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Monday, August 1, 2011

The trials, tribulations and ironies of seeking justice for FNPF pensioners

By Professor Wadan Narsey

Editor's Note: These are the personal views of Professor Wadan Narsey, not those of USP where he is employed as Professor of Economics, but currently on leave

Fiji’s system of law and justice is at a historically defining point with the Burness/Shameem case against the FNPF.

The Burness/ShameemLaw case is seeking justice for current pensioners, by asking the Fiji courts to stop FNPF from implementing their plan to reduce existing pensions, on the grounds that such action would negate Burness’s basic human rights.

A simple case to understand and adjudicate on, you might have thought. But it is a nightmare, even for an educated lay person, to read through (a) the submission by ShameemLaw for pensioner David Burness and (b) the judgment so far by Judge Hettiarchchi – and it is a nightmare caused largely by the debilitating demonic presence of the Military Decrees.

While this case is important for FNPF pensioners, it is far more important for the Fiji economy as a whole, because the planned FNPF action strikes at the heart of private property and legal contracts, both of which are at the core of all business transactions in Fiji and globally.

The Burness/ShameemLa case should therefore be of great interest to Fiji’s business interests, Chambers of Commerce, Employers’ Federation and all investors in Fiji (not that any of them would support the case financially). The resolution of this case will be a defining moment for Fiji’s system of laws and justice.

Basic Human Right to Justice
Every decent civilized society tries to ensure that each and every citizens is able to ask for, and receive justice in their disputes, based on the rule of law, and increasingly in recent years, by appealing to the United Nations Declarations of Basic Human Rights.

The 2010 Report of the NZ Human Rights Commission on Human Rights in NZ, written without any legalistic jargon, stated clearly that (p.89)

1) The law must be accessible, intelligible, clear and predictable
2) Fundamental human rights must be protected
3) Civil disputes should be resolved without prohibitive cost and in a timely fashion
4) Ministers and public officers at all levels must exercise the powers conferred on them        reasonably, in good faith, for the purpose for which the powers were conferred and          without exceeding the limits of such powers and
5) Adjudicative procedures provided by the State should be fair.
Judge for yourselves how the current case against FNPF will be assessed according to these sensible principles.

The ShameemLaw Arguments
ShameemLaw reasonably asked for relief from the courts:  a declaration that the Applicants’s (Burness’) pension not be reduced; declarations that the proposed review was a breach of the contract and that the FNPF plan to reduce the pension of the Applicant would constitute a breach of his human rights; and that the review of the FNPF Act be postponed until there had been a Commission of Inquiry in the planned Review (also sought of the Courts).

    ShameemLaw cautiously noted “Of course the Constitution of 1997 has again been abrogated (it is said) and there are many Decrees in place now to emphasize this time and again so clearly the Constitutional Redress application process is not available to an applicant. ....  It is not an abuse of the Court process for the Applicant, David Burness, to make his application in this way since all other procedural avenues for human rights redress, previously provided by the Constitution, are closed to him”.

[I add the word “cautiously”, because Dr Shaista Shameem (with Neel Shivam) had also fought the Chandrika Prasad case in which Anthony Gates had ruled that the attempted 2000 abrogation of the 1997 Constitution by Bainimarama was in fact  invalid. Might that one day be the case with the 2009 purported abrogation?]

ShameemLaw reassured the Judge that “the applicant David Burness has no desire to challenge the revocation of the 1997 Constitution by his application. He wants to claim his right to a pension pursuant to the Human Rights Commission Decree”.

As ShameemLaw pointed out, Article 8 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states clearly:  “Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law”

And Article 10: states “Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations…”.

All quite reasonable, one would have thought:  a citizen with a just grievance against FNPF, appealing to the Courts for a fair ruling, even within the constraints of an allegedly abrogated Constitution and restrictive Military Decrees.

But the FNPF and Regime lawyers (D. Sharma and S. Sharma) claimed that the Burness application “discloses no reasonable cause of action…; is scandalous, frivolous or vexatious; or may prejudice, embarrass or delay the fair trial of the action; or is otherwise an abuse of the process of the court”.

     What? Our pensioners’ and tax-payers’ money is being used to pay lawyers to offer this contemptuous “clutch at a straw” in order to defend FNPF’s unjust plans to hurt pensioners’ interests?  Where is the good faith of FNPF’s public officers, the FNPF Board and their lawyers in this very genuine case?

What Judge Hettiarachchi said (read his full judgment, please!)
The Hettiarachchi Judgment, while perhaps clear to the legal profession, has many surprising statements (surprising to pensioners) implying that there is no solid evidence that the FNPF is planning to reduce pensions and harm the interests of pensioners, including that of Burness.

Paragraph 8: Upon perusal of the affidavit and its annexes, I am unable to satisfy myself of any probable basis on which the human rights of the Applicant could be violated by any reforms that could be introduced to the FNPF.

Paragraph 9: the Applicant has even failed to present adequate material explaining how his human rights will be violated by any reforms that could be introduced to the FNPF.

Paragraph 15: ... the applicant merely relied on a statement of the CEO of FNPF. It is further alleged that by the proposed reforms to the FNPF, the applicant’s pension would be reduced by 64%. 

Paragraph 16:  It is not stated the source from which the Applicant got this information.

Paragraphs 22 and 23:  the Applicant has manifestly failed to establish that there is a serious question to be tried... and therefore I strike out the Applicant’s application for an injunction”.

Reading this, many pensioners will be tearing out whatever little hair they have left on their heads, or at least scratching their bald heads.

Who in Fiji has not heard and read the massive public campaigns by FNPF on TV, radio, newspapers, public meetings, all stating that current pension rates were not sustainable and would be reduced; and that existing pensions were allegedly “unfair” and needed to be also reduced?  Why indeed would FNPF bother to appear in court and waste their time with expensive lawyers to oppose a motion trying to stop it from reducing pensions, if FNPF had no intention of reducing pensions?

An ordinary person in the position of the learned Judge might simply have asked FNPF, there and then in the courts:  What is the nature of the reforms that you are planning and you have been publicizing for six months? Why have you not told the public  exactly what you are planning to do?.  Is it correct that you intend to reduce the annuities of some pensioners, including that of David Burness who is here in court today before me, seeking justice? Why are you not giving the public all the Reports that outline what is happening to the FNPF’s sustainability, etc. etc. etc.

But no doubt in the legal world, the learned Judge can only “judge” on the basis of what is placed before him, not what is out there in the media, and even flooding the public eye.

Justice Hettiarchchi instead pointed out (Paragraph 36):  “The Applicant has not observed the correct procedure laid down in the High Court Rules whilst filing his applications for injunction and the substantive action.”
To his great credit (one must not under-estimate the implicit pressures on him to just throw the case out),  Justice Hettiarchchi concluded “However, I am not inclined to decide the fate of this action purely on technical and procedural grounds” because of its “significant national importance”.

He reminded ShameemLaw (Paragraph 48):  The exact nature of the proposed reforms, its effect on the Applicant’s pension benefit, to what extent that the general public are allowed to submit their views on the proposed review, and the procedure which is followed by the FNPF Board are of paramount importance to this action, but the applicant has failed to tender sufficient evidence with regard to the abovementioned facts.

Justice Hettiarchchi very fairly conceded (Paragraph 49):  given that the matter is of national importance, I am of the view that the Applicant should be granted an opportunity to rectify his procedural and technical errors in the pleadings.

The Judge granted the Applicant (Burness/ShameemLaw 21 days to rectify procedural errors and file proper pleadings together with the necessary and relevant documentary evidence.  The Respondents were granted further 14 days to file their response.

Need to focus on rights to personal property and sanctity of contracts?
Globally, the business world does not give a jot for the “general human rights” of ordinary people, especially those who cannot afford smart lawyers.  But they do care about property rights and the sanctity of legal contracts, at the heart of the business world.

It is extremely important therefore to get the full moral support and interest of the business and investor community, by ensuring that the legal case against FNPF highlights also the legitimate property rights of the FNPF pensioners and the “sanctity of their lawful contracts” with FNPF.

Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says “Everyone has the right to own property” and “no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property”.  And by all relevant criteria, FNPF annuities and pensions are property, guaranteed by a contract.

When pensioners reached 55, they were required by the FNPF management (and FNPF Act) to sign Form 9-OP and to declare whether they would take a pension (single or joint) or they would take a lump sum, or some mixture of lump sum, joint or single pension. [Pensioners, you can download Form 9-OP from the FNPF web-site, in case you have forgotten what it looks like].

On Form 9-OP, the FNPF informs the retiree that if he chooses to take the pension options, he will receive exactly this or that annuity (annual sum of money in dollars, and exactly this or that precise percentage of his final balance) payable for his lifetime (single pension) and the lifetime of his last surviving partner (in the case of the lower double pension). These percentages were was set by Parliament originally at 25%, and by another Act of Parliament in 1998, gradually reduced to 15% currently.
Through the 9-OP Form, FNPF sternly warns “Once you have made you (sic) choice it is final and cannot afterwards be changed or revoked.” 

In other words, the die is cast for you, the pensioner. You have entered a legal contract which cannot be changed in any way, by you.  But apparently, FNPF thinks that it can breach this contract.

Form 9-OP warns that if the retiree does not notify the FNPF within 2 months of receiving that offer, “it shall be deemed that you have opted to take the full lump sum and a lump sum payment will be processed. This cannot be changed or revoked later

Two conclusions follow from this offer in Form 9-OP.  First, it was the FNPF which offered and promised clearly the exact benefits which the pensioners would receive for the rest of their life (the pensioner’s “consideration”) in return for leaving their savings with the FNPF (FNPF’s “consideration”).

Second, the FNPF recognized that the savings of the retiree were his personal property to be taken either as a lump sum, or as an explicitly defined annuity until death of the beneficiary, or some combination of both.

FNPF is a corporate body bound by contracts
How horrifying for pensioners who have worked all their lives and been legally forced by the laws of Fiji to deposit their life savings with FNPF, to hear in court the FNPF lawyer (Davenesh Sharma) arguing that “there is no legal entity such as the name of Fiji National Provident Fund, so the proceedings against this non-existent body is unsustainable” (as stated in the judgment). 

[Let us hope that Davenesh Sharma (former President of the Fiji Law Society) was merely amusing himself with the semantics or clutching at straws, and not seriously attempting to use this argument to scuttle justice for old age pensioners in order to be seen to earn his hefty lawyers’ fees.]

Because Article 4 of the FNPF Act states clearly that the FNPF Board shall be a body corporate and shall, by the name of "The Fiji National Provident Fund Board", have perpetual succession and a common seal .... The Board may sue and be sued in its corporate name and may enter into contracts.
Legal texts universally point out  (eg google “Mark Radcliffe and Diane Brinson”) that a contract is formed when one party (the "offeror") makes an offer which is accepted by the other party (the "offeree") usually with some mutual promises and consideration involved.

Here, a legal corporate body (FNPF) made a clear explicit offer to the retirees that should they choose the pension option (whether single, joint or combination) and leave their savings with the FNPF (FNPF’s consideration), they would receive in return  an annuity (expressed explicitly in dollars as a fixed percentage of their final balance) until they (or their nominated partner) died.

What could be clearer than this contract
Nowhere in the contract (the 9-OP form) is there any clause (in large or fine print) which warns the pensioners that their pension rate may be changed in the future by the FNPF Board for whatever reason.

Despite the implicit allegations by FNPF lawyers, nowhere in the FNPF Acts is there any reference whatsoever to the Board’s powers to vary the annuity rate, already offered to and accepted by pensioners, and approved by Parliament.

In law it is fundamental that  if one party meets its contractual obligations (the pensioner left his savings with the FNPF) and the other party doesn't ("breaches the contract"), the nonbreaching party is entitled to receive relief through the courts.  

Which is precisely what the Burness/ShameemLaw case is trying to do through Fiji’s courts.

Three breaches of the FNPF Act by the FNPF Board
Pensioners have reasoned rationally with FNPF management and the FNPF Board till they (the pensioners) are black and blue in the face.  The FNPF management and Board have not budged one inch.  They certainly are not resigning as has been suggested to them as the honorable thing to do.

I suggest that the learned Judge’s advice that “…the procedure which is followed by the FNPF Board are of paramount importance to this action” be taken literally to examine more closely whether the FNPF Board has been and is currently following the letter and spirit of the law embedded in the FNPF Act.

Perhaps the legal battle also needs to be taken to the FNPF Board members who can personally now be sued if they are failing in their duties as trustees of the FNPF Board.

Specifically, each of the FNPF Board members and collectively, may be charged for three breaches of the FNPF Act.

Breach 1 (pointed out previously)

The Board refuses to take advantage of Section 10 which clearly states that “If the Fund is, at any time, unable to pay any sum which is required to be paid under the provisions of this Act, the sum required shall be advanced to the Fund by the Government and the Fund shall, as soon as practicable, repay to the Government the sums so advanced”.

What?  The FNPF Board does not want to ask Government to lend money to FNPF to cover possible shortfalls in the future, while they have been happy to lend whatever to Government at the preferential interest rates for forty years?

Breach 2
Section 8 of the FNPF Act requires the Board to declare a rate of interest to be paid to members’ credit, “not less than 2 1/2 per cent per annum” provided that  “no rate of interest exceeding 2 1/2 per cent per annum shall be so declared, unless, in the opinion of the Board, the ability of the Fund to meet all payments required to be paid under this Act is not endangered by the declaration of such rate”.

The FNPF is currently planning to reduce pension rates for future pensioners and existing pensioners, alleging that current pension rates are unsustainable, and even alleging that these pension rates have been known to be unsustainable for more than a decade. Yet, year after year, the FNPF Board has declared a rate of interest higher than 2 ½ percent (including this year as well at 5 ½%) to be credited to Members’ funds.

The FNPF Board refuses to follow the FNPF Act which very specifically asks it to not declare a rate of interest above 2 ½% if the Fund is not sustainable.

While refusing to do what it is specifically required to do by the FNPF Act, the FNPF Board is attempting to do what is nowhere authorized in the FNPF Act, namely to reduce existing annuities contracted to existing pensioners or their beneficiaries.  How ridiculous.

Breach 3
Section 12 B of the FNPF Act which outlines the duties to be exercised by the Board as Trustees require that the Board must abide by all rules and principles of law which impose any duty on a trustee exercising a power of investment including all rules and principles which impose (a) any duty to exercise the. powers of a trustee in the best interests of all beneficiaries of the trust; (b) any duty to act impartially towards beneficiaries and between different classes of beneficiaries

The FNPF Act are currently stating that they will not reduce the existing pensions of some 89% of pensioners whose pensions are allegedly “below the poverty line”, but they will reduce those of the other 11% earning higher pensions. 

Where in the FNPF Act is there any mention of a “poverty line” to be used to determine differential annuity rates for pensioners? Which part of the FNPF Act authorizes the FNPF Board to reduce the pension of one group of  pensioners who are allegedly “above some poverty line”, which is moreover to be decided by themselves?

At no place in the contract agreement with pensioners (Form 9-OP) did the FNPF ever indicate that in future, they might treat low income and high income pensioners differently.

Should FNPF go ahead with their plan to reduce existing pensions, not only would they be breaching their contract with pensioners, but it would be a clear breach of Section 12 B of the FNPF Act which requires them “to act impartially towards beneficiaries and between different classes of beneficiaries.

In the NZ Human Rights Commissions legal principles outlined at the beginning of this article Principle No. 4 insisted that “Ministers and public officers must exercise the powers conferred on them reasonably, in good faith, for the purpose for which the powers were conferred and without exceeding the limits of such powers”.  That is certainly not the case here with the FNPF Board and the FNPF Management.

Pensioners need to seriously ask, should there be a separate legal case mounted against the Directors of the FNPF Board for breach of their duties as Trustees under the FNPF Act.

Pensioners need to set up a Trust Fund to which all pensioners can contribute to cover any costs being incurred in the Burness/ShameemLaw case.  Such cases should not be fought on “pro bono” bases.

Perhaps Transparency International also, with its focus on good governance by boards, should scrutinize the FNPF Board for its next international report on Fiji.

Future Judgment and the lurking “Decrees”
Pensioners need to read for themselves that the Hettiarchchi Judgment has paragraph after paragraph which suggests that any Decrees by the President may not be contradicted by any judgment in this FNPF case.

Paragraph 29:  “any person can apply to the High Court for redress for the contravention of his or her human right”subject to the proviso that “no proceeding which seeks to question or challenge the legality or validity of the Fiji Constitution Amendment Act 1997 Revocation Decree 2009, or such other Decrees made or may be made by the President, shall be brought before the High Court”.

The Judge observed that while the lawyers for FNPF/Khaiyum argued that the Burness/Shameem should have filed for a “judicial review”, the Judge held that “under the Administration of  Decree 2009, even the judicial review is not permitted if it challenges the Fiji Constitution Amendment Act 997 Revocation Decree 2009 (Decree no. 1) Act 2009 and such other Decrees made or as may be made by the President”.

Paragraph 45:   Whether it is human rights application or otherwise, it is explicit that the Applicant by his substantive action is purporting to prevent an amendment being made to the FNPF Act.  Since section 3 and 4 of the Administration of Justice Act 2009 expressly preclude Court from entertaining or hearing any application including judicial review challenging the validity of a Decree made by the President, it is incumbent on the applicant to justify the grounds upon which he instituted this action”.

Paragraph 46. Therefore if the Applicant intends to challenge the validity or legality of a Decree he cannot do it even by way of judicial review.

Paragraph 47:  The determination of issues, broadly described as political, relying on the exercise of non-judicial power, or adopting an executive or legislative character are normally non-justiciable issues and will fall outside of the jurisdiction of the courts.  Therefore the Applicant must show that he is pursuing purely a human rights application, which warrants further material from the Applicant as well as from the Respondents to determine the correct nature of this application.

Paragraph 50.  Moreover this application contains characteristics of legislative issues to a certain extent.  What will that mean?

The eventual judgment will be a land-mark decision- whether the Courts will uphold the basic human rights to personal property and the sanctity of contracts, or conclude that these must also be subservient to any Decree that the Military Regime will give the President to sign.

Why are Military Regime and Attorney General Co-Respondents in FNPF case?

The Burness/ShameemLaw case is essentially a pensioner’s case directed at the FNPF Board, not at the Military Regime.

It is a basic principle of good governance by any statutory board, that once appointed by the Government, the Board must be left totally independent to govern the institution according to its  charters and regulations, and fight its legal battles.

It is anomalous therefore that there are lawyers representing the Military Regime and Military Attorney General as co-Respondents in the Burness/ShameemLaw case against FNPF.

Is this yet more evidence that the Military Regime wishes to do all that is possible to ensure that FNPF has cash to keep lending to Government at the lowest interest rates possible.

In any case, it is good that the Military Regime and Military Attorney General are Co-Respondents in the case.

Because it won’t be the FNPF which will be changing the FNPF Act, but the Military Regime changing the FNPF Act by Military Decree to give FNPF some semblance of legality in reducing the pensions of Burness and the thousand or so others.

Protecting Human Rights under Military Decrees and Illegal Presidents
While the laws of civilized countries are largely grounded in democratic parliamentary processes or common law developed over centuries by a consistent judiciary, legal cases in Fiji are now waged under the shadows of the 2006 military coup and its Decrees.

A large part of the pressure to reduce FNPF pension is due to the 2006 coup which was supported by illegally appointed Presidents signing illegal Military decrees thereby  undermining investor confidence, reducing economic growth and the creation of new jobs and incomes, destroying the value of several large FNPF investments, and thereby constraining FNPF revenues.

Reading the ShameemLaw submission and the Judgment by Justice Hettiarchchi, it is clear that the protection of human rights in Fiji has been made incredibly difficult for all parties, because of the purported 2009 abrogation of the 1997 Constitution, and the restrictive Military Decrees signed by Military Presidents.
Those waging the case against FNPF have been totally frustrated by the media censorship and biases which has allowed the FNPF and Military Regime misrepresentations  to be thrust down the public’s throats, while the pensioners’ voices have been largely censored.   This media censorship persists because every month, an illegal President keeps signing the Public Emergency Decree.

The ShameemLaw Submission is clearly concerned that their legal case will come to naught, if the Military regime and the Military Attorney General go ahead in the meantime, to issue another Military Decree, signed by the Military President, to change the FNPF Act to allow the Board to reduce pensions, and to declare that the courts cannot hear any challenge to that.

The Judge would have to abide by that, as he is in no position to challenge the entire legal edifice that has been created by the Military Regime.

What a sad irony therefore, that pensioners and their lawyer feel that if their legal case fails, their only recourse will be to appeal to the same President to call for an independent Commission of Inquiry.

Truly, the trials and tribulations of pensioners seeking justice in Fiji are full of ironies.

The ShameemLaw case against FNPF is focused on basic human rights.  But Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights also says:  “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.

Yet Fiji has stood by and idly watched its basic human right of freedom of speech trashed for more than a year and currently.

In the current FNPF case, other basic human rights such as personal property of pensioners, and the sanctity of their lawful contracts with FNPF, are under the microscope.

The coming Judgment for Fiji’s pensioners will be a historical defining point for Fiji’s system of law and justice.

Editor's Note: See following link for latest statements on FNPF


convolutedexperiment said...

I stopped at about the 3rd. paragraph !
Do we really need a professor to tell us the bleeding obvious, as much as I respect him and his input ?

Anonymous said...

All the civil servants.

Where is 6% COLA each year since 2006??

Where is 4% pay increase since 2006???

Where is overtime and allowances since 2006???

Where is ERP and legal rights of workers since 2006???

Where is retirement age to 60 years since 2006???

Where is protection from fear, abuse and victimisation since 2006??

Where is unions and worker rights since 2006???

Where is pay increase of 20% for the junta devaluation cos the coup of 2006????

Where is the pay increase for 11% inflation each year since 2006???

Where is right to FNPF pension when cut of 64% coming by junta decree, where is safety of your hard earned monies in FNPF???

Who elected the ill health, corrupt, no school dictator calling himself prime minister and puppet master who calls himselh AG, who gave them authority and power???? No one did.

Action must now be taken to boycott, strike, oppose, go slow, no support, leak all junta corrupt records, speak out against this junta of thugs who have raped the nation and its workers.

Workers are hundreds of thousands and this junta is a gang of coward thugs.

Varani. said...

Holi moli!

C 4 former cyber bastion against tyrany & democracy & national stupidity has somehow morphed into a blog for Fiji's chattering class (lawyers)?

Don't know about "defining moment for Fiji" - all that legal jargon?But one thing it most certainly will reveal is any change within Fiji current judicial system?

In laymans terms - are the courts still as bent as they used too be?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Rajesh Choro Singh should stop writing in this blog with familiar capital words.

Stop repeating and do something constructive to change this illegal military appointed regime.

Valley Tiger said...

Doc thanks for your excellent piece.
FYI the charman of FNPF is also the Consul for Sri Lanka.

The chairman accompanied Gates to lanka to interview the magistrates and judges who are currently sitting on the bench.

The Chaiman handpicked all this legal mercenries.

He is also the agent who helped this judges buy their cars at discounted price.

Forget about a fair judgement.

Anonymous said...

It is so ironical that the lawyer who was supposed to protect our human right and didn't is fighting for the case.....she is a hypocrit....she is senseless. How dare she threw all our basic rights in to the bin when she was the chairman of the human rights commission. sorry you and your sister will end up with bainikhaiyum in jail when the elected govt comes into power.You two Shameems will go and bali roti in jail and we will laugh at you!!!!You will try to come out of jail but there will be better lawyers than you that will be hired to keep you in jail till you rot with Baini the puppet and Khaiyum. They including you two will be elected....yes elected to go to jail instead of running the govt in 2014

Enough of your corruotion and welcome domocracy

Anonymous said...

I think anything that comes out of the Shameem sisters should not be believed or supported as they have already taken part in bringing our beautiful Fiji down,,,,,they are just there for the money....they don,t 't care less if they win or lose the case....Just don't trust them people....they are the biggest crooks who played a major role in getting our beloved govt into ruins.

Please democracy....come closer so that they can be locked up in jail

Raju said...


Anonymous said...

A very simple solution to all these...lock Bainikhaiyum and the shameem sisters and their followers in jail and bring back democracy....simple and sure solution

Anonymous said...

Since when did Shyster shameem become the guardian of human rights in Fiji? Wasn't she the one praising Frank and Iarse as the second coming? There is more to this then meets the eye people. Be very careful of the shyster, the only pensioner she is concerned with is her own self.

Miaw said...

I invite this Jamaican educated economist to tell FNPF members what action he took to safeguard their interests when pension rate was reduced from 25% to 15% in 1999 at a time when he was a NFP member of Parliament.

Over to you Wadan.

Anonymous said...

The illegal regime is turning Fiji into a poor country like Africa....it seems that they dont want anyone to proceed and be successful in life!!!!

Anonymous said...

Warden Narsey an Economist, that apparently has a much better handle on the issues then Burness's lawyer, who seems to have got a helping hand from the Judge.

Would C4.5 help us keep this issue to the forefront by publishing wanted posters of the FNPF board. If these directors images can be permenently posted , so that we know and remember who they are for ever. If they do not resign then we will know that these are the people who denied and desroyed our property rights and contract law.

People in the streets need to know who these people are.

The Board represents the elite of our society who in the past 40 years have succeeded in producing a virtual failed state.

The President has aked for the people to make a move. Should not this move come from the elite who got us into this mess over the past 40 years with their self ferving self regulation, like the law Socieity for one.

We have the thugs and now we see the white collar parasites who have taken up the pre christian tradition of puting old people out to die in the bush because they are deemed to have no more value.

Tom Ricketts, God will not be mocked!
There is time for you to do the right thing , Sir.

Anonymous said...

Very impressive write-up as usual from Wadan Narsey,

But 'let's start at the very beginning - a very good place to start'. Human right abuses were committed at the very beginning of this Illegal Regime supported by the people involved in this case. Now when it is touching their pocket - it suddenly becomes a matter of paramount importance. When other citizens are being downtrodden they turn a blind eye.

ShameemLaw should just ask ShameemDecreesChurner

Anonymous said...

Funny...funny...funny....Shameems I think you should just take a breath and look back at what you have contributed to the govt.....You were very well respected before the coup.....you contributed very very much to the coup by denying our basic human rights and now you are fighting for the basic rights of some citizens.....so contradictory. Please take a pause and think back to the many people who knocked on your door when you were the human rights commissioner and you just knocked them back......you probably will not see all of them because some of them have unfortunately lost their lives....but be warned there are many more who are still alive...we the silent Fijian majority...... why did you not help them ... because they were just ordinary Fijians without any money to pay for your service.

Please fight hard to win the case for the FNPF pensioners because they deserve it. Just get a few dollars from them because all you need for your future is a bus fare down to Korovou prison to be locked up with your sister and Khaiyum and the puppet for all your deeds.....or may be do it for free because the police officers can take you guys to be locked up in prison.....Can't tell you what to expect in prison because as a loyal citizen I have not been to prison but I hear prison life is terrible.....yes horrible.

Please come quickly democracy. we need you...I know you are so close

Anonymous said...

@annon 11.38
Go tell your sermon to Sitveni Rabuka and Geogre Speight and Qarase !I work for the commission at present and have been here for 9 years. none of the so called dead or silent majority ever raised an official complaint because you were all discouraged by Shameema Ali and now you can't complain we didn't do anything for you.You shouldbe in prison for allowing your relatives who compose the military for all the problems of coups in this country.Go suck your thumb or something else.

Anonymous said...

Ooops anon 2.46. The truth hurts, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

@4.17pm ISA you sound like a kid responding to 2.46pm. Did the bit about you relatives in the military make you numb and fall of your chair?
I reckon truth for you really hurts bozo! Remember the silly naita songs you folks composed for Rambo and George? Sing them to yourself now as a lullaby.

Anonymous said...

@.246pm..would have been a better world without you... Don't like it ... suck it up and ship off...

kiwilad said...

Lawyers (liars) have no allegiance or principles; its the money that talks.
You pay and listen to whatever tune you prefer!

Anonymous said...

@ kiwilad.

"Lawyers have no business with the justice or injustice of the causes they undertake unless their client asks for an opinion - and then they are bound to give it honestly.
The justice or injustice of causes is determined by judges".

Samuel Johnson.

foolsgold said...

just watched the transformers and pictured the same kinda scenerio unfolding here......I wish I had a camaro too...