You are invited to share and pen your ideas, views or opinions that will facilitate/assist our country back to democracy. All positive and/or negative ideas and comments to steer us back to the road of democracy are welcome.

Whichever way one looks at our current situation back home, democracy has been completely raped. The rape of democracy in Fiji is a virtual degradation of the populus of Fiji. Their human rights are being deprived:

1. the right to decide their government;
2. who they want to represent them;
3. their right to free assembly;
4. free protest;
5. free to organise into groups so that they can talk about what is pertinent to their daily lives;
6. protest on issues they do not agree with....with no fear of intimidation from anybody.

With this military regime in place, the concept of freedom per the Constitution is a total myth!

And, we, the people of Fiji need to come together and be vehement about our total disagreement with the military regime. So give us liberty or death! The reality of the issue is that democracy in Fiji has been raped...from top to bottom...left to right....inside and out and vice versa!

Here we have a military regime that talks about freedom to the people and yet the very same military regime randomly arrest people, torture them, inflict unnecessary harrassment and emotional stress to those that seem a threat to them. The military regime talks about racial unity.......the communal concept of togetherness and yet Fiji is far more racially divided today than it ever was.

The so-called advisors, viz-a-viz, John Samy, these are rejects from their adopted countries and yet they are being rewarded with exuberant amount(s) of money by these rogue military regime who have no idea what they are doing. Lying to the international community does not augur well with this interim government and yet the interim Prime Minister continuously talks with a forked tongue when addressing international issues. The ministers talk about internal securities as if Fiji is going to be invaded.

All around it is clearly seen that the economy is in tatters and the Constitution is just a useless piece of paper. The rule of law is as what the military regime wants it to be.

The above are just some of my views (from a pro-democracy viewpoint). But, do not let that deter you from penning your comments if you share otherwise.

So, let us come together and voice our views/comments, whether they be for or against the military regime and have a very healthy discussion here so that in the end we can factually understand what our role is, what we need to do and how we can come up with ideas to help restore democracy back in our beloved Fiji!

Please feel free to write what you like or dislike about the military regime. Be sincere and honest about your thoughts, without getting personal or spiteful.

Kindly note, this "topic" will expire as soon as we have an election.

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When one listens to this interview, one could not help but get very frustrated and ashamed to be a Fijian. We are being led by a man who does not have the courtesy to address diplomats, foreign journalists academics as a matter of fact, anyone including his own countrymen with respect.

He proved in this interview, that all the things he does and decisions he makes are not his own, but he has been coached and directed by others who fear for the longevity of their hold on power and all the benefit that come with this "cruel hoax" as Dr Brij Lal described it.

He lacks diplomacy, he has no skills, common courtesy and also displayed here that he does not respect the law. He has now told the world that he will not let his troops be tried for a coup, but that will be different Bainimarama, we can tell you that. The hatred he has for these two countries NZ and AUST. is unfathomable.

An academic I was recently talking to, tried to put together the jig-saw puzzle that is this man, who has come for one reason into (clean up) Fiji's political arena but has changed it as much as a baby would his nappy in his entire toddler life.

The core of what Bainimarama is doing, after the coup is an undrelying yearning and deep desire for LEGITIMACY. Everything that he does is a lousy attempt to tell Fijians that what he is doing is legal and perfectly legitimate.

That is why the two High Commissioners were deported, that is why the censorship is so strict, that is why he pays his soldiers exuberent amounts of money and back-pays them, that is why he gave children free busfare, that is why he threw out the judiciary and that is why he is bringing back the qoliqoli bill. He wants Fiji to see that he is doing things that favour the populace and hopes - that in their approval - legitimise his illegal government.

The back-pay is also an attempt to show legitamacy, but to the soldiers. You see, if one asks why are the soldiers being back paid to 1996? Why not 2006 when he took over the Qarase government ? The answer lies again in the struggle to legitimise his Regime, because the bare fact is, Bainimarama came into prominence in that year.

That was the year he was brought from being a sailor towing the line - to RFMF HQ to get a taste of the top brass enviroment and also real power as a GSO colonel. We all know of the manipulation of that elevation.

Once there, the power and recognition took hold of him and the thought of being able to control officers who were better educated than him and the way favouratism from the Commander supported him gave him a false sense of security and overwhelmed him.

What he wants soldiers to understand, is that, since he has been at HQ RFMF, he has brought nothing but the best for them, which is in reality, a case of trying to legitimise himself. The hop-scotch trip he took to where he is today, underates the quality of officers who were more senior in the eyes of the Fijians and now the world.

Tarakinikini, Saubulinayau, Kadavulevu, JB, Tuatoko, Koroi and many others numbering forty at last count were the ones who had to give up their professional career and make way for this man who showed an undenominational evaluation of fellow officers and himself. I would not be surprised that there was a simultaneous urge at that point to enter much higher offices by this time.

The third year of his reign of terror and destruction is almost complete, what is now evident is the fact that he has lost his way and the only way for him to keep his nose above water is to hold on to power.

The people of Fiji have been praying and faithful to their God, even when he throws Talatalas in jail, disallows their annual conference. The other Christian denomination churches have shown diligence in their fasting and praying.for a better Fiji - and things are starting to happen before our very eyes.

The money collected from the donations for the Bose o Viti has now exeeded the amount expected. Soldiers are dying and suffering from strokes and heart conditions as Bainimarama himself is a victim of. They have gone and released a convict from Naboro, who is a masseur with healing powers, gave him quarters and soldiers file in to get some form of relief and be cured of internal kinetics caused by spiritual intervention and the wrath of God.

That is clearly mentioned in Romans chapter 13 for all to see and understand -that Bainimarama has not only defied man he has also gone against the teachings of Christ himself.

It might explain why the heart condition he has been travelling the worlld for is not getting better. It might also explain, that the Fijian structure he opposed is now beginning to be his escape. It could also explain that what Romans 13 described is now occuring in his life. It could also explain the kleptomania he suffers from, which makes him pay himself all those monies, so he can make his getaway when the time is right.

There are so many things we can criticise about this leadership, but I will agree with experts at the Australian National University about their analysis that all coups have the same ending.

The end is coming for Bainimarama whether he likes it or not. The latest news from Fiji is that soldiers are hated with a passion and Bainimarama is doing what he taught the Fijian people. That is to look behind you and be aware of the people around you.
A perfect summation of what our poor beloved Fiji has to go through and put up with as we speak. It truely makes us bow our heads in shame when you hear this dictator speak.....His day will come..God bless our beloved Fiji!!
After listening to the interview I was totally lost for words. I could not understand how in the world when the questions was asked, he replied with another question, his arrogance in the incidents that were asked of him to explain and he just totally ignored them. BKs interview was an eye opener and very interesting in the fact of what he experienced and the suffering he had to endure, its a miracle that he is alive and well today.
Whatever vbs motive is, its sure not to rid Fiji of corruption as was the excuse for executing the 2006 coup.
What has come from all the accusations against the Qarase government?.
Sai koya tu gona qori nai tovo ni nona vosa kei na veiliutaki era sa donuya tu na wekada. Laurai kina na lecaika, viavialevu, dokadoka, nanumi koya ga vakaikoya, kei na lala ni ulu.

Sega soti ni ka vinaka me tukuni baleta e dua nai liuliu, but that is the cold reality.
Pacific countries feature on TI anti-corruption list

Posted at 00:32 on 18 November, 2009 UTC


New Zealand has been named the World’s least corrupt country by the anti-corruption group, Transparency International.

The index of 180 countries places New Zealand just ahead of Denmark but well in front of Australia, which was found to be eight least corrupt.

Papua New Guinea is near the bottom of the list, in 154th place.

Kiribati is 111th equal with Solomon Islands and Samoa is 56th.

Tonga and Vanuatu climbed the list significantly this year, at 99th equal, and 95th respectively.

Transparency International says following the 2006 riots, Tonga has undergone reforms that seek to grant greater political power to popularly elected officials and its anti-corruption drive has earned the support of local civil society organisations.

It says the political stability and high fiscal freedom helped to improve perceptions of corruption in Vanuatu.

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Mike,

Where is Fiji ? I wonder if they could not even make the list. The corruption we have in Fiji is unique in nature, because one man came and promised us he was going to rid our Nation of this bad practise.

He ended up overshadowing that party with his own version of corruption and all the time lied his way around the world, telling them of reforms, and racial issues that was almost non existant because the people were tolerant enough to live with each other regardless of race, colour or creed.

NFU growers concillors question termination November 18, 2009
National Farmers Union Growers Councillors have questioned the termination of their appointments by the interim government.

All 38 members of the Sugar Cane Growers Council received a letter from the Council’s acting chief executive Sundresh Chetty on 13th November notifying them of the termination.

Mr Chetty said he had been advised by the Registrar of Tribunal of government’s decision to terminate the services of the 38 Councillors.

In their letters replying to Mr Chetty, NFU Councillors questioned the authority under which he had signed the letters of termination.

“I view this as total breach of your terms and conditions whereby you are an employee of the organisation. The legitimate authority (for such decisions) lies with the Board of the Council by which you are employed,” said Cr. Pramod Kumar of the Drasa sector.

Cr. Kumar pointed out that the Sugar Industry Act had not been amended yet. “And the Registrar of the Tribunal does not have the powers to advise you of such a decision,” he said, pointing out that such sensitive issues should be dealt with by the right authorities.

Cr. Pramod said he was not accepting the termination “…and would like to remind you that since the Act has not been amended, everything remains the same and I remain an elected representative of the growers and would continue to provide service to the growers as they have contributed financially towards the running of the Council.”

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Expelled historian laments subverted rule of law
November 18, 2009
•Jill Rowbotham
•From: The Australian
•November 18, 2009 12:00AM

ACADEMIC duty and a sense of outrage drove Brij Lal to speak out against Fiji’s military-installed prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, for expelling Australian and New Zealand diplomats over alleged judiciary interference two weeks ago.
Retribution was swift. The Indo-Fijian Australian citizen was soon detained. His three-hour interrogation included an hour of haranguing by a lieutenant-colonel, after which Lal agreed to leave Fiji within 24 hours.

“I take the view that if we don’t speak up for certain fundamental values of civilised society, then who will?” the Australian National University history professor says. “I think it’s the role intellectuals, academics, responsible citizens everywhere have.

“There is something fundamentally wrong when a military overturns the verdict of the ballot box and if we keep quiet in those circumstances then we have failed our duty.”

Lal was born in Fiji and has made its study his life’s work. He was on a four-person panel convened in 1995 to make recommendations for a new, non-racial constitution .

“We toured around the country and took 800 oral and written submissions from people, so we conducted a kind of national dialogue about what kind of political arrangement was right for Fiji.”

The 1997 constitution that resulted was not reframed exactly as Lal and his colleagues recommended. In it, 46 of 71 seats were reserved on the basis of ethnicity and 25 were open, the reverse of their suggestion. But it was still an important step from what had gone before, giving formal recognition and independence to the Great Council of Chiefs (and thus depoliticising it) and mandating that any party that won more than 10 per cent of the vote would be represented in government.

That was the momentwhen Fiji had a chance of becoming a liberal parliamentary democracy, Lal says. “There was a real possibility for an element of power-sharing, but the constitution was not given long enough to prove its worth,” he adds.

Within three years George Speight had attempted to seize power, triggering a decade of instability. Fiji had become independent in 1970, but tensions between the native and Indian Fijians and others simmered until 1987, when the first coup occurred.

Bainimarama became the latest to grab power, in 2006, at which point Fiji was suspended from the Commonwealth. This year he announced that elections promised for next year would be postponed until 2014 and repealed the constitution.

Now Lal thinks the democratic opportunity has been lost for a generation. “I don’t think I will see a liberal parliamentary democracy in my lifetime because the military has decided it will be the arbiter of what’s good for the country. People say an election will not solve the problem, but elections provide the basis of legitimacy for solving the problems.

“Why has democracy gone sour? I’m not blaming Bainimarama for this. This has been there for a long time, partly because the political leaders saw everything in terms of race . . . Race came to dominate public discourse.”

Lal came to Australia after independence and completed his doctorate in history in 1980 at ANU, then worked at the University of Hawaii for seven years to 1990 before returning to ANU.

He and his Fiji-based wife, Padma, who works for non-government organisation the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, bought a house in Suva a few years ago with eventual retirement in mind.

He was in Fiji to begin research for a book about the growing squatter settlements in the Suva-Nausori corridor, a population he estimates at 130,000 to 150,000 of Fiji’s 800,000 people.

Once most squatters were Indo-Fijian and the government was not worried about them, but now the number of native Fijians there is mounting, so it will be harder for them to ignore.

It is an economy in trouble, he says, with a sugar industry dying and its other mainstay, tourism, in a volatile state. “It’s volatile because of the coups and the travel advisories from Australia and NZ. There is a sense of anxiety when rule is by decree and not by law.”

He hopes to be able to return to Fiji next year, “when things have settled down”.


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Suli,

Dr Lal will remain a hero in my book for his latest stand against the puppet master. Here is a true son of Fiji which the govt could well do with in it's time of need but instead they verbally chastised him and threw him out of the country. The dramatic reaction of ratu suguraki about Dr Lal's stand can only indicate how paranoid he is.
Yes, he is now a hero at the ANU with academics trying to piece together Bainimarama's brain and how he did what he did to this man.

That man Qilio's name has been brought up and all because he wanted to make an educated analysis of the deportation of the high commissioners. He was there to collect data for a book he is writing on poverty and squatters in particular.

He ended up being the victim of telling the truth and doing his job as an academic.
If Bainimarama believes that his soldiers are not going to be in trouble for conducting a coup, then we have news for him.

He is not going to draw up a constitution that will protect them as he has been displaying the past three years, bringing murderes out of jail, pardoning family members because his wife had a little cry and threw a tanturum or throwing judges out of the country because they told him that he committed high treason.

Those crimes have to be paid Bainimarama, regardless of how you think you are untouchable, because you are not.

When we have an election, we will make sure that the constitution you thought you threw out the window is brought back and you will face legitimate judges who will make sure that you find out how it feels to live in a 6x6 concrete room.

The longer this goes on, the fainter the sounds of reforms and chater become.
Dee I have said it many times before thaty we had given him a vey good exit strategy once but he did not take it. Noe we are not going to give him any exit strategy because he must answqer to his crimes first before anything else.Bainimarama might thgink he is in control but he will soon learn that you don't screw around with WE THE PEOPLE.

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