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Friday, September 14, 2012

Fiji’s economy: a view over 25 years

On September 6th the Development Policy Centre hosted the 2012 PacificUpdate at the ANU. The program consisted of panel discussions on PNG and Timor-Leste; Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa; and Solomon Islands and Fiji. This is what Professor Biman Prasad of the University of the South Pacific presented. 

On 14 May 2012 it was 25 years since Fiji’s first coup in 1987. Those  years have been turbulent both economically and politically. In the 1970s the economy was driven by sugar and tourism, and some crop sectors like rice, copra and dairy. On the whole Fiji pursued an inward looking import substitution strategy for growth, and the use of government subsidies to support rice and sugar industries was considered appropriate. Much infrastructure investment was also undertaken, which led to high levels of investment and economic growth.
 

This virtuous circle of positive developments was disrupted by the  coup. However, this disruption also generated a change in the emphasis of the economic policy. There was clear move away from sugar, and indeed the agricultural sector as a whole, to the development of tourism and manufacturing. Large scale tax incentives were provided, such as long term tax holidays for new hotel developments and the development of natural resources like mineral water and the gold mining industry, as well as for the clothing and textile industries.
 

These incentives had significant economic and social effects. The garment industry became a substantial provider of low wage employment to women who could not find work in the informal urban sector. The shift in emphasis from the rural agricultural sector to an urban manufacturing and tourism sector also accelerated migration to cities.
 


More than 50 percent of the population now lives in urban areas.
 

We made progress when we adopted an open and transparent process to  formulate the 1997 Constitution. 
The 1987 Coup leader, Major General Sitiveni Rabuka, and then Opposition Leader, Jai Ram Reddy, provided a provision for the future through the Constitution, despite some of its shortcomings, and it laid the foundation for a close to 9 percent rise in economic growth in 1999.

This was once again disrupted by a coup in 2000. We have continued with an uncertain political environment made worse by a subsequent coup in 2006. The use of economic incentives, especially tax related, were again used to attract investment after the 2000 coup: a seven year tax holiday for tourism resorts and tax free zones for depressed regions such as Vanua Levu were introduced.
 

This pattern can be seen again under the Bainimarama government, which has also used tax incentives to attract investment and build confidence in the economy.
 

However, such measures have not led to substantial improvements in  investment and economic growth in Fiji over the last 25 years except for that brief period when the 1997 Constitution was negotiated and implemented. In the 1970s the average rate of growth was 5.5 percent, in the 1980s it was 1.9 percent, in the 1990s it was 3 percent, in 2000s it was reduced to 0.8 percent and in the last five it has been less than 1 percent. The economy grew at 2.1 percent in 2011 after two consecutive years of contraction.
 

In understanding why this has been the case, we need to talk about the relationship between political stability and economic prosperity. The Bainimarama government can be given credit for articulating the creation of inclusive economic and political institutions, important transformations that could be achieved through our new Constitution.

In the past five years the government has introduced reforms to various economic institutions which could be considered inclusive and would be beneficial in the long-run. These include dismantling monopolies and allowing for broader participation. The attempt by the government to address the issue of land ownership through the land bank is commendable and more serious thinking would require us to look at it further to ensure that land ownership and tenure become inclusive in Fiji.
 

Yet despite these economic reforms, we are not growing economically.
 

While economic institutional reform is important, it cannot produce results if the political system remains extractive and exclusive. The history of economic growth around the world shows that inclusive political institutions, in which power is not concentrated and is shared in an open and transparent manner, make economic prosperity achievable.
 

It has also been argued that geography, culture and ignorance of how we can achieve economic growth are factors that determine whether a country progresses economically and socially. However, more recent studies reveal that these factors may not be explanatory variables for poor economic prosperity. Rather, there is a great deal of empirical evidence to suggest that political instability and coups are a major cause of economic decline.
 

Fiji’s new constitution must address and include provisions which create and preserve inclusive political and economic institutions. We have reached a critical juncture. We can either continue down the slippery road to further political instability and poor economic performance or use this opportunity to work towards a new constitution and a new environment conducive to a free and fair election in 2014.
 

We will need to get the language of our national discourse right.
 

Commodore Frank Bainimarama at least talks about ‘one Fiji’, ‘equal opportunity for all’, no raced-based institutions and social cohesion.
 

Others continue to advance an ethno-nationalist agenda counter-productive to our nation’s future.
 

The Bainimarama government must ensure that a free and open environment for discourse is created in anticipation of the General Election in 2014. This will lay the foundation for our future growth.
 

Biman Prasad is Professor of Economics at the University of the South Pacific.

53 comments:

  1. This is not an 'opportunity' to change the Constitution. As long as Fiji remains unfree, we are not in a position to entertain changes to the Constitution.

    Restore legal institutions, then we'll talk. Only then.

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  2. This is one of the arseholes who equates indigenous rights with enthno nationalism. It seems that these kai dia cannot accept the fact of or the concept of indigenous rights.

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  3. This Baiman is a madachod from Labasa pakala maichod with kaiyum

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  4. Mr Loser Prasad Professor.

    You have failed to mention about the economic recession which has been affecting all countries since 2007. Baini government achieved the economic growthnof 2.1% inspite of economic sanctions and economic recessions. Present your facts accurately. Baini is trying to clean the mess after Qarase's mess.

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  5. "One Fiji, equal opportunity for all..."
    Yeah right.
    He favored his daughter and gave her a job she was unsuited for ( to look after Sports Fiji) and they gave a job to his murderer brother in law ( Illegal). Again untrained in that job.
    There are many other examples of what Bainimarama has done that proves that he doeas not believe in equal opportunity.

    They say that "Love is blind" and its obviousl how much Biman is in-love with Bai.

    How sad.

    One day they'll wake up to REALITY and it will be too late.

    -Valataka na Dina.

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  6. Mohammed Faizoal KhanSeptember 14, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    To Nationalist Bloggers

    It seems that you people hate Kaiyum so much that you can eat im alive. You shouldnot as he is your Tavale- married to the beautiful Nadrogra fijian princess. His children will be fijians and such own lands, water, ocean and wind in fiji. He is a clever and multiracial man unlike your favourite Rajesh Singh.

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  7. "Yet despite these economic reforms, we are not growing economically."

    That would be, Biman, because the collection of douchebags and criminals that you refer to as a 'government' have systematically destroyed the economy, undermined the judiciary and reduced any consumer and investor confidence to zero.

    We can all be assured that though we live under a dictatorship with no accountability or talent - that we have no "racism" - everyone gets mistreated the same.

    Nice insight Professor.

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  8. The speech of Mr. Biman has some merit but he has delivered the speech under threat, major being his position. He fails to pin point the failures of Bainimarama's government in accelerating government debt. It would take many years of democratically elected government to bring back Fiji into normality, both in terms of debt (foreign or domestic) and investor confidence.

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  9. Biman Prasad speaks about his research topic, the "relationship between economic prosperity and political stability", other things being equal.

    The term, political stability, as used in his statement, is very much generalized leaving readers with a suggestion that Fiji has be beset by extreme civil unrest as a result of conflicting political views. This is far from the truth because he deliberately avoids the only cause of political instability in Fiji, corrupted military institutions and their devastating coups!!

    My understanding is that the military was directly involved in all Fiji coups since independence and at all times, during democratically stable political environments. Should not his economic research question be,” Is there a link between economic prosperity in Fiji and stable military institutions?

    I am sure that if an opportunity cost study was conducted on the actions of the military in Fiji since coups were invented here, the institution and the likes of Bainimarama and Rabuka would be confined to the trash heap of history

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  10. Baiman Prasad sa tabetabe levu,vutusona.

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  11. faizal/rahmat your race has much progressed not others....Islam means
    pakka imman not betray

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  12. Investment at 2% not the required 25%. ?

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  13. @ 4:13 PM, your defence of Baini is laughable and pathetic.

    WHAT economic sanctions are you talking about? Australia and New Zealand have been pouring economic aid into Fiji all along. Except for cutting off military to military assistance, the United States has actually INCREASED its engagement with Fiji since 2006. Both Australia and the US even supported Fiji's application for an IMF loan. China and India are new loan sources. And a lot of countries are falling all over themselves giving assistance for the elections that are upcoming (or not).

    Also, what economic 'mess' did Qarase leave? Fiji's economy fared much better under Qarase than it has under your hero. Not surprising. A military dictatorship, no elections, no freedoms, no justice, arbitrary laws -- these things don't commend Fiji to potential investors, even amongst Fijians.

    Your man selfishly brought down the whole country to postpone arrest, but it's coming. Too bad many more Fijians will slip into poverty and despair before then.

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  14. I only wish my fijian brothers would have condemned the first coup and we wouldn't have seen this day. They looted and helped themselves. Now they say the coup and RFMF is bad. Then, it was their savior. Just irony.

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  15. To you bainimarama

    Proverbs 16:18
    Pride goes before destruction,a haughty spirit before a fall.

    Ecclesiastes 12:14
    For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

    Proverbs 6:12-19
    A scoundrel and villain,
    who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
    who winks with his eye,
    signals with his feet
    and motions with his fingers,
    who plots evil with deceit in his heart—
    he always stirs up dissension.
    Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
    he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
    There are six things the Lord hates,
    seven that are detestable to him:
    haughty eyes,
    a lying tongue,
    hands that shed innocent blood,
    a heart that devises wicked schemes,
    feet that are quick to rush into evil,
    a false witness who pours out lies
    and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.


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  16. Joker says..

    Rahmat it seems to me that you have just woken up from the wronmg side of the bed....

    Know you facts....idiot.
    And don't open your mouth if you are not all there...

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  17. faizal dont worry about me.We trust and respect our native fijians.
    I am not like your khaiyum stealing fijian culture , land and coup maker.
    if he had guts why didnt he fought election with his regime boss frank. coup makers and free riders.
    Khaiyum is qori and married to a fijian ask him .
    what happen to his other wife all left him because he is qori.
    Khaiyum and Frank need to be in jail for life for treason.
    Why they want immunity bec they stole freedom and democracy from the people .
    See what happen to our beloved fiji .fiji debt level have grown by 3 billion.fijian live in poverty and in fear.no democracy no freedom.
    They so lamu to end in prison.hahaha
    god bless fijian and curse regime.
    Rajesh

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  18. Previous blogger asks: ”Is there a link between economic prosperity in Fiji and stable military institutions?"

    Stupid question - of course there is - are you blind and deaf? Until army matter is resolved you can forget Fiji.

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  19. Biman!!! you failed to mention the millions of dollars in debt the Fiji government has accumulated since the 2006 military coup.
    Biman!!! you failed to mention the robbing of the FNPF by the Regime because it cannot generate enough revenue to meet cost.
    Biman!!! you failed to mention the vigorous money collecting campaign made by LTA and Police which is a nuisance to the public.
    Biman!!! you failed to mention the militarization of various government ministries thus undermining good governance.
    Biman!!! you failed to mention the increase in coruption brought about by Bainimarama and Kaiyum.
    Biman!!! you failed to mention the unethical practices of the Regime in its dealings, like the Nur Bano saga.
    Biman!!! you failed to mention the increase in the undermining the Rule of Law in Fiji by the Regime.
    What else Biman????

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  20. AS USUAL BIMAN ET AL CANNOT SEEM TO RECOGNISE THE FACTS OF INDIGENOUS RIGHTS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW,,,,LOOKS LIKE HE WANTS TO CURRY FAVOUR TO BE NEXT VC,,,,,,,THE USUAL MASI POLORING I SUPPOSE

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  21. How come Nationalists want Fiji to be a Christian State when Christianty is their adopted religion. They didnot have any religion when they migrated to Fiji.

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  22. It seems like Rahmat Ali's head is buried in his own back side,preventing him to understand the real economic situation of assaulted and brutalized nation

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  23. Mohammed, how can Kaiyum have children when his rod couldn't stand up. He is getting it from the rear instead

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  24. Biman - reddy and rabula laid nothing for economic growth mate. in 1998 there was a - 3.4 % ground and the books were artifically made attractve with the sale of ATH shares. It was chaudhry who turned it around so give credit where its due and btw did i mention that he also saved $49 million in public spending in first year in office? Puts you to shame doesnt it. You couldnt last a day as nfp leader mate so what are you talking about you gutless chicken.

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  25. Come clean, Prime Minister!

    [posted 14 Sept 2012,1300]

    The Prime Minister’s continuous rhetoric about transparency and his government’s so-called clean-up campaign does not fool the nation anymore, says the Fiji Labour Party.

    Although there has been corruption in the past, his own regime has the most appalling record in terms of corruption and a lack of transparency in handling the affairs of the State, FLP said.

    The Party is responding to the Prime Minister’s statement to the Fiji Sun (14/9/12) that his government was “promoting credibility and transparency something past governments had ignored”.

    If his government is really promoting transparency, then Commodore Bainimarama should answer the following questions:

    Why have government accounts and finances not been published for public scrutiny since 2008?


    Why are Cabinet salaries now processed by a Suva private accounting firm owned by a close relative of the interim Attorney General and not the Treasury as has been the practice under past governments?


    Why is it that the nation no longer knows how much Cabinet Ministers are paid – when Cabinet pays were a matter of public information under past governments?


    Why are government contracts awarded to favoured companies without tenders being called as is required under the Public Service regulations?

    We can go on – the list is long – but let the four questions above be first answered.

    Regrettably, the Prime Minister’s promises and assurances to the nation can no longer be relied on. As for the Constituent Assembly, to safeguard transparency and democratic norms, the Prime Minister should not be the sole arbiter of appointments to the Assembly which will determine the final constitution.

    To give one person absolute powers in determining the size and composition of the Assembly is wrong in principle, and no amount of public assurances by Commodore Bainimarama will set this right.

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  26. This turncoat opportunist is sucking up to Baini.
    This is a tati aticle by a tati professor.
    Among his peers Biman is NOT exactly known as an intellectual. Only at USP can someone of his limited capacity attain professorship.

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  27. What a frieken blockhead, and this guy is been paid by the University to teach his shit to economic students?
    Actually Bai need to clean-up this institution-USP-from
    it being used by the Indo-dispora
    as a launchin pad for the direct attacks,
    against Fijians & Fijian institutions? If Bai can grow 2.4%
    of our economy in 2011 than what's
    the frieken he'll is the problem?
    Doesn't this blockhead realized or
    know that the world economy is tattered & torn, and even the Big
    economy like the USA,Canada,Japan
    NZ,Aus,etc their economy are also
    contracting @ 0.50 percent etc,etc?
    The only economy that seems to be doing well are China and India-9.2%
    and 8.5% respectively.Was it really
    a genuine economic observations? or
    just another stab, at trying to dismantle, current Fijians native land system? Sorry blockhead Biman,
    your attempt at psychological warfare ain't good enough,
    you should try your hand on a new occupation-shit cleaner-maybe?

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  28. Come clean, Prime Minister!

    [posted 14 Sept 2012,1300]

    The Prime Minister’s continuous rhetoric about transparency and his government’s so-called clean-up campaign does not fool the nation anymore, says the Fiji Labour Party.

    Although there has been corruption in the past, his own regime has the most appalling record in terms of corruption and a lack of transparency in handling the affairs of the State, FLP said.

    The Party is responding to the Prime Minister’s statement to the Fiji Sun (14/9/12) that his government was “promoting credibility and transparency something past governments had ignored”.

    If his government is really promoting transparency, then Commodore Bainimarama should answer the following questions:

    Why have government accounts and finances not been published for public scrutiny since 2008?


    Why are Cabinet salaries now processed by a Suva private accounting firm owned by a close relative of the interim Attorney General and not the Treasury as has been the practice under past governments?


    Why is it that the nation no longer knows how much Cabinet Ministers are paid – when Cabinet pays were a matter of public information under past governments?


    Why are government contracts awarded to favoured companies without tenders being called as is required under the Public Service regulations?

    We can go on – the list is long – but let the four questions above be first answered.

    Regrettably, the Prime Minister’s promises and assurances to the nation can no longer be relied on. As for the Constituent Assembly, to safeguard transparency and democratic norms, the Prime Minister should not be the sole arbiter of appointments to the Assembly which will determine the final constitution.

    To give one person absolute powers in determining the size and composition of the Assembly is wrong in principle, and no amount of public assurances by Commodore Bainimarama will set this right.




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  29. Mohammed khan...why don't you eat your brother Aiyarse alive and get rid of this asshole? It's people like you who are giving this crook and corrupt person some credibility. Dig deep and you will see how corrupt he is. To give you one example, why is his ugly aunt Nur paying the ministers salaries from her private business instead of government paying them? Stop defending this thief of a man because he's crooked. Shame on you.

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  30. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all of Suva:
    make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
    Sing unto the LORD with the harp;
    with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.
    With trumpets and sound of cornet
    make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.
    Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof;
    the world, and they that dwell therein.
    Let the floods clap their hands:
    let the hills be joyful together
    before the LORD;
    for He cometh to judge Fiji:
    with righteousness shall He judge the regime,
    and the people with equity.

    Operation Jericho, Downtown Suva, Wednesday, 26 September, precisely 7:00 PM. 
    Make a joyful noise.

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  31. Rajesh, after all they've done, how can you say that the leaders of this regime deserve life in prison?

    No, even hanging is too good for them.

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  32. How Biman got the Professorship is beyond me. Fiji's economy is on a downward spiral and he's just telling bullshit. Get real Biman.

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  33. I read in Fiji Sun the article in illegal PM discuss the way to stop coup. Had to laugh on why he thinks 2006 coup is different to all others because it was successful then the others.

    http://www.fijisun.com.fj/2012/09/16/pm-the-way-to-stop-coups/

    Now can he also explain why did rest of the world condem his coup....or did we not understand his action.

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  34. Where Muslim's all over world burning down embassy and bringing violence into streets over a freaking video by some idiot?

    These are people who were born and raised in dictatorships. They are accustomed to thinking that a government controls its citizens -- that a film or documentary cannot be produced without government approval. For decades, this has been the reality of their lives, and they strongly believe that the Western world and its citizens have a similarly controlling relationship between individuals and government.

    Fiji has gone the path of producing a generation of youths that will see this way as well.

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  35. Professor Bimal!
    University lecturers are just academic who cram the work and pass.
    They are not intelligent and not practical.
    Bimal should concentrate his efforts in a closed lecture room!

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  36. The idiot NIL SHARMA has no heart for the poor. Shame on him. He should be stripped nake and whipped in Albert park. and then paraded while being whipped in all the towns in FIJI.Nothing is free he says--the whipping will be free--NIL SHARMA--dogla, kutta.ypu are hated be all doctors/nurses and the public---you fat arse and fat pot belly.

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  37. If we are now been transparent than how come we have more corruption in FNPF now, say for instance the paying of ONLY some staff that have been on sick leave for more that 16 months... just sitting and drinking grog @ home while been paid by FNPF.....And yet some of the same nature their pay were termintated after 6 months of been sick... Is that teransparency... We have most of the Managers @ FNPF not perfoming yet their contracts are been renewed just because they kubu CEO...same as the security officers all recdruited because they drink grog and sigidrigi with CEO Aisake Taito.. please look into it for tranparency?

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  38. Karmani ave adhikars te
    ma phalesu kadachana
    ma karmaphal hetur bhoo
    ma sangostu akramani

    You have the power to act only.
    You don't have the power to influence the result.
    Therefore you must act without the anticipation of the result,
    without succumbing to inaction.

    Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

    Operation Jericho, Downtown Suva, Wednesday, 26 September, precisely 7:00 PM. 

    We will do our duty, because action is indeed better than inaction.

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  39. The joy of a spirit is the measure of its power.

    Operation Jericho. Make a joyful noise.

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  40. 'Yet despite these economic reforms we are not growing economically'

    Biman should've used the above sentence and sit down and shut up. Firstly, what economic reforms was he talking about? Perhaps Biman was referring to ministers salaries being paid out via a private accounting firm owned by the illegal AG's Aunty as one of these reforms.

    Secondly, he correctly stated that Fiji is not growing economically. The global recession affected all countries, and Fiji's economy compared internationally is insignificant Biman. Australia bucked the trend and actually showed some growth, but Fiji's? Common Biman, stop fooling the people because you're making a fool of yourself. Your speech is typical of an asslicker who is trying to get favors from those who want to hear only good things about what they're doing.

    I wonder what bullshit you've been teaching the students at USP.

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  41. Jericho is not taking on any momentum. C4.5 needs to feature this to be taken seriously. Few comments here won't do it. Good luck!

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  42. So now the AG has decided to waive the water bill due. What if you had paid the bill even when you couldnt really. Can I get the money back? Answer is no. So sometimes it pays not pay! Is this what they are teaching us?

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  43. Delainabua ....

    FRANK AND MILITARY COUNCIL AND MINISTERS SHOULD GET RID OF AIYAZ KHAIYUM NOW BEFORE FURTHER DAMAGE IS DONE.

    HE HAS INTERFERRED TOO MUCH WITH THE JUDICIARY.

    PEOPLE OF FIJI AND THE WORLD OVER HAS LOST FAITH IN OUR COURTS BECAUSE OF AIYAZ KHIAYUM AND NAZHAAT SHAMEEM AND GATES.

    THE SHRI LANKANS HAVE MADE IT WORSE BECAUSE THEY ARE SERVING AIYAZ KHIAYUMS INTERTEST AND NOT THE COUNTRY.

    FRANK YOU PROMISED TO CLEAN UP CORRUPTION BUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE COURTS IS A JOKE.

    OUTGOING JUSTICE WILLIAM MARSHALL QC HAS PETITIONED YOU ABOUT THE INSIDE DEALINGS OF AIYAZ/GATES AND SHRI LANKAN JUDGES/MAGISTRATES ETC.

    YOU NEED TO RESTORE SOME CONFIDENCE IN OUR COURT/JUSTICE SYSTEM FRANK.

    OUR ONLY SUSPICION HERE AT DELAINABUA AND AMONG THE RANKS IS IF YOU CANT ACT TO REMOVE THESE CLOWNS THAN WE SUSPECT THAT YOU HAVE COMPROMISED FIJI AND US THE SOLDIERS FOR YOUR PERSONAL GAIN.

    WE THE MILITARY COUNCIL HAVE RECOMMENDED REMOVAL ON MANY OCCASSIONS BUT YOU HAVE FAILED US. aIYAZ IS NOT INDISPENSABLE AND MANY OTHER QUALITY LAWYERS OUT THERE THAT CAN DO THE JOB.

    OR IS THERE SOMETHING DEEPER IN THE EXCHANGE OF $$$$$ BETWEEN YOU AND aIYAZ WHICH YOU HAVE NOT TOLD US AT THE CAMP.

    WE AWAIT THE TRUTH AND COURAGE FROM YOU AS COMMNADER AND CHIEF.

    GOD SAVE OUR MILITARY INSTITUTION AND LETS REALLY WEED CORRUPTION IRRESPECTIVE.

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  44. Phylosophical speaks...Man you bloggers are so set in your thinking that you cannot read or see the big picture in Prasad's writing. It is unbiased and reflects the progress of the country over the years and impact each coup has had on the country, urban drift, economic impact caused by tax incentives made by the Rabuka Government in their stupid effort to fill the deep hole they put Fiji into. He acknowledges the impact of all coups to Fiji including Frank and states, 'we will need to get the language of our national discourse right' and this is a statement which we as people of Fiji need to work with together to ensure our fundamental rights are upheld and in particular those of the future generation. Stop staring at the mirror people. Stop looking through the bottle. Despite these set backs there has been many positives gained and one of the main gain is intergration and education. The number of educated in Fiji today is higher than ever and people realise this. The days when you only needed a class 8 pass or form 4 pass to get a pretigioius job in the private or public sector are gone. We are becoming a competitive society hence the urban drift. Many villagers are having difficulties curbing this and there is no program in place to assist these urban drift. Instead of kicking the point of the spear, we need to hold the spear and be able to cast the spear and there are many ways in achieving this rather than getting hurt kicking the point of the spear...

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  45. Commodore Bainimarama should stop playing god and listen instead to the pulse of the nation and the hardship our people are suffering under his regime.

    The mounting social distress in Fiji, the cries and pleas of our people are coming through very clearly in the submissions of the majority of the ordinary people appearing before the Constitution Commission. Most of them have spoken of bread and butter issues, of the struggle to survive, the deplorable condition of roads, the deteriorating state of our hospitals and health centres - to list a few.

    Yet the Prime Minister has the gall to tell the Fiji Sun (13/9/12), “My government will not listen to anyone who wants to tell us how to govern the nation”. He was responding to FLP’s call for a caretaker government to be appointed to oversee the constitutional and electoral process.

    Bainimarama’s response is the arrogant hallmark of a dictator. He should listen for his own good. Had he done so in the first place, Fiji would not be the troubled nation it is today.

    Look at the mess he has made of the sugar industry in the past four years, threatening the livelihoods of thousands of our people. Cane production has slumped from 3.3 million tonnes in 2006 to an estimated 1.4 million tonnes this year. Sugar produced was down from 310,000 tonnes in 2006 to 165,000 tonnes last year and is expected to decline to 125,000 tonnes this year.

    The sugar industry is just one instance of the gross financial and economic mismanagement the nation has suffered under his regime. The fact that private investment levels are now down to 2% of the GDP, the lowest on record, indicates lack of confidence in Fiji by local investors.

    Fiji urgently needs a change of government, indeed, a speedy return to democratic and constitutional rule, if it is to avoid becoming a failed nation by 2014.

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  46. Anon@11.20am. Ok smartarse list the positives you mentioned. Just read very carefully what Biman was saying, it's all bullshit mate. He was just saying what Voceke wants to hear.

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  47. Hey Marika, that was some noise you're making with that 44 gallon drum last night? Listen up buddy,
    it's supposed to be just for 30 seconds right? I saw the police cruiser driving up to your house,
    did they say something to you? Yep,
    they stopped by my house too and
    ask me what i was doing? I said that i was practising for the Vakatawase? The cruiser driver kind of roll his eyeballs as they
    drove off toward the sunset!
    I think the "Jerico stuff"is going to work out?

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  48. Ok Joveci, that was a good one?actually, i was trying to cut-out
    the top of my rain barrel with a
    chisel and hammer? Can you imagine
    what a bunch of dump asses?Seems to me that they're all reading c4.5
    blogg, cause they ask me if I read
    c4.5 blogg? But I pretended that i was deaf and I kept yelling back at them- like= what was his name???
    and after four or five tries, they
    shooked their head and decide to
    cross over to your house?You know Jo, you're probably right about this thing, it could succeed, for sure i'm poounding my drum on the
    26 at 7pm and i'm gonna do it a wee
    bit longer? Guys remember the 26
    sept @ 7pm Operation Jerico. Bang something!

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  49. FRANK SHOULD GET RID OF AIYAZ KHAIYUM NOW BEFORE FURTHER DAMAGE IS DONE.

    HE HAS INTERFERRED TOO MUCH WITH THE JUDICIARY.

    PEOPLE OF FIJI AND THE WORLD OVER HAS LOST FAITH IN OUR COURTS BECAUSE OF AIYAZ KHIAYUM AND NAZHAAT SHAMEEM AND GATES.

    THE SHRI LANKANS HAVE MADE IT WORSE BECAUSE THEY ARE SERVING AIYAZ KHIAYUMS INTERTEST AND NOT THE COUNTRY.

    FRANK YOU PROMISED TO CLEAN UP CORRUPTION BUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE COURTS IS A JOKE.

    YOU NEED TO RESTORE SOME CONFIDENCE IN OUR COURT/JUSTICE SYSTEM FRANK.

    OUR ONLY SUSPICION HERE AT DELAINABUA AND AMONG THE RANKS IS IF YOU CANT ACT TO REMOVE THESE CLOWNS THAN WE SUSPECT THAT YOU HAVE COMPROMISED FIJI AND US THE SOLDIERS FOR YOUR PERSONAL GAIN.

    WE GIVE YOU TILL 26 SEPTEMBER TO SHOW US DIFFERENT. SACK AIYAZ AND BRING BACK TELENI TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN THE RANKS.

    WE THE MILITARY COUNCIL HAVE RECOMMENDED REMOVAL ON MANY OCCASSIONS BUT YOU HAVE FAILED US. aIYAZ IS NOT INDISPENSABLE AND MANY OTHER QUALITY LAWYERS OUT THERE THAT CAN DO THE JOB.

    OR IS THERE SOMETHING DEEPER IN THE EXCHANGE OF $$$$$ BETWEEN YOU AND aIYAZ WHICH YOU HAVE NOT TOLD US AT THE CAMP.

    WE AWAIT THE TRUTH AND COURAGE FROM YOU AS COMMNADER AND CHIEF.

    GOD SAVE OUR MILITARY INSTITUTION. WEED OUT CORRUPTION BY 26 SEPTEMBER AND NOT LATER.

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  50. All I can say about Operation Jericho is that I'm with Marika and Joveci -- I just like to make noise.

    I only wish I had the vuvuzela monopoly in Fiji right now.

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  51. @ Marika & Joveci and Heckler...Dou yavu sona levu...Who you fooling boys. Operation Jericho, operation black t-shirt and all the other operation you guys tried to set up through this blog DOES NOT WORK. Get it through your THICK HEADS. No one wants to follow ANONYMOUS LAMU SONA people who hide behind this and other blog and try to rally people. It just does not work. If you want to bang something, BANG EACH OTHER AND SCREAM WHILE YOUR AT IT. You guys here are useless. Cant organise anything properly because your so bloody LAMU.

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  52. So, here we have again another anonymous poster calling other anonymous posters lamu because, like him, they're posting anonymously. Okay, Anonymous 7:20 PM, explain why we should follow YOU then?

    Easy to fix. Just give us your name. Also your address, phone number and email address, while you're at it.

    You seem to suggest that anyone who's not willing to martyr himself can't do anything. That's pure balderdash! The beauty of Operation Jericho is that anybody in Downtown Suva during M-Minute can join in. Nobody needs to give his name, sign his signature, dress differently, hurt somebody, or do anything other than make noise for 60 seconds.

    Anybody can do that. But some are so lamu they won't even try -- or even worse, they try to discourage others. That's where you come in.

    Every party needs a pooper. That's why we invited you, Party Pooper.

    Operation Jericho, Downtown Suva, Wednesday, 26 September, precisely 7:00 PM. 

    Prepare to make a joyful noise.

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  53. @ 7:20, lead, follow, or get out of the way!

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