#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Your best side please, sir

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Your best side please, sir

It was a week of inspecting the worst hit areas, pressing the flesh, inspired speeches and delivering sweet biscuits to children in the North.

With the National Youth celebrations day now cancelled and a tally of the damage expected, what will this week bring for Fiji's self-appointed prime minister, Frank Bainimarama?

In a media statement last week, he said he wanted things to return to normal as quickly as possible.

The fear, of course, is that the hard won public emergency regulations may be derailed, thanks to any disorder Cyclone Tomas might've created. It's all about control, after all, and keeping a tight hand on the reins.

Bainimarama was quick to try to reassure people and to praise the nation for its resilience in bouncing back.
"I wish to acknowledge the discipline and understanding you have shown in our preparations for the cyclone. We must always be positive; we must always stick together as Fijians, as common citizens of this wonderful country of ours. We have been blessed in that our main regions and sectors have not been affected by Tomas."

But there was also the reminder that this was no time for slacking or rebellion. He said: "We must take advantage of this situation. We must work harder and increase our productivity to position ourselves better for such situations and for the improvement of our livelihoods. We must all now go back to our normal lives and contribute to building our nation as a strong one."

Many eyes will still be on Fiji this week, despite the fact Cyclone Tomas has moved offshore. We wonder what photo opportunities will surface to allow the military leader to show his best side and whether anyone, apart from the well-heeled, that is, buys it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Isn't it also about showing he and cohorts are in control of situation? When in actual fact, country is bankrupt and citizens are being robbed of national holidays.