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Friday, March 16, 2012

The question can be asked: So will the Fiji Muslim League get the axe?

In 2001, while writing his thesis on the "Final Solution" to ending the Great Council of Chiefs, the young Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, an Ahmadiya Fiji Muslim, had taken a swipe at the predominantly Sunni Fiji muslims and their corporate body the Fiji Muslim League. Now that he has succeeded in convincing the dictator and the puppet president to de-establish the GCC, we wonder if he will axe the Fiji Muslim League, which he accused of acting as “a fiefdom”? See below his Letter to the Editor in the Fiji media in 2001:

Dean and Khan with Bainimarama
Critique of FML decision regarding the 1997 Constitution

The claim by some executive members of the Fiji Muslim League ('League') that Muslims support a review of our Constitution and demand separate seats merely because the executive says so is a gross misrepresentation of the views of the everyday and majority of Muslims in our country.

The executive lack the mandate to speak as a representative body for Muslims since the League has been and is essentially an administrative institution managing and maintaining mosques, schools, orphanages, a sugar cane farm and real estate.

In addition to the lack of mandate the arguments and justifications espoused by the executive for a review and separate seats are flawed. They are flawed because our Constitution, in particular the Bill of Rights, namely sections 38(2) and 35 more than adequately guarantee and protect religious freedom and minority rights. 

Indeed if an almost identical South African Bill of Rights provision protects the rights of the minority South African Muslims then what is so special about and differentiates Muslims in Fiji?

On the basis that last century the then nascent League made submissions on separate seats, it is argued today that so called Muslim rights will be achieved if these seats as submitted then are allocated now. To refer to a resolution passed some seventy years ago, in an era with its own specificities and dynamics, as justification for separate seats in today's Fiji illustrates a complete ignorance and denial of our political, social and constitutional history/experience as a nation-state.

Indeed if we were to hark back and uphold the standards of 1929 then commoner indigenous Fijians and women would not have the right to vote. 
Fiji and the rest of the world have moved along. Clearly such absurd referrals to the past illustrate an enormous vacuum in basic critical thinking and analysis, discourse and a general prevalence of obscurantism within the executive.

Furthermore, it aptly demonstrates a complete ignorance of contemporary developments in and interpretations of Islamic law and jurisprudence vis-a-vis constitutional, human rights and international law and conventions. More tragically, however, the opportunism of the executive displays the absence of and lack of belief in justice, compassion, selflessness and basic human decency.

Most Muslims in Fiji know that certain officials treat the League and its branches as their own little fiefdoms. Fiefdoms, where nepotism is known to be rampant at most times; where certain families and individuals have reigned as executives literally for decades; where children and families of well-to-do officials benefit from scholarships which were and are meant for poor students; where chairs of numerous committees are held by single individuals; where businessmen and business interests are over represented; where women, the youth, various provinces and other denominations are either underrepresented or not represented at all; where appeals to religious dogma and unity are utilized in response to queries of administrative/financial discrepancies and where certain individuals view the League merely as a means to acquire access to power, influence and ultimately money - all under the guise of "protecting Muslim interests."

Indeed the absence of proper representation, transparency, accountability and ultimately legitimacy also plague other local institutions in contemporary Fiji.

The executive of the League cannot and does not represent the political opinion, views, philosophies of individuals or the bulk of Muslims in Fiji. These self appointed guardians do not speak for the masses. Therefore, the current administration and all Fiji Islanders must understand and recognize the majority of Muslims who believe in basic human decency, justice, democracy and constitutionalism reject the idea of separate seats and/or a review of our Constitution.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
sayedkha@hkusua.hku.hk

21 comments:

  1. K-yum is and was always a Sunni Muslim

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  2. CREDIBLE WARNING
    INDIANS IN ISOLATED AREAS IN RURAL FIJI - GET OUT NOW,,,,,,,DONT BE CAUGHT OUT IN THE COMING STORM.....WE CAN SMELL THE STORM GATHERING ,,,,,,TO BE UNLEASHED SOON

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  3. Shame List:
    Nazhat Shameem
    Aslam Khan
    A Jan
    Nur Bano
    zarin (bano's husband - may be include Sunil)
    Aiyaz Khaiyum
    Riaz Khaiyum
    Faiaz Ali
    Mohammed Aziz
    Wahid Ali(Denarau)
    (please add to list)

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  4. YES BE VERY VERY VERY AFRAID KAIYUM AND GATES WE KAI VITI COMING TO GET YOU,,,,WE WILL CLUB AND LOVO U……..NO WAY OUT NOW…. THIS COWARDLY ADVICE TO FIJI TIMES WILL NOT SAVE EVEN ONE HAIR ON U,,,,,,YOURE HISTORY NOW

    Corrections in todays Fiji Times

    Ioane Burese
    Friday, March 16, 2012

    * A PICTURE on Page 3 of yesterday’s (March 15) edition showed the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama with the Chief Justice Anthony Gates and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

    We apologise for any inference that Chief Justice Gates and Mr Sayed-Khaiyum were part of a press conference held by the Prime Minister to announce the de-establishment of the GCC. The picture was taken as they went on a tour of the government buildings in Suva.

    * AN article on Page 15 of Wednesday’s edition this week incorrectly identified Commander Viliame Naupoto as Immigration Director. He is in fact the Minister for Youth and Soli Sona n Mateni (tamata lau vutu wavoki tu ga mai QVS).

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  5. not forgeting:

    Afzal Khan
    Hafix Khan
    Fareed Khan
    Abdual Khan

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  6. Muslim league is a religious org.

    Does not interfere in politics like GCC. Its the best thing Bai has done by scrapping GCC.

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  7. The fact that the Fiji Muslims have been posted disproportionately to high posts under Eyearse/ his close relatives have exploited Eyearses position for huge dishonest financial and business gains and huge surge in tying up Fiji with Muslim countries make us bilieve that Muslims are closely associated with moves to disposses us Fijians in our own country. This is quickly turning Fijians against Muslims in Fiji....thanks to Eyearse .

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  8. the famous saying of the nuthead illegal PM will be haunting them down now

    "There's a thousand ways to skin a cat"

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  9. Aiyaz is Sunni, not Ahmadiya.

    I relish the irony of his masquerading as a constitutionalist. He says the League leaders don't have the mandate to speak for Fiji's Moslems, but what mandate did he have to assert in his concluding argument that he himself speaks for 'the majority of Muslims who believe in basic human decency, justice, democracy and constitutionalism'?

    Indeed, looking down to the present day, what mandate does he have to speak for ANY Fijian?

    s/ Dakuwaqa

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  10. Aiyaz Khaiyum's bitterness against Fiji Muslim League stems from the fact that he didnt get a scholarship from it - CCF had to step in and persuade Yash Ghai, the founder of CCF, to take him up to University of Hong Kong on a scholarship, and now Ghai is being paid back through the bogus constitutional review commission as a "Thank You".

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  11. Shame List Continued

    Dewan Maharaj - Quality Print
    Vijendra Prakash - Sanatan Dharam
    Damend Goundar - Tour Managers
    Swani Maharaj - Self Proclaimed Idiot
    Shaista Shameem - Former Human Right Commisioner
    Satendra Nandan - University of Fiji
    Sanjeev Pal - Morallly Bankrupt Individual
    Lawrence Tikaram - Coke and Post Fiji
    Aziz Mohammed - Deposed FHL Director
    Aiyaz Musa - Deposed FHL CFO
    Freddie Keshwan - Deposed Higher Salary Comm
    Sereana Qoro - Kicked out FHL CEO
    John Prasad - Deposed Finance CEO
    John Samy - Known Thief
    Francis Ram - Evicted FTIB Chair
    Parmesh Chand - CEO PSC
    Dick Singh - Former NFP Idiot
    Mahendra Chaudhary - Known embezzler
    Lekh Ram Veshnoi - Known pedophile
    Ganesh Chand - Known Fraudster
    Niel Sharma - Known Abortionist
    Abhay NAND - Known Beneficiary
    Fiji Bus Operators - known beneficiaries
    Rajesh Singh - Apologist
    Arvind Kumar 3SA Carpets
    Rajend Chaudhary - Deposed Sports Council Director
    Rajesh Chand - Deposed Nasinu Mayor
    Chandu Umaria - Almost deposed Suva Administrator
    Ajith Kodagoda - FNPF Chair
    Hafiz Khan - Hexagon Group
    Fareed Nouzab - FHL CEO
    Riaz Kaiyum - CEO FBCL
    Musa Mohammed - Former FDB Executive
    Adrian Sofield - AFL Chair
    Padam Lalla - Director FHL
    Isoa Kaloumaira - Deposed FHL Chair
    Vishwa D Sharma - Recently appointed Magistrate
    Adish Naidu - Director Properties USP
    Tappoo Family - Known beneficiaries
    Mahendra Patel - Initial Coup Supporter turned jailbird!
    Felix Anthony - coup beneficiary gone to dogs
    Mahendra Reddy - Commerce Commission Chair
    Thakur Ranjit Singh - Idiotic Columnist
    Recently appointed JP' s and Comm of Oaths
    Satendra Nandan - University of Fiji
    Rishi Ram - Fiji Taxi Union
    Rishi Ram - former PSC Chair
    Himmat Lodhia - Renowned Sucker
    Arvind Maharaj - tebara Buses
    Jasper Singh - Shore Buses
    Ajith Singh - Tacirua Buses
    Pramod Archary - Deposed FNPF executive
    Florence Swamy - CEO FAVC
    Vijay Madawan - Office Equipment Executive
    Nalin Patel - G Lal
    Nur Bano Ali - Aliz former BDO
    Zarin Ali - Aliz former BDO
    Sunil Sharma - Aliz former BDO
    Simon Narayan - CEO Fiji Shipping Corporation
    Bachubhai - Vinod Patel & Co
    Neel Shivam - beneficiary of FHL
    Adish Narayan - Solicitor Ba
    Faiyaz Ali - VP Lautoka Football
    Rajeshwar Singh - Unionist
    Vidya Lakhan - FASANOC

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  12. If somehow Khaiyum becomes the PM, he will give the Christians and Hindu the toughest time of their life...

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  13. Even from this letter, one can see the emrgence of a great lader in tbe making. A very elequent speaker and a person with great charisma and humanility. I was at World Consumer rites day where AG was chief guest. Two itaukei man sitting next to me were just stunned at his speakimg ability saying to me who needs chiefs if we have leaders like this.

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  14. Muslims should NEVER EVER be allowed to get their own political seats or we'll have all other religious groups asking for the same. They've tried this before and will keep trying. Muslims as a religious group make up i think less 0.1% of our population? Regardless anyway.

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  15. please do not use race and religion

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  16. There is NO MUSLIM COUNTRY in the world that is democratic

    WE DONT WANT FARKEN TALIBANS HERE

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  17. Anonymous 7:31, just a glance at many of the comments here show what a corrosive effect your 'great lader in the making', 'man of great charisma and humanility', is having on race and interfaith relations.

    Especially because of the unprecedented assault on iTaukei institutions led by this small-minded Sunni Muslim with a chip on his shoulders, the situation is clearly getting uglier. If we don't begin to moderate our language and tone, I fear we have the makings for a pogrom when the lid finally comes off, which it will.

    I appeal to all Fijians to listen to the better angels of your nature. We will sooner get justice against Bainimarama, Aiyaz, and the other traitors if we unite.

    Think about it. Christian iTaukei, Hindu and Muslim Indians, kailoma, kaiviti, kaivalangi -- every one of these communities shares some responsibility and guilt for what is happening to Fiji.

    Watch, wait, and document. We will have an accounting. But don't take the law into your own hands. Instead, take back the country. After that we will know justice.

    s/ Dakuwaqa

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  18. Muslim League to meet on constitution



    March 16, 2012 11:11:37 AM

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    Fiji's Muslim League will meet soon to discuss issues to bring up for the constitution consultation.

    League general secretary Taabish Akbar said the executives will decide what issues the league will need to put across the table.

    He said they need the collective ideas of its members to see what is best for the Muslim community and for Fiji.

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  19. Re-Read the concluding bit from a younger, wiser K-yum - "THESE SELF APPOINTED GUARDIANS DO NOT SPEAK FOR THE MASSES."

    a case of Kettli calling the Tawa black - is it????

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  20. Included in the lists:

    1. Tauz Khan - Safeway Electronics.

    2. Parmars Footwear Lautoka.

    3. Doctor Morgon - Carpenters Group/

    4. Kuna - MH's


    More to come...

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  21. DO NOT DARE TOUCH THE GCC,THAT IS SACRED TO US FIJIANS (KAI VITI)NAILATIKAU BOCI HOW CAN YOU ACCEPT THIS!!

    March 18, 2012 6:22 PM

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