Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fiji Politics Can Be Better

 by Sai Lealea

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. (Plato)

Military & coups depriving Fiji of its rich political talents

As the machinations of Australian politics during a leadership spill kept me glued to Aussie Sky News while intermittently taking a peek at the State of Origin match on Sky Sport, I can't help marvel at the possibilities that politics can offer when conducted in a professional manner among smart and qualified people.

It got me wondering what Fiji is missing out on with the stranglehold of the Bainimarama dictatorship in depriving Fiji of the rich talent of its sons and daughters eager to serve in politics. Over the many years while outside of my beloved Fiji, I have come to meet and learn of the many people who would do Fiji proud as potential politicians. That may well be a naive and optimistic assessment given the scant regard for politics in some quarters. But for me, politics is the art of the possible as stated by others:

Politics is not a matter of ruling over the people or of exercising power. Politics is performance of service to people, contributing to the welfare of the people. (Vellupillai Pirapakaran)

I particularly lament the many Fijians now marking time shoring up the fortunes of other Pacific nations after leaving Fiji following the 2006 coup. Fiji's loss has become the gain of those nations and it saddens me greatly as one keen also to do my bit to serve my beloved nation if and when given the opportunity. 

Just when I think Fiji is at the cusp to realise the talents of its new generation, coups get in the way. Even sadder is the fact that it is being carried out by not so smart soldiers, eager for power to make up what they lack by way of intellect.

Sadder still that such abysmal deficiency is being forcibly spread out into the once highly regarded public service in Fiji. It says a great deal of the poisonous effect of such culture change when former public servants such as Jone Usamate, sacrifice their well earned reputation to jump into bed with a Dictator like Bainimarama. It marked a new low and further elevate the politics of convenience and greed to a new and disturbing level. 

Fiji will be best served when its rich political talents are given the opportunity to enter into a contest of ideas gained from advanced education and learning in a theater of politics all and only designed to gain for Fiji and its people the most progressive life outcomes. That is a dream I have for politics in Fiji post the Dictator Bainimarama dictatorship, and I know many of my friends and colleagues subsribe to it as well. So bring on the demise of the Bainimarama dictatorship and the onset of a new dawn for Fiji politics.
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1 comment:

The aussies said...

when Fijians learn to call a spade a spade u got no hope of having the politics of the aussies. sorry mate but u guys got no hope in hell.