|MISSING IN PARADISE: CEO|
A Kiwi and an American have died in the country in the past two weeks, both of them businessman, and one of them killed after being beaten up in Nadi but the regime as per its policy to hide all that shows Fiji is not a paradise, is controlling local coverage.
It has, however, been okay with news stories about the deaths of two local men, one of them a 51 year man (Tevita Tabua) whose body was found last week in Nadi. Police now say three suspects are being questioned.
|GROOM: Beaten in Nadi.|
Mr Groom was being buried in Nadi today.
The other death the regime has tried to keep quiet is that of well-known Charlotte company executive Don Nicholas, who failed to return from the water while surfing last Thursday in Nadi.
Nicholas was surfing with an instructor. Dive teams and helicopters were reportedly called out but he has not been found.
A source says Fiji police have been told to downplay both incidents for fear of the repercussions on the country's tourism industry. He says: "Imagine what would happen if Aussies and Kiwis knew about one missing surfer and two murders in Nadi in the space of 10 days?"
Still on tourism, an update on the woes and dramas at Air Pacific and CEO Dave Pflieger, who has let former PR man Sam Pareti go in favour of Shane Hussein.
Sources say the decision to tell all in a one-sided tale of lies, lies and nothing but lies in the country's oldest daily was not such a great idea after all. All that was revealed in the Fiji Times came back to bite Pflieger in the bum, when Transport Workers Union General Secretary Kamlesh Kumar revealed all in a media statement via Coupfourpointfive exposing the CEO's porkies.
He and his expatriate consultant mates have, meanwhile, effectively demoralised a company with a relatively incident free record, sought-after pilots and engineers .... all the while saying he is trying to save the national airline.