Fiji's attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has had another defining moment.
He said: “I have seen in the past six months in organisations funded by Government where decisions are made before being advertised, where decisions are made even before the expression of interest are called for providing a particular service. This is very worrying."
Highlighting the high number of anomalies in the Auditor General reports over the past years, Sayed-Khaiyum said it means that basic accounting processes and procedure were not followed, which is not good governance.
He went on to say in a release on the government website that although people talked about good governance, the fact remains - "many of us do not understand the real meaning of the word."
“What is important for us to know is how well we can apply transparency and good governance in our lives.”
Sayed-Khaiyum's comments are outrageous, considering his government's abysmal record for transparency. It is after all, the self-appointed government that introduced permanent emergency regulations without justification, the same regime that censored the Fiji media and which continues to raise delaying tactics every time democratic elections are mentioned.
Just a day ago, Sayed-Khaiyum rubbished the US State Department's human rights report, released earlier this month, as pedestrian and biased. The report highlighted widespread human rights abuse in Fiji.
Editor's Note: Sayed-Khaiyum at the Holiday Inn workshop today. Interim government picture.