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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Testing Yash Ghai’s alternative to futile cynicism

Yash Ghai
 






By Professor Wadan Narsey

Professor Yash Ghai is appealing to the Fiji public not to be cynical, to constructively engage in the Regime’s constitution review, and “to test Bainimarama’s genuineness”.

These are good suggestions for cynics to take on board, especially when you understand what the two graphs at the bottom of this article mean (more at the end).

Of course, Fiji people are aware, as Yash Ghai would be, that Bainimarama has not kept many important promises:

  • "no military officer will benefit from the coup" (all have, including himself, considerably)
  • "I will hold elections in 2009" (he did not)
  • the 1997 Constitution will be obeyed and strengthened (in the Charter allegedly approved by more than 400 thousand people): but immediately trashed after the 2009 Court of Appeal judgment
  • all Fiji governments will be guided by the pillars of the Charter and the 1997 Constitution: but his own Regime’s many military decrees have denied rights to property, freedom of speech, freedom of association and assembly, right to recourse to court for perceived grievances, etc. all even guaranteed in the Charter;
  • "my government will be transparent and accountable": yet refuses to release all Auditor General’s Reports since 2006, as well as all the reports into the FNPF disasters.

The list of Bainimarama’s broken promises is long indeed.


But, as Yash Ghai rightly asks the Fiji public: do those who wish to restore democracy have any real alternative to this Ghai Constitution Commission Review?

Yash Ghai suggests: “why not test Bainimarama”?

They should indeed.

But first, the Fiji public would like to “test Yash Ghai himself” - according to the principles laid down in his own recently published book on constitution review and processes: Constitution-making and reform: options for the process (co-authored by Brandt, Ghai, Cottrel and Regan).

Yash knows his Constitution Review Commission is illegal

The last legal judgment on the Bainimarama Regime was that of the 2009 Appeal Court, which clearly found that the Bainimarama Regime was illegal, as were all the decisions by President Iloilo.

Consequently, the 2009 purported abrogation of the 1997 Constitution and all of Bainimarama’s consequent military decrees and all appointments (including that of the Ghai Constitution Review Commission, are also illegal.

Many still believe (and probably Yash Ghai himself would agree) that the 1997 Constitution cannot be abrogated by Commodore Bainimarama and any President (legal or illegal) as Justice Anthony Gates so brilliantly articulated in 2001. (Pity about his later judgements).

So for Professor Yash Ghai, a respected international expert in the area of constitutional law and reform, to agree to chair this Constitution Review Commission must seem puzzling to the legal and ethnical purists.

But, Professor Yash Ghai is offering some light at the end of the tunnel.

He just needs to pass some tests himself before asking the public to trust him.

Ghai’s Principles and the Reeves Commission

First Professor Yash Ghai and his Commission must acknowledge that the Reeves Commission whose report led to the 1997 Constitution, whatever its faults, completely satisfied all the principles laid down in his book for ideal constitution review process: public participation, inclusiveness, transparency, and national ownership.

The members of the Reeves Commission (Paul Reeves, Tom Vakatora and Brij Lal) were all agreed upon by Fiji’s major political parties and leaders, not appointed by any one person.

The Reeves Commission went the length and breadth of Fiji discussing relevant issues with all and sundry who wanted to talk to them. all their meetings were public, and submissions recorded for posterity.

They commissioned papers and got advice from an army of experts. They visited and examined constitutions in a number of pluralist societies around the world, facing similar problems to Fiji.

The comprehensive Reeves Commission Report was well received and largely formed the basis of the 1997 Constitution, accepted universally to be an excellent document, which was to be slowly improved upon.

Perhaps its only weakness (on which I had a serious falling out with one member of that Reeves Commission), was their recommendation for the Alternative Vote system (read here my views in 1996).

The 1997 Fiji Parliament and the 1997 Constitution also went one step further than the Reeves Report with a recommendation for an extremely valuable power-sharing requirement for a Multi-Party Government, which, sadly, our politicians failed to utilise until too late.

While some Fijian provincial councils may have had some misgivings, both Houses of the Fiji Parliament unanimously passed the 1997 Constitution.

The only aspect missing then, was a Referendum (which I suggested then - but the politicians were in a hurry) (to be kept in mind by the Ghai Commission).

The public know that the 1997 Constitution also had some other weaknesses which were all too easily exploited by the Machiavellian people in power, causing enormous damage to Fiji. Read

All these weaknesses could have, and should have been addressed by the elected Parliaments of 1999 and 2001, but they were not considered a priority by the political leaders then, to their great cost later.

This is now 2012, and an elected Parliament and the Upper House has been absent for five years. Legislation has been passed by Military decrees resulting in a total undermining of investor confidence and a disastrous economic performance (see below).

Why is Ghai not following his own book?

There are two key omissions indicating a lack of transparency by the Ghai Commission.

First, not only has the Military Regime nominated all three of the current members, but two more have yet to be appointed and the public are not allowed to have a say.

Given his experience and his professional integrity, Professor Yash Ghai himself should be acceptable to everyone.

But it is clear that the leaders of the Indo-Fijian community (Mahendra Chaudhry of the FLP and Raman Singh of the NFP) were not consulted about Dr Satendra Nandan, who is a known Bainimarama fan (but there is no reason to suppose that he would not be ethical in his contributions).

But Fijian leaders (including Qarase) were not consulted about Taufa Vakatale who almost certainly would not have been approved given her unprofessional performance recently. (Ms Vakatale has been chairing the Regime’s “Public Accounts Committee” which keeps examining little molehills of financial misdoings in the Qarase Government prior to 2007, while totally ignoring the mountains of financial misdoings in the last five years of the Bainimarama Regime, while not a single Auditor General’s Report has been published.)

Test 1 for Professor Yash Ghai: He needs to show his independence from the Military Regime and ensure that there is genuine “national ownership” of the process by getting the Regime to agree that he will ask Fiji’s political leaders to nominate the remaining two members, by consensus.

I suspect that Fiji’s political leaders (Qarase, Chaudhry, Raman Singh and Beddoes) would be quite amenable now (I am sure they can find two decent former High Court judges who would fit the bill).

But Professor Ghai also needs to get the Military Regime to stop all the current intimidating measures against all these political leaders, so that they can contribute freely to discussions.

Test 2 for Professor Yash Ghai: Cynics naturally ask: how can the public contribute if they don’t what will happen to the final output?

What if Commodore Bainimarama does the same thing he did with the Charter: he obtained four hundred thousand signatures of support for the Charter on the clearly stated pillar that the 1997 Constitution would be the supreme guiding document, but when it suited him, he chucked the 1997 Constitution down the drain (and none of the NCBBF Members uttered a squawk).

So Professor Yash Ghai needs to first of all, clearly outline a transparent pathway, agreed to by the political leaders for the approval and implementation of the Yash Commission’s Final Report.

Essential in that clarification would be the clear agreement of political leaders on who would be in that “Constituent Assembly” that would approve the Final Report. Ghai cannot leave it to the Military Regime to stack this Assembly.

Professor Ghai cannot end up saying “oh, I did not know what the Regime was going to do with our Report and Recommendations".

Yash Ghai has stated that his Commission would be open to the possibility that if the people want to retain the 1997 Constitution (suitably modified where needed) or the retention of the GCC then these could be part of the recommendations for the Ghai Commission to consider.

Of course, cynics know that Professor Ghai is in the business of “constitution review”.

But he has now been appointed by the Regime, and he may now may be quite legitimately asked to abide by his own stated principles of ethical constitution review.

He needs to pass Test 1 and Test 2 above.

Ghai Commmission’s task is not easy

We all know that there are several areas where the 1997 Constitution can be improved.

The relatively easy ones are the reform of the electoral system, complete clarification of the appointment of Prime Ministers, the dissolution of Parliament, the appointment of the President, the Upper House, the appointment and powers of the judiciary, etc. Many of these problems have already surfaced in the brief seven years between 1999 and 2006 and the informed public has a good idea where to go.

The far more difficult challenge will be to facilitate a smooth peaceful transition in government from Bainimarama’s Regime to an elected government, with an acceptable exit strategy for Bainimarama, the RFMF and key Bainimarama appointees.

Undoubtedly, amnesty provisions will need to be negotiated, however much it may grate with the purists who think, with great legitimacy, that every amnesty Fiji gives simply encourages another coup.

But there can also be very specific constitutional provision for absolute zero tolerance of any further military interventions in politics (yes I know, how many other illegal activities can a Constitution explicitly ban?).

There must also be a provision for a full Truth and Reconciliation Commission covering the coups of 1987, 2000, 2006 and 2009. If we do not acknowledge the truth of what occurred, Fiji will keep trying to build a nation on the sandy foundations of lies and half-truths about the past.

Professor Yash Ghai’s Constitution Review offers the possibility of a peaceful transition from the current impasse which is the best path for Fiji’s development.

If Professor Yash Ghai himself passes the two tests outlined above, critics of the Bainimarama Regime should put their cynicism in cold storage, and test Bainimarama’s genuineness in the proposed Constitution Review.

Professor Yash Ghai’s Commission may offer some light at the end of the tunnel.

Post-script: Why the Bainimarama Regime needs to voluntarily leave


The two graphs at the top should convince the Military Regime that, if they hold the interests of Fiji at heart, they should peacefully and willingly relinquish authority and management of the Fiji economy back to an elected government.

Their “experiment at running government” has failed miserably, at our great cost.

In the five years since the Bainimarama Regime took over in 2006, the economies of other comparable countries like PNG, Solomon Islands, Mauritius, and Vanuatu have gone ahead by between 25% and 40% (all based on World Bank data).


Fiji is just barely ahead by 1% after five years.


The IMF, World Bank and ADB (and economic experts) all have said that Fiji’s growth prospects are weak and all support early elections.

It is therefore extremely doubtful if by 2014, Fiji will be even 10% ahead of where it was in 2006.

The next graph compares Fiji’s economic growth performance per year under all the Prime Ministers Fiji has had.


Any government anywhere in the world with Bainimarama’s record, would have been rejected at the next elections.

Bainimarama’s Regime has forcefully retained control for more than five years already and it will be eight years by 2014- which is two terms in many countries.

If elections are held, and investor confidence in an elected government returns, Fiji could see really high growth rates.

But it will still be a decade before Fiji recovers.

It is up to all the coup supporters to put pressure on Bainimarama to keep to his promise.

Fiji will not forget that they all share collective responsibility for the mess we are in.

50 comments:

General voter said...

We do not want Yash Ghai.

Democrat said...

The 8.8% growth in the short Chaudry administration only occured becuase of the previous solid good governance of the Rabuka SVT administration, but all greatly surpassed the disaster of Bainimarama years.

Anonymous said...

This is a deliberate ploy by Ghai to weed out the critics so that the military can arrest them. Come on Ghai, the people are not stupid. You were recruited by the pig and his boss Aiyarse, and what makes you think that the people will take your bait?

Anonymous said...

narsey is purely an academic and has little idea on the practical side of politics. political leaders in fiji and voters may remember him for being a failed politician. what world of a difference will his figures make to the politics of this country? high time he was more practical then to just bark out his economic brains in pieces of papers

Anonymous said...

As usual, Professor Narsey gives us another enlightening account which will help us know what actually is happening to our beloved country under the unstable leadership of these goons. No doubt our country is in the hands of the dogs and we need to pull together to reclaim it to ensure a future for our chiuldren. Lets all get behind MPC and LQ who are the legitimate political leaders that people of this country recognise and support. They will easily gain the support of international community. Come on everyone pull together, I believe this regime's time is up. Naivalurua, make your move now and arrest the chief goon. Enough is enough. Our intelligence has been insulted for far too long and is becoming unbearable. It's time that we leave politics to the politicians.

Anonymous said...

Wadan's comments are right on the mark, as usual.

Yash Ghai, you want us to test Bainimarama? First demonstrate your own sincerity and integrity. Thus far, I'm not impressed.

If Qarase and Chaudhry unite to form a single party, then I will rescind my call for an Internet vote to elect a shadow government and give my unstinting support to the united front.

If Wadan were to shelve academia for a while to help lead that united front, then so much the better.

s/ Dakuwaqa

Salesh Mudliar[Auck} said...

Record speaks itself. read the graph and pick your leader and don't deviate from the fact. go chaudhry go. hane too haneeeeee.

Anonymous said...

The graphic is not as frightening as the reality is.

Fiji's economic growth of 1% over 5 years is one thing, but :

1) During that same period, Fiji's population increased so the GDP/inhabitant went down.

2) That increase of population is hiding the departure of a lot of skilled Indians (even Fijians) or if you prefer "brains" and "capital" and therefore we can say that the global population is getting less skilled, less educated and less likely to handle the challenges of economic development.

3) That 1% growth went mostly in the pockets of the 1-2% rich people of Fiji. Lower income tax for the top brackets, etc....

4) That astonishing 1% growth was done by borrowing 500M$ recently, so a lot of that growth is made of debt that will have to be paid back... (ok Fiji is not the only country in that situation, but it was much better before)

I would suggest to develop a tool taking into account the GDP/ inhabitant and the level of education and the level of inequalities in the country and we would see something....worst!

But still, Fiji is the most happy country in the world officially.

Anonymous said...

We are asked by Ghai to test Bainimarama's sincerity - he should sincerely tell us HOW MUCH he and his wife are charging the people of Fiji to draw up a new Constitution and how much the Mango Chutney professor None-Done will be paid along with the other lady! Who approached you Ghai to become chairman of the Constitution Commssion?

Foreign investor said...

Just remove this illegal regime and you can expect an explosion in foreign investment. My consortium is committed to $160 million European Union investment in tourism over the next 6 years.

General Voters said...

Proposed constitution guarantees no representation to General Voters.

Anonymous said...

Bainimarama's five year record is shocking. From 2007, the regime has borrowed over $3 billion dollars. Now, with $3b, they increased the GDP by 1% which is around $500m.

This is just bananas.... please bainimarama give it up you moron

Peter Thomas - USA said...

I wanted to invest in the yasawa islands [Tavarua] to develop world class surfing spot. My negotiation with the Land Owners and NLTB has been very successful but i have to put this on hold till a stable government is in place.Now Mr Chaudhry joining hands with Mr Qarase gives me real hope to accomplish this mission.

Anonymous said...

Come on let's get this united front into shape. PRESIDENT: Ratu Joni Mdraiwiwi. PM and Minister Indigenous Affairs - Laisenia Qarase. DPM and Minister for Sugar and Indo Fijian Affairs Mahendra Chaudhary, Minister Finance and Economic Planning - Pro Wadan Narsey, Attorney General and Minister for Justice : Graham Leung, Minister Foreign Affairs : Jesoni Vitusagavulu, Minister Trade and Commerce : Mick Beddoes,
Minister for Housing Urban Affairs and Environment:Premila Kumar, Minister for Education : Tevita Koroi, Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations : Attar Singh, Minister for Agriculture : Luke Ratuvuki, Minister for Health : Dr BP Ram, Minister for Home Affairs: Colonel Ratu George Kadavulevu, Minister Public Works, Transport, Public Utilities: Satish Gulabdas, Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources - Ratu Meli Malani, Minister for Women, SociaL Welfare and Poverty Alleviation - Monica Raghwan, Minister for Youth and Sports -Pita Waqavonovono, Minister for Information - Netani Rika, Minister Telecommunication and Broadcating - Apolosi Bose Minister Fisheries and Forests : Viliame Savou (former Sugar Marketing Executive) Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation - Joe Tuamoto

non-professor said...

A bit too simplistic, Wadan. If you really wish to make a fair comparison, the period of growth allocated to Rabuka should really reflect two periods: 1987 - 1992 (when he took over, followed by an interim regime, or maybe the interim regime must be pegged separately too), and another from 1992 - 1998, when SLR led an elected government.

Adding to Democrat, yes, Chaudhry inherited a booming economy from SLR's government.

Wadan, please do not succumb to the appealing tendency to hit back at the regime for it's interference with your tenure at the USP. Please retain the neutrality that binds academics. You owe it to your vocation. A freshman student would have handled your data better I daresay.

Anonymous said...

Fiji is the most unhappy country in the world, just behind Zimbabwe.

Tim said...

Ghai is obviously a pragmatist. All well and good if it is a means to an end. BUT... (big big BUT)pragmatism may be well and good just so long as it doesn't excuse those that have operated illegally.
We can have truth and reconciliation, but NOT without genuine atonement. Those that need to atone include (but are not limited to) Gates, The Shameens, Frank, Yippe-Aye-Aye Kaiyoom - and quite obviously a GENUINE ATONEMENT will be accompanied by their desire to pay back all the little treats and trinkets they've illegally acquired. What say you to that Mr Ghai?

Anonymous said...

Yash Ghai can you not understand that this goon has failed all the tests he's gone through since taking the elected gvt by the gun. What other tests do we need to put him through. He has failed with lies,lies and lies. The only test that he needs to go through now are the courts for the astrocities of 2000 and post 2006.

Anonymous said...

The growth of 1% in Bainimarama's tenure should be viewed against:

1. Withdrawl of AID by Aus/NZ which still provided $100's million in AID to those countries and those other local Leaders

2. The mess inherited by the Bainimarama government in terms of the Loan by the Qarase Government that needed to be paid.

3. The global economic climate that occurred which has seen Greece, Ireland in financial ruins.

4. The work by local Unions to block and be counterproductive to the efforts of Government in growing the economy.

Overall with all these counter forces Bainimarama has done well.

Radiolucas said...

@ non-professor

So… Your argument is that his research was just too simplistic? Why not add your own rather than simply attempt to attack him as an academic? Or that Wadan has somehow "lost" his neutrality?

You don't even begin to present anything to back your claims.

Seems like more lazy armchair mudslinging, rather than any serious attempt at debate or discussion.

Anonymous said...

Dina says..

Well done Prof Wadan..

YOu had the balls while in Fiji to critique Frank/Aiyaz/Epeli & Nazhaat Shameems govt, & you still at it.

But the facts hurts....thz wadan

Anonymous said...

FRIENDS,IN INDIA THEY VOTED ON TRIBAL LINE WHICH IS WORSE THEN RACIAL, THOUGH THEY ARE OF ONE INDIAN RACE WITH MANY POLITICAL PARTIES. IN PAKISTAN THEY KILL ONE ANOTHER BEING OF ONE RACE WITH ONE MUSLIM OR ISLAM RELIGION.

IN OUR WORLD TODAY THE POOR AND OPPRESSED NEEDY INDIGENOUS PEOPLE ARE REVOLTING AGAINST UNFAIR TREATMENTS BY ITS CORRUPTED GOVERNMENT AND THEY WANT THEIR FREEDOM, LANDS AND RESOURCES BACK.

IN REVOLUTION FOREIGNERS ARE BEEN HUNTED DOWN LIKE WILD PIGS AND PROPERTIES BURNT TO THE GROUND AND SOME KILLED BY THE LANDOWNERS OR BY THE INDIGENOUS RACE.

CAN ANYONE TELL ME, IS FIJI IS AN EXEMPTION TO THE RULE #1, INDIGENOUS REVOLUTION? EXAMPLE; LOOK AT THE ISLAMIC NATIONS TODAY SUCH AS, IRAN, IRAQ, LEBANON, AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN,SYRIA, LIBYA,BAHRAIN AND EGYPT. IS FIJI STILL FREE FROM ALL THESE FORCED-LINE AND THREATENING ATTITUDE WHEN ANOTHER RACE(S)IS TRYING TAKE CONTROL OF WHAT BELONGS TO THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF FIJI?

WHAT GUARANTEE IS THERE THAT THE INDIGENOUS RACE OF FIJI WILL TAKE IT LYING DOWN OR ACCEPT EVERYTHING WHAT THE ISLAM OR MUSLIM FOR THE MATTER IS FORCING IT DOWN THEIR THROATS? IF IT DOES NOT HAPPENED IN EYGPT, LIBYA, PAKISTAN THEN THE SAME WILL NEVER HAPPEN IN FIJI. WE ALL WANT PEACE AND HARMONY BUT NOT WHAT WE SAW IS HAPPENING NOW.

WITH OR WITHOUT BLAZING GUNS WHEN THE RISING REVOLUTION TIDES BEGINS IT WILL BE HARD TO STOP IT. THE FOREIGNERS WILL CERTAINLY BECOME THE WORSE VICTIMS.

PLEASE LET US NOT REACH THE REVOLUTION STAGE, WE HAVE SEEN IT ALL IN SYRIA, EGYPT, PAKISTAN AND IN INDIA. STOP ADDING FUELS TO THE WOULD BE FLAMING FIRE. THE FIJIAN RACE IS ON SILENT MODE AND DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THEIR SMILE TODAY. THEY ARE AN INJURED RACE BECAUSE OF YOU GREEDY MANIPULATIVE FOREIGNERS ON LAND.

ALL WE NEED COMMENTS FULL OF WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING TO KEEP THE PEACE. THERE ARE A LOTS OF WONDERFUL AND EDUCATIONAL CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS IN THIS BLOG.

FINALLY, PROFESSOR YASH GHAI, IF PEOPLE TAKES THE STREET, YOU AND YOUR TEAM WILL BE BLAMED HEAVILY AND ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL DAMAGES AND DEATHS BECAUSE YOU FAILED AND ALL THAT YOU HOLD DEARLY FOR ARE ALL WASTED AND FAKED.

IF FREEDOM DID NOT COME-BY TO YOUR CONSTITUTION CHANGES, IT DOES NOT MATTER, BECAUSE YOUR MONEY (AS SECURITY) IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM THEN FREEDOM OF THE PEOPLE OF FIJI ITSELF, WHICH IS NORMAL TO GREEDY FOOLS ON EARTH.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 9.00pm..

You need your upstairs to be checked with your comments. How can you claim that Bainimarama's poor economic performance was due to his inheriting Qarase's so called bad loans and the so called mess. Baini forcefully took over Qarase's govt. The loans by Qarase's government was a legitimate one which had a repayment scheme. The illegal takeover by this idiot did not allow that repayment scheme to take its course. So one cannot call that bad loans and your reference to "the mess" is hollow like your brains. Your cry over the aid withdrawal by NZ and Aust is also hollow. NZ and Aust are respectable countries who will not support a takeover by a goon and his cohorts.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 9:00, what a pathetic counter-argument!

You might as well throw in all of the sugar money withheld by the EU or the military assistance formerly provided by the U.S.

If AUSAID and the EU and the U.S. and others have withheld money, it's because of the nature of Bainimamara's regime.

Then there's the private sector -- few legitimate businesses want to invest in such an unstable country under a regime that has engaged in discriminatory and predatory practices against FIJI Water and other companies.

What labor actions have the unions taken? Every other country has strikes, but their economies still advance. What crippling strikes has Fiji suffered?

Everyone from the INF on down has come out to say that investor confidence depends on real elections, but Bainimamara only cares about one thing: perpetuating his rule in order to avoid accountability for his crimes.

From the tone of your remarks, you sound like one of his co-conspirators. I hope you shout it to the world, so that we can duly note it.

Anonymous said...

@C4.5
Something sinister is happening at FRA (Fiji Roads Authority).

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=197005

Time is of the essence.
Can you please do this story straightaway.

-Valataka na Dina.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Wadan, that we have a constitution in place, and the constitution expert appointed to Chair the proposed forum should know this very well even before accepting the offer.

Ghai should simply tell the regime, that Fiji has a legal constitution in place, and no one can deny that fact, one does not have to be a constitutional expert to know that. The people of Fiji heard the Chandrika case ruling in 2001, and the Appeals court ruling in April 2009, and I am sure that if a free and independent court will hear another challenge on the purported attempt in 2009, it will again rule in favour of the existence of the country's constitution.
Ghai should just quit, together with his so called commission, Nadan and Taufa and anyone else who have been approached. Do not try to reinvent the wheel, we have a wheel which we just need to roll it !.
The regime should also be asked to quit, and let the people elect their government immediately, we cannot afford to be going around in circles and moving back.

There are great opportunities for growth out there waiting for a legitimate government. We have investors, grants, technical assistance, corporations, etc.etc. that are waiting while we ponder with a so called 'roadmap' that keeps on changing.
Let's look into the 1997 constitution for the way ahead to proper parliamentary democracy, for the good of all!
We ask all the coup supporters to convince the regime to just quit. While it is going to be hard, it is a call if the country's interest is really at heart, as things are just not working. The writing is all over the place, there is increasing unemployment, rising inflation, poor economic growth, deploring state of public utilities,etc.etc.

No more 'roadmaps' we need to 'change course' !!!!

Democrat said...

Let us go to the polls and vote on the economic performance of Voreqe and Aiyaz.

Anonymous said...

@ Peter Thomas

Just hold your horse!!

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 9.00 pm

The collective total of the 4 factors you listed pales into insignificance when you consider the $3 billion loans from China, etc

And all that Bhaini could achieve is 1% growth ?

As has been repeatedly said in this forum Bhai - you were not trained to lead this country - you simply cannot lead this country without ruining it - up to now you have f'd up this country - and more and more people are getting fed up with you in this country - so pls Bhai just f'off from this country

Shalendra Raju(AKL) said...

Mahen is the way forward , so vote him as his the best man.

Anonymous said...

Ghai..if you are reading this..please be informed that we fijians are not little kids..as far as we are concerned ..we dont know you or your credentials of writing constitutions of the world does not and will not impress us one little bit..go back home and cut your hair you past the used by date wannabe Einstein..

Anonymous said...

Please, please, please, no more return of Qarase, Chaudhry, Rabuka or Bainimarama, let us look for fresh leaders with no baggage.

Joe Filipe said...

I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH WADAN NARSEY FOR NOT REVEALING THE TRUTH ABOUT THE ECONOMIC GROWTH OF PAST PRIME MINISTERS.

CHODORY'S 8.8% WITHIN A YEAR (1999 - 2000) IS UNREAL AND PRACTICALLY FALSE. ONE SHOULD DARE TO ASK; HOW COULD THIS BE? WELL THE ANSWER IS; CHODORY STOPPED ALL PROGRAMME AND PROJECT CAPITAL FUNDS ALLOCATED IN THE 2000 NATIONAL BUDEGT FROM BEING DISTRIBUTED TO ALL MINISTRIES, DEPARTMENTS AND GOVERNMENT CORPORATE BODIES.

ALL THESE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES DID NOTHING, NO ECONOMIC CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT IN 2000 WHILE THEIR EMPLOYEES WERE BEING PAID SALARIES AND WAGES. ALL THESE EMPLOYEES HAD TO DO WERE TO FRONT UP AT THE OFFICE, ETC DAILY AND WEEKLY AND WERE PAID FOR NOTHING.

CHODORY'S ECONOMIC GROWTH CAME FROM YEAR 2000 NATIONAL BUDGET CAPITAL ALLOCATIONS THAT WERE NOT DISTRIBUTED AND USED.

WHY WAS IT THAT CHODORY HAD TO MAKE THE FINAL DECISIONS FROM THE PM'S OFFICE ON CAPITAL PROGRAMME PROPOSALS PUT UP TO MINISTRY OF FINANCE DURING HIS PM TENURE?

WADAN, WHY DIDN'T YOU STATE THE TRUTH IN THIS ARTICLE; ANALYSE YOUR GRAPH TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THE TRUTH BUT YOU WOULD RATHER OPT FOR YOUR RACIST INCLINATIONS AND MANIPULATE TO REFLECT YOUR AGENDA AND UNTRUTHS?

FOR ME LOOKING AT THE GRAPH IN TERMS OF PERCENTAGE GROWTH AND DURATION OF PM TENURE, QARASE WAS THE BEST PERFORMED BY AVERAGES...

WHAT DO YOU SAY FIJI?

Anonymous said...

Baini f up now.go home. if you have some pride left.
fiji is in a mess bec of you and ag taliban.
we need mpc/lq as pm .
enough of wana be army pm -who have f fiji up.
fiji will prosper under mpc and lq govt.
time for the 2 leaders to work and bring some pride to fiji people and economy.
go sdl/flp .
lq/mpc for pm.
god bless,
Rajesh

Anonymous said...

Really! Wadan here's a test for you? Were you required by law to resigned your position from the University of the South-Pacific when running for Parliament? If not, than were you required by law, to resigned your teaching position once you were elected to Parliament? Any idea why so many Indo-Fijian USP professors wanted to become a Parliamentarians rather then utilized your teaching
know-how at the University? Why is it so important for those of you Indo-Fijian from the USP that decided to run for Parliament, to Choose a Indo dominated party,like the FLP or NFP instead of joining
the Fijian dominated party like the Mara's Alliance,Rabuka's SVT,or
SDL? What was the most memoriable piece of legislation(s)that you personally were involved-in or pushed through, during your term in
Parliament?

Bose said...

I agree Mr Narsey, I think the cleanup has been done, and please don't bring back Qarase or Chaudry. Yes elections and a democratic government will definitely bring back investor confidence in this country, amongst many other things. Thanks for your insight, now lets get back to rebuilding this country and see it through 2014. Vinaka.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous Mar 27, 202 9:00PM.

5. Qarase was not given the opportunity to complete his 2006-2010 term as PM. He would have improved the economy much more and much better than Bainimarama.

The multi-party government which was implemented just before the coup was not given the chance to prove itself.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I agree with Ghai's quip about "futile cynicism"!

For a start. This so-called futile cynicism is fairly well founded. Wadan has already pointed to a few of Bai's many broken promises. Add to that the regime's apparently unbreakable penchant for stage-managed pantomime and you will know why many people in Fiji are cynicalI about Ghai's alleged review process!

Any futility that exists does not exist because the victims of the crime are doing something wrong or contributing to the situation! No, this futility exists because the PERPETRATORS of the crime refuse to admit their crime and are in fact continuing to add to it!

This is not unexpected for someone of low character and intelligence like the army commander and his cadre of goons. But it is completely unexpected and inexcusable for people like Tony Gates, Nazhat Shameem, Yash Ghai, Taufa Vakatale, Neil Sharma, Jone Usamate, Petero Mataca, Croz Walsh & Graham Davis. These people ought rightly to be ashamed of themselves!

So the choice before the people of Fiji is not just a simple one between some kind of reform and keeping the current "going nowhere" Dictatorship, jackboots and all.

No - it is a choice between those two PLUS the mere appearance of change, but with the Dictator still in effective, unchallenged and incompetent control behind the scenes.

What kind of choice is that? Especially since the 3rd option is BY FAR the most likely (and certainly the one which the regime itself can be relied upon to target), then what WOULD REALLY be the point of helping to usher in that?

I don't see this as cynicism at all. I see it as "if they want to commit a crime that I cannot stop them committing, then how does ME HELPING them to commit that crime represent a 'solution' to the problem?"

Well, it is not a solution! It is only the appearance of a solution with everything being exactly-the-stupid-same behind the scenes!

Jean d'Ark

Democrat said...

Anonymous 9:00
What a stupid analysis of reasons for Voreqe's disastrous economic record. Obviously from one of his 'hear no evil, see no evil' supporters. With supporters like him it is no wonder the economy performed so badly over the last 5+ years. Step down now and have an election immediately.

Anonymous said...

We can call everything and everyone under the sun whatver names we like-as some have done to Warden . Simple fact is you can also intepret the data stated anyway you like but the simple fact is hate or love Chaudary-he stands out as the one leader that did better than anyone else! As for the claim that Chaudry was ridding on the back of Rabuka's SVT successes maybe he did but at the last count it was during Rabuka's reign that out National Bank went-sa veka na Maqe! Whilst we may have this enquiry about the coups can we kindly add on the names of the big,big time loans that were taken out also during the Rabuka era, No everyone that didn't pay back their LOADto the NBF! Now lets come to Qarase-his books looked good simply because of the AID yes Aid people from Aussie , NZ etc which got diverted left, right and centre to make the books look good! Why did his credit rating look better than most -SIMPLE he took to using the Workers money for his loans (FNPF), which futher caused the moneying owning the workers to be where it is today!If Qarase had taken loans from overseas agencies his accounting books will also be in the figures closer to Frank than what it looks right now! Lai was smart in manipulating the system and people he did it all his life-and he succeded so when it came to making sure where the his major loans were coming from -you gueesed it! Question is where were the Leaders of the Union movement who should have been up in arms over such an idea-they had their mouths closed by taking up Ministerial positions!? All that is left now is to "touch bottom" well 1% ain't too far away! Se cava ra Tai? As for Ghai he would be finding himself standing in hotwater if he really sides with the Regime-so its up to him and what risks he wants to take to bring this whole saga to an end-if he can or risk the damage to his name & reputation!? Is it worth the MONEY? DRi yani.

Anonymous said...

Sorry my posting said 1% for Frank it should read 0.2%.DRi Yani

Fiji.F.Party said...

we still have some idiots who cant distinguish between right and wrong. I mean to those who have criticized this analysis.Figures speak itself look at the PM performance graph you barchoods. Chaudhry/Qarase are elected members and who the hell are the gandu's to say these two should not come back.New blood has led the country since 2006 and people have seen the result. what more you want?

non-Professor said...

Radiolucas,

Get your head out of the sand, adjust your glasses and read properly. I said Wadan's portrayal of the SLR years from 1987 - 1998 is too sweeping, and that it needs to be properly segmented. If you have any iota of common sense, you will appreciate that the counter-argument may apply, that SLR's economic growth post-1992 would even appear higher. Oh, forgive me, I forgot you're too much of a moron to understand this.

I did add my bit - and it's there for you to read, as well as presented in the preceding paragraph. Unless you're too fogged by your Wadan-Worship to see it!

Don't talk about discussions, when your own are full of methane-like hot air! And yes, pun intended!

Radiolucas said...

@ non-Professor

Again - you point to a statistic delineation from SLR years during Rabuka's time as just cause to call into question Wadans conlusions as 'simplistic' and that accordingly, Wadan might be entertaining an "appealing tendency to hit back at the regime for it's interference with your tenure at the USP".

So does the treatment of Rabuka's tenure as Coupleader and then elected PM REALLY relate to some attempt to "[hit] back at the regime" or Wadan's "nuetrality"?

Surely you can see some sort of disjoint in logic here - at worst, the lack of clarity between the two periods it is a little sloppy - But again, I just don't see the minor omission relates to what you allege is any "tendency" or academic "nuetrality"?!?

Seems like a long bow to draw there.

Anonymous said...

Qarase and Chaudary did not cause the coups. It came form the native Fijians as they don't want the Indians to control Fiji. That's why Rabuka staged the first one. George Speight did it for the same reason, and Vuaka did it too. The only difference now is, Vuaka is sucking up to the Indians so that they think he was doing the right thing.

Sorry but this coup mentality will never die, even with the new constitution. There will be another coup, and Vuaka and Aiyarse will be sent to two possible resorts. Nukulau or Naboro. So the cycle starts yet again.

Fiji First Party said...

To : C4.5

Can you please make sure that no one uses Fiji First Party's name falsely to malign Fiji First Party.

We do not engage in comments column and only release press releases on our letter head.

Please remove the comment put by someone by our name above.

We do not hide behind to make silly abusive comments.

Sharon Suaniu said...

Frank did the coup to save his @$$ and at same time help his hotel operator friends who don't want land owners to have full contol of their qoliqoli. Now that they've got what they want Frank is counting on aiyarse to decree their way out of this mess.

Anonymous said...

who is fiji first party.
how many seat they won in 2000/2006 elction.
pls advise
rakuita

member Fiji First said...

rakuita, Fiji First did not exist in those elections but they will win all the seats in the next elections buddy.

Anonymous said...

Rakuita,

Fiji First Party is a new party that was registered after all seats won by good intelligent guys.

But they could not manage the affairs and got sent home and helped add another $2b debt for future generations.

Parliament is a revolving door where one day seat is yours the next day it belongs to someone else. See what happened to SVT and NFP.

So support new parties with open arm as they may have a better way in dealing with issues that those of 2000 and 2006 lot could not silence the bullet boys.

Are you one of the 72 that wants to apply for a seat? try Fiji First Party!! Read Ratu Mara's blog on Fiji First Press Release.