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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bainimarama: We'll need to shut some people up

SYDNEY (Sydney Morning Herald/AAP/Pacific Media Watch): Fiji's self-appointed prime minister Frank Bainimarama says only the military can get his country back to democracy - and "we'll need to shut some people up".

Commodore Bainimarama, who is also Fiji's military leader, says he doesn't trust politicians, judges or the public to return to democracy.

"I don't trust the people," he told ABC television's
Foreign Correspondent tonight.

Commodore Bainimarama seized power in a 2006 coup and has delayed elections, sacked judges and cracked down on the media, sparking a bitter row with Australia.

He justified his clampdown on media freedom by saying that some media outlets understood his regime's need to bring about reforms before democracy could be installed.

"They understood that at some stage we'll need to shut some people up, and stop this from bringing about instability," he said.

"Those reforms will never happen if we open everything out to every Tom, Dick and Harry to have their say."

Commodore Bainimarama said he had silenced the Methodist Church and some chiefs because they were politicised and had been misleading the nation.

"I need to have them silenced," he said.

The region's pre-eminent regional group, the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), is meeting in Vanuatu this week but Fiji has been suspended.

Commodore Bainimarama said he did not want to be in the group because it was subject to infighting, and Australia and New Zealand were dominating it.

"They crept in slowly like the proverbial camel, you know, with their head in, and then the front legs, and then the back legs, and all of a sudden the owners of the tent were out and they were inside the tent," he said.

He said Australia and New Zealand were "not Pacific islanders" and should not be in the PIF.

Commodore Bainimarama reiterated his plan to reform Fiji's constitution to be free of racial politics, and hold elections in 2014.

He would not be drawn on whether he would run for prime minister, saying he could not make that decision now.

Fiji's constitution sought to set aside some seats for ethnic blocks. At the heart of Fiji's trouble lies a power struggle involving the large Fijian Indian community and different indigenous groups.


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

While I fully and thankfully agree that Australians and New Zealanders are not Pacific Islanders I do not believe that tension between ethnic groups are at the heart of Fiji's trouble. The problem is the existence of a totally oversized military which has unfortunately be led by people who believe that they are above the law. This needs to end before Fiji will ever be a normal society and a successful economy. There are actually quite a few countries where different ethnic groups live together in harmony. Look at Mauritius with 50 % Indians.

Anonymous said...

Bai's reason for wanting to "shut some people up" is simple - he cannot win the argument any other way, so this is his "nuke" answer.

The problem with this sort of debating strategy is best summed up by Thomas Jefferson's quip "It is error alone which needs the support of Government. The truth can stand by itself."

So if in the battlefield of ideas, you simply allow ideas to battle on their own merits, then only the best ideas should eventually emerge. These would then be expected to offer the best chance of successful subsequent policy planning and implementation.

By contrast, the worst ideas can only prevail when debate is circumvented, truth is ignored and dissidents are silenced.

And these bad ideas do not fail for lack of support or unanimity. They fail because they were the least likely to succeed in the first place anyway!

Except for matters of morality and principle, we do not pursue ideas for their own sakes. We pursue them for the results they deliver to us. If they don't deliver, toss 'em out and try something else.

But to just stubbornly hang on to obviously failing ideas in the face of all common sense, objections and failure to deliver - and to shut up the media and opponents in the process - is just plain senseless!

Anonymous said...

I fully and thankfully agree that indo fijians are definately NOT Pacific islanders.

nayacakalou said...

What an idiot.If we open everything out to every Tom,Dick and Harry to have their say,that is what we call democracy......as..sh..ole.

Anonymous said...

Nah if you open everything to all Tom, Jim and Dcce...which is what you call democray...is what he calls coruption. It will spoil his party using tax payers' money.

Joe said...

The only person who needs to shut up, which he already is, after the events of Dec 2006, is the ex Pres. Ratu Iloilo.

Only after stepping into the Prez's shoes, Frank realised that it is rather oversize for him and that the dust and dirt is being deflected into his own backside, walking with those shoes. The "shoe makers" refused to resize it for him, saying it is stolen property, and the "pawnbroker" miles away offered to trade it in for an even "bigger shoe".

Dr. Sir Derek Michael advised "the patient" that he is better off w/o shoes. Guess what's next!!! He probably wont have a leg to stand on.

Anonymous said...

I normally do not comment on the blogs but I categorically refute the msot stupid comments of this idiot of a man - if Australians and New Zealanders are not Pacific Islanders, than logically speaking, his illegal Pakistani Attorney-Generak Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum is not a Fijian or even Pacific Islander. After all, the Indians came to the Pacific as indentured labourers and free passenger Indians

Anonymous said...

Bai is truth, yes and fiji now needs to 'shut him up,. when he say, 'we' need to shut some people up, who are this we? and fiji (you,me and us) we need to shut this gang of 'we' out because they are the very one who are taking our beloved fiji to nowhere!!!. using the army, they are just there to milk the cow and fatten themselves with taxe payers money. yes, we need to shut bai himself out with his bunch of kanaloto mediocrees before its too late for fiji.