Thursday, June 23, 2011

VC Hero Turns in Grave as Fiji Dictator & RFMF Chief Marks Infantry Day

Sai's Comments:

Real hero - Corp Sefanaia Sukanaivalu
  • As Fiji's disgraced military today marks its hero and Fiji's sole recipient of the highest award for bravery and valour in war, I have no doubt my grandfather, Sefanaia Sukanaivalu, would be turning in his grave at the way Dictator Bainimarama has sullied the reputation of Fiji's once proud military.

  • My grandfather would not have condoned the manner in which the military has been used as a force against the very people it was supposed to protect. To have used the military to abuse and terrorise citizens of Fiji, including his niece, Laisa Vulakoro, among others, would have terrified a proud soldier like Sefanaia Sukanaivalu. To have used the military to tear down Fijian institutions, abuse chiefs and overhaul Fijian administration as Bainimarama has done, is totally anathema to all that my grandfather stood for.
  • Sukanaivalu's character was defined by his selfless upbringing on my island of Yacata, in which reverence to God and respect for chiefs were paramount. That character was further moulded during his time in the military until his death on the battlefield in the Solomons fighting the Japs. To him the military was a force of good to be deployed in the fight against evil, aggression and domination.

  • Sadly, today's military in Fiji is no more than a politicised tool for a Dictator and Tyrant to achieve his selfish goals. It has therefore become the very opposite of what my grandfather believed in when he joined and until he died.
  • No amount of celebration, medal presentation, or in the case of the Dictator, boozing, will ever change that. To claim otherwise is to propagate a monumental lie and hypocrisy, something that has been the hallmark of Bainimarama's illegal rule since the 2006 Coup.

Radio Fiji News - 23 June 2011
Report by : Elenoa Osborne

Booze in hand No Hero Dictator ready to celebrate!

The Fiji Military Forces will today mark Infantry Day. Infantry Day is a commemoration for the death of Fiji’s highest decorated soldier and only Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Sefanaia Sukanivalu. 

Prime Minister and RFMF Commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama will be the chief guest at the celebrations at the military camp in Labasa. 

A medal presentation will be held this morning – followed by a church service in the afternoon for Force members and their families. 

A similar celebration is being held at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua this morning. 

Corporal Sukanaivalu died under Japanese fire in the Solomon Islands on 23 June 1944, giving up his life to rescue his comrades. 

He was awarded the Victoria Cross after his death. 



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