Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Complicit & Biased Lowy Institute Pushes Again on Fiji Issue

Sai's Comments:
  • Lowry Institute must really be scraping at the bottom of its intellectual barrel with this latest offering of a so called poll on Fijii citizens revealing support for the illegal regime in power there. What an idiotic claptrap to think that such an exercise would be recognised as legitimate, let alone credible, given the repressive environment in Fiji! People in Fiji are living in fear of the repressive regime there and no one is permitted to say anything contrary to the position of the military regime for fear of retaliation. So how on earth can a free, fair and credible exercise in opinion seeking be undertaken under such climate?
  • For Lowry to even trump out this poll unbeknown to even the people in Fiji is beyond any semblance of intellectual honesty and decency. It therefore should be treated for what it is - an exercise in self justification designed to shore up an unelected and illegal regime whose time is fast running out. Lowry is no friend of Fiji or its citizens by cuddling up with this bogus and dishonest piece of information, when all of us know that in present day Fiji, citizens cannot speak freely about the repressive regime there.

  • Only a free and fair referendum that is supervised by external and neutral observers can reveal the truth about the legitimacy or otherwise of the illegal regime in Fiji. The reluctance of the regime to subject itself to such a process is evidence enough of their fear in learning of what Fijians really think about them. And that is why they will drag out their tenure of illegal rule as long as is practicably possible. The sooner Lowry Institute realise this the quicker will they raise their standard of analysis and understanding about what really is happening in my home country of Fiji.

Read below two Blog posts on the Lowry Institute Bogus Poll

Coup Four Point Five - 07 September 2011

Pro-regime institute poll claims majority support for Fiji dictator and military

SUPPORT FOR DUNCE: He who took the country by force.

The pro-regime Lowy Institute in Australia has released a poll claiming there is majority support for Frank Bainimarama.

The poll was apparently done last month and surveyed 1,032 people. (Funny how all these things ... like the Engaging with the Pacific were done leading up to the Pacific Leaders Forum)
According to the Institute, 1000 of those surveyed don't like the international pressure being applied on the regime to return Fiji to democracy.
It says 63 per cent of correspondnets either strongly disagreed or partly disagreed with the approach being taken towards Fiji because of the 2006 coup by Bainimarama and his supporters.
According to Lowy, Bainimarama's performance as Prime Minister was highly regarded by 66 per cent and 65 per cent said Fiji was heading in the right direction.
The poll also found 68 per cent approved of the role the military currently play in Fiji and 53 per cent think the RFMF should continue to play a role in politics!
Conveniently, the survey said most people were against the church being involved in politics while 61 per cent think the unelected government listens to the people and 43 per cent think the media has become more reliable since the 2006 coup!
It's not clear how the Institute, which has criticised Australia's approach towards Fiji and tried to spearhead a campaign for a 'new dialogue' with Suva came to do the survey, which was released today to regional leaders at the Forum in Auckland.
But we think it reeks of bias and is embarrasingly pro-regime. And considering Fiji's population of 800,000, a poll of 1,032 is hardly credible.
Not surprisingly, nothing was said about how corrupt the regime is or how Bainimarama is a mere puppet or that he has allowed Fiji to be run into the ground by incompetent people he appointed. 
Nothing said also about him using the military to intimidate people to ensure his reign continues or that he's breached human rights. This survey is totally removed from the realities of Fiji.


Intelligentsiya News - 07 September 2011

It is being revealed that on the cusp of the Pacific leaders meeting in Auckland, the Lowy Institute is once again pushing for a change in position on Fiji’s situation to revert its continued isolation from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) family.

Lowy has apparently commissioned Tebbutt Research to conduct a poll in Fiji and various sources are citing that the findings point to an “overwhelming” support of the illegal and treasonous military regime. 

Caz Tebutt the principal of Tebutt Research based in Fiji is a member of the Fiji-Australia Business Council.

Now if this poll results do indicate this, how fantastic! 

All that will now be needed is for Fiji to cement those poll results and the fantastic "64/65% support charter" in an election (with UN/PIF observers) where the resounding truth of democratic votes will not be denied.

What defies logic however in this secret-squirrel exercise pushed by Lowy is that virtually no one in Fiji knew that this was happening.

Secondly in a country where repression, censorship and tyranny reigns – if a stranger such as a researcher accosts you for your opinion of the regime, it is a no-brainer that answer will be pro-regime, out of the sheer fear of repercussions.

The purpose of this exercise is still unclear. Lowy’s proponent of this exercise and complete newbie to the Pacific admits that the PIF will not move on Fiji. So too does the PIF Host, NZ Prime Minister John Key, in addition to the most senior of the PIF statesmen todate, Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Malielegaoi. 

Ex-PIF employee, Dr Roman Grynberg’s fervent opportunistic jibes at Aust and NZ shooting from the shoulders of a completely unrelated Fiji issue continuously attempts to remain regionally relevant and confuse Fiji's non-PACER plus trade participation while ignoring fundamental principles of the rule of law and human rights – for even if the regime participates in these trade negotiations, taxpayers are being represented against their will by unelected usurpers.

Planned pro-democracy protests in Auckland targeting the PIF leaders might also show up to challenge the Lowy’s findings. 

But the fact of the matter is the PIF in its 40th years of history has never changed agreed-to positions just like the UN has never changed agreed to points of view.

Give your view on the Poll:
  • Google "Lowy Institute " and go to the [contact us] section and tell them what you think.
  • Don't swear, just be polite and explain just what is really happening in Fiji and why people are scared to speak the truth.


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