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Kill The Chicken To Frighten The Monkey

The entire Fijian community – within our islands and overseas – is still reeling in shock at the video which graphically captures the beating of Iowane Benedito, the alleged escaped prisoner.

Some on the blogs and social networks believe the clip has been leaked to the media. But could it be something even more sinister?

The regime is on the back foot. They know they are at an all-time popularity low. They know they can no longer hide behind their lies. They know their decrees aren’t worth the paper they are written on. They know that discontent is seething among We The People.

If you cast your mind back to December 2006, back when We The People still believed in our inalienable rights (before the illegal regime went ahead and ‘alien-ed’ them), there was quite a bit of discontent which was being publicly expressed. At least, it was being publicly expressed until the illegal regime detained at their barracks our most visible, respected and admired rights advocates – all women other than one young man – holding them without access to legal representation, and criminally assaulting them. They killed innocent young civilian men in custody. Before the coup, they had killed the CRW soldiers, also while in custody.

The shock, revulsion and outrage at that time was comparable to that we all feel today. How dare they?!

They dare, because this is yet another tactic used to effect by illegal regimes in other parts of the world.  In China, the tactic is referred to as ‘killing the chicken to frighten the monkey’. The regime knows they cannot lock us all up. So instead they visibly target a select few, commit grave atrocities, and let word of it be spread among the population. They don’t need us to be completely scared. They just need us to be scared enough to not take action, to not speak out, to not have the courage to stand up and say ‘NO MORE!’.

They are cowards. And their time has come. Do you really think they will let us have elections in 2014? We must take action NOW before our country is further ravaged by the rot. We need strikes and demonstrations, up and down the country. We need to show the world that this illegal regime does not have our mandate, our support nor our meek compliance. We need justice.

Tabu soro.

God bless Fiji.

No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

So, Vore has paid the Indian Government FJD8m of tax payers’ money for a piece of land to build a new Super Consulate / Chancery in Delhi. 

Apparently the land is valued at $23m.  And yet the Indian Government, which is not known for unconditional generosity (and has learned many a useful lesson in their time as an ally to Soviet Russia) has decided to gift it to the illegal interim regime of Fiji for a paltry $8 million. 

Hmm. 

Meanwhile, Vore is trying madly to cut ties with the Pacific Forum, which occupies a similarly well appointed plot of land in Suva.  Obviously Suva and Delhi are not exactly on par with each other. 

But if Vore manages to oust the Forum from Fiji, what will happen to that land?  My money says the illegal regime will sell it to the Indian Government for a similarly paltry sum, as a quid pro quo for the plot in Delhi.  

One thing is for sure – whatever the payback, you can bet the land in Delhi comes with a hidden price tag that our electorate would NEVER condone under democratic rule.  

Yet another part of the malodorous Chodokant’s ‘Master Plan’ which he continues to inflict on our nation, bully that he is.  The purchase, which is surely unconstitutional, is without doubt unethical. 

How can we stop Vore and Chodo?  By speaking out.  By public protest, strikes and speaking with one united voice.  We want free and fair elections, Fiji for democracy NOW. 

God bless Fiji

 

Leadership Vacuum

28 months into Bainimarama’s illegal regime, the people of Fiji remain in want of a leadership figure to give focus to our frustration with the status quo, and guide us in venting that frustration into a positive outcome.  Nelson Mandela showed the South African population just how far he was willing to go to walk the walk for enduring peace.  Mahatma Gandhi both told and showed India and the world that true power is achieved only through non-violence.  Winston Churchill harnessed British pluck and community spirit to bring his people through ‘their finest hour’.  

I fear that, without a leader who is willing to raise his or her head above the fray, without a leader who is willing to speak to us and for us, the very real frustration that people are feeling at the way we are being governed will boil over into chaos and, inevitably, death.  We need organised rebellion against this regime.  The closest we have so far is the excellent Solivakasama Worldwide Movement which collected $10,000 for the Flood Appeal, which helped get Vilisi Nadaku in touch with the heroic Jon Apted, and out of custody.  But we need more.  

We need a leader with a plan to get us back to elections.  We need a leader who will speak at rallies, to Villages, to the Chiefs, to the people.  We need someone we are prepared to stand behind, to march with, to rebel with.  

In a worst case scenario (not that we aren’t already IN a worst case scenario), if rebellion were to break out WITHOUT such a leader, history tells us that we can expect rioting, more military crackdowns, further flourishing of organised crime, outbreaks of chaos and civil unrest – basically a path to civil war.  

Our best solution is a path back to free and fresh elections (and decisive punishments for this regime).  We need a leader who can harness our inevitable rebellion to turn our restlessness into a positive, peaceful, non-violent march towards change and democracy.  Attar Singh, Kenneth Zinck, Mick Beddoes and others employ an admirable use of public jibes to keep the regime on the back foot.  Sharon Rolls Bhagwan, the Fiji Women’s Rights ladies and the women’s movement make excellent ambassadors for peace.  Lord bless our media for the vital part they play as our last bastion for democracy.  But each of these is not enough.  

I hope you will forgive my presumptuousness, but PM Qarase and Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi – we need you to lead.  The nation NEEDS you.  The alternative, without your leadership, is too grim to bear.

God bless Fiji

Media 7 and Method

I watched with interest the Media 7 programme with David Robie, Barbara Dreaver and Robert Khan.  Robie & Dreaver make the point that Bainimarama’s intentions are good, but the problem is his methods. I disagree with them.  When you govern a country, method is everything. Governance is, by definition, purely method. Through dictatorship, the country is governed a certain way.  Through democracy, people choose the method and guiding principles by which they are governed. 


Perhaps the NZ outlook is the result of the Western hemisphere’s habitual Bush-watching for the past eight years. Bush’s credo was ‘History will judge me’, in other words, look at my results, not at my method. But to ignore the method of governance, particularly in the case of Fiji’s post-coup regime, is folly. 

The methods used by Bainimarama in his regime fail, emphatically fail, to achieve his said aim of removing race politics (possibly because he is using the most racially divisive politician in our history to run his govt). His methods fail to maintain law because the rule of law has been completely undermined. His methods fail to maintain order because the bodies that should preserve order are in an uproar and near collapse. They fail to distribute medicine. They fail to control disease. They proactively encourage the increase and proliferation of organised crime. They fail to educate our children. They fail to stimulate or even maintain our economy. They fail to strengthen international alliances with our neighbours and traditional allies. They fail to help our people to help themselves, except through corruption. They fail to make the leaders accountable to the people. They fail to protect the integrity of a robust and impartial media. They fail, in short, to meet up to any reasonable criteria of good governance. These methods could not run a kati-rugby team, let alone a country.  Even using Bush’s credo, Bainimarama performs poorly. Worse than poorly.

You cannot divorce Vore’s intentions from his methods. Government IS method. Look at Senator Feinstein’s speech from President Obama’s inauguration. The bullet will never have lasting supremacy over the ballot.  The only way out of Fiji’s situation, and the cycle of Coup-d’etat is through  the ballot.  Through elections.  That’s what we were achieving right up until 4 December 2005.  Like PM Sailele said, it is time for the people of Fiji to claim back our Govt, as is our right.  

God bless Fiji

Unaccountable Chodo

Chodo’s swagger is back.  And the arrogance.  A real trade unionist, who truly believes in the rights and dignity of the worker, would never in a million years make any statement that assumes he or she is unaccountable to the workers. 

Yet we see Chodo here, meeting with the Dictator Vulgaris, claiming it was ‘private’.  Oh?  Truly?  So you were just talking about each other’s personal matters.  “How’s your wife?  The kids? Your new house?  The gonorrhea?”  

If Chodo were a true trade unionist, he would account himself to the workers of what he said or did to protect their rights.  But instead we see him for what he really is, arrogant, unaccountable, holding himself above the well-being and welfare of the workers, and the Sugar community in particular.  He has no mandate to represent the people or to decide or influence how our Government is run. 

The man is bottom-feeding pond scum and a total fraud. 

God bless Fiji

 

Meeting private, says Chaudhry

The Fiji Times Online, Saturday, February 21, 2009

Update: 5:36PM Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said his meeting with interim PM Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama earlier this week was “a private one.”

But it is understood that the men discussed issues pertaining to the sugar industry.

Mr Chaudhry attended the party meeting in Nadi earlier today, which discussed issues ranging from the state of the economy, liquidity situation, primary resources sector, mahogany, sugar, bus fares and the wages council order.