|MOVIE MAKERS IN LAHLAH LAND: But will the real Ganesh Chand movie ever be made?|
The regime supporter, Ganesh Chand (left), is boasting his Fiji National University now has the largest film and TV studio in the South Pacific Region.
But would the university founder be happy to have students make a movie at his new $500,000 state-of-the-art film studio about a former housing, environment and national planning minister accused of stealing government-owned furniture and other household items?
In 2006, the Fiji Times and reporter Margaret Wise, revealed that a former minister had stripped a government house in Richards Road, Suva, of all household furniture, including air conditioning system, washing machine, stove and refrigerator.
The minister was named as Ganesh Chand, who had been living in the house but who was vacating it to return to Lautoka. The PSC quarter clerk had inspected the house (which was being prepared for new occupant Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara who was making room at his previous residence for the new president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo) and reported to the police that items were missing. From there, came the Fiji Times story Chand Faces Theft Probe.
Chand's defamation claim was dismissed and the case transcript makes for interesting reading. (see attachment)
Bloggers might recall, too, that Chand and fellow talking head Mahendra Reddy caused an academic coup earlier this year with the closure of the TPAF National Organization for Technical and Vocational Training and Streamlining.
Critics say Chand and Reddy manipulated the FNU board, whose sitting members are all the Permanent Secretaries and the Minister of Education, to transfer $3million from TPAF coffers to set up the Fiji Employment Centre, an organization the duo proposed to sustain the rising unemployment in Fiji.
It's maintained the Chand/Reddy idea was just a cut and paste programme of the work TPAF (which is recognized by institutions in Australia and other parts of the world), had been doing. In pulling off the coup, the pair also managed to get more than 20 million dollars in TPAF funds transferred to under Chand's control, along with the one per cent TPAF collects from all employers in Fiji.
Fiji court upholds Fiji Times story on Ganesh Chand running away with government-owned furniture