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Friday, January 11, 2013

Fiji union leads campaign to boycott Constituent Assembly

  “No right thinking individual can support it. And it is also time for everyone to reconsider participation in the Constituent Assembly which will now do no more than to rubber stamp the regime's constitution.”
 

The Fiji Island Council of Trade Unions is urging people to reconsider participating in the Constituent Assembly process after the regime dumped Professor Yash Ghai’s draft constitution yesterday.

General Secretary Attar Singh says FICTU had reservations about the constitutional development process but reluctantly decided to participate in the hope of helping find a way out of the current hopeless situation.

SINGH: Regime cannot point the finger.
“This was necessary given the state of the economy, loss of jobs, falling incomes, erosion of working conditions, increasing poverty and ongoing violations of human rights including worker and trade union rights. We therefore made detailed submissions to the Commission after wide consultations,” says Singh.


He says the Ghai draft did not fully reflect their views, just as it did not fully reflect the views of others. In particular, it would have granted immunity to the coup makers and their supporters without providing for any process of reconciliation and healing.

But despite that he says FICTU registered its interest to participate in the Constituent Assembly to be appointed under decree 58 - to debate the Ghai draft. 


“We did so knowing that the regime could stack the Assembly to drive a particular outcome. But we believed that most appointees to the Assembly will eventually do the right thing irrespective of their particular interests.

“After all, how could one vote against a draft that took account of and balanced everyone's interest, including its proposal to restore a representative parliamentary democracy under a fair and inclusive electoral system, provided for respect for human rights and for key independent institutions, including judiciary for good governance and transparency amongst others?”


Singh says the Banimarama regime's unilateral decision to reject the Ghai Draft is blatantly dictatorial and deserves universal condemnation. 

“No right thinking individual can support it. And it is also time for everyone to reconsider participation in the Constituent Assembly which will now do no more than to rubber stamp the regime's constitution.”

The regime has decided to dump the draft prepared by a commission it appointed without any public consultation. 


It claims the Ghai draft is backward looking, ignored fundamental principles of democracy presented in the Peoples Charter prepared by the regime and will not be enduring.

Singh says the unelected military government has overlookedits own failings.
  
"The regime seems to have forgotten that by throwing out the 1997 constitution, a key principle of the Charter, the regime was itself the first to discard its Charter. It cannot now point fingers at others."

He also asks: "Why didn't the regime did not make its own submissions to the Ghai Commission - it was free to do so if it wished just as anyone else. That would have given the Commission the opportunity to consider the regime's views and take them into account in preparing their draft. The country would also have had the benefit of prior knowledge of the wishes of the regime.


"It is clear the regime has now realised that it was constrained from achieving certain outcomes under the rules it first made. It would have been practically difficult for it to achieve a 2/3 majority required under its own decree to amend the Ghai draft without making it very obvious. So it has decided to make the amendments it wants and then require the Assembly it appoints to amend its draft by 2/3 if it can!

 
"Given the regime's dilemma it should have simply effected its version of a constitution as has happened in the past. It didn't have to appoint a Commission to travel throughout the country and take people’s views.

"We shouldn't have had to undergo such expense, time and energy. It has all been such a waste of time."

Singh says now that the regime has chosen to change the rules yet again and act outside what it initially announced, it cannot expect peoples support for the process any more.

He says FICTU has never endorsed an imposition of any kind in the past it will not do that now.


Pictures: The ordinary folk of Fiji who made submissions to the five member commission.

118 comments:

Himat Lodhia said...

Good one Attar. I know you are voicing through your trade union movement but at the same time you are also a very senior member of National Federation Party. I suggest you advise all your members sitting in various board to resign with immediate effect. Some of them are Chandu Umaria,Praveen Bala,mahen Reddy,Ravin Pillay,Salesh mudliar and the rest are well known to you.

Anonymous said...

Urging others to boycott the C.A?
Oh dear, this another exercise in futility, with the end game of isolating themselves even more. Give yourself a pay rise Attar!

Sekove said...

Spot on Attar, the Constituent Assembly is all a farce just like bringing Ghai in was. All just for show. And if people don't wake up to this, then wailei!

Vutuki Meo said...

@Anonymous 3:31
The CA is an exercise in futility.
The assembly will go there for the food and their financial allowance.
And Bai will write whatever he wants to write.
At least Attar has got something you sadly lack. It's called honesty.

@Himat Lodhia. God is watching you. Go and read up the word "Integrity".
Your friend Ratu Inoke cant help you because he hasn't got a clue what it means.

Radiolucas said...

@ Anon 3:31pm

What a strange thing to say. You can hardly be isolated from the CA any further - because of the regime's continued interference and dictat, what was once a public process has been reduced to a rubber-stamping procedure where noone can have any hope to have any real involvement in.

Just Saying said...

I don't know if there's anything left to lose. participating in the Constituent Assembly only gives the regime what it wants, endorsement and thereby legitimacy. It will do what it wants to anyway

Anonymous said...

Attar why dont you start a march and protest seems like other leaders are too scared.
CA is waste of time like Ghai CC.
regime will only live power when there is huge protest and march .time for action.

Broken Fijian said...

Attar,

Cometh the hour, cometh the man!!

The time for grandstanding has long passed. Now is the time for action. To earn your place in Fiji's political history, now is the time to play your hand - get your international comrades to support a nationwde strike in Fiji in protest at the apparent derailment by the interim government of the Constitution consultation process and the hijacking of the people's draft Constitution. MOBILISE, MOBILISE, MOBILISE.

tattifala said...

Attar Singh has made an honest statement . pro-democracy people please don't let your petty personal antagonisms divide you. you all must close rank to fight your common enemy - the enemy of the people of fiji, the usurpers, the thug rulers who are holding the country hostage through the power of their guns. you must united in your opposition to the dictatorship. Let the whole world see that the people of Fiji and their lawful representatives in the civil society and their erstwhile political leaders are united in their wish to be rid of the military regime. that's your challenge.

Anonymous said...


It also says there is a public perception that the current regime is the most corrupt administration Fiji has ever known. Fiji labour Party

The president of Fiji’s United People’s Party, Mick Beddoes, says he is not surprised the regime has dumped the draft constitution it commissioned last year.

The interim government has given its legal team until the end of the month to produce a new one.

It says the draft will then go to a constituent assembly for debate, and a new constitution should be in place by March.

Mr Beddoes says he believes this is what the interim government has been planning all along.

“That there is a plan to making wholesale changes to the Yash Ghai draft, what I didn’t know is how they would do it and here they are intercepting it before it even gets to the Constituent Assembly, so I’m not surprised this is exactly I envisaged that they would do.”

Mick Beddoes says he expects to meet party colleagues in the next few days to discuss the latest developments.

The Fiji Labour Party says the draft constitution was trashed for the regime to retain power.

It says yesterday was a day of shame, describing the regime move as a travesty and a fraud on the people of Fiji.

It notes that the draft, which has been dumped, is a forward looking document that aims at stamping out Fiji’s coup culture.

The party says the entire process was simply a ruse to prolong the rule of those in power under the guise of restoring democracy and constitutionality.

It says most regrettable of all is the fact that the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has allowed himself to be drawn into this subterfuge.

It also says there is a public perception that the current regime is the most corrupt administration Fiji has ever known.

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Anonymous said...

THE CONSITUTENT ASEEMBLY WILL BE A PUPPET NOW, WILL BE STACKED, WILL BE A RUBBER STAMP, THE JUNTA THUGS SECRET CONSITUTION IS COMING NOW COS THE DICTATOR CAN NOW RUN CANT HIDE FROM THE LAW.

NO ONE MUST JION THE CONSITUTENT ASSEMBLY AND NO ONE VOTE OR CONTEST THE ELECTION.,

CITIZEN ARREST THJE JUNTA THUGS NOW AND RETURN FIJI TO IJIANS.

Anonymous said...

its time for war of the 800000 people of fiji against the dictator and a dozen thugs junta-

dictator is one man and one man only a coward and murderer and fraudstar.

these thugs are scared of fpeople power.

time has come for all fijinas to know theire lives and future is being played with and the nation hijacked by dozen crooks.

a people revolution must come-these crooks can run but cant hide.

Anonymous said...

time for all fijians to fight and die for fiji if have to-democracy must be returned and dictator must go hell.

Anonymous said...

Give yourself a rest, Graham. You're looking haggard these days, and your writing has the smell of death to it.

Anonymous said...

some one just give me gun.

all the rest of fijians are lamusona.

Anonymous said...

Isolating from who -- the treasonous handful at the heart of this illegal charade of a government? The 99.99 percent of loyal Fijians are with Attar on this. The CA is clearly now just a rubberstamp. The jig is up.

pER said...

Why on earth does nobody show any resistance to this blatant dictatorial behaviour? Apparently, the people of Fiji have given up and accepted being ruled by Khaiyum and his gang of RFMF thugs.

Anonymous said...

Attar, you're one of our few heroes in Fiji today. God bless, and more power to you!

Anonymous said...

I dont see the reason for a CA?? another waste of time and resources which could have been used elsewhere,... when theyve just burnt big bucks in a few seconds,..... who are they trying to appease?... maybe they own ego???,... certainly no conscience there thats for sure,.....the hole is just getting deeper!!!.. idont know, simply beyond my average mind! hmmmmm.i'm going to sleep and wakeup..voila!! the nightmare will still be there!! oh its a night/daymare now i forgot...!

paula raqeukai said...

@anonymous at 4.30pm...I humbly remind you of what Jesus told his disciples: Matthew 26:52..."All who take the sword will die by the sword"....lets pray and forgive these people for they do not understand what they're doing...God will repay them for whatever evil and good deeds they have done and this applies to all of us....if we are to show our opposition against the tyrant regime then we must do it in the right and peaceful way....God have mercy to the current regime of Fiji...

Apiasai Tora- Sabeto. said...

I am ready to die for my land, my country, great council of chiefs, and my fijian people. Fiji is only for fijians. Please join the Taukei march from Suva market to the President's home. From there we will kidnap Bainimarama and Aiyaz Khaiyum. My pronationalist colleagues will free my hero Qarase from the prision. We will reinstate him as the PM. Indians go back to India. Fiji belongs to fijians only. Let the army shoot me. I toppled two governments in Fiji before. Long live fiji for the fijians.

Inoke Waqa. said...

Fiji is going to like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Sanai, Eygpt, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Somalia,etc. Why? Muslims, Muslims and Muslims. Fiji is going to be a muslim state funded by Saudi Arabia. They muslims cant let any one live peacfully in the world.

Anonymous said...

CCF slams Regime over Ghai Draft permalink

















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CCF stands by Ghai draft constitution

Publish date/time: 11/01/2013 [17:07]

The Citizens Constitutional Forum stands by and supports the draft constitution by the State appointed Constitution Commission.

This is the comment from CCF CEO Akuila Yabaki following the announcement made yesterday.
According to Yabaki the draft constitution is consistent with good constitution making principles and reflects the voice of the people of Fiji

According to Yabaki all concerns raised yesterday are items the Constituent Assembly should be tasked to discuss and determine for themselves in consultations with the citizens.
Yabaki therefore urges the Government to rescind its decision and allow the constitution making process to take its course as set out in Decree 58.

Story by: Gwen McGoon

Anonymous said...

THE REVOCATION AND ABROGRATION OF THE GHAI PEOPLES CONSITITUTION IS ANOTHER COUP JANUARY 10/1/2013, COUP NUMBER 5 ON THE PEOPLE OF FIJI.

LETS CALL A SPADE A SPADE, THIS IS A COUP NOT A AMENDING CONSITUIONS.

A DICTAORSHIP CONSITUTION MADE IN 2008 IS NOW BEING SHOVED UP BACKSIDE OF ALL FIJIANS BY THE GUN BARREL.

THE ASSEMBLY WILL BE RUBBERSTAMP.

WAKE UP FIJI THIS IS A COUP-A DAY LIGHT ROBBERY OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FIJIANS RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY-TAKING FIJI BACK 50 YEARS -LETS GET RID OF DICTATOR-CAN GO HELL.

Anonymous said...

latest news i just heard from the western side of fiji is that weapons are being smuggled in from unknown yachts..isa i just cant wait for their planned mission(whoever whenever that will be)

Lowy Institute boi ca said...

Lowy Institute's Jenny Hayward Jones finally sees the light, 2 years too late but hey better late than never!

Here is some extracts she's written.

Fiji's military leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has done it again. He surprised everyone last year by opening up what appeared to be a genuine process of consultation on a new Fiji constitution and engaging Professor Yash Ghai, one of the world's foremost constitutional experts, to Chair the Constitutional Commission and draft the constitution. Fiji seemed finally to be making progress on its path back to democracy.

Then, yesterday, Bainimarama, aided by Fiji President Nailatikau, pronounced that the regime had serious concerns with the draft produced by the Commission and would be redrafting it before passing it to a Constituent Assembly (a body of distinguished Fiji citizens from representative civil society groups, to be chosen by the PM and chaired by the PM's appointee, which by decree will discuss, modify and adopt the draft constitution for presentation to the president) for consideration.

This announcement was the culmination of a campaign from the Fiji regime to distance itself from the Commission it had itself established, which begs the question of why the regime bothered with the expense and effort of engaging international expertise, attracting support from donors and seeking the views of the people if it intended not to respect the process.

Bainimarama could have made his concerns about the draft constitution known to his hand-picked Constituent Assembly and allowed its debate and advice to decide the amendments. But that strategy would have risked Bainimarama being seen to reject the advice of a group of eminent Fiji citizens which he had appointed to advise him. Far easier to act now and reject emphatically the work of a foreigner, even if this puts Bainimarama offside again with countries like Australia and New Zealand.

This is a disappointing move, as the Constituent Assembly may well have made amendments that satisfied the Government; a final document would then have been seen to be the result of a democratic process of sorts, rather than the outcome of aggressive intervention by Bainimarama.

It is difficult now to see how the Constituent Assembly, even if it has a fair representation, will have a reasonable opportunity to provide independent advice on the new constitution. It seems likely it will be hounded into rubber stamping the regime's new draft, with only a month promised for consideration.

Ateca .V said...

Fiji just made the New York Times for all the wrong reasons - AGAIN :

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/world/asia/fijis-regime-discards-proposed-reform-constitution.html?_r=0

Anonymous said...

It only takes one rusty bullet to complete the mission, this evil man has no respect for the law, no respect for the people, and above all, he thinks he can do whatever he wants. Come on, wheres the hero in the army?

People of the Land said...

Please be aware the regime intels are the one that make praise the regime and also try to divide the bloggers by being nationalistic and at times post negatives things about the Itaukei.

They are every where and they have been forced to do this so that it may appear that this regime has the backing of the people especially ordinary people.

They now realized that all will go prison for life and that is why they are in a desperate situation.

Ke da tagane taura sara vakatagane na ka kece.

E sega ni ura me tei damu ni kua.

E sa vakadeitaka ga ni sa dodonu ga me dismantle taki na mataivalu baleta ni vakavuna tikoga na tiko yavavala ena noda vanua lomani ko Viti.

Only time will tell!

E dua ga na spark sa na yaco na kacabote.

Kemuni na noda sotia ni raica sara vakayalomatua na nei instructions kece e na tauci tiko mai cake ena vica na gauna sa tu mai liu.


Me kalougata tiko na Vanaua o Viti.






tattifala said...

Attar Singh why you open your mouth when your photo taken? Don't you know that is illegal? Under decree 420 all public figures must keep their mouths closed when their photo is taken because too many tatti flies around.
In your case you are to keep your mouth closed at all times because you say the true things about us gang in the ILLEGAL Government!! It is hurting us badly when you open your mouth. So please cooperate with us and keep SILENT so that we can continue to do our crooked business in peace and harmony . thank you in advance Attar!

Anonymous said...

That idiot who asked Attar to ask nfp members to resign from boards is out of touch. Attar is the only union leader who has stood up to bai and ask from the beginning. The idiot doent know mahend reddy and ravin pillay are chaudhry's stooges. Also umaria and bala already suspended by nfp. And salen muliar lives in nz. Deh.

Set hai said...

Attar is the best union leader in Fiji. Stop associating him with NFP all the time. That's his hobby, his job is a union leader and he is the best at it. I've watched him in employment courts and boy he reminds me of Danny Krane from Boston Legal

Vutuki Meo said...

Where is The Methodist Church?
Where are the chiefs?

Nailatikau is a lowlife who for a few shekels has sold the RIGHTS of his Fijian brothers and sisters.

His behaviour is nothing short of a betrayal of the Fijian race.

Him and Inoke Kubuabola same same.
Betraying the fijian people and selling them for a few coins.
You two are pathetic examples of human beings.
Anyone who sells out on his brother does not deserve to be called a human. You two are pathetric pieces of shit!.

Fan said...

I'm also an admirer of Attar and Priscilla Singh. I think they've earned everyone's respect by holding firm to their principles throughout Fiji's volatile political history.

Anonymous said...

@Fan, you can go hold hands with Mahen Chaudry. It wouldn't surprise me if he leads the march.

Fan said...

hah hah! @ spoiler 9.16p.m.

Will you be there?

Anonymous said...

@ Fan, there's a guy who is using the name "Apisai Tora - Sabeto" in the previous story.
He is keen on a march as well.

I think he is actually Graham Davis. We can smell him from a mile off.

You should go hold his white hand.

Fan said...


If Attar is going to lead a peaceful march, come hail or storm, I'm gonna be right there with him, and Priscilla who'll no doubt stand by her man as always. It's going to be a real laugh if a man of Indian ethnicity leads the protest march. -commend edited c4.5

Fan said...

Why is my comment edited?

Anonymous said...

Coup 3.75.

Anonymous said...

Attar Singh is just one of those elite politicians who cries out if things dont go his way.
He is one of those elite who has to go to make room for other young enthusiast and energertic leaders.
He talks like a politician..oh wait..he is a member of the defunct NFP.

Long Live Bainimarama
Long Live FMF
Dharam Lingam

Anonymous said...

This is not the time for pogrom against our Indian brothers. This is not the time to kick out all Indians. This is not the time for anything excrpt kiking out Bainimarama.

You're only playing into the regime's hands if you go after the kai idia.

Don't lose focus.

Anonymous said...

At least politicians are elected. 'Politician' has become an ugly word, but it's not as ugly as 'traitor', which describes you and your goosestepping hero.

Anonymous said...

I would rather have a good and focused leader to lead the country rather than a bad ,unfocused,self centered,and corrupt elected politician.

Long Live Bainimarama
Long Live FMF
Dharam Lingam

tattifala said...

@ Dharama - the man with no scruples - Lingam
nobody gives a flying phuck what you would rather have. it's what is good for the country and its people that the world is interested in. and tell you what your hero the military warlord Bainimarama is not good for the country. read the latest out of the Lowly Institute mob who had previously thought Bainimarama was a Popular peoples choice leader. It has now revised it's thinking. They now think Bainimarama is an arsehole who does not give a phuck about the people or democracy.
Only an incorrigible IDIOT like you believes Bainimarama is a good focused leader.
Bainimarama is a military thug . Not a leader.want to know who is a leader? Barack obama is a leader. even the samoan pm is a leader. BAI is NOT A Leader! He is a Rogue! And You Dharam are an IDIOT!

Anonymous said...

Himmat Lodhia's comment regarding NFP guys like praveen bala and chandu umaria need clarification.They are operating as individuals and the reality is they have no money .Yes,they were NFP but have decided to join baini's party of thugs,like many others have.NFP has absolutely nothing to do with them.If they are still claimimg to be a part of NFP,then it's understandable 'cos NFP has remained principled throughout this coup saga....you know that and the world knows that, so stop mixing the issues .
Attar's leadership in the union or the NFP has been untainted and pricipled.He is committed and honest.

Anonymous said...

Let's all coordinate and appear in large numbers to peacefully protest ...can someone please lead this because people need to demonstrate their unhappiness through peaceful passive resistance,like the Gandhi movement... .where are our leaders,we are with you ,just say the word.

Anonymous said...

The regime's dirty tactics over the Constitution changes things and now is the time to sort the pearls from the swines.

Anonymous said...


LOSERS....military that defends citizens???? .....Losers......leaders that are accountable???? ........Losers......remove the guns and we see...........the whole lot of you are soooooooooooo pathetic

Anonymous said...

The Australian government should now put Graham Davis on the watch list for assisting a dictator. Graham will only be tto happy to have his rights trampled with as he agrees with the people of fiji's rights bastarised by his hero. The Australian government should find some fictious crime committed by graham, slap a DPO on him, restrict him access to the courts and drain his savings by pulling graham to court every second week. Again, graham will not mind.

Anonymous said...

Everyday everyone bring your lunch to Sukuna Park, once numbers are sufficient, WE STOP TRAFFIC AND LET 'BLESSING GRANT' ROAR THRU SUVA WHILE WE MARCH STRAIGHT TO PRES. RESIDENCE ... LETS SHOW THE WORLD WE ARE TIRED OF THIS DICTATOR. TXT IT, FB IT, SPREAD THE WORD
Lets give Frank his NEW FIJI

Anonymous said...

Time the leaders start the mess protest and arrest the juntas .
The regime wont give us democracy and freedom anymore.
We have take it from them like people did it in Libya/Iraq and others.
Church,political party,Union and GCC all united as one.
Democracy is within the people and its time the people show its power to the thugs.
We have been dictated too long and regime have stolen our democracy,freedom,cultures ,chiefly system and land..
Unite We Stand Divided We Fall.

Anonymous said...

Its no game now .if we have 20,000 people march juntas will be scared and cant lock 20,000 people in any prison.
I bet the army will never shoot the protestors .
army had enough of bai and khaiyum orders.

Anonymous said...

WE need all MP/Union Leaders and Chiefs to be united and ready to march and be locked up.Lets do it for future generation and free Fiji from this regime .
The international community will take action than.

Anonymous said...

FIJIAN FIGHTING FIJIANS. .ARMY 99% FIJIANS .
TIME INDIANS AND FIJIAN ARE UNITED FOR THE COURSE OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY NOW.
ARMY 10,000 VS FIJI CITIZENS 800,000 PLUS .NO GAME.
NO MORE RACIAL POLITICS .NO MORE DIVIDE AND RULE.
UNITED FIJI FOR ALL.
LEADERS WAKE UP AND START PLANING TO LIBERATE FIJI AND ITS CITIZENS.
I AM READY TO BE PART OF THE PROTEST EVEN IT MEANS DIE FOR MY COUNTRY AND PEOPLE.

Anonymous said...

@ 7.50am the reason it will not happen is because this regime is playing whac-a-mole game with any potential future leader and not publicly carried out any genocide against the citizens. It knows that it must play it like this to stop any potential threat from getting toppled it must simply bring down just select few thru the illegal legal system.

So who will be brave enough to pop their head up? Answer: no one, when the citizens aren't crying for any change. We are crying for the change here on C4.5 but not in general media. Need some smart thinkers to promote campaign to bring down the regime. He has the smart thinking Graham Semi Davis Jr and we have nobody.

Anonymous said...

@ 9.25am unfortunately you will die alone as nobody will show to give you support. Sad part is we are a small country and only few are smart enough to know what really is going on.

Anonymous said...

FIJI MEADIA IS THE SECOND WIFE OF THE REGIME NOW.
THEY ARE PROMOTING REGIME AGENDA IF NOT THEY LOOSE THE MEDIA BUSINESS.
SOME OF OUR EDITORS ARE REGIME SUPPORTERS

Anonymous said...

Jenny Hayward Jones is really such a pollyanna. She's actually surprised by Bainimarama's actions? She really thought that what he had opened was a genuine process of consultation on a new constitution?

Good grief, these academicians aren't very astute these days, are they!

Dakuwaqa and innumerable others warned from the beginning that this was just another cynical regime ploy to give greater power to Bainimarama. They warned of the pressure the regime would put Ghai under to produce a dishonest constitution. In fact, when the regime began to strongarm Ghai, they advised him to throw a hissyfit and leave. But he chose to stay.

The most charitable construction we can put on Ghai's decision to stay was that he took it just to avoid giving Bainimarama carte blanche to write his own constitution. But as we rightfully defend Ghai, let's not lose sight of the fact that this was not a genuine process from the beginning. We knew, and Ghai knew, that he was an interloper, invited in by a thug regime with no legal standing. He knew the regime had stacked the commission and he saw how it unfairly changed its rules in the middle of the process. He knew the regime was interfering left, right and centre, and trying to intimidate opponents from having any input. He knew the majority of the CA would be handpicked Bainimarama supporters. And he knew that what he produced was, indeed, a dishonest draft constitution. For example, he knew full well that the vast majority of us opposed an amnesty clause, but he included it anyway in an attempt to placate Bainimarama.

So, now that Ghai has been kicked to the curb, just like every other friend of the regime, it's clear that the supreme manipulator, Bainimarama, was just using him to give credibility to a phony process.

Even Jenny-Come-Lately now seems to understand that. But really, given Bainimarama's long and sorry track record, what else could anyone expect?

Anonymous said...

Then Paula -- or is it Semi -- what is the right and peaceful way to show our opposition? We want an efficacious solution, and at this point, a bullet to the head of the tyrant sounds like the fairest, quickest, and cleanest solution to me.

Anonymous said...

THE BIGGEST MEDIA WHORE IS GRAHAM SEMI DAVIS JR.

Anonymous said...

There it is, folks -- proof positive that the regime is using agitators to infiltrate C4.5 in order to create mischief that it can then use to try to discredit this website and Fiji's democratic opposition. The next time they try to impersonate Apisai Tora, they should at least learn to spell his name correctly.

Anonymous said...

Exactly. At least these numbskulls should learn to spell Apisai Tora's name before they try to impersonate him.

Anonymous said...

Bainimarama certainly fails on the first count of being 'good'. And on the second, his only focus is on keeping power in order to avoid a long prison sentence or death by hanging.

Anonymous said...

Some Italians still admire Mussolini. Some Russians are still nostalgic for Stalin. The point is that Fiji may always have a fascist skinhead or two like Dharam Lingam.

Anonymous said...

hahahahahhahaha all lamulamu fallas can only talk cici levu

mark manning said...

Everyone, well most of us, know that Frank Bainimarama has shit for brains, so the question remains, just who is making all the decisions in regards to all matters illegal Regime?

Anonymous said...

Must read from Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/software-services/Infosys-market-cap-jumps-4-billion-more-than-Fijis-GDP/articleshow/17984882.cms?

Anonymous said...

Must say this site would be one of the most active blog site. Getting hits then fiji sun or village. Way to go bro!

Anonymous said...

A protest march is long overdue! Come what may! Let us see it to the end!

Chandu 'the chor' Umaria said...

It is good NFP has suspended regime supporter Chandu Umaria. He s a corrupt chor (thief). He needs to be investigated for uncounted funds while mayor of Suva, which was covered up.

Putting Chandu anywhere near money is like putting dracula in charge of the blood bank.

Anonymous said...

This is a joke, right? Kidnap Bainimarama? What sense does that make? After kidnapping a thug tyrant, who would dare to set him free again?

Also, what Fijian will pay a ransom for Bainimarama? None that I know. This isn't Richard the Lionheart, after all. In fact, the people I know would sooner pay to eat his flesh fresh out of the lovo.

Anonymous said...

At this hour of crisis, I call upon Dakuwaqa to return to C4.5 to provide Fiji's loyal and democratic opposition with the principled and unselfish leadership it needs. Please come back!

Anonymous said...

What is RUM upto these days?

Anonymous said...

I think semi Meo, Dharam Lingam and Graham Davis are lovers.

Anonymous said...

Fiji will not take any notice of what NZ says-Tikoitoga. However she will take any money NZ is willing to give. What bunch of losers!

Anonymous said...

Himat Lodhia..please shut up. You are not qualified or have the political knowledge to advise NFP who to suspend or who to keep. You will have your right to vote - one day hopefully..use it sensibly. Atar is a professional Trade Unionist and if anything i feel NFP is the real party protecting the rights of the workers unlike FLP. Talking about values and principals..here we go.....making Rabuka PM instead of Kamikamica + opposing land reforms in favour of farmers + demise of FSC + demise of FNPF + abbrogration of 1997 constitution + $2m = FLP

SEMI MEO said...

@Anon January 12,2013,10:17AM

Fellow compatriot 'Paula" above is a honourable autonomous being..just as yours truly have ever since the blog wars past with real God given ID…a link to his submission to the Ghai Commission is attached below.

God be my witness, I have never posted anonymously..and never will!!

Though we have no control over those who hate or embarrassed by the mention of their real names. Many of us a for ever proud of our real names and are fully aware of the God ordained Christ Blood washed privilege of the legacy of our family name, even if some slur, defame or profane it, does not regressed the value and dignity of our real like all 99.99%Fiji Citizen are of course similarly proud of their respective names. We could only forgive, pray and love these 0.01% whose sole mandate by their father the Devil is to slur, defame or profane the rest of us…just that God’s children will seldom slur, defame or profane names their parents took to God Himself during Christening, dedication or baptism.

For Paula Raqeukai ’s submission to the Ghai Commission.
http://www.fijileaks.com/uploads/1/3/7/5/13759434/fiji_constitution_consultation_submission_at_savusavu_by_paula_d_raqeukai_20121.pdf

Let's be not too concerned with a few unions leaders who are just barking to justfy their pay..

Kai said...

Anonymous Himat Lodhia

Himat are you at your old games again? Now let me recount some of your activities. Did your elser bro Jayanti Lodhia not take the rap to save your butt and was sent to prison? Where you and your good buddy Inoke Kubuabola not involved in 1987 and 2000 coup?

You really tried hard for your son to get posted at Washington, but fortunately Bainimarama blocked the appointment. You take Inoke Kubuabola for trips and pay all his expenses.

Did you not sell your community (Suva Soni Samaj) land and pocket the money?

I may go on but will leave it at this for now.

Vutuki Meo said...

Bainimarama has just told the Fijians to fark off with their submissions and then Semi turns around and says that 99.99% of Fijians still support him.

So according to Semi 99.99% of Fijians are dickheads and are happy to be abused and have their rights taken away.

I don't think so.

Only dickheads like Semi are happy when they get abused.

Maybe its hightide (sonaua) all the time in Namuka.

Anonymous said...

Attar Singh has been I think the only consistent voice of reason - compared to gravy train riders like Mahen Chaudhry. Now is angelic son Rajendra has Mahatma Gandhi as his profile pic .... what a joke.

Anonymous said...

Tattifalla,

I am sorry to say that you really make the blog site tatti with your comments.

You use to sign with your own name some time back but now use the most appropriate name "tattifall"

I don't have an issue when you give it to the IG but you spew tatti with everyone who has a different view.

Everyone is entitled to their view but you want to show you the the most intelligent being. You unintentionally show your support to FLP and MPC.

I hope you will show restrain.you quick to blast off your diarehea and can't stomach a different view.

I noticed you got a taste of your own tatti a while ago on fiji today blog from other bloggers.

Get a life and put you tatti in the right place.

Anonymous said...


Semi what drug are you on semi? If you know something about percentages, it's probably less than 10% support for your ex lover Bainimarama. on Fiji union leads campaign to boycott Constituent Assembly

Hidden helpers said...

Why is c4.5 protecting corrupt regime supporter chandu umaria? it is people like chandu who are prolonging this illegal regime's hold on power. we are trying to expose these 'hidden helpers' who are using the situation to line their pockets.

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Anonymous said...

Tattifala
your views dont mean shit to anybody.Go find a rope and commit suicide.Do us all a favour.Dharam Lingam has all the right to express his views and attacking anyoe on personal level doesnt amount to democracy.

Anonymous said...

There are some real cheepos on this blog. Those who never learnt any manners. Otherwise they must be no school to keep using filthy language to make their point. Grow up people. Keep the debate robust but clean.

SEMI MEO said...

..oh...you again @ Lost poor soul of January 12, 2013 2:31 PM..

..re-read my post

"Many of us a for ever proud of our real names and are fully aware of the God ordained Christ Blood washed privilege of the legacy of our family name, even if some slur, defame or profane it, does not regressed the value and dignity of our real like all 99.99%Fiji Citizen are of course similarly proud of their respective names. We could only forgive, pray and love these 0.01% whose sole mandate by their father the Devil is to slur, defame or profane the rest of us…just that God’s children will seldom slur, defame or profane names their parents took to God Himself during Christening, dedication or baptism."

Thankfully, the anti Fiji club has been reduced to 0.00001%...

Eleanoa Smith said...

Fiji people should learn from European people about social justice, equality, fairness, human rights for everyone, having no jealousy and hatred towards any one, loving and caring, helping poor people, corruption free, giving job to someone based on qualification and experience not race,etc. It time to change and learn from them.

Anonymous said...

Fiji should learn from Tonga.

Anonymous said...

fiji people cannot learn..make the same mistakes over and over because kaiviti have no guts to stand up to their own kais bullshit

Anonymous said...

WHAT A JOKE!!! This Son of A bitch prepares the speech and now he will tell everyone to respect.




We should all respect the process set out by President-AG
Publish date/time: 12/01/2013 [17:02]


We should all respect the process set out by President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau to amend draft Constitution prepared by the Chairman of the Constitution Commission, Professor Yash Ghai.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said that as the President has endorsed the new process, political organisation, NGOs and individuals should be concerned whether the constitution is truly democratic and has democratic principles.

There is an audio file attached to this story. Please login to listen.

Political parties, trade unions and individuals have raised their concerns after the government announced that the draft constitution will be amended.

Apisai Tora Sr-Sabeto said...

Fiji is for the native Fijians only- Let us all March on this Saturday and get rid of this muslim regime. Vutaki Meo, Kai-Bau, Tattifalla and others I need your support.

Anonymous said...

International community finally woken up to the duplicity so time now for us to show unity and smarts. Reject the Constituent Assembly.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 6:35 PM

The Pres as well as PM are just mouth piece for Khaiyum. Don't be fooled. He is the one that is running Fiji. Pretty soon we will be another Taliban country. Any betting guys want to put a wager?

Anonymous said...

YES to democracy
YES to election
NO to coups and
NO to trade unions - ms. burrows please try go wash some dirty laundary in oz - those faeless people are not different to ones you are trying to support of champion with the exception of FITCU (the genuine care takers of the workers of Fiji).
Your MPC, Felix and Urai all were part of the plan to depose the elected Govt and take part in the unelected Govt. They cleverly benefited at the expnse of ordinary peoples savings in FNPF, drawing lucrative pension and other forms of illegitmate income. these people of FTUC and FNU are not fighting for any moral or ethical position or for the rights of the people. They are merely doing all these out of thier guilt of wrong doing and self preservation. Shame on these people. I feel ashamed of voting FLP. At least with Frank - what you see is what you get but with the gang from FTUC; one would be better off sleeping with a scorpian than with these spineless people.
The Trade Union in Fiji destroyed the economy and politiced the entire system using race and class - bunch of hypocretes!!

Anonymous said...

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN THROUGH THE CC OF PROF GHAI.
SO RESPECT IT.
WHO IS FRANK,KHAIYUM AND ILLEGAL PRESIDENT TO FORCE IT OWN VERSON OF CONSTITUTION ON US.
WE HAD ENOUGH OF BULLSHITS FROM THIS REGIME.
WE DONT NEED ANYMORE SO RESIGN NOW YOU ILLEGAL IDIOTS.
WHO HAVE HOLD PEOPLE OF FIJI TO RANSON WITH YOUR UGLY FOOT ARMY..
ENOUGH OF YOUR LIES AND CON JOBS.

Anonymous said...

SHAME ON OUR MEDIA IN FIJI .THEY ARE ALL SUCKING TO REGIME THUGS.
FIJIAN POLICE AND ARMY ARE THE BIGGEST DISGRACE TO ITS PEOPLE. SHAME ON YOU FOR SUPPORTING AS BODY GUARD OF THE ILLEGAL REGIME MASTER KHAIYUM AND HIS ILLEGAL LAP DOG PUPPETS FRANK/ULUKAU AND MOSESE KAILOMA DICKHEAD.
WHO ARE YOU TELL WE DONT NEED GCC AND CHIEFS KAWA CA KULINA.

Anonymous said...

Who gives a fark if unions want to boycot. Ni veicai, na qai qo ena qai ga.

Anonymous said...

Khiaym and Frank you have divided the people more in Fiji.
We hate you guys for destroying our freedom and democracy .
So why dont you f resign now.

Anonymous said...

Don't expect him back. Too clever for that.

Anonymous said...

Don't expect him back. Too cowardly for that.

Anonymous said...

Just because they're homosexuals doesn't mean they're doing each other.

Anonymous said...

It is now certain that there is much confusion (and perhaps contusion) with the adoption of the Ghai Commission Draft, and the Constitution Assembly Draft (which is still to be determined).

But the certainty is still, that the1997 Constitution is still very valid. This is because it was proposed, drafted and passed by the people and their true representatives at that time. Even the Hon. Jai Ram Reddy spoke at the GCC meeting in which he also stated that those of other ethnic groups along with the indigenous Fijians were willing to adopt the 1997 Constitution. He uttered something to the effect that the Chiefs he was addressing were not only Chiefs of the indigenous people but also Chiefs to all citizens of Fiji.

And, of course, most important of all, was that the Constitution was divinely endorsed as it was dedicated to the Most High God by humble men of the cloth.

Several Courts have upheld the 1997 Constitution even Gates, who as a Supreme Court Judge presided the Chandrika case.

So, the question that is in my mind is this; if God did endorse the 1997 Constitution, who of us lesser beings can unendorse it?

Anonymous said...

Semi, now you're going even lower by talking about names. Man you are indeed sick. So semi Maqe, do you still think 99.99% of Fijians support your ex lover Bainimarama? I fear for your mental state semi, go and see a specialist.

SEMI MEO said...

@Anon Psychosis patient January 12, 2013 10:50 PM

again, re-read my post..

"Many of us a for ever proud of our real names and are fully aware of the God ordained Christ Blood washed privilege of the legacy of our family name, even if some slur, defame or profane it, does not regressed the value and dignity of our real like all 99.99%Fiji Citizen are of course similarly proud of their respective names. We could only forgive, pray and love these 0.01% whose sole mandate by their father the Devil is to slur, defame or profane the rest of us…just that God’s children will seldom slur, defame or profane names their parents took to God Himself during Christening, dedication or baptism."

Thankfully, the anti Fiji club has been reduced to 0.00001% of low life you hide low low low in fear!..for nothing, but themsleves.

Anonymous said...

Semi just give up, your comments don't matter, in fact you're a joke with your 99.99% crap. You've been exposed as a fraud, a liar, thief, con man etc etc. Get a life you stupid old pathetic man.

rajend naidu said...

Attar Singh is alright. He is an honest man doing his job as an elected trade unionist. Yes he is ambitious and wants a better life for himself and his children. That's what Labasa people do!!Nothing wrong with that. Attar has not tried to better his or his family's status by wheeling and dealing.His success is a product of his intelligent, hard honest work.The same can't be said for the rogues in power in the Bainimarama regime.

Anonymous said...

its now time to fcuk baini.airshole,nai-tiku nazhat sme..

SEMI MEO said...

@"fraud, a liar, thief, con man" of January 13, 2013 7:32 AM..

Do you mind going back to St Giles so the rest of us 99.99% could have a sane discussion,please?

What??..you have your tablets?...then do'nt miss a doze!!...goodness!!..some people!

Anonymous said...

Good on you Attar. SDL now following you. Don't give up. Flp, nfp, upp have no choice. They have to join you in boycott. Long live FICTU.

Anonymous said...

why you fijians find so hard to get rid of cumyummy and shamsmelly??..the muslim shits?

Mercy Mercy said...

Let them have their constitution ... they were given their chance to show true leadership and failed. They screwed Ghai and screwed us.

Anonymous said...

kaiyum, frank & sotias ,,,dou sona lelevu

Coup fourpointfive said...

Editor,
We learn from Asia pacific editor Rowan Callick's article 'military rewrites new Fiji charter (the Australian 11/1) that the Fijian government will rewrite the draft constitution after unceremoniously dumping the draft made by the internationally renowned constitution expert it had engaged to do the job.
The Constitution commission chaired by Professor Yash Ghai "worked through 7000 submissions and meetings throughout Fiji last year" to produce his draft " but last month police burnt proofs and seized 599 copies of the draft, as Prof. Ghai watched[impotently]".
Now the government's legal team will " finalise a new constitution within three weeks - and may be expected to reflect substantially [wholly?] the army's own submission to the commission that wrote the draft".
This strange turn of events raises some perplexing questions.
Why was the constitution expert of international fame engaged in the first place? Was it a masquerade, a front to gain international funding support and international approval for the legitimacy of the constitution making process? Many critics have pointed this out to be the case from the very outset.
Where is the sense in spending so much time, energy, money and resources on making a draft constitution only to trash it upon its completion?
Why has the Fiji Military government trashed Prof. Ghai's draft constitution?
Is it because it did not accord the Fiji military the status it sought in the new constitution and the new framework of governance of the country?
Was Prof. Ghai's draft consigned to the rubbish heap because it sided with the people of Fiji and their call for democracy rather then with the military and its demand for the concentration of power in its hands?
So what kind of constitution can the government's own legal team come up with? The kind the Fiji military and it's commander Frank Bainimarama ( the 2006 coup leader) now overlapping as Prime Minister wants. That's not such a difficult thing to deduce, is it?
The people of Fiji and the international community are entitled to honest answers to these questions - and more.
sincerely,
rajend naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

Semi Meo, I think 99.99% of the rest home residents support you. You're a disgrace.

Anonymous said...

@ semi meo

a hero , true son of fiji.loyal to the nation . qaqa ga o tui namuka . ni kalougata tiko mr semi meo. vanuinui vinaka na yabaki vou.

Anonymous said...

You don't call a runaway, fraudster, con man a hero.