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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fiji's ambassador to US Winston Thomson defends regime yet again

Source: Al Jazeera
Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, famously condemned Fiji's first military coup, saying: "Today's events are particularly deplorable as the first military coup against an elected government in the South Pacific."

In the wake of the 1987 coup d'etats, democracy has remained elusive for a post-colonial society deeply divided along racial lines. With further military coups in 2000 and 2006, Suva, Fiji's capital, has become the coup capital of the South Pacific.

The question is whether Fiji can chart a new course and re-establish a stable and enduring democracy. The choice rests with Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the leader of the 2006 coup and current head of government. Without his acquiescence, democracy will not return to Fiji. But, even with it, there are no guarantees. This is the puzzle Fiji faces.

Al Jazeera's foreign correspondent Eddie Walsh spoke with Fiji's Ambassador to the United States, Winston Thompson, to hear his views on what progress has been made towards the restoration of democracy and the country's outlook for 2012.

Eddie Walsh: On Saturday, your country officially lifted the state of martial law that has been in place since 2009. While the move does not restore democracy, it has been hailed as a step in that direction by Commodore Bainimarama. How has the United States responded to the move?

Winston Thompson: I think the US sees the end of the emergency powers as a positive move. While the US has tended to allow Australia to determine the Fiji-US relationship, the US has been increasing its engagement with not only Fiji, but also with the South Pacific. Because Fiji is so pivotal to the South Pacific, there is now a new opportunity for the US to be more forthcoming in terms of facilitating the process back toward[s] a democratic government. Because of the holiday period, we have not had contact with the US State Department yet on these issues. But, I foresee things developing along these lines.

EW: Now that the public emergency regulations have been lifted, do you expect a significant shift in Western foreign policy toward Fiji?

WT: It is too early to see a major change since the announcement was just made. But I would imagine that there would be - because the things that have been changed by the government are the things that have been most objected to by these governments. So, it would be a bit unusual for them to have made this stand all along and do nothing when these changes are brought in.

As you know, there are three pillars to US policy towards Fiji: 1) Implementing Section 7008 sanctions, 2) Protecting and promoting US interests, including maintaining full diplomatic relations in Suva and DC, 3) Doing no harm to the people of Fiji. The US has maintained this position all along.

The US was not very happy about the coup taking place, but they also wanted to make sure that the people of Fiji were not impacted. Although Australia and New Zealand imply that they have a similar "Do No Harm" policy, the impact of their sanctions has had very significant impacts against ordinary Fijians. In the case of the US, they have not imposed their sanctions in the same way.

The US also has welcomed the moves that have been made, including setting up the consultative process for the new constitution. Australia and New Zealand may have welcomed these moves as well, but there appears to be a certain degree of hesitancy and caution in what they say.

EW: Does this move provide a strategic opportunity to fully normalise Fiji-US relations, or do you need to wait for more concrete steps toward democracy?

WT: This is the moment. These moves by the government, in a way, are to conform to what other governments have asked us to do. So, it is an opening that we will certainly take-up. We will operate through the US State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs on this.

EW: The lifting of martial law has been met with great scepticism in some circles, especially in Australia and New Zealand. Critics argue that the speech announcing the move itself indicates the current government is not committed to democratic values. One particular line has has caused a lot of angst: "Public order, protecting the vulnerable, and safeguarding the economy will always be paramount." What was meant by this comment?

WT: For a country like Fiji, democracy is a very fragile thing. It can be tipped over by over exciting certain groups within society and causing turmoil. This has been the concern of the government in maintaining the public emergency regulations. If you allow too much freedom of expression, people are uncontrolled in what they say and you can get very heated emotions being generated, which is not in anybody's interest.

EW: Unfortunately, this can be the same argument given for preserving dictatorships as well. How then do you address sceptics who say that Commodore Bainimarama's lifting of martial law is disingenuous?

WT: We can only wait and see. The public emergency regulations have been lifted. What that line says, if there is an explosion in violence, maybe we will have to look at it again. What the government is asking is for people to be responsible and not get over excited. We have had situations in the past where people have used the race card to demonise others, which has led to political instability. What the prime minister therefore is saying is that this is an issue that we will need to continue to watch.

EW: While the lifting of the public emergency regulations is important, do you think more needs to be done by the government to demonstrate your commitment to democratic values?

WT: On the strategic framework for change announced by the prime minister in 2009, we laid out a timeline for the process of getting to elections in September 2014. That framework said, in the first two years, we would focus on economic and social development. Then, there would be a process to developing and promulgating a constitution. And, finally there would be elections. We have kept to that timeline.

As far as Fiji is concerned, the prime minister has made it very clear that the public emergency relations would be lifted. Next, he will be announcing the setting up of the consultative process for the constitution. By the end of this year, the constitutional review will be fully underway. It will be developed in 2013, explained and promulgated to the people, and then available in 2014 in order to hold the elections.

EW: The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper recently ran a piece with Lieutenant-Colonel Tevita Mara. He argued that the end of emergency rule would make little difference for Fijian hopes for democracy. He also cautioned that Commodore Bainimarama was attempting to clear the domestic political field behind the scenes so that he can run unopposed in the future. What is your reaction to these comments?

WT: Lt Col Mara has been making these comments since he left Fiji. Having been part of the Fijian military at a very high-level, it is a bit incongruous - as if he was not an uninvolved and innocent bystander. When he first started making these statements, he said the lifting of the emergency regulations, the registration of voters using electronic means, and intention to set up a review committee for the constitution would not happen at all. Now that they are happening, he is questioning whether it is genuine. In terms of eliminating the competition for Commodore Bainimarama to have the field all to himself, I think that is a scare tactic that is not realistic.

EW: It would appear counter-intuitive that the government would take one step forward with the lifting of martial law and immediately take one step back with the prosecution of political opposition leaders. Why then is the government suddenly moving forward with charges against Mere Samisoni and other political leaders?

WT: I think it is probably just a coincidence that they are happening at the same time. She is a fairly spirited sort of woman who tends to make overheated, rash statements. These have been overheard and she now will have her day in court. If she was making statements and plotting as are stated in the charges, then she is going to face the legal situation that she has created.

EW: In 2010, your government made a pledge to improve the human rights situation. Almost 18 months later, Human Rights Watch and others continue to publicly admonish Fiji over its human rights record. When you speak of keeping your promises to the international community, do you feel the government has followed through on its human rights pledge?

WT: The lifting of the public emergency regulations has dealt with lot of criticisms related to the freedom of association, freedom of speech, and human rights generally. So, people will be free to make comments, associate and return to a normal life. Now that the decision has been made to the lifting of the emergency regulations, there is a new platform for reviewing the situation in Fiji.

EW: The International Trade Union Confederation has argued that Fiji is prosecuting 'an all-out assault on trade unions in Fiji'. In 2011, there also were increasing calls for Fiji to restore freedom of the press. Now that the public emergency regulations have been lifted, do you expect the government's approach toward trade unions and media to change in 2012?

WT: The fact that the public emergency regulations there prevented their meetings and association, so perhaps the criticism was justified. Now, the unions will be free to meet and do whatever they were doing before.

The Media Industry Development Degree 2010 continues. There has always been a self-regulated organisation where complaints against media were directed. But, the government felt the issue wasn't being taken seriously enough by that body. The government indicated that, unless that body took its job seriously, they would have to pass legislation. So, that legislation came in when it was felt that claims against the media for exaggeration and incorrect reports were not being taken seriously.

With respect to ownership of the media, many countries have laws which restrict offshore ownership. I don't know that ours is particularly different from standard international practice. Because the Fiji Times was wholly owned by News Corporation, they couldn't satisfy local ownership requirements.

The Fiji Times also was, for a long period, very critical of the government who felt it was not very helpful in getting Fiji moved in a positive direction to get back to elections in the proper state. If you continue to criticise and print things that are not correct, you keep the collective mentality in an unsettled state. In the end, the frustration with the ownership and editorial direction of the newspaper meant you had to do something.

EW: The process of demilitarisation is not currently addressed in the strategic framework. Is there a timetable for the troops to return to their barracks?

WT: When the process gets to the stage of preparing for elections, the need to have the military visible will change. At the moment, many military officers man positions in the civilian government. I would imagine they would return to their military positions then.

EW: Your comments would suggest that there is no timetable to address issues which fall outside of the strategic framework. Given that uncertainty over these issues is fuelling doubts over your government's commitment to democracy, do you feel it is now time to broaden or deepen the strategic framework?

WT: The challenge is there. There will be disbelief; there will be scepticism. In the fulfillment of these objectives and as more are announced, including the constitutional review committee, things will fall into place. As people see these things moving along, it will incrementally improve relations. The framework was a broad statement with a very long timelines. As time goes on, there will be a need to be more specific and fitting things into the timeline. In terms of giving greater credibility to the process, maybe we need to be more specific on some of those other points.

EW: We have talked a lot about whether Fiji needs to do more to demonstrate its commitment. But, as a diplomat, you probably have strong views on how the international community could improve its side of the engagement as well. What actions can the international community take to encourage Fiji to move forward on the reforms that they are demanding?

WT: The government has put out a timetable which it has adhered to, but there remains a certain attitude in the international community. Some in the international community have criticised what the government has done in its pathway back to democracy. As a consequence, Fiji has looked to other sources for friends and assistance and developed new partnerships and relationships.

So, I think what has happened over the last five years is that there is a new pattern of relationships which has developed. We have moved away from the traditional ones, which relied on Australia and New Zealand very heavily, as well as the United States and other Western countries to some extent. We have become more associated with other countries. China has always been there. Japan has been much more assisting. New relationships have developed with Indonesia, India, and other non-aligned movement countries, like the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

In some cases, these countries have endorsed what Fiji has done. In others, they have said, what you do is up to you. They have said that we will continue to provide what assistance where we have in the past and you will sort yourself out in good time. Whereas the others have said that you have to do this, that, or the other - regardless of whether Fiji thinks that is the right thing to do. This is the issue with our traditional partners.

EW: One of the arguments made in defence of the coup was that it was necessary to prevent the further politicisation of race in Fiji. How then is the current government working to overcome this issue in the run-up to elections?

WT: The government has systematically removed the issue of race out of the whole society and body politic. That has been there since Fiji was a colony. So long as it was there, it compartmentalised the people. You had a communal look in electing officials to whatever office, not just the parliament. This perpetuated this sense of being separate. Now, all people in Fiji are regarded as a Fijian. Before, this was reserved for just one group of people. The removal of those potential sources of friction has provided a better basis to move on. Over time, hopefully this will leave people less to feel different about. The government also has followed through on recruitment to public service and into the government on a meritorious, non-racial basis. It is going to take time. I am sure with time the information collected by our statistics bureau in government will confirm these trends.

EW: Fiji is not the only country that is forced to deal with deep ethnic cleavages within its society. From your perspective, why then do you think that current government is not being recognised for its efforts to bridge the racial divide?

WT: It is hard to understand for those familiar with the Fiji situation. Tensions can boil over very easily when people are not responsible. Our past history shows that irresponsible actions have tipped the situation over. It's a reality that we have to live with. My view is that others tend to look at this very narrowly in their definition of democracy and freedom. Generally, these attributes have evolved in these countries over many years. They have become entrenched and stabilised and society adheres to them. In the developing countries, these values are not as well entrenched. You have to be more careful or they will unravel.

EW: There are many examples in which the military leadership elects to stand-down prior to a return to democracy. There have been calls for similar moves in Fiji. Do you see widespread support within the current government to remove the military from politics prior to the 2014 elections and is there a timetable for this process?

WT: I am not privy to such talks. That said, the previous coup leader, Sitiveni Rabuka, did stand down, became a political figure, stood for elections, and came back in as the prime minister. In this case, I would imagine that Commodore Bainimarama could follow a similar path.

EW: It is clear that some major challenges remain in Fiji's path to democracy. However, progress also appears to have been made in the past year. Looking ahead at 2012, what are the diplomatic 'wins' that you are trying to achieve and what are the most serious risks facing those efforts?

WT: The basic position that Fiji has, and has been following, is the strategic framework for change to build a better Fiji. We want to make Fiji a more balanced country, first in terms of socio-economic development and then, updating the legal framework and laws. This removes the issues which have been divisive for Fiji. Only then can you move forward with the constitution and elections. In terms of performance along that continuum, the government has followed it. It has not conformed to what some other countries have set out though who want elections immediately.

Fiji has been saying all along that our whole issue is that the basis of the constitution is wrong and must be fixed. But, that is falling on deaf ears. Now, we are at the stage that the public emergency regulations are lifted. We are getting ready for the constitutional review phase, with the economic and social development plans having been fully launched.

The only challenge for us is if we do not follow through on the commitments we have laid out in the strategic framework. Assuming that we continue along that line, we would have to be accepted at face value once these things are done.

Now, the relationships that have been on ice need to be reviewed and normalised with countries like the United States. It has been put that when we have announced a date for elections that things will happen. But, that date has already been set for 2014.

We are comfortable with where we are at on our timeline. We remain open to other countries being part of our development processes, and we are very appreciative of those who have stood by us these past five years. But we are clear on where we are going and will not be dictated to by those who've been less than helpful up to now.

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

Winston Thompson is an opportunist kai loma. He is registered in the VKB under a taukei name, which he uses when it suits him.

He was a retired has been before he was appointed to Washington. Took up that opportunity to be closer to his children living in the US. Otherwise he would have had to fork out from his pocket to pay his airfares and that of his rather irritating and wannabe wife from Kiribati to visit his family.

Now everything is being paid by Fiji taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

Luck Lum says..

Winston, you're one of those liumuri son of a beech, old fart. what were you doing when you were head of PSC for a very long time and in government. You bugga retirees have not had enough. How lying from your teeth.

Bloody no class you bloody son of a liar.

Goosh where are your damn values and integrity if ever you had one.

You will die like a dog just like all your coup masters.

Kai Gau said...

Same old same old story...the PER was put in place because Voreqe CANNOT have an INTELLIGENT DEBATE outright with his OPPONENTS because he is a LIAR, a FARCE, a CIRCUS and a half-schooled IDIOT!

But this of grave concern: "By the end of this year, the constitutional review will be fully underway. It will be developed in 2013, explained and promulgated to the people, and then available in 2014 in order to hold the elections."

WHEN WILL THE PEOPLE BE ALLOWED TO HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD IN THIS PROCESS WHEN HERE WT EXPLAINS THAT THE CONSTITUTION WILL BE "DEVELOPED...EXPLAINED AND PROMULGATED TO THE PEOPLE"...EXPLAINED AND PROMULGATED TO THE PEOPLE....HEAR IT PEOPLE??...EVERYTHING WILL BE DEVELOPED AND PREPARED AND SHOVED INFRONT OF PEOPLE'S FACES!!!!!!!!! NO QUESTIONS ALLOWED. Much like the PER and the POA....Fijian men where are you to stand up to this tyrannt and his bully goons and KANA LOTO Family!!!!!!!???

Anonymous said...

kanaloto tiko vei iko wiston, levuga na LASU....when extra cash is going into your back pocket your mouth seems to wonder around, is everything ok wiston?????

Anonymous said...

Winston you state that freedom of speech is a fragile thing and must be protected! Where do you get this rubbish from?

It is either freedom of speech or banning freedom of speech...there is no half way like the Decree on Public Order you viavia kaivalagi black arse!

Anonymous said...

Gutless self serving prick

mark manning said...

The Regime and its supporter attempts at Legitimising themselves is farcical, given the International condemnation.
This is obviously a last ditched effort knowing Naboro awaits them.

sieze their assets said...

When Fiji is free gain,and all those who have benefited from the junta are captured and brought to justice, all their assets and those of their family must be siezed and returned to the state. Khaiyum and his clan in particular, have a lot to answer for to the Fijian people.

Anonymous said...

Winston needs to spend his evening years in Naboro with sorry Vore and Aiyarsee kaisee bokola magaitinamu dou! I look forward to that day. See what they gonna do then, just a bunch of thieves the lot of them. And Gates only happy because Frank made homosexuality legal in Fiji so he and Aiyarse his bum boy don't get banged away in Korovou gaol. Mata va sona!

Anonymous said...

Thompson knows he's supporting an illegal regime. It has never affected his conscience before because he does not have a conscience. Half caste MF you watch your back everyday boy, you are not safe in Fiji or anywhere!

Anonymous said...

Has Winston Thomson spoken with Hilary Clinton lately? She has made her (US) stance on illegal junta strongman dick-tators quite clear. They will not be tolerated. Stop free riding on Fiji tax payers and get back to Fiji to face court for sedition you and all other treasonous dogs. You are all illegal, Full stop!! Accept your fate, Naboro awaits you. Fiji will be free when you are all locked up for life like Speight!

Anonymous said...

Viavialevu kai loma dou vei vutu sona! We hate you, you do not represent us! tell the f**cking UN that!!!

Nut Bano. said...

Winston you lying son of a bitch.

Anonymous said...

Winston is a doing what any diplomat would do ie defend Fiji and make a stand to move forward . why attack him personally !! For people who know him - he is an honest man who had a distinguished civil service career and doing his bit for Fiji under a very difficult circumstances . So winston do the right thing and lets all move forward . I am a Fijian and I want , like majority of us, move towards a better Fiji and a better tomorrow .

D Hatcher said...

Indians are the main problem, time for them to go.

Just deserts said...

Ha ha, you miserable losers. So Winston is a kai loma? That's what you all are so obviously upset about. Well, qori and labasa to all of you. Your racist skirts are showing.The subtext is that no-one but an indigenous Fijian has any right to represent the country. Come on, admit it. That's the real agenda. No-one but a pure blood. Half castes don't count. Well, you can go on as much as you like. Winston is ambassador to the US and you guys are disenfranchised trash. Welcome to the new Fiji. And YOU ain't part of it. Good luck. Moce mada and enjoy your exile.

Tamani said...

To make all our hate for the pig cut short.Bainivuaka will be travelling out of the country soon,why cant someone hired a gunman to assinate him?
Most of those top businessmen do have connection overseas.Kill him and all his poofters body guards

Anonymous said...

dua na i tukutuku lekaleka vei kemuni na sotia...ni kila ni sa sega ni vakadonui na kisi ni veilewai vei ratou na wekada mai Suvavou baleta tiko ga na nodratou qele.
Sa qai vakota o Khaiyum ni qele kece e Viti e sega ni nona na veimataqali yadudua ka da se kila mai ni se da qai vakayalo mai, ia mo ni kila ni sa tukuna na vuni lawa ni sa sega ni dua na lewe e tiko vua na kawa i taukei.
E na vakayagataki na tikina oqo ni dua tale na veilewai ni qele vata vaka oqo.
A cava sa nomuni rai na sotia...me vaka ni liutaka tiko na noda toso.Nomuni liuliu e sega ni vakamatatataka tiko vei kemuni na ka oqo.
Wilika na blog "truth for Fiji"

Anonymous said...

Tom Rickets another KAILOMA licking bottoms of Aiyass and Bai ..Tom are you so broke ?

Anonymous said...

Don't know much about the Thompson family in Fiji; and especially the one we're dealing with here, was he the President(Mara) adviser during the 2000 coup? Can someone please explained as to why and
how he was registered in the VKB?
He seems to be doing a good job, as
far as the interview was concern. We really wouldn't want a military
idiot, to be doing that interview and making the whole country, looks
stupid? Bad enough we have a Moron as PM and a dick as AG?

Anonymous said...

ANON 1038

I am sure Manning can arrange this.

I am all for Manning to be PM when all this is over.

Anonymous said...

why cant Fiji be like Trinidad and Tabago? To everyone just google and read about this tiny nation's past and the present.
Bet you will be amazed and envious.

Anonymous said...

Can somebody please explain why the 2 cops have been charged as the Public Order Act Decree 2012 allows them to do what they did.

They do not have to front up before a court to explain their actions or what they did with the loot.

The Public Order Act Decree 2012 now also allows army officers & Prison Officers to do the same and I thank them for indirectly highlighting the flaws & injustice in these new decrees.

Any comments from the Mataivalu ni Solisona or Ovesa dou soli cici?

Anonymous said...

Can somebody please explain why the 2 cops have been charged as the Public Order Act Decree 2012 allows them to do what they did.

They do not have to front up before a court to explain their actions or what they did with the loot.

The Public Order Act Decree 2012 now also allows army officers & Prison Officers to do the same and I thank them for indirectly highlighting the flaws & injustice in these new decrees.

Any comments from the Mataivalu ni Solisona or Ovesa dou soli cici?

The Oracle said...

My two cents worth...
I think we should throw racism to the wind and analyse/critique what Winston Thomson is saying rather than criticise his ethnicity. I don't agree with all that he has said but the man does demonstrate some maturity in his responses. The same can't be said for Bainimarama or Sayed-Khaiyum.
Don't get me wrong -- I do not support the regime or even like Winston Thomson. However, I have to admit that, as a diplomat, Thomson has put the regime's case across in a very convincing albeit, "truth-coated" way. On-the-ground reality may be a whole lot different but at least READ and UNDERSTAND what the man is saying. I stand ready to take any shit that will now come my way and have no hesitation in saying I too look forward to the day when all in Fiji can be considered EQUALS!!!!
Down with Racism!!!

Anonymous said...

Personality and Bravery Award should go to Ro Teimumu Kepa for her guts, courage and mannerism.

Premila Kumar is not an advocate for consumers - That is her job and she is getting a hefty salary for doing it. Things would be different if she was doing this for free.

Voreqe wants all the acolades through the power of the gun and Aiarse will do anything for him to make sure him & Aunty Nur rake in the millions.

Look at some people getting the sack at Fiji TV.

This is the problem when you have 2dickheads who want to be in the spotlight and get family and friends to text in or in Voreqe's case orders issued.

Anonymous said...

D Hatchers comment is coming through his Brown Eye.
What a dumb excuse. Try and understand the problem stems from the power hungry uneducated non Indians. How easy is it for an idiot to make racist comments and not providing a constructive solution to a well documented situation in Fiji. Rethink using your brains if you have any.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that every possible argument against the current regime in Fiji ends up blaming the Indo-Fijians.

It just shows that elements in the Indigenous Fijian community have not learnt anything and I think someone with a bigstick is required to keep these racist sabre rattlers in line.

James Bond 007.5 said...

D Hatcher...You are soooo right.Indians don't need to put up with this kind of crap from ungrateful natives after having been stolen from their livelyhood in India and used and abused here.TOO right it is time for Indians to get a life and move on.Maybe the government should organise and pay for the repatriation.

Anonymous said...

Nazhat Shameem has to pay - she is the advisor and gets paid $11,000.00 USD per week in an off shore account by Nur Bano.
Why cant she be prosecuted for corruption and currency offences?

Anonymous said...

Winston is a typical coup opportunist. Saying anything to protect their current status at taxpayer's expense. Not doing anything worthwhile or constructive for the good of Fiji. Typical 'STAY IN THE MIDDLE mentality' as long at it is about me. Can't say much for these parasites that belong everywhere and nowhere.

As for the vulagi racists blurting out their jealous anger at the alleged taukei comments....enjoy your control on Bainimarama now. It was achieved through ill-gotten means. We do not see anything commendable in it to be lauded.

Anonymous said...

@Just deserts... Enjoy your new life of slavery which I am very glad not to be part of! Work harder, pay your taxes, Winston needs more cash in New York to try keep up with the respectables... Valoloma dina!

Anonymous said...

NA NONAI VOSAVOSA NA TURAGA QO E VAKAVEI AU E VIA RENEW TALE NA NONA TERM MAI DC. NA TABETABE GA....E VIA TIKO ME RAIICI IRATOU TIKO NA MAKUBUNA. WHILE THE PEOPLE OF FIJI ARE PAYING FOR HIS PICNIC TIME AND EVERYTHING...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 11:11 AM

Any more details on who're being sacked? for obvious reasons, this would not have made it to the media.

Anonymous said...

What he says doesn't reflect what he thinks and supports. Winston is just defending his job, salary and lifestyle.

Anonymous said...

GUYS FIJIANS AND INDIANS ARE SUFFERING TOGETHER UNDER THIS REGIME. IT'S TIME TO LAYOFF THE PAST AND WORK TOGETHER.

Ram Sami said...

Hatcher

If you come out of your hatch, you'll find that there are no Indians in Fiji, they're all Fijians.

You can always row away to whereever ....

Anonymous said...

Lie can only be describe as a lie..so no respect for them liers.......I for one does not have a bit of respect for a lier,smaller or bigger lie!!!
BAI and CO,for sure I dont have any respect for you....Fire set.

Anonymous said...

Lie can only be describe as a lie..so no respect for them liers.......I for one does not have a bit of respect for a lier,smaller or bigger lie!!!
BAI and CO,for sure I dont have any respect for you....Fire set.

Little Miss Muffet said...

Come on guys we know Winston is a coup apologist and one of the ones enjoying the privileges of a good life under the current government. H'es not going to do anything to jeopardise that. Don't sweat the little stuff go after the big fish Bai and Khaiyum

know yr history said...

@ANON,waia, au via tukuna ga vei iko ni sega ni dua na nodra tou qele na mai vaka tokai ira tou tiko me ra tou kai SUVA se SUVAVOU, na qele kece i suva e nodra tou mai REWA, ena dua na gauna era na qai DNA taki o ira na vaka tokai ira tiko mera kai SUVA se SUVAVOU era na qai laurai ni ra,se ni kai viti,e levu vei ira era kai SOLOMONI ,e so era kai vanuatu,e ra a mai talaci tu ena vanua e vaka tokai tu me o suva (banikovana)ena gauna e sa vakawa oboko taki kina na slavery,

D Hatcher said...

I am a white former Fiji citizen and I have always considered myself a Fijian. However I do not see any reason why Fiji Indians should be called Fijian.

I fully suport Qarese and when he came to Brisbane we all made effort to meet and welcome him except the Indians.

My friends include a person now working in Arctic, a popular QLD lawyer and many Fijians of all difffrent background but I stay away from Indians and I make a point of correcting anyone who makes a mistake of calling Fiji Indians, Fijian.

Anonymous said...

know yr history@5:03pm...
Interesting, this history seems to make sense.If the history
is true than there's a possibility that Voreqe Bainimarama DNA, may also be tainted? He's grandfather could be a Blackbird slave, from the Solomon Island or Vanuatu? No wonder he is trying his best, to sell off Fijian Land, destroy the Vola ni kawa ni Taukei,trying to destroyed the Fijian Affairs Board,
Kill off the Fijian Council of Chiefs.Sell of the Fijian Mahogny industry,destroy anything Fijians.
Maybe time to take a new look at this man? The people of KIUVA in Nasilai,Nakelo, were originally moved to Kiuva from Suva (Bai ni Kovana se BainiOse)Is it possible that these were the blackbirding slaves from the Solomon Islands and
or from Vanuatu????

Anonymous said...

The USA should send an Aircraft Carrier, a few Warships and moor them Kilometre from Suva Wharves. They should Fly a few Drones and fighter planes over the Idiot Dictators house and the Suva Barracks and fire a couple missiles. There would be Immediate surrender, they could fly in Obama, and he could stand on USA Aircraft Carrier and tell the World that America has really Won a War this time.

Anonymous said...

D HATCHER:
You can consider yourself a Fijian , yet you are a white trash. You took advantage of Fijians like many of your kind continues to do and yet has the gaul to consider the Indians as not worthy of being classified as Fijians.
Just because you think you have friends in places of your importance, you have the damned rightto call yourself a Fijian. Get real dickhead.

Anonymous said...

F..K!!@ This man, like all the rest of the appointees is senile and an opportunist!!
Colonial days, kai valagi. Come Independence and 1987, kai Viti sara o boy!! Tukuna sara o koya ni vasu!!
Na kailoma e na kailoma tiko ga - na vuaka e na vuaka tiko ga!!
Like the rest of them, the less he opens his mouth the better for all of us!!

Anonymous said...

To D Hatcher : Vinaka vakalevu for your truthful and genuine comment.
I have always asked myself the question - " Are they NOT proud to be called INDIANS?" I am more than proud to be called a FIJIAN!!
We generally refer to pigs and cows for example as ANIMALS. We refer to the saqa, kabatia as belonging to the fish family.
A kai Idia as far we the Fijians are concerned will ALWAYS and I repeat ALWAYS be a Kai Idia! PERIOD!!!!!!!!
I rest my case!!

Anonymous said...

Qo na i vosavosa ni tamata kaisi ka sega walega ni vaqara job tiko ka tamata sega na nona "morale ethics" ka rawa ni volitaki tamana me rawa ga na lomana!!
Qo na mataqali tamata ka ra cicivaki keda tiko e na gauna oqo!!

Anonymous said...

Boy oh, boy oh boy. This man sounds like Jesus Christ!!
All of a sudden he is giving us directions.
I now beg the question : 'Just what the heck we you doing when you were a very senior civil servant and advisor to the then governments of the day?" You are very subtlety now
saying that those governments, who put bread and butter on your table, did not deliver. How low can you go?
Rt Mara must be turning in his grave!!
Boy, you are just something else. We the true kai Vitis will NEVER Ever forgive you, you opportunist!!

E Murray said...

Bula Hatcher,

We have to protect our relatives from Indians.I make sure that here in Australia Fiji Indians or part Indians are called Indians and not Fijians.
My husband and I are kailoma from Fiji and you have to call spade a spade.

Anonymous said...

Well, here's what Voreqe Bainimarama thinks, about a new identity, for all people living in Fiji after 2014. Since Fijians are currently the majority in their own land, We will identify them as Fijian! The rest of the population
be it Indian, European,American,Chinese,etc, will then be known as:"VULAGI" These new
ideas will be fair and definitely, be acceptable to everyone,especially the Indian community ! Who knows better then Khaiyum, who obviously planned all this? However, an ammendment will follow 4 months after the "FIJI IDENTITY DECREE IS passed by the Pressie?

semimiau said...

Why is this old bloke still around like Filipe Bole?Its what I called greed,shelfish and power hungry.Please retire in good faith and give opportunity to the young educated and aspirant Fiji citizens."Sa qase ga na tamata sa sona na ka kece."

Taukei. said...

Anybody who's known him realises this is not Winston Thompson - he's just repeating spin compiled by Qorvis.

Anonymous said...

For bloggers' information, there is no 'pure' iTaukei because of Fiji's central geographic position, she has had several migrations not only into but also out of Fiji. In other words, there is no indigenous Fijian!!! Check you history idiots!