#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: FLP calls on regime to come clean on BDO and ministerial payrolls

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

FLP calls on regime to come clean on BDO and ministerial payrolls

Accountability for Ministerial payrolls 

Fiji Labour Party website August 23

Fiji Labour Party calls on the interim government to comment on the authenticity of reports that salaries of Cabinet Ministers and a legal consultant hired by the government are paid through the accounting firm of BDO (Aliz). 

There have been reports recently that ministers were not paid through the Treasury since March/April this year. Instead, their payroll was contracted out to BDO (Aliz) which is managed by Dr. Nur Bano Ali who is related (aunt) to the interim Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. 

Our inquiries revealed that tenders or expressions of interest for the work were not advertised. 

According to information published on the internet interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama receives an annual salary of $267,000 while the interim Attorney General receives $336,000. 

These are super salaries: no former Prime Minister or Attorney General has been paid anywhere near these figures. Salaries and allowances of PMs and Ministers were governed by determinations made by the Parliamentary Salaries Commission and ranged from $115,000 plus State housing for the PM to $96,000 including housing allowance, for the Attorney General/Ministers. 

It will be recalled that Commodore Bainimarama had made it explicitly clear in 2007 that he, as well as all Ministers (including the AG), would receive only ONE salary irrespective of the number of portfolios they held. We believe that such is the case with all other Ministers who receive much, much less compared to the interim PM and the AG. 

Interestingly, the Executive Authority of Fiji Decree No.2, 2009 states at Section 9 that:
A Minister is entitled to remuneration and allowances that were applicable before the 10th day of April 2009, provided that the President may by Decree amend, vary or replace the remuneration or allowance payable to a Minister.” 

We have not seen any Decree which has altered, amended or varied the above provision. 

The tax payer and the people of Fiji are entitled to know the truth. All public officials, including the Prime Minister and Ministers, must be paid through the Treasury, at rates approved by law and in a transparent manner. 

After all, there has been much rhetoric on transparency and accountability by the High Command of the interim government.
The administration must now clarify whether the reports are true.


Anonymous said...

When Vore was being asked about the term "military dictator" he smiled and asked: "where is the military garb? I don't know what they mean by military dictator"

What is he then a dumb dictator? Of all things his word is law in Fiji. In place of "the rule of law" he has in place "rule by law" or more appropriately "rule by decree".

The evidence abound and yet he does not know what the term "military dictator" means.

I am happy though that Labour & Chaudary have lernt their lesson the hardway.

And to the Max: No coup and I repeat NO COUP is ever good nor justified. Yo can idolise Vore & Co until you die, it will not change the fact they committed the ultimate crime "Treason".

Sairusi Night said...

So much for a clean up campaign, which he voreceke said that the Qarase government was corrupt, what
do you call this.
It would be interesting to see what the rest of the ministers pay packet look like...huh. Sa da mai lasutaki, na veivakalolomataki, na veidadui, lawaki ca, lasulasu, kana loto. Mai ya so.......ia na kaisi ga ena kaisi tikoga, kua so na viavia turaga tiko, macawa levu.

Anonymous said...

Given current media climate - regimes persecution of all things SDL - amazed Fiji Labor website continues unhindered?

Anonymous said...

Mr Chaudhry,
If you had followed the governments accounting practice by not sneekingly opening bank account in Baroda, maybe FLP has a point or two.

This does not mean we disagree with your comments but look who is talking!!

Anonymous said...

looks like the taliban AG and his relatives are milking fiji dry....thanks to mahen

Sairusi Night said...

Hey max what have you got to say about this.....huh. Don't tell me you haven't read this article, or are you just as gullible like the rest of them supporters......so much for military won't benefit from this coup speech by your low life komai na cekelevu. Sa rui levu ga vei kemudrau na viavialevu kei na dokadoka.......

mark manning said...

Murder is the ultimate crime, not treason but Frank Bainimarama happens to have committed both anyway.

Anonymous said...

Mmm,these claims are a true and worrying trend which indicates that the central government treasury is short of cash.Other recent incidents include the current use of RBF funds to twice pay the salaries of civil servants.

Then there is the questionable bailout of FSC, a publically listed company of $191m worth of loans, $66m were from the Fiji National Provident Fund ($44m), the Reserve Bank of Fiji ($20m).The other debts from Bank of Baroda ($19m), Bank of the South Pacific ($1.4m) and $4.2m from the EXIM Bank of India are government guranteed.

Abusing FNPF members funds is one thing but treating the RBF as a "piggy bank" to finance poorly performing publically listed companies epitomises very bad governance along with those nasty words such as "corruption, gross theft of public monies and bankruptcy".

Alivereti Jona said...

Repressive Law

I read with interest the concern by the FLP and their call for accountability regarding the salaries being paid to Voreqe and Kaiyum. Unfortunately accountability comes with legitimate authority and "the rule of law". In this case however, Fiji is witnessing close up "the rule by law” i.e. repressive law.

If we review the various manifestation of repressive law, two cardinal features emerge. The first is a close integration of law and politics, in the form of a direct subordination of legal institutions to public and private governing elites: Law is a pliable tool, readily available to consolidate power, secure privilege and win conformity. The second is rampant official discretion or dictatorship in this case, which is at once an outcome and a chief guarantee of the law’s pliability.

The two features hinder legal development in sustaining equality under the law and they inhibit the integrity of legal institutions. Law remains largely undifferentiated from politics, administration and the moral order. The separation of spheres is alien to repressive law and indeed this regime.

The pliability of law in this instance limits the capacity to fulfill the most basic function of legal ordering – the legitimation of power. Law is always a devise for certifying the legitimacy of rules, commands or official positions.

Repressive law is a crude instrument of legitimation, it can give power the color of authority, but its endorsement is tainted by subservience. This regime relies on passive acquiesce but their claims to legitimacy remains untested. Because consent is problematic, accountability is now demanded and this regime by indulging in the manipulation of law fails to preserve an aura of legality.

Although repressive law offers handy tools for imposing order, it is far less competent at securing stability founded in consent.

Anonymous said...

M. Pot Chodori calling the kettle black. Thieves, liars and murderers, they are. The only difference are the innocent victims - Indians and Fijians respectively, but poor all the same.