Sunday, January 01, 2012

Don't Be Fooled by the PER Being Lifted - Tis All a Sham


The signalled lifting of the much hated Public Emergency Regulations (PER) by the Dictator Bainimarama is all a sham. It is simply designed to curry favour with the people of Fiji to think they are actually having their stolen and repressed rights and freedom restored. In fact far from it!

All that were prohibited under the PER are now well and truly embedded in the Media and Crimes Decrees. In fact this sham lifting exercise could have been done as soon as the two decrees were in place. The only difference now - people will be able to challenge in court any charges against them that were previously included in the PER. It is a globally recognised fact that Bainimarama is mentally too slow to fathom this due to his obsessive paranoia against criticism and fear for his life (remember the tavioka patch dash!). It probably took QORVIS to be paid $40,000 a month to point this out to him.

People of Fiji can still be expected to be questioned, harassed, molested and detained under the so called "public order" reference in the Dictator's televised speech. Why is this? Because Fiji will still be a dictatorship and the Dictator Bainimarama will still make the rules against any act he personally does not like.
So do not ever be fooled by this attempt by the Dictator to be seen to be restoring rights and freedom. Because the only way this can be achieved is when the current military regime steps aside and allow a civilian interim regime to take Fiji back to democracy.  
And we do not need another Constitution because we currently have one - One Dictator Bainimarama just does not like, not the people of Fiji.
 
In the meantime Fiji and its people will continue to languish under the dictatorial and tyrannical whims of one megalomaniac. Do not forget Dictator Bainimarama's sole intention in all this is survival at all cost to avoid jail for the murders, theft and pillage of Fiji's state resources. 


Bainimarama has tasted power and no doubt loved it so much. He will therefore fight tooth and nail to keep it until he is unceremoniously tossed out, the way all dictators eventually go.

Read below Dictator Bainimarama's televised speech and the official release by the propaganda agency headed by the Evil Lady Sharon Smith-Johns

2012 New Years Message

Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama




My fellow Fijians, it is with much pleasure that I extend to all of you my warmest wishes as we begin this New Year. I also extend best wishes to all of our friends in the region and to all of you who are visiting our beautiful island nation.

I look forward with anticipation to this coming year as a time of further progress.


My fellow Fijians we have been in the process of establishing a nation that truly empowers all Fijians. My government has been and will continue to provide tools to improve our daily lives and fulfil your ambitions. It is also important that we have the tools to compete with our peers in the international community.

Modernization, the removal of institutionalized discrimination, addressing corruption and the ability to think outside traditional prejudices could not have taken place without your assistance and collaboration. The success of these policies is a testimony of your commitment to a modern, just and liberal Fiji.

All of us must continue to come together in this New Year to help our nation realize its great potential. We must all work in concert to improve the lives of all Fijians, at every level – the poor, the marginalized, the land owners, the farmers, the businessmen and women, the small traders, potential investors, employees, rural dwellers, city dwellers, those in the islands, women, the homeless, the disabled and our youth.

As I announced in my budget address, with the tax reforms, Fijians will have 53.1 million dollars more in their hands from 2012. You must use this additional money wisely. Think about the future. Think long term.


Indeed the entire tax structure is also being reformed to stimulate foreign investment, small business growth, to create more jobs and look after those on the margins of our society.


We will dedicate more funding to further improve our educational and social programs. We will commit more funds to provide better health care facilities while creating awareness of the merits of healthy living.


You will also see improved access in telecommunications, with more people being connected to mobile phones, internet and at affordable pricing.


Our focus on infrastructure development will continue. Roads, bridges, airports, street lighting, access to water and electricity will continue to be built and improved.


The private sector including small businesses will continue to get access to improved tools and a conducive environment to help grow our economy further.


My fellow Fijians I am painfully aware that for decades, Fiji was mismanaged and hindered by greed and selfishness. Fiji has changed. We must however be vigilant. Corruption and prejudice must not be permitted in our modern nation. You and I must not allow a few to dictate the destiny of our country for their own selfish needs.


Therefore, when the consultations for the new constitution commences in 2012 your must think responsibly. You must think of and for the future.



There are certain features of the new constitution that will be non-negotiable. The constitution must establish a government that is founded on an electoral system that guarantees equal suffrage – a truly democratic system based on the principle of one person, one vote, one value; We will not have a system that will classify Fijians based on ethnicity; and, Our young men and women, those 18 years old must have the right to vote.


I will in the next few weeks announce the nationwide consultation process which will commence in February 2012.


To facilitate this consultation process, the Public Emergency Regulations will cease from 7 January 2012.

We must all remember that public order, protecting the vulnerable and safeguarding the economy will always be paramount. We must also as a nation be intolerant of those that seek refuge and political power in religious, ethnic and communal divisions.


My fellow Fijians, we can only achieve success if all of us take part in the modernising of Fiji and if we think nationally.

All Fijians are and must be one. 2012 is going to be a time of further empowerment. 2012 is going to be a time for greater accomplishment for our nation and our people.

I wish all of you - citizens, friends and visitors - a happy and successful New Year.



MINISTRY OF INFORMATION
MEDIA RELEASE
(Sunday 01st January, 2012 No:01/MOI) Fiji’s Public Emergency Regulations To Cease In January (2012)

Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama today announced that the Public Emergency Regulations will cease by January 7th, 2012.

In his New Year’s Message, the Prime Minister said that he would ‘in the next few weeks’ announce a nationwide consultation process for a new constitution for the country.


“The constitution must establish a government that is founded on an electoral system that guarantees equal suffrage – a truly democratic system based on the principle of one person, one vote, one value; We will not have a system that will classify Fijians based on ethnicity; and, Our young men and women, those 18 years old must have the right to vote”, Prime Minister Bainimarama said.


He said that in order to facilitate this process, the Public Emergency Regulations commonly known as the PER would cease by the 7th of January, this year.


“We must all remember that public order, protecting the vulnerable and safeguarding the economy will always be paramount. We must also as a nation, be intolerant of those that seek refuge and political power in religious, ethnic and communal divisions”, the Prime Minister said.
 

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