Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Illegal Fiji Regime Issues First Casino Licence

This casino initiative is no more than a money grabbing attempt by the Bainimarama dictatorship to prop up its ailing economy. It has no moral or legal mandate given the strong opposition directed at it back when Fiji had a democratically elected government. Opposition at the time came from churches, civil societies and community groups well aware of the negative social impact on citizens. The illegal regime may well said it had undertaken effective assessment and investigation but all that is not open to verification as the regime is a closed and totalitarian one where opposition to its policies is not tolerated.

It is therefore disgusting and shameful that a native peoples' enterprise has been dragged into Bainimarama's dirty attempt at trashing another native peoples' way of life and traditional institutions. Efforts must now be directed at educating the native american company of the repressive nature of the Bainimarama regime it is cuddling up to via this casino partnership. 

I urge all concerned Fijians to communicate their disgust directly to the company and copying correspondences to the US Embassy in Suva.

One Hundred Sands Limited must realise:
  • they are dealing with an evil regime that has no second thoughts of terrorising its people and denying them basic human rights in their own country; and
  • a legal and democratic government has no obligation to honour its contract with the Bainimarama regime, being an illegal regime.
Fiji must realise that the cash strapped regime is hell bent on extracting any revenue there are out of any commercial investment opportunity, never mind its social impact on the people. It somehow need to pay for the tax cuts it has flagged in its 2012 Budget plus the overseas loans no one really knows how many. Cost of government services will continue to rise and even dumb new money-grabbing offences and penalties similar to "jay walking" will be dreamt up.

Unless and until the Bainimarama and Khaiyum evil regime is toppled from power, Fiji will continue to suffer irreparably well into the years ahead.

Read below news report in Fiji & overseas about the casino project.

Fiji Village News - 21 December 2011
Casino Royale! - A Cash Cow for Bankrupt Fiji Regime

Fiji’s first ever Casino is set to be developed in Denarau from next year.

This is after the government issued the first ever casino licence to an American company One hundred Sands Limited yesterday afternoon.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama announced that the selection was a result of rigorous assessments and selection process.

Commodore Bainimarama said the casino development will have major benefits for Fiji.

One Hundred Sands Limited Chairperson Larry Claunch said that the project will be beyond our expectations and will enrich the lives of Fijians.

The construction of the casino will cost $290 million which is expected to be completed by 2013.

Fiji Live News - 21 December 2011

Fiji's first casino licence was today granted to American company One Hundred Sands Limited by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

The country's first casino will be built in Denarau while a small operation will also be set up in Suva city.

While granting the licence, Commodore Bainimarama said the Fijian government chose One Hundred Sands not only because of the deep operational knowledge of casino management maintained by its U.S parent company, but also because of its strong affiliation with Native American culture.

He said government believed that the development of casinos in Fiji within a regulated environment which also takes into account a fine balance between social impact and potential economic benefits, can be an important catalyst in creating stimulating sustainable growth and tourism within Fiji.

He added that Fiji's uniquely pristine environment and world class hospitality will make the country a more attractive gaming destination.
By Reginald Chandar

American wins right to open Fiji casinos

An American multimillionaire has won the right to build a large casino on Fiji's Denarau Island, one of the country's main tourist destinations for New Zealanders.

Military ruler Voreqe Bainimarama has over-ruled long standing chiefly and church objections to announce that Larry Claunch, who describes himself as an investor, will get an exclusive license to build a 500-slot machine and 54-table casino on the island.

He will also be allowed to build a smaller one in Suva.

The regime advertised internationally for expressions of interest earlier this year. New Zealand's SkyCity was among those interested.

The license will be held by Claunch's One Hundred Sands Ltd, which will run the casino with the Snoqualmie Tribe from Washington state and Seventh Generation LLC, a Native American company.

The deal includes a US$290 million ($378 million) five star, 190-room resort on the manmade Denarau Island, which already has several hotels on it and timeshares.

Bainimarama said they would protect the rights and interests of Fijian people. A casino "provides a malleable fusion between the Western ideals of casino gaming with the strong cultural virtues of tribal and community life", he said

He said the casino would provide 800 jobs.

"Fiji does not wish to imitate Las Vegas in the Pacific. Fiji already has a unique brand, one defined by its uniquely pristine environment, tranquillity and world class hospitality."

Claunch said the casino was "a union of both economic and cultural endeavours". He also owns Nukudrau, a 19 hectare island in Savusavu Bay.

Radio Australia News
Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says the casino will operate within a regulated environment. [AFP]
Dictator Bainimarama
Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says the casino will operate within a regulated environment.

Fiji's interim Government has awarded the country's first-ever gaming licence, but concerns have been raised it will lead to problem gambling in vulnerable local communities.

In a statement, Fiji's interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama announced the island nation's first gaming licence had been awarded to One Hundred Sands Limited.

The first phases of the project will include a five-star casino resort to be built on Denarau Island.

Commodore Bainimarama says the development will boost the country's tourism sector by increasing visitor numbers and creating more jobs.

He says the casino will operate within a regulated environment, taking into account a balance between its social impacts and potential economic benefits.

But the Pacific manager of New Zealand's Problem Gambling Association, Pesio Ah Hone Si'itia, has raised concerns about the proposal.

"It just saddens me that they have not considered the harms that problem gambling may cause a small nation like Fiji," she said.

Work on the multi-million dollar complex is scheduled to start early next year.

1 comment:

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I wonder if the casino pushed through. As unpopular as it seems, I have to admit, it is a good way to get the country's finances rolling.