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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Samoa's PM scotches suggestions 'corrupt Fiji regime' be allowed back into the Forum

PACIFIC ISLAND FORUM 2010: Fiji continues to be locked out because of the illegal regime.


By Tupuola Terry Tavita

Samoa's prime minister says the embattled coup-installed military regime in Fiji should not be a focus in next month’s leaders meeting in Auckland.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was this week asked if there is any chance Fiji could join in powerful regional leaders gathering of the  Pacific Island Forum in Auckland next month.

“What for?" asked Tuilaepa. "The regime there is getting worse.”

How is this, he was asked. He replied: “Well, there are reports that Bainimarama is paying himself five different ministerial salaries from the five different ministerial portfolios he’s overseeing. That’s on top of his salary as Prime Minister. The Attorney General is reportedly also doing the same.

“And they are both being paid through an accounting firm owned by the AG’s aunt - from cash paid directly from the different ministries. That system ensures that no one else knows the totality of the fortnightly salaries of the PM and his AG.

"In our democratic system where transparency and accountability prevail, the prime minister or a minister can only draw one salary regardless of that minister’s many responsibilities. All the payments are in black and white.

"There are no grey areas. Elsewhere where good governance policies and best practices iare absent, dictators help themselves to public moneys and feel no urge to go back to democracy.

“He (Bainimarama) and his Attorney General are both into this little scam that’s costing Fijian taxpayers millions of dollars. They’re both looking after themselves. Why then should the Forum allow Fiji back in when the regime there is not demonstrating any genuine effort to return the county to democracy, to good governance principles - in all its forms and manifestations the Forum upholds?”

It has been reported that the University of the South Pacific’s Professor Wadan Narsey – who has presented critical but objective, views of the military regime - has been forced to resign from pressure exerted by the Fiji government, through Vice Chancellor Rajesh Chandra.

Tuilaepa says the reports are a cause for concern. “It is extremely worrying when politics starts to interfere with academic independence. You then start to question the standard of education at USP and the teaching environment there.

"Especially, as USP is collectively-owned by Forum countries and not just Fiji. The irony is that the pressure is coming from an uneducated military dictator who has never studied at a university.”

This week, trade unions in Fiji issued a joint statement asking media outlets in the country to publish and broadcast balanced news item, instead of the one way anti-union pro-regime propaganda that people in Fiji have been receiving.

Tuilaepa says the bias is not unexpected given the fact Fiji has not had an elected government since Laisenia Qarase was removed by Bainimarama in 2006.

“That’s the reality of military dictatorships. There is no freedom of expression, no media independence and any critical views are hushed up, silenced. It’s all shotgun news now in Fiji.”

The planned three-day Methodist annual conference which was supposed to start on Tuesday, has again been cancelled by the military regime with reports some senior church leaders have been pressured to step down from their positions.

Tuilaepa says the situation is a far cry from what has happened in other countries like the  Phillipines where people have fought for democracy: “If 200,000 Christian women marched for their freedom as the Filipino women did against their own dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the Christian soldiers of the Christian army will just fold their arms and let them through. They will not dare touch their Christian mothers, aunts, nieces, cousins and sisters.”

29 comments:

The Pacific Gaddafi said...

Time for the international community to crush this junta and destroy the Bainimaramas, the Gaddafis of the Pacific.

Anonymous said...

OCA NA VOSA says;
There you go...The Samoa PM has said it...What are people waiting for. Whay continue to be scared. Frank is a mere man and mere mortal. So are his soldiers. Thats why we need leaders who will come forward to lead people and not idiots who flee Fiji and try to tell us what to do in Fiji...Ului, JB, show your Chiefly strength...come back if you want to champion our rights and fight for democracy and walk the shadow of darkness...do not fear a mere man who may hurt you physically but your spirit will be filled by the spirits of those Fijians who stand behind you. Lift the flag of Democracy and fight your way though the terror that has befallen our nation. Trust me, if you should fall, there will be another who will pick the flag. If you continue to shout from whereever you are, dont bother...Rev has shown a frail 80 year old can stand up against Frank...If not Ului or JB, someone has to...who shall carry the flag first...perhaps a woman will??

Anonymous said...

Yes, well said Mr Tuilaepa!!

Its downright GREED- the unjustified pays and salaries these 2 awarding themselves...

Its not fair on the people of this country to be treated without respect.....

I call on all the womens goups , trade unions, churches, NGOs, bind together and march,...

History has shown, the world over that all dictators are brought down BY THE PEOPLE eventually and its a shame passage to the grave for Kaiyum ,his wife, Bai & Mary , Aunty Bano and all their families...

Suva will eventually get trashed and damaged...because these people will have to be removed by FORCE...

..I hope and pray it doesnot come to that...

BUT, how long can the peoples sit by quietly and watch thse goonies swallow and wallow in stolen MONEYS AND OUR FREEDOM AS A DEMOCRATIC HUMAN-RIGHT RESPECTFUL PEOPLE...

ENOUGH...I'VE HAD ENOUGH...

They have "rooted and chucked out the rights and freedoms of everyone living now in FIJI and those about to be born".

FIJI, rise up now, STOP THE ROT...

Anonymous said...

Bless you PM Samoa for seeing the truth and speaking it out loud and clear. It's a pity that Voreqe and Aiyas are both deaf, blind and stupidly greedy. Yes, the University is in danger of being compromised in every way.

Anonymous said...

libya is freed from the dictator.
when fiji will be free.
time for the youth/elders /union/church/gcc/sdl/flp to be united and march on the street.
than arrest bai/ask.
than if there is shooting than forum armies will come in and assist like they did in solomon/tonga.
god bless fiji
thubs up for democracy.

Anonymous said...

YES, TIKOITOGA, I KNOW YOU READ THIS BLOGS, HOW ELSE DO YOU GET YOU INFO??
CERTAINLY NOT FROM SHARON JONAS..SHES A BLOCKHEAD BULLET- FIRING-AT-WILL-... COS OF THE DOLLAR SIGN PAYPACKET!

TIKOITOGA & SHARON, BAI & ASS ALL SHOULD MOUTHWASH WITH JANOLA TO BLEACH CLEAN ALL YOUR LIES AND BULDUST CRAP THAT KEEPS TUMBLE-ING OUT EACH TIME YOU OPEN IT..

ITS AMAZING TO THINK THAT THEY REALLY BELIEVE IN WHAT THEY ARE DOING.....BULLCRAP!!

FRANK NEVER WENT ANY UNIVERSITY..OMG...HAHA..AND HES TELLING THE USP WHAT TO DO!!
COMMON ALL YOU FELLOW FORUM COUNTRIES - YOU SHOULD OBJECT AND CALL FOR DR NARSEY RE-INSTATEMENT... HE IS NEEDED AT UNIVERSITY TO EDUCATE OUR STUDENTS..NOT JUST BECAUSE BLOODY FRANK AND AIAIYAS WANT HIM OUT COS OF HIS VERY TRUE AND LEARNED WRITINGS

Anonymous said...

YES, TIKOITOGA, I KNOW YOU READ THIS BLOGS, HOW ELSE DO YOU GET YOU INFO??
CERTAINLY NOT FROM SHARON JONAS..SHES A BLOCKHEAD BULLET- FIRING-AT-WILL-... COS OF THE DOLLAR SIGN PAYPACKET!

TIKOITOGA & SHARON, BAI & ASS ALL SHOULD MOUTHWASH WITH JANOLA TO BLEACH CLEAN ALL YOUR LIES AND BULDUST CRAP THAT KEEPS TUMBLE-ING OUT EACH TIME YOU OPEN IT..

ITS AMAZING TO THINK THAT THEY REALLY BELIEVE IN WHAT THEY ARE DOING.....!!

FRANK NEVER WENT ANY UNIVERSITY..OMG...HAHA..AND HES TELLING THE USP WHAT TO DO!!
COMMON ALL YOU FELLOW FORUM COUNTRIES - YOU SHOULD OBJECT AND CALL FOR DR NARSEY RE-INSTATEMENT... HE IS NEEDED AT UNIVERSITY TO EDUCATE OUR STUDENTS..NOT JUST BECAUSE BLOODY FRANK AND AIAIYAS WANT HIM OUT COS OF HIS VERY TRUE AND LEARNED WRITINGS

Anonymous said...

Hopefully, Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, having made it clear the Pacific Island Forum in Auckland next month doesn’t want Fiji’s imposter there, has an additional agenda item for event – a discussion about the USP’s Journalism Degree, Diploma and Single Major.
Can you imagine what they’re allowed to teach students! The USP says “The Arts Degree Major in Journalism, Diploma in Pacific Journalism and Single Major in Pacific Journalism are designed to prepare professional communicators for careers in the news media industry and for information roles in the regional and global media.” What a fatuous mission is that in a country where the Fiji Times is muzzled by virtually 24-hour censorship while the Fiji Sun dutifully vomits Miss Information’s daily releases into its rag.
Can you imagine what the attorney general and Bainimarama can contribute to the very core of journalism – free speech? As it stands, any graduate coming out of the USP’s journalism course has been very well prepared for a job in China, or Cuba, Or North Korea or Zimbabwe. Worse, can you imagine the dirty duo being involved in other faculties – like Law, Education, Business, Management and Public Administration.
As Samoa’s PM noted wryly, “It is extremely worrying when politics starts to interfere with academic independence. You then start to question the standard of education at USP and the teaching environment there. Especially, as USP is collectively-owned by Forum countries and not just Fiji. The irony is that the pressure is coming from an uneducated military dictator who has never studied at a university.” .0035

semi miau said...

vinaka Hon Prime Minister.We need the fijian people living in fiji to stand up and have the courage to fight for their rights.Fiji people think about your children and don't be scared.Stop the "go with the flow" attitude and be man enough to dig deep & fight for your rights.

JOKER said...

Q: Hey Tuilaepa, How DUMB is Frank?

Tuilaepa: Frank is so DUMB, when he sends an email, he tries to attach a stamp!

mark manning said...

My condolences to the Samoan and Tongan Families and Community for the losses in the Brisbane house fire.

Semi Meow said...

Well said Tuilaepa, Bainivuaka doesn't even know what a university is hehehe...that's how dumb Vuaka is. And Major Luveni Ulukau and Cekeitoga and the boy scouts from the military are all following the blind Vuaka.

Anonymous said...

The Samona PM should sort out his mess first before point his dirty fingers at Fiji-democracy does not exist in his country!

Anonymous said...

Former opposition leader Asiata Saleimoa Va’ai wrote that history shows that political parties in the past who have dominated governments for many years have often become dictatorial and communist in their ways, giving the examples of Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Hussein in Iraq and of course Hitler in Germany.

This he says is becoming the case with Tuilaepa and Samoa.”
The question was posed whether these comparisons were justified and whether Samoa was under dictatorship or still had a semblance of democracy.

This was answered by the fact that the word “democracy” did not exist in the two most recognised published Samoan dictionaries. Despite the long history of chiefly authority in Samoa, universal suffrage was introduced only in 1990 when all were eligible to vote, whereas, before that only the matai were allowed to vote.

Observer said...

This guy is the man in the whole South Pacific. He is the only one who speaks like he see it.

Anonymous said...

The Pacific Forum has now knew of Bainimarama pay package....... $700k......... stinky and disgusting.

Does this Bainimarama has any grain of salt or a bar of soap left in his brain?

YOU MILITARY PEOPLE ARE READING THIS BLOG, NI BAU MADUATAKA NA NOMUNI I LIULIU BUTABUTAKO, ULUKAU QORI O BAINIMARAMA.

Sami Sue, Labasa said...

Spoken like true people's champion. Who's going to harm mothers, aunts, nieces, daughters??? These soldiers will not raise a finger - they know they will have to stand down. It's time for this long-time coming uprising. Take control of your country! Come on everyone...stand up and be counted.

Vanua. said...

Be interested in the Samoan PM views on his US (AM) counterpart - that idiot Congressman - who from the comfort and safety of his own democratic position has continually offered the dictator Vore comfort & support?
Manu Samoa.

Semi Mau said...

You ulukaus who wrote against the Samoan PM should crawl back to the cassave patch you hatched from. Fiji is the laughing stock of the Pacific and you two are clowns from Vuaka's circus. Shame on you.

Anonymous said...

Samoa PM not to comment and interfere with Fiji' business. We will solve our own problem when the time is right.

Anonymous said...

Thankyou Hon.Tuilaepa for also being the voice of the silent and oppressed majority in Fiji.At my place of work in Lautoka all my colleagues always look forward to your comments on Fiji and we appreciate it very much.Bainimarama was at a cocktail party in Nadi hosted by ATS recently where he demanded that the cocktail (which was to finish at 8,00pm)be extended until two am and in the course of the evening was boasting that he was now the richest man in Fiji,had set up all his family with properties and to the dismay of those in attendance declared that he had so much money now that he does not know what to do with it!!!!!Apparently the drink had loosened his tongue.The true colours of an illegal and treasonous despot and it would be a slur and a tragedy for any of the respected Forum Island states to even consider engaging with bainimarama whom many of us consider to be a criminal.

Anonymous said...

I truly think that the laughing samoans or whoever they are and their PM rightly belong to their cassava patch and have no business to other PIC's affairs. We Fijians a not ulukau but mature and noble people who likes to do things in our own chiefly and Itaukei ways.The political situation in Fiji is and does not deter us, its only the non fijians who worried because when the sleeping giant awakes or forced to, then even the samoan men will take cover under and in their fat womens skirt.

Anonymous said...

Good on you and thank you RATU Tuilaepa. You are a chief in the full and truest sense.
Thank you for standing up for us, the down-trodden here in Fiji.
Please speak to OZ and NZ about our plight - are they really, really our so-called true friends?
You and you country are true friends of Fiji.
Vinaka saka vakalevu and God bless.

Anonymous said...

What a shame Anon 2:25. But then again, for those of us "Officers and Gentlemen" who KNEW him, that is absolutely HIM when he is drunk.
If the drinks are free he will stay the night and drink us all under the table.
His boasting says one thing - e sa vakalialiyai tiko mai. Very soon, he will mess himself in his pants at cocktails!! Mark my word!!

Anonymous said...

Surely, the International Community must be reading all this about the illegal thug and the happenings on the ground. What else do they need to mobilse themselves. When all hell breaks loose, please do not offer a helping hand - it would have been far,far too late. You have been forwarned!!
By then it would be "thank you but no thank you - where were you when I needeed you?" Leave us alone, we will do our own thing - you desserted us when we neede you most. But you were never there!!

Anonymous said...

@annon8:18pm....You don`t really have a choice...do you?When all hell breaks loose,you will run to Daddy.

Anonymous said...

To Anon 11;45 - Come, come, thick head. Boy, some people are really THICK. I said 'Thank you, but no thank you". Or do I need to spell it out for you numbskull!!

Anonymous said...

he should join the laughung samoans....lol

Anonymous said...

bainimarama govt is the best govt in Fiji,hope he stands in the next elections