Opinion piece by democracy advocate
SULIASI DAUNITUTU on the illegal regime's tinkering of the National Land Trust Board.
Now, this is where this issue becomes very dangerous. Dangerous in the sense that there is no proper or legal government to oversee this huge change. It is the biggest issue that Fijian landowners should wake up to inform themselves on.
This illegal government is not focusing on anything but land at the start of 2011 and I can see why. As Fiji is in financial ruin and aid is not forthcoming, Voreqe Bainimara and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum have had to look for funds to keep their illegal government afloat.
FNPF will not sustain them, and there is also a lot of talk on how the management has been changed by VB, with economists writing articles venting their concern about how the superannuation fund is being carelessly managed by VB and his gang.
So, now they are going to focus on land to rake in the much needed funds they so desperately require.
A lady emailed me this morning about the danger of leasing money from the land bank, an exercise that will only see the landowner left behind socially, economically, emotionally and financially. She suggested something an academic here in Canberra voiced to me on one of my radio interviews.
And that was to help the landowner get maximum yield from his land by developing, or maybe investing, in commercialised farming. If the illegal government did that, not only will the landowner get to keep his land, but his income will not be reliant on the half yearly payout but the maximum yield of his crop or development.
That is a simple way of showing the landowner that you care for him and his inheritance; at the same time, he the landowner is not imposing on anyone with pleas for handouts.
The landowners will now be left further behind in running their own businesses, standing on their own two feet and most importantly, without a say in the use of their land.
People like Qetaki, Bainimarama and Khaiyum will be forever on record for dismantling an institution that was put together by a brain that was far too superior in its thinking capabilities, one that saw ahead of its time and kept a race secure.
We are now staring at the end of Fijian dominance over their homeland.