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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Regime keeps doing the dirty on Fiji people

Bainimarama and Khaiyum to sell off state assets. Illustration: Truth for Fiji blog


Economist and academic Dr Wadan Narsey and the Social Democratic Liberal Party are in unison over the flaws of the regime's latest budget.

Narsey's full assessment of the budget is on his website (http://narseyonfiji.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/2690/) and excerpts from a SODELPA statement follow on.



Government Asset sales
By no stretch of the imagination could selling off public assets have been part of the Bainimarama Government’s original justification in doing the 2006 coup.  Yet they are planning largest public asset sale in Fiji’s history (previous largest one: $253 millions from ATH sale to FNPF).

The $475 millions from Asset Sales (Budget Estimates, p. 373) are expected to include:
$200 million from sale of government investment in economic services (Air Pacific, CNB, FHC, FSC., etc);
$184 million from sale of government investments in infrastructure  (AFL, ATH, FINTEL, FSHL, FTL, PFLL, PTL, etc), and
$40 million from sale of Fixed Assets ($40 million).

Note that private sector investors will very naturally “cherry-pick”, buying only the shares and assets which are profitable, and rejecting the loss-making public enterprises.

Which sensible person would at all think of selling the good assets while retaining the loss-making ones?  Yet that will be the inevitable outcome of the Bainimarama Budget plans.

To repeat, the Budget estimate claim of the Net Deficit being a mere 1.9% of GDP will be achieved only if FRCA can raise the required revenues and Government Asset sales do realize $475 millions.


Note however the inherent deception in presenting this Net Deficit figure of a low 1.9% of GDP to be achieved by the 2014 Budget.

No responsible accountant ever claims a good profit result by including the proceeds from the sale of assets.

Without the Asset Sales revenue of $475 millions, the Net Deficit in 2014 would be $639 millions and 7.7% of GDP, requiring a large increase in borrowings and Public Debt.

Few will notice or remember the sale of public assets.

A deliberate strategy?

In any case, if there are any revenue shortfalls in 2014, they will be covered either by higher borrowings than estimated (thereby increasing the Public Debt which the future generation will pay) or by cutting back on the expenditures (which the public have already joyously welcomed).

Either way, the public will not know the facts until after the planned September 2014 Elections, when the next Budget is delivered in November 2014.

Any broken 2014 Budget promises are unlikely to influence the outcome of the September 2014 elections (unless by some miracle, the media is extra vigilant till then).

The 2014 Budget also explains partly why the Bainimarama Regime rejected the Yash Ghai Draft Constitution which would have required them, once the 2013 Constitution was approved, to give way to an Interim Administration which would take the country to elections.

Had they done so in September 2013 (when the President “assented” to the 2013 BKC), the Bainimarama Government would not have been able to use the 2014 Budget to enhance their chances in next year’s election, by distributing tax-payers’ money  throughout the  country over the next ten months, clad in salusalus.

(To get a good idea of how geographically strategic the 2014 Budget has been, just mark on a map of Fiji, all the place names mentioned in the 2014 Budget Address).

Lack of accountability and transparency
This will also be the seventh year when the Bainimarama Government has refused to make available to the public, the Auditor General’s Reports, which might be able to verify whether the numbers presented in the budget documents are reasonably correct.

No one knows whether this government has been misusing any of the public’s hard earned money for the last seven years, or how accurate are any of the important numbers given in the Estimates.

When asked at the FBC panel discussion for the missing Auditor General’s Reports,  Khaiyum suavely beat around the bush, while the docile panel and audience refused to exercise their taxpayer’s right to demand a clear answer.

For several years now, Bainimarama and Khaiyum have also refused to answer whether some Ministers have been receiving multiple salaries, and why through a private accounting company owned by Khaiyum’s aunt (Dr Nur Bano Ali) who frequently fronts up to the media justifying Government policies.

Also setting a trend now, the public could not get the detailed budget estimates on the day of the budget or even three days later, thereby discouraging informed commentary on the day of or after the budget. 

Salaries of Permanent Secretaries and Ministers
Given that the Government was going to increase public sector salaries in the 2014 Budget, why did they increase Permanent Secretary salaries just three weeks before, and that by more than 100%?

Of course, if the increases in PS salaries were part of the 2014 Budget announcement,  the Bainimarama Government would be asked to explain why the increases for the Permanent Secretaries were of the order of 100%, while the Deputy PS’s and others, were restricted to 20%.

Labor market economists would point out that the damaging human resource “leakage” from the Fiji Public Service is far more serious at the technical and professional levels, than at the PS level- none of whom have ever resigned because of a better job in the private sector.

[Tax-payers will remember that the current PS Finance went along with the ANZ-led “scheme” for borrowing F$500 million dollars in foreign bonds at 9% interest, when an IMF loan was available at 3%, thereby costing the Fiji tax-payers an extra $30 million in interest per year (which we are currently paying in hard-earned foreign exchange).]

As the September 2014 election approaches, more and more voters will be asking the Bainimarama Government to explain what their ministerial salaries are, and why some of them have been paid through Nur Bano Ali’s company.

Of course, it will be easier to justify high ministerial salaries, if their Permanent Secretaries are also on high salaries, somewhat closer to them than their old salaries.

In a statement the Social Democratic Liberal Party notes that the regime last year sold government assets to the value of $25 million and that further sales in 2013 are expected to bring in $19 million. 

The party's general secretary, Pio Tabaiwalu, says the 2014 Budget asset sales will boost government revenues by $475 million from the sale of Government’s shareholding in Airports Fiji Limited, from the partial sale of government’s interests in Ports Authority of Fiji and Fiji Electricity Authority.

"All three entities were created by previous elected Governments and the Bainimarama regime had no hand in them.  However, their operations were severely affected by the impact of the military coup on 5th December, 2006.  Their improved performance today has not been due to greater efficiency but by exorbitant charges levied against the people of Fiji."

Tabaiwalu says in the absence of a democratically elected Parliament the proposed sale is likely to be decided by the Attorney General and the Prime Minister and then rubber-stamped by the regime’s cabinet.  

The party also says a lower tax rate for companies listed on the South Pacific Stock Exchange will not necessarily persuade private companies to turn public.  Instead, this company tax reduction is likely to make the rich richer.

"Most of the companies on the SPSE are owned by locals who are already very wealthy.  The huge reduction in this tax rate will give them greater wealth, via higher dividend payments.  The 2014 Budget will therefore make some of our wealthy people richer."

The party says said the seven years from 2007 have been
characterised by:

·         high unemployment
·         high inflation
·         very high prices of goods and services
·         alarming increase in the number of people living below the poverty line
·         static wage levels; and
·         increasing number of people living in squatter settlements.

The party says the 2014 Budget for pay rises for civil servants of 4% to 23% will not compensate for the loss in their purchasing power due to inflation of more than 30% over the period. 

"In fact, even after the wages adjustments in 2014 the position of civil servants will still be worse off than their position prior to the coup of 5th December, 2006.  The allocation of $22 million for social welfare payments in 2014 has remained more or less the same for several years, even though people living below the poverty line has jumped from 32% in 2006 to about 50% of the population in 2013. 

"The allocation of only $5 million in the 2014 Budget to assist the more than 11,000 families now living in squatter settlements is ridiculous, reflecting a lack of respect and care for the poor."

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Anonymous said...

Anon 7.40. After 150 years of living together eating sharing food grog lovo, dhal, chicken curry, chopsouy etc if we still haven't embraced each other and multiculturalism Fiji is in serious trouble and i must admit that we are truly screwed. On a lighter note from observations i note that more and more i-taukei homes are watching Hindi TV Serials so much so that in some homes it is becoming a problem in so far as time for other chores is concerned. Perhaps were we have failed to unite IRONICALLY the TV serials will be able to foster better understanding between the races. We live in strange times.

Anonymous said...

Driti /Rum was trying to correct the mistake they did in 2006 .
Thank you driti/rum you were following the court ruling of appeal court ruling of 2009 and put back sdl./flp elected govt to run the country than call election under legal 1997 constitution.
I salute you for been bold and doing the rightthing.
Army takes oath to protect the constitution and support the elected govt not the coup commander..
Driti /Rum are the heroes .they had good intention to bring back gcc/church /vanua and apolgise to them not like Khaiyum/Frank treating gcc/vanua/church as no one.
Time have come for Frank/Khaiyum to do the right thing and follow the 2009 court ruling.
god bless Fiji.
Rajesh

Anonymous said...

Those stupid soldiers are no different from their silly lazy relatives back in the village. All they do is polish rugby boots and kissing bainimarama kaiyums ass while kaiyum and his cronies devise plans to buy government assets.

Those half schooled ulukau taukei soldiers will be paying electricity and water bills to muslim companies in future.

Anonymous said...

Vinaka Rajend Naidu, we thank you for your coments. Keep writting.

Dharam Lingam said...

Those you rubbishing Bainimarama answer the following, who would have provided free education in fiji, who would have salvaged the sugar cane, who would have modernized the fiji economy, who would have repaired the roads, who would have stopped the downturn in the economy, who would have cared for the poor, who would have stopped the corruption in fiji.
Long live Bainimara.

Vilimoni Natewa said...

Bainimara never did the coup in 2006. It was the president who took over the government of fiji under the doctrine of necessity.

Anonymous said...

@Dharam Lingam..No one will refuse anything that is offered for free, however my only problem is that it is offered with borrowed money!

Anonymous said...

@ Dharam Lingam..I salute Bai for some things he has achieved, not all!

Anonymous said...

That president was frail and crooked, acting under baiyums directives.
bainimarama + kaiyum should be trialled and hanged for treason.

Anonymous said...

President didnt do the coup the army did .
President/army /ministers/others should be charged for treason and illegal oath.
Our VP Seniloli/mp/others went to jail for illegal oath in 2000 coup .
No one os above the law and contituion.
NO Immunity.
Look at Musaaraf charged for treason after few years.
Driti/Rum./Others been charged .
Why not Bai/kaiyum/Minister been charged for treason?.

God Help Islam said...

At 9:45, ha... it looks like you dont know your Quran... The holiest book of Islam (61% of which is about non-Muslims) draws the sharpest of distinctions between Muslims (the best of people, 3:110) and non-believers (the worst of creatures, 98:6). Christianity teaches that God loves all people, but hates sin. The Quran never says this. Instead it explicitly declares that Allah does not love those who do not believe in him:
He does not love the unbelievers (30:45)

Although Satan tempts Muslims, it is Allah himself who causes unbelievers to err.

…and whomsoever Allah causes to err, you shall not find a way for him. (4:143, see also 4:88 and 74:31)

Allah intentionally sends the people that he hates astray:

…and Allah sendeth him astray purposely, and sealeth up his hearing and his heart, and setteth on his sight a covering? Then who will lead him after Allah (hath condemned him)? Will ye not then heed? (45:23)

Allah even sends demons to inspire unbelievers to commit further bad deeds (that he can later hold against them):

See thou not that We have set the Evil Ones on against the unbelievers, to incite them with fury? (19:83)

According to verse 3:54, Allah plots and schemes against unbelievers using deceit (the literal meaning of makara, the word used). Elsewhere, the Quran explains that Allah tricks unbelievers into thinking that they are doing good deeds, when, in fact, they are merely deepening their own eternal punishment with bad deeds:

As to those who do not believe in the hereafter, We have surely made their deeds fair-seeming to them, but they blindly wander on. (27:4) See also 39:23, 6:39, 35:8, 13:27 & 14:4)

Allah recruits Satan to join Him into fooling unbelievers into thinking that they are doing good:

On the contrary their hearts became hardened, and Satan made their (sinful) acts seem alluring to them. (6:43)

Now which religion worship in spirit and in Truth??? you decide... God doesnt need any coucil... why recruit Satan?? he hates satan.

Go To Hell Islam

rajend naidu said...

editor,
Perhaps Emil Muller does not realize it but his/her letter (FT 20/11) is "doing the dirty" on the people of America and the Philippines who are grieving the deaths and destruction brought by the recent tornado and typhoon. Instead of expressing solidarity with them Emil Muller talks about "how lucky" she/he is living in his/her "beautiful Fiji".
We have people like that focused ONLY on their own interest and situation.
The australian prime minister Tony Abbot is like that - very inward looking.
That is their way of showing how very patriotic they are.
It is a perverse way!
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

paula raqeukai said...

@anonymous 8.08pm

au vakabauta ni sa ra vo tiko eso na sotia dina, savasava ka qaqa ena mataivalu ni noda vanua me ra tukuna na ka dina kei na savasava vua na interim PM....ena qai ceburaki ga na DINA ena dela ni kava....soon or later the TRUTH will prevail...God is still in control of our beloved Fiji despite all the challenges we have been through together as a nation since 1874...

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:08pm You are correct. Liumuri will always be part and parcel of the Fijian culture (historically). This is why we will never be able to rid ourselves of the Coup culture. When one Fijian rises there will be others striving to bring them down.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 8:01pm

I agree there are good and bad Chrisitans , good and bad Hindus and good bad Muslims. But the problem I see is this: almost all terrorism acts of this world are committed by muslims; they kill other people and also kill muslims too. You will hardly see a hindu or christian terrorist group. But for muslims, they are everywhere.

rajend naidu said...

editor,
Alipate Qetaki was part of the mob who was responsible for "doing the dirty" on the people of Fiji in 1987 as a member of the core group that carried out the military coup;trashed the 1970 Constitution and denied the will of the people to have a government of their own choosing.
But now as General Manager of TLTB Qetaki tells us he is guided in his work by the Constitution and by the established rules governing the operations of the TLTB. He claims he even takes cognizance of the wishes of the people -the landowners in his case (Fiji Sun 20/11)
Perhaps Qetaki is now a reformed man.
But what a coincidence he is still part of a regime that carried out another coup and trashed another Constitution!
Perhaps Qetaki is just a political opportunist.
The people of Fiji would no doubt have their own view on what they think of Alipate Qetaki.
(Note : this letter has nothing to do with Alipate Qetaki as PS of Social Welfare getting me charged for a breach of the colonial Official Secrets Act!He was however a full breed ethno-nationalist then!)
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

Anon 2.13. Agree with you that all acts of terror currently being perpetrated in the world is being done by Muslims. It is however a question of context. Their are 16000 or so Muslims in Fiji most are very liberal and fairly secular.Many are Muslims in name only. Its simply not possible to change everyone born into a faith to either become atheist or follow another religion. The Muslims in Fiji by and large have done nothing wrong and have never engaged in violence of any kind. They live their lives with the same struggles as everyone else.
The hatred and Muslim bashing going on this site is only because of ASK and his cronies. Mahendra Chaudhary and his minions were Hindus and they have also contributed much to the state of Fiji today and yet i don't read about raping Hindu women. Mahend is a thief and a political "PROSTITUTE" but everybody picks on him as a person not his religion. Rabuka is a Christian and so is Frank. Why is Christianity not been criticized. Which Church did Frank learn how to oppress, beat up and kill people. The point is simple whatever happens in the rest of the world does not directly affect us. Christian priests in other parts of the world have been raping and abusing kids like it was going out of fashion. It does not mean that i start painting all Fiji priests with the same brush. I am simply saying keep things in context and relevant to the issues at hand. You want to roast ASK be my guest but live his faith out of it.
By the way i am not a Muslim but a true Christian who follows the most important teaching of Christ and that is unconditional love. I judge no one except myself.

Fiji ARMY QEB said...

we the soldiers of RFMF wish to thank the Commander for listening to advise of AG and the results he has got:

All his support pillars in army, Driti, Mara, Teleni, Aziz have been alienated and we are just keeping our mouth shut and enjoying the salaries.

Bravo sir !!!

blah blah blah said...

anon1.51pm..you say.."I judge no one except myself" yet you call Mahend a thief and a prostitute, and say that hatred on this site is becos of ASK, etc etc, blah blah.. hypocrite...

Anonymous said...

How come only Driti and Ului on trial?? There were several teams and plotters following Bai and Kaiyum around awaiting orders. Police were also involved. Arms are also missing from camp. My estimate about a 100 plus involved - where are they?
Kaiyum and Frank are dead man walking and chaos / mayhem is lurking out there.
TO ALL OUR THERE IN FIJI: BE ALERT BE VERY ALERT AND STOCK UP ON ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES. CYCLONE COMING BUT NOT THE WIND AND RAIN BUT IT WILL BE BULLETS AND NATIVES ON THE RAMPAGE.

Anonymous said...

Vilimone@6.02pm...Driti and RUM
are but two idiots and stupid
people like them has no place
in the public sector leadership
role!
As a Fijian, i am totally glad that their idiotic plan was shoved up their asses?
Not that i support the current
Regime,but it just kills me
as an associates of these
two supposedly military
top-guns, that they failed
to carry out their plan to protect and
defend our country constitution?
I am glad that RUM has decided to remain in Toga and hopefully Driti
will follow him there?
How the heck did they get into that position of military leadership?

Anonymous said...

Anon 2.23. I am not judging Mahend. Those are facts that every body knows about. He has stolen monies that were destined for the poor farmers a fact he has admitted himself and declared in the Fiji Sun as his asset. He is a political prostitute because he changes his political colors like a "Pros" changes her men. His judgement will come when he dies. I have not judged him. In fact Mahend will be treated like any other guest at my home regardless of what the facts are and so will you.

Anonymous said...

Wonder why aziz was not charged for mutiny. His name keeps popping up. Baini, you should realise now that muslim pigs cannot be trusted. Come back to where you belong and return our country to the kingdom of god. These muslim pigs are only using you to fulfill their own agenda. Bring back GCC and restore the country in the hands of the real Fijians.

Anonymous said...

Aziz played Driti/Rum .than came the liumuri Manasa.Driver/others .
Shame on this liumuri idiots who are sucking khaiyum//aziz frank balls.
Aziz should be charged too why he is not charged? .Khaiyum Nazhat protecting Aziz .bec Aziz too Khaiyum/Nazhat to Frank and got them involved in regime adminstration.
Dont worry driti is the hero better than you f up loosers.
Khaiyum is destroying fijians and military dumbo cant see it.

Anonymous said...


today is World Toilet Day (DW news 21/11).Fiji is well placed to mark the Day with all the shit that's been happening in the country since the coup.

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 8:01pm

I agree there are good and bad Christians, good and bad Hindus, and good and bad Muslims. But the cold hard truth is this: almost all terrorist groups and terrorist acts all over the world are funded and committed by Muslims. It is so bad that they commit terrorist acts among themselves, even at their synagogues during their prayer times. Surely, something in the Quran may be the instigator in these acts of terrorism; does it not speak of jihad?

HOW DR NEIL SHARMA HAS SHIT ALL OVER HEALTH MINISTRY said...

The UFDF calls on Dr Sharma to resign for making a mess of Health. The UFDF says thidden flaws and losses run into the tens of millions of dollars mainly through incompetence, corruption and mismanagement.

Litany of fuck-ups ny Neil 'maichod' Sharma:

Dr Neil announced $8 million upgrade of the Lautoka Hospital & CWM hospitals in 2010, yet both hospitals in desperate need of repair? So what was money spent on? In Lautoka Hospital as late as September only 1 of 3 lifts operating; others out of service for almost a year.
Patients still asked to buy their own drugs and medication. yet in 2012 $10 million in medication purchased by government sat in stock, expired and went to waste? There is cheap and inferior medical supplies from China and India. Cheaper intravenous cannulas being purchased from China apparently of such poor quality that expose medical personnel to blood when injecting the patient. Doctors and Nurses ‘buy their own’ plaster for use on patients because the officially supplied plaster falls off within minutes of being applied to a wound.
The number of the ultrasound scan machines purchased by the government at a cost of $27,000 each have been returned to the CWM because no one can operate them or repairs them in Fiji. hematological and biomedical equipment and ultrasound equipment the local technicians cannot fix so the supplier [alleged to be a relative or friend of the Minister] has to be flown from New Zealand to carry out the repairs.In 2014 budget PM set aside $900,000 for biomedical servicing. The $243,000 cost for the equipment plus $900,000 put aside for servicing means someone is making a cool $1.1 million for equipment that can’t be operated or serviced locally. The regime recently announced a multimillion plan to build 6 new operating theatres in the CWM, however there is a well known shortage of qualified anesthetist and surgical nursing staff to man the 4 theatres as of now. specialist shortages which are rife, with anesthetist working 24 hour shifts. The situation was worsened when senior staff were sent to Sudan. The majority of the anesthetists are made up of junior staffs, a factor that led to the recent death of a female patient in Lautoka and the suspension of the Anesthetist.The UFDF says all of the examples of neglect and gross mismanagement referred in this statement occurred in the past 12 to 24 months under
Dr Neil Sharma has been the Minister responsible since January 2009, the person directing the regimes failed policies over the past 5 years.

Anonymous said...

@Rajend Naidu Watch - Special Unit.
Where are you gang?
Taken the day off to celebrate World Toilet Day, have you?

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Anonymous said...

Dr Nil Sharma joined the illegal regime for one reason only. to enable him to walk around as a Government Minister with all the status and trappings of that position. He would have never won in an election, let alone become a minister. he knew this was his one opportunity. so he was not going to let it pass. this is why he has been minister in the Bainimarama dictatorship. in such a regime staying power does not depend on delivering as minister. it depends on being a yes man to the dictator. with his long stay in the regime Dr Nil Sharama has shown himself to be a very capable yes man.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1.51pm says that "many Muslims are in name only and that it is simply not possible to convert to another faith or become an atheist."

Is that because the Quran says that any muslim that converts to a faith outside Islam must be killed?

Wow. Like the lyrics of Hotel California goes, "You can check-out any time you like but you can never leave."

The other reason of course, is because they're still a very small MINORITY in a country that is dominated by Christians and Hindus.

Would the picture be different if they were "the majority"? You bet! Just take a longer look at the "conflict hot zones" around the world. Looks to me like these guys want to take over the world. Through terror.

Back to the current situation in Fiji, it is clearly a "muslim elite group" that is the 'criminal minds' backing up the regime (legal and financial brains). Quite a feat from a small minority that manages to stay in control with an armed regime through its leader.

Now we read that overzealous muslim immans are going to translate their Quran to the itaukei language.

This will be a test of the strength of the Christian faith for the majority i-taukei and will test just how solidly grounded they are in their Christian faith.

There is no harm in taking the Bible to the muslim clerics to preach to them too about Jesus in their mosques. Their holy book Quran, tells them to also recognise previous Holy Scriptures such as the books of the Holy Bible, Islam.

HOWEVER, Islam denies the central themes of Christianity such as the Crucifixion of Jesus and His Resurrection. And we all saw how that muslim cleric from New Zealand blasphemed Christianity last Easter Sunday morning on Riyaz Khaiyum's FBC TV, claiming the Resurrection was a lie. The height of arrogance!

But that is what their Quran tells them which is why the cleric said from NZ that he would do it again if gien half a chance. And this is from a religion that only came into existence some 700 years after Jesus' Resurrection!

I-taukei need to be alerted to "a missionary zeal translation" that will possibly gloss over the errors and "bipolar" contradictions inherent in the Quran.

Maybe best to stay away unless the i-taukei can confidently defend their Christian faith and convert the muslim clerics to Christianity. Save souls for Jesus.

rajend watch said...

anon-rajend8.25pm..you can't see me because I am behind you pumping away darling. You smell like a dog but you seem to be enjoying it anyway. Miss me do you Rajend? You'll need toilet paper after I finish. Seems you want some abuse to keep yourself in the limelight, eh kuta?

Anonymous said...

*correction*

"Their holy book Quran, tells them to also recognise previous Holy Scriptures such as the books of the Holy Bible, the psalms for instance."

rajend watch said...

actually raj boy I lie. I was with your wife at Motel 69. Didn't she mention it to you?

rajend naidu said...

editor,
Just watched an Extended Interview: Jakarta Post editor in chief with ABC Network's Jim Middleton "about the harm to relations between Australia and Indonesia from the spying allegations" (21/11).
Doing the dirty on a friendly neighbour will have consequences - bad consequences - as the Australian Government is discovering.
And as if the spying on Indonesia's president and his wife was not bad enough to then claim as the Australian PM Tony Abbot did that all governments spy is adding insult to injury.
In the name of the people and their security and interest etc etc etc the leadership can often be doing fairly rotten things as this case shows.
If all governments are spying I wonder who the Nauruan Government and the Nuiean Government are spying on?
I know the Fiji military government is spying on its own citizens and critics of the regime.
And Rajend Watch Special Unit is spying on... well that is not important at all.
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney
(Ps it's World Fisheries Day today. just had Ocean tin fish and then used Viti Toilet Rolls after.that will make my fans very happy . it might even make their day!)

rajend naidu said...

editor,
You live and you learn. when we were small cruel kids would call one-eyed jacks cockeye or kanuwa and spectacle wearing kids were called chaarahki (four eyes).Now I learn we also have "fives eyes"! these belong to the gang of 5 - Australia, NZ, Canada, US and UK - who spy and help one another in spying.
I wonder how much human intelligence and energy and resources are wasted in unnecessary spying?
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

rajend naidu said...

editor,
It's a sociological truism that different people attach importance to different things.
Thus for Bob Khan of Ba the important thing at this time is to figure out just how many people Udre Udre eat!(FS 21/11).
Whilst the important thing for Mansoor Ali of Nine Miles Nasinu is to figure out why the relevant authorities have taken "no action" on his complaint although six months have passed.
He says he has even written to the Attorney-General Aiyaz Saiyad Khaiyum "in futility" .So now he has written a letter to editor to the Fiji Sun because he "can not keep on suffering in silence".
Perhaps he stood write directly to the dictator!
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

OMG...can you believe this? The two high powered military leaders
instead of making a decision,went
to the fox for help?
This is like
a chiken farmer, who after raising
a cunning fox, decided to put him into good use, by locking the fox
inside the chicken coup, so he can guard his chickens?
RUM & Driti
i told you guys, to use your heads
not your asses?
My email clearly
states not to ever trust any Uluwai,especially AZIZ?
What frieken advised don't you guys understand?
You don't need to be
consulting soldiers, you plan it,and you activate it,at the required time and place, by
ordering these soldiers to carry it out for you? God who appointed these blockheads?
A class 4 would have done a better job?
Thanks lord for removing these two useless Fijians from
the military leadership?

rajend naidu said...

editor,
We learn from France 24 International news 21/11 that UN critics have accused the Mexican State for failing to protect journalists and activists. Often the threats to them come not from organised crime but from State parties. (see the book on this by the most famous of these persecuted journalists Annabel Hernadez).
But now Mexico has been appointed to the UN Council on Human Rights!!
Mind boggling isn't it!!
Can someone tell me why Fiji should not be on that Human Rights Council as well?
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

rajend naidu said...

editor,
Critics say Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records in the Middle East.
But that has not stopped Germany from being the largest supplier of arms to Saudi Arabia. Critics say Angela Merkel has failed to uphold her own ethical standards because the arms Germany supplies is used by the Saudi State for the suppression of dissent.
According to DW political analyst Peter Craven one critic said Merkel has become the new farourite girlfriend of the Arab Spring countries.(DW news 21/11).
The hypocrisy and lip service that is paid to human rights violations on the international political stage is mind blowing.
Can someone tell me why the Fiji military dictatorship should not get its supply of weapons from China or Tuvalu - even if the weapons are used for the repression of the Fijian people?
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

rajend naidu said...

editor,
Joseph Kony the Ugandan warlord, leader of the Lords Resistance Army - wanted by the ICC for war crimes, rape , torture, forced recruitment of child soldiers and God knows what else - is in " surrender talks" with the government of the Central African Republic (CAR). He has so far evaded all attempts to capture him and bring him to justice.
He is said to be suffering from a serious illness.(SBS news 21/11
God has his own mysterious way of sorting out tyrants who terrorize innocent people.
sincerely
Rajend Naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

@ Rajend Naidu Watch Special Unit. You will soon be charged for dereliction of duty. You not keeping a good watch on the Atlantic blvd hero! World Toilet Day was yesterday. what you still doing in the toilet!

Anonymous said...

@ anon 4.31pm

Yes, it is rather sad to note that Peter (Pita) and David (Tevita), who are named after two biblical heroes (and that's where the similarity ends), decided not to use their brains right from the beginning (the one above their necks that God had meant for them to use). They're so lost.

rajend watch said...

@raj boy 10.14pm...like I told you, I was in the toilet with your wife. Didn't you hear her moaning with ecstacy? We were in the spare bedroom at Atlantic Blvd.

rajend naidu said...

editor,
we read under 'When Bob went slightly nuts' in smh 22/11 that "During his globetrotting 18 months as foreign minister Bob Carr's "diva" demands were up there with Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga".
Political observers will of course not be surprised by this revelation.
Politicians as a rule give themselves a real treat whilst in power at public expense.
Bob Carr simply followed the conventional trend of making hay whilst the sun was shining on him - as a government/foreign minister.
We remind ourselves here of that wise old saying about giving a man power to get a good measure of him.
We have no doubt got a reasonably good measure of Bob Carr.
But he is by no means an oddity in politics.
Witness the excesses of political leaders in impoverished third world countries.
You would think they come from rich countries where none of their citizens are scavenging for food in rubbish dumps.
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

@Anon 11.51 PM
with your lowdown,lowlife shitty comments you provide good evidence that you are a Permanent Resident of the tatti ghar - no visa required!
you are a tatti ke kirwa!
about as intelligent as a lump of shit!
Now this is a shit hot reply even if I say so myself!

rajend naidu said...

editor,
another example of state officials "doing the dirty".
This one's from the Malaysia Chronicle 22 Nov 2013.
We read under 'Exposed! lizard king Anson Wong& Malaysia's ring of corruption' the following :
This Friday an investigative documentary on notorious wildlife trafficker Anson Wong will be shown at 6.30 am and 5pm on the Aljazeera channel (Astro513).
As a large part of Wong's illegal trade was plied in Malaysia, news of the soon to be screened documentary may cause some important people in Prime Minister Najib Razak's government to lose sleep. And they should,if they are guilty. Sources tell Malaysia Chronicle that the documentary pulls no punches and while the focus is on Wong, the "help" that he received from corrupt Malaysian officials ensured that he always stayed a step ahead of the law. Even after he was jailed he was able to secure an early release in 2012 only 17 months of a 5 year jail sentence. Wong is not only free but almost back to where he was before - the number one spot in illegal wildlife trafficking.
(I urge readers to look up the full article because there is a lot more).
We also gather from the ABC news this morning (22/11) that whereas it's open secret on the streets that Wong is back doing the dirty big time the Malaysian Minister responsible claimed he had no knowledge of it!
We have minister's like that, don't we?
It's not hard to see why the Malaysian mob at CHOGM wanted Fiji back into the Commonwealth.
They know they have a lot of shit happening in their own country in the area of good governance.So they reckon Fiji is not that bad.
And that they can even do good business with Fiji. Perhaps even better with a military government that's not too fussy about maintaining democratic standards of transparency and accountability.
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

Dharam Lingam, if you think your hero Bainimarama is making Fiji so great, then why don't you come back to live in our New Fiji?

Bring Rajend Naidu with you. Two soul mates. You can spend your days writing your insipid postings and petting each other.

rajend watch said...

raj boy@11.15am...hot under the collar are we? Want to play and throw abuse for no reason but can't take it? But your wife can so what is your problem, boy? Mind your own business and I will mind mine, aacha kuta?

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:55 spik like someone whose got sum senses in the nuts...mind my own business...surely I will ...m concerned tis is a public blog and u are treating it like it's yo toilet bin...tsk tsk tsk....whoaaaahh...u are no worse than a small baby...I think for people like u...just ignore that u exist

Anonymous said...

its so true. different people focus on different things. the C4.5 blogsite together with Fiji Today and others are on Fiji regime watch with a view to exposing its inconsistencies, its contradictions, its wrongdoings and its abuses and incompetence and corruption. The Fiji Sun on the other hand is a local newspaper that is shamelessly focused on idolizing the self-anointed PM Frank Bainimarama as the new messiah of Fiji.
Some people post comments here on C4.5 to raise the level of political consciousness by exposing the regime for what it really is rather then what it purports to be thereby contributing to strengthening the democratic opposition against the dictatorial regime.Some people are focused on Rajend Naidu Watch and in exposing their intellectual mediocrity and plain stupidity!

rajend naidu said...

editor,
In an excellent letter to editor in the Age (23/11) Terry Donnelly of Melbourne makes clear the differing roles of organizations in light of the attempt by some to focus on finding fault with the ABC and The Guardian's spying revelations.
He writes:
...Some journalists are doing exactly what one might expect journalists to do - ask difficult questions,not be beholden to special interests and shine the light on the corrupting murk of power.
... It is possible to see how someone might conflate the roles and responsibilities of the press with those of the government. It is to the detriment of democracy that the two bodies are so often indistinguishable.
...In a democracy citizens too have a responsibility and that is to make an informed vote. We can't fulfill this without transparency,thus the need for independent journalism and a functioning Fourth Estate. History is littered with many sad examples of people who were happy not to know what was being done in their name.That is the true "shame".
I agree 100 per cent.
Fiji politics watchers will find what Terry Donelly says in his letter very relevant to the prevailing political situation in Fiji.
His letter provides an excellent insight into what sustains a good democracy and what undermines it.
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

rajend naidu said...

editor,
Nishant Singh of Lautoka writes to say in his letter to editor it is a well deserved honour for Malala Yousafzai - the defiant teen activist who was almost shot to death by the Taliban - "to win the prestigious Sakharov Human Rights award" for her courageous and steadfast commitment "to protect the rights of women in her rather conservative homeland" (Fiji Times 23/11).
There can be no dispute about that.
But this same Nishant Singh of Lautoka is apparently a staunch supporter of the dictatorial, anti-humanrights regime in his own homeland!! I gather this from his own pro-regime letters in the local papers.
So for Nishant Singh the "defiant teen" Malala is okay in her distant homeland in Pakistan but the pro-democracy activists at home in Fiji are no no for the regime sycophant.
What is one to make of such a brand of human rights admirers?
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

rajend naidu said...

editor,
People campaigning for open society
and a more transparent and accountable government will find the article Internet Founder Warns Growing Surveillance'Threatens Democracy' very illuminating and inspiring.(Yahoo!7 News 23/11)
sincerely,
rajend naidu

rajend naidu said...

editor,
what are the chances the 5 key steps which Akuila Yabaki of the CCF sets out in his letter in the Fiji Sun 23/11 will actually see the light of day under the current coup installed regime?
If any of these key steps are not taken would it then be reasonable to say Fiji is not likely to have a free and fair election?
I think it's important to get that clear BEFORE the elections.
sincerely,
rajend naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

Driti and Mara basically had the right idea but were foolish to consult a snake like Aziz.

When it comes to overthrowing tyrants, JUST DO IT!

Anonymous said...

"Bainimarama stuck to his guns" -- really?

The dalo patch kid sprinted away from his men faster than Usain Bolt.

Even more of a feat when you consider that he defecated his pants at the same time.

Quite inspirational leadership, wot?

rajend naidu said...

editor,
what does the case of the three women held in captivity in Britain in "invisible handcuffs" tell us?
(London slaves: three women freed after 30 years'captivity. the guardian 22/11)
It tells us that you don't have to be in chains or in concentration camps to lose your freedom and your right to live as a free human being with human dignity.
People with arbitrary power can deprive you of your rights and freedoms.
That is what the three women's captors had - arbitrary power, which they used to control, to brainwash and to manipulate them to do what they wanted them to do without question and with timid obedience.
Are the people of Fiji in "invisible handcuffs" under the Fiji military regime?
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

rajend naidu said...

editor,
Since the Bainimarama coup of 2006 and the installation of his coup government there has been a constant attempt to undermine civil society organizations even to the point of making out that they were not needed or not relevant because the Bainimarama government was now taking care of everything.
Regime sycophants have dutifully mouthed the same propaganda at every opportunity.
The case of the three enslaved women in Britain should provide a telling reminder of the important role of civil society organisations.
The women who were enslaved for 30 years only got their freedom through the work of the British civil society organisation FREEDOM CHARITY. The enslaved women contacted Freedom Charity after seeing its program presented on television by its coordinator Aneeta Prem. Freedom Charity lost no time in winning the TRUST of the women and alerted the State authorities who then freed the women and arrested and charged their captors.
Civil society organizations don't always get everything right but society would be the poorer without them.
Often they have the reach to the ordinary citizens that State officials don't.
Civil society organisations have earned their place in society with the work they do and they can be proud of that fact.
That's something that some "government of the day" can't claim.
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

Benny Marama said...

Rajend Naidu spends a lot of time contemplating his navel and sharing with the rest of us the lint that accrues there over the course of his one-man letter campaigning. The arrogant twit also sees no contradiction in labeling anyone who disagrees with him an idiot whilst unabashedly lecturing us on the rules of proper discourse. Like a broken watch, however, he does tell the time correctly twice a day, such as when he calls for transparency in journalism, as above.

Since Rajend advocates transparency in journalism, would he or C4.5 care to explain to us the nature of their business arrangement? Does C4.5 still pay Rajend Naidu for his postings? Is anyone else paid for posting to C4.5?

Is there some way we can pay for Rajend NOT to post? I might contribute to that fund.

And I agree with the earlier posting. He should take Dharam Lingam with him when he goes.

Anonymous said...

Sydney Morning Herald, Letters November 19, 2013
Abbott's boat gift not a bright idea.
I gather Tony Abbott is a Rhodes Scholar.But we see very little evidence of any scholarship in his brand of diplomacy ("Patrol boat diplomacy" November 18).Where is the special intellect in giving patrol boats to a country that stands accused of war crimes?
-Rajend Naidu, Glenfield.
I wonder what money Sydney Morning Herald paid Rajend Naidu for his letter?

Anonymous said...

Audience Quiz Time
Benny Marama 5.51 PM is:
a) a paid propagandist of the regime
b) a shit journalist in the pocket of the regime
c) a regime lackey who owes his position to the gang in power.
d) a member of the gang in power.
Who other than the above would want "Rajend NOT to post"?
There is no prize for guessing the right answer because any idiot can see where that kind of rubbish is coming from.

Benny Marama said...

Yeah, right. Here comes the "idiot" label again.

Gee, I wonder who posted that. Undoubtedly the navel gazer-in-chief. The very same individual who insults others as "Anonymouse" and worse if they post anonymously.

He wants you to believe that only regime supporters would dare to criticise him. Not so! This regime should be sent to hell. Its leaders should hang for treason.

And I would even say that once freedom is rstored to Fiji, then Rajend should be considered for MinFo PS, in view of his prolific writings against the regime. But not before he's caned for his arrogance.

So, you see, it's not that I'm trying to deny poor Rajend space to write. It's just that his postings, as Rajend and "Anonymous", are like a weed crowding out other points of view. And his tirades against anyone who calls him on it are symptomatic of a totalitarian mindset.

It wasn't the Sydney Morning Herald but C4.5 that once revealed that Rajend's writings are syndicated. So, in the interest of transparency in journalism, why doesn't Rajend or C4.5 explain this arrangement? How much does Rajend get paid to pontificate on C4.5? Is it a set amount monthly or a per-piece arrangement? Is this arrangement only with Rajend, or are others paid as well? How do the rest of us join this gravy train?

Anonymous said...

If Rajend gets paid on a per-piece basis, then part of his fee should be deducted every time his piece is about Rajend instead of about Fiji. That would save C4.5 quite a bit of money, encourage Rajend to curb his narcissism, and improve the quality of commentary on this blog.

Anonymous said...

@anon2.04 AM and anon 6.47 AM
resorting to strawmans argument ... now go and celebrate your victory

Anonymous said...

@ Benny Marama
Don't bullshit yourself man. You not interested in transparency. You only interested in mudslinging from your dark hidden spot in the pit toilet.

Anonymous said...

Benny Marama asks some good questions. How is it "mud-slinging" to ask about Rajen's financial arrangement with C4.5? After all, it was Rajen who was just lecturing about the need for transparency in journalism. This is the chance for Rajen to put his money where his mouth is. It sounds like Rajen is hiding here. The only strawmen I read are the ones he's posting anonymously.

rajend naidu said...

@Anon 10.37 AM
under 'Fiji Justice of the peace...' read anon 2.28 AM's intelligent posting carefully. S/he is after all referring to a shithead like you. Hope you can find some space in your teeny weeny brain to store the good advice s/he is offering.
But I wouldn't count on it. Idiots are not open to good counsel.
Now I am finished with you because as far as I am concerned you are fuckall.

Anonymous said...

I see what they mean when they write of Rajend Naidu's totalitarian mindset. For someone who likes to dish it out, he sure can't take it.

Anonymous said...

Rajen Naidu, if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. It's perfectly legitimate for Banny Marama to ask you on C4.5 to clarify your financial relationship with this blogsite. That doesn't necessarily imply, by the way, that you're doing anything wrong. But I must admit that your foolish ad hominem arguments, both signed and anonymous, do tend to give such an impression.

rajend naidu said...

just received hefty back pay for my little pieces in Fiji Today and Pacific Scoop.
will have good veggy chow to celebrate backpay.
and no I did not post the comment @anon 2.28AM
just as I had not posted that commented about the US being responsible for the Boston bombing as I was falsely accused of.

rajend naidu said...

@anon 12.57 PM
"...if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen...blah,blah,blah"
the only thing I can't stand is stupidity.
and you and your friend Benny Marama seem to have an endless supply of that.

Coup fourpointfive said...

C4.5 does not pay Rajend Naidu for his comments or letters to the editor. A number of his letters are sent to several blogs as well as the Fiji newspapers,including Fiji Sun and Fiji Times, hence the term 'syndicates'.

Coup fourpointfive said...

C4.5 does not pay Rajend Naidu for his comments or letters to the editor. A number of his letters are sent to several blogs as well as the Fiji newspapers,including Fiji Sun and Fiji Times, hence the term 'syndicates'.

Anonymous said...

"Shithead like you..."

"Hope you can find some space in your teeny-weeny brain..."

"Idiots..."

"You are fuckall..."

Wow, Rajend, what insightful and scintillating commentary! What a great, expansive mind you display!

Apparently I'm not alone in wondering how much C4.5 pays you for such "contributions".

Does anyone else get paid by C4.5 for spewing abuse the way you do? Sounds like a nice gig!

rajend naidu said...

Editor,
writing in the Australian (25/11)Mac Bignell says he is offended nobody considers him important enough to spy on!
he shouldn't be too sure about that.
the "logic" of the modern State spying entreprise is that the State can spy on ANYbody simply because it can and often with impunity.
It is the State exercising arbitrary power over the citizen and then justifying it by claiming it is being done all in their name!
In a democracy the citizen might have a modicum of legal redress against the excesses of the State.
In a dictatorship the citizen has no such legal protection of their rights and freedom.
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

@anon 3.41 PM
an expansive mind is capable of all kinds of formulations - the good, the bad and the ugly to deal with what it is called upon to deal with.
that is what makes it an efficient and effective defense mechanism.
that is what is at display in Rajend's commentary - the full range of an expansive mind!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 4:05 is, of course, really Rajend Naidu, speaking, as usual, about his undying admiration for . . . Rajend Naidu.

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear Rajen Naidu isn't really on C4.5's payroll. It was just an honest misunderstanding, apparently.

We're sick of the personal vendetta being waged against Rajen, but also sick of Rajen's endless rantings and juvenile tirades against Benny Marama and anyone else who disagrees with him or pokes fun at his oversized ego. We have had our fill.

If Rajen does not like Benny Marama's posts, do not read them. but you cant tell him not to post. C4.5 does not belong to your father.

Anonymous said...

anon 4.31 PM wow! how very intelligent of you to guess that was Rajend Naidu's posting @ 4.05 PM.
yes when you have an expansive mind you can be proud of it. and when you have a shitty mind it is wise to hide it in shame.
Now guess who this post is by!

Anonymous said...

Again, evidence of the "superior intellect" of Rajend Naidu. The maturity of a grammar student.

Anonymous said...

@anon 4.38 Pm how do you know the repeated claim that Rajend Naidu was on the C4.5 payroll was "just an honest misunderstanding apparently"?.
I am more inclined to think apparently it wasn't an honest misunderstanding but an attempt at damaging his character and credibility.

Anonymous said...

@ anon 5.04 PM
can't see why you need to put superior intellect in inverted commas. it is a fact that you have people with superior intellect just as you have people displaying amazing stupidity. you of course belong to the latter category.

Anonymous said...

The previous two comments brought to you, as usual, by Rajend Naidu. It isn't difficult to see his "superior intellect" at work, using anonymous comments to praise and promote himself. What a wanker!

Anonymous said...

Esther Williams and VC Rajesh Chandra both big con artists especially Esther whose PhD is highly suspect. Worse two managers for non transparency and non accountability.
Both Bloody useless and highly corrupt and unethical.

rajend naidu said...

editor,
In his letter to the Fiji Sun (27/11) Amenatave Yaconisau draws our attention to the Fiji television programme 'Close Up' of 24/11 which showed several squatter families in Lautoka living in squalid conditions without proper water supply,electricity, proper sanitation and latrines.
Amenatave says " No man in his right senses can believe that previous governments can have such neglect for such citizens".
I agree 100 per cent.
I only have one small question for Amenatave : How long has the present government been in power?
I won't ask how it got to be in power?
That latter is largely unnecessary now.
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

rajend naidu said...

editor,
What Jon Hayes says in his letter to the Canberra Times (27/11) has considerable bearing on what the C4.5 and other blog sites are doing for the cause of democracy in Fiji.
He writes "If the ABC had decided not to publish the information[on Australia's spying on Indonesia]its reputation as a news media organization might well have been severely compromised... (rings a bell!)
As the ABC's head, Mark Scott, stated to a parliament committee earlier this week, the decision to publish was based on the public's need to know about our intelligence eavesdropping on phone calls of the Indonesian President and his wife.The price being paid is significant diplomatic embarrassment for Australia in its relationship with its neighbour, which will in time be resolved. Any public debate on the role of our intelligence services should be a healthy indicator of democracy".
People campaigning for the restoration of democracy in Fiji will identify with what Hayes says in his letter.
Governments will do what governments do - including doing the dirty on foreigners and even on its own citizens. It is the duty of the free media in fulfillment of its watch dog role to bring the dirty doing out in open in public view.
That is the only way to ensure a democratic society remains democratic.
sincerely,
rajend naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

on the one hand we have BC telling us here on C4.5 that the "health system" in Fiji is "truly farked up." With "No bedsheets for patients. Nurses working 12 hrs and getting paid only for 8hrs. No medication and I(he)has seen with my(his)own eyes patients with open wounds at the CWM Hospital wallowing for days on a bare FILTHY mattress. Talk about infection Control!"
BC does paint a very gloomy scenario of the state of health services in the country.
But then we read on the other hand a letter in the Fiji Times (29/11) by one David Sam Robinson of Suva saying "I(he) cannot express in words(then he goes on to express in eloquent words)the excellent services provided by the doctors, sister-in-charge,nurses, maids and cleaners" during his admission at the CWM Hospital.
He even thanks the Minister for Health and the medical superintendent.
I have no doubt in my mind that David Sam Robinson received the excellent health care and services he claims he received.
I would only like to know why he received such superb services when others seem to be complaining about slack health services?
Is he a whiteman? Is he a Kailoma with connections in high places? Is he a big business man?Is he an expatriate? Why the special treatment for him?

rajend naidu said...

editor,
Citizen on citizen terror is often sustained by the State sanctioning it.
We witnessed that back in the days of the Ku Klux Klan in the Deep South in America.
We witnessed that in more recent times closer at home after the 1987 racist Rabuka military coup and the Speight "civilian" coup of 2000.
We witness that in the persecution of the Feng Dung community in China.
In the SBS Dateline documentary 'Russia's Gay Hate' on Tuesday 26/11 we witnessed again the persecution of citizens by their fellow citizens because they are different.
The documentary captures "the devastating consequences of Russia's new anti-gay laws where people now live increasingly in fear of arrest and attack" by citizen vigilantes.
The citizen vigilante groups ply their trade of terrorizing gay citizens openly only because "the authorities have officially sanctioned the persecution of gay people".
Russia's macho President Putin approves the persecution.
The citizen vigilantes no doubt take their cue from him.
And we have been led to believe after the fall of communism that Russia is now a democracy.
What kind of democracy is that?
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

rajend naidu said...

editor,
People in power do the dirty on the people over whom they exercise power.
Here's an example. It comes from T.J.Mark's letter'Broken election promises reveal who we can't trust' in the Canberra Times (29/11).He writes:
" Tony Abbot has been caught lying again! He claims that what he said pre-election was that the Coalition would match the quantum of Labour's education funding.He said nothing of the sort. What he did say was that he and Labour were as one on education and that the Gonski funding would be maintained for four years.
This blatant broken promise comes from the mob who campaigned on a slogan of "who can you trust?".If we didn't know before who we can trust, we sure do now."
Lying to get into power. I think we can identify with that phenomenon.
With the elections coming up we should exercise all the cells in our brains to figure out who we can trust.
The Australian people didn't. That's why now just a couple of months after the elections in the first public opinion polls Tony Abbot's government has recorded a dramatic drop in its rating.
Let us take extreme care about who we trust.
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu

rajend naidu said...

editor,
another day and another good example of a politico doing the dirty on the people.
This one is about the Australian ruling party's Christopher Pyne saying one thing pre-election and doing quite the opposite after winning.
Richard Leask tells us (the Age 2/12) "Mr Pyne's behaviour... was to pretend to support a policy he had no intention of keeping,have people vote for him in support of that policy, then renege on his promise and reveal a policy that no one voted for. What Mr Pyne has done is called deception, breaking a promise, and lying. This is a sign of untrustworthiness, poor character and egotism, as well as contempt for voters of all affiliations and disdain for the Westminister system of government. Clearly he has no understanding of the word mandate".
People in Fiji will know exactly what Richard Leask is referring to on the basis of their own experience with their own politicians - both the elected variety of the past and the unelected variety of the present.
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

I ask again what arrangement Rajend Naidu has with Coupfourpointfive? what kind of contract and what kind of payment is he getting? After 7 years he must be a millionaire I am sure. Now spit it out boy. remember you can run but you can't hide. all will be revealed when the Auditor-General's Report is published.

rajend naidu said...

editor,
A storm of criticism (from ordinary citizens writing letter to the editor,from civil society, from Opposition politicians) has forced the Tony Abbot government to restore education funding and stick to its pre-election policy platform.(SBS news 2/12)
A responsible government and leadership must not only hear what the people are saying but take heed of what the people are saying and act accordingly. The Tony Abbot government has done that with its volte-face.
And that rethinking on the part of the government is a good reminder to the people in power that we are suppose to be having a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
In power people have a tendency to forget that.They think they can do whatever they want.
People must remind them.
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

rajend naidu said...

editor,
Talking about the State doing the dirty on its citizen this one's quite a stinker.
We read in the news (the Guardian 2/11) and then heard in the news (SBS 2/11) that the Australian government has not only been spying on its ordinary citizens but also sharing that information with its " five eyes" partners.
Now imagine if ordinary citizens can be subjected to such abuse in a Western democracy what ordinary citizens must confront in a military dictatorship?
Shit can happen under any system of government.
This is why citizens must remain eternally vigilant to guard against any attempt by the State to erode their rights and freedoms.
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

rajend naidu said...

editor,
one last one for the doing dirty series.
It's been a long time coming but finally it's come. Syria's dictator Basha al Assad has at last been accused of war crimes by the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay. She pointed the finger for the war crimes directly at Assad saying it was sanctioned at "the highest level of government including the head of state". She said Assad "authorized war crimes against its own citizens" and her office has "a list" of the perpetrators. (ABC News 3/12). She said accountability is a key part of the international community and Assad must be held accountable at the ICC.
The Syrian regime has dismissed her accusations.A spokesman said "she's been talking nonsense and we don't listen to her".
It is hard to believe the UN human rights chief who is a former respected South African High court judge would be "talking nonsense".
But we know dictatorial regimes have the habit of dismissing criticism and critics as "irrelevant", or "insignificant" or "not important" right to the very end.
When they go the rot is exposed often in far greater scale than originally claimed.
History is replete with examples of this.
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

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