on the economy.
Economy
In the first decade of independence, we achieved better economic growth. Much of the infrastructure development, such as roads, airports, water supply, schools, agricultural projects and health facilities were built during the first decade and half between 1970 and 1985. However, since the 1987 coups we have struggled to achieve acceptable levels of economic growth except for a brief period between 1997 and 1999, when Jai Ram Reddy- former National Federation Party leader and Sitiveni Rabuka, the SVT and 1987 coup leader, negotiated the 1997 Constitution.

If anything, the Reddy-Rabuka negotiation and its outcome underlined the importance of dialogue. It showed Fiji can overcome any adversity if our leaders put their people before their egos, have a vision for peace and are willing to talk and compromise. Peace and prosperity, ladies and gentlemen, go hand-in-hand. No peace, no prosperity, regardless of race or religion. Fiji has not had lasting peace for over two decades. So it should not surprise anyone that the economy has not done well, and living standards have steadily declined.
The average economic growth in Fiji over the last 25 years has been around 2 percent. This is very low and modest. Fiji can do so much better. Why did we not do well? There are several factors, including political instability and coups, which have fractured our young and developing nation, and taken a heavy toll on the well being of its people.

The 1987, 2000 and 2006 coups led to a break down in basic law and order. They entrenched racial discrimination, which led to decisions in government not made with reason and on merit but on emotions and ethnic considerations. While the economic reforms undertaken soon after the 1987 coups were long overdue and did help the country move towards and more robust and export oriented economy, it was not sustained. Fiji tottered along on the path to recovery, but all the progress was destroyed by George Speight and his so-called civilian coup in 2000. Fiji was lucky to escape without any major bloodshed, even though the economy was set back by at least 10 years. Fiji went through another uphill struggle but just when things appeared to be moving in the positive direction after 5 years of poor management and ethnically driven state policies under Qarase regime, we had the 2006 coup and continued military rule until today.
Our economic performance since 2006 has been dismal. While we can argue that the impact of the global economic crisis since 2008 has made the situation worse, the clear economic down turn started after the 2006 military coup. We all have to accept that we should and can move forward. Before I go on to talk about confidence and how we need to build that in Fiji for economic prosperity let me say a little bit about how we compare with other smaller countries which have similar economies such as ours. Fiji once upon a time was a leader in economic performance. Fiji then had political stability and was a generally peaceful nation. People were not migrating in droves. There was confidence in the country. But more recently we have lost our leadership status to countries like Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and even the Solomon Islands which have had better economic growth rates over the last four years. More importantly, however, is the comparison with countries like Mauritius. Like Fiji, Mauritius relied on sugar as its main export and for over 4 decades that was the main stay for the economy.
However, since 1987, Fiji has slipped downwards and Mauritius kept a steady pace of growth. Our savings and investments compared to Mauritius declined and remained low for the last 24 years. Mauritius grew a rate of more than 5 % annually for more than 30 years. The effect of sustained economic growth is reflected in its development indicators and its ability to provide services to its people. Mauritius has a population of 1.3 million people and today its GDP per capita is around $US13,100 compared to Fiji’s $US4,300. It provides free education to all up to University level, free transportation to school children, and free health care for all including heart surgery. Eight seven percent of Mauritians have their own homes and this is no mean achievement compared to some of the developed economies.
What did Mauritius do to reach that stage? It is not a resource rich country. According to the Nobel Laureate in Economics, Joseph Stiglitz, the ‘Mauritius miracle’ came about because “Mauritians have chosen a path that leads to higher level of social cohesion, welfare and economic growth and to lower level of inequality. Stiglitz further points out that unlike other small states, Mauritius decided that military spending is a waste. The complete opposite of what we have done in Fiji since 1987. We have wasted millions of dollars in military spending after the 1987 coups. In addition, Mauritius put a lot emphasis on its people and saw the people as their asset. It invested heavily through better education and health. Again in these areas, we have failed in Fiji.
Like Fiji, Mauritius is not a homogeneous society. It has diversity in terms of religion, ethnicity and political differences and it also had the potential of being exploited on this basis. Yet, Mauritians chose the path of political stability, commitment to strong democratic institutions and cooperation between workers, government and employers. The result is a prosperous and harmonious country. We in Fiji have a lot to learn from Mauritius. We have to stop listening to troublemakers, such as political leaders who put race before everything else for their own personal political gain.
We as a nation need to understand that economies are built on some fundamental principles. One of these is the creation of ‘confidence’ in the minds of the economic players, consumers, investors and farmers. Confidence about security, about laws, about economic policies and about certainty and expectation of the future will determine how people behave in an economy. Unfortunately for Fiji, we have not been able to inspire confidence in the country over the last twenty five years. More than 100,000 Fiji citizens have left with their experience, skills and savings since 1987 and the recent trends show that this is continuing. Many would argue that some would have left anyway. That is true.
But many would have also stayed if we had less fighting and more togetherness. Many would have stayed if the leadership in Fiji had recognized the idea of inclusive development based on justice and fairness, and promoted social cohesion instead of social and racial division, and by extension, economic chaos. When you have large numbers of your own citizens leaving the country, it does not send a good signal about the state of affairs in the country, and about the future of that country.
How can we move away from the present economic malaise? We need leadership. What sort of leadership?
Political leadership
Political leadership is necessary and critical for any country’s progress. We can debate the kind of systems from which we can derive political leadership but for us here in Fiji a strong democratic system that recognises every citizen’s right is necessary. We had that until 1987. We need to bring it back as our economic and political links are mainly imbedded in context of the democratic nations around us.

You will recall that the outcome of the Rabuka-Reddy talks was the 1997 Constitution, which was internationally hailed for its fairness and inclusiveness. The adoption of the 1997 constitution was a feat in itself. Many believed that we had laid a foundation for a stable political environment and brighter future when both sides of Parliament approved the 1997 constitution. But he sense of optimism and hope was dashed by the 2000 coup. Fiji is known as coup-coup land by the international media with another coup in 2006. It is now more than four years and we continue to live under an interim arrangement where the military continues to play a dominant role.
When the coup happened in 2006, there was opposition but also ambivalence about what Commodore Bainimarama will do as part of his political reform agenda. Many believe that the charter will provide a framework for change and the strategic framework for change adopted by the Interim Government still seem to be guiding the decisions of the government. However, in the absence of a free media and an emergency law it is not possible for all the people to see clearly where the government is heading with its agenda.
Some saw no choice but to accept that a coup had happened, and floated with the idea that it may provide an opportunity for major reforms which could lay a better foundation for Fiji’s progress. Some still believe that this could happen. However, for it to happen, the Prime Minister will have to lead a process of change which will include a new Constitution.

We are now at a departure point for two directions- one that could move the country towards unity and progress and the other could lead to further fragmentation, disharmony and slide towards further economic destruction.
While the Prime Minister has assured that elections will be held in 2014, we will need to move towards discussing the way forward now. For a successful adoption of new Constitution and an election based on it, we would need to engage in inclusive dialogue to arrive at an acceptable level of consensus about the nature of the Constitution. Fiji might be small but our politics and society is complex and change in these circumstances can come through a ‘short circuit’. Many expected this change after 1987 through the 1997 constitution which focused on cooperative, multi-party rule.
But this was not to be, and we can thank George Speight for that. We are now hopeful about positive change to come out of the 2006 coup. However, if sustainable change for good is to happen, we will need leadership. Leadership that can persuade the masses to unite and accept change. To get people to support change for future development and prosperity so that our children can live together in peace is crucial at this stage of our history. There is a window of opportunity for the government and the Prime Minister to provide the leadership and move the country towards democratic elections.
A start of this process can be made through lifting the media censorship, lifting the emergency laws and starting dialogue both with different groups and political parties in Fiji and our international partners. The media has an important role to play in terms of uniting this fractured nation. While it is important that we have a free media, it is equally important on the part of the media to get a proper grasp of its role and responsibility in a developing, multi-ethnic nation such as Fiji. Media needs to become a force for unity, not disunity as we have sometimes seen in the past. Fiji needs a strong media like perhaps never before.
The delay in progressing towards a Constitution is hurting the economy in a significant way. Despite the efforts of the Interim Government, the economy remains in tatters. The sugar industry is on the verge of collapse. It urgently needs large amounts of funds to restore confidence in the industry. The funding that was supposed to come from the European Commission in 2007 could rescue the industry. But we need to make political progress before we can access that fund. The construction industry is down and other export sectors are not doing well. While tourism numbers are picking up, the actual earnings have not been commensurate with numbers. The down turn in the economy is not sustainable and we could be heading for a long-term damage to the economy, which will take years to recover. Already, we can say that even if the election is held in 2014 it is likely to take a few more years to restore the confidence in the economy.
The government seems to be preoccupied with the final outcome in terms of what it wants to achieve by way of the reforms. Achieving a good outcome rests on a good process. The media, public opinion and all stakeholders must feel part of the process and if they don’t, any final outcome will not be sustainable.
Fiji is at a departure point and this government has an opportunity to move it in the right direction and leave a lasting legacy but it cannot happen through coercion. It can only happen through persuasion and open dialogue. This requires leadership and I hope that the people of Fiji will have the benefit that soon.
Thank you.

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