|Growing resistance to plan to dump flag.|
That's Frank Bainimarama's reasoning for ditching the flag and unveiling a new one on Independence Day in October.
Bainimarama claims he can come up with a flag more relevant for the New Fiji.
"We need to replace the symbols on our existing flag that are out of date and no longer relevant, including some anchored to our colonial past.
"The new flag should reflect Fiji's position in the world today as a modern and truly independent nation state."
The goon has resorted to justifying his arbitrary decision by saying New Zealand's doing it so why not Fiji.
But hang on - New Zealand and other democratic countries hold a referendum when they want to change something as major as their flag, don't they?
That's right - the people of Fiji have not been consulted.
As the National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad says, there should be a referendum.
"An issue of national importance, especially when it involves an issue that has become an indelible part of our history, symbolizing transition from 96 years of Colonial Rule to full Independence 45 years ago, must involve the entire population of Fiji, including their elected representatives."
Bainimarama says there is no need for a referendum, he has spoken and that's it. He says the competition will run for two months and the voice of every Fijian will be heard.
Will be heard how? So now every Fijian is a designer, artist, and painter? And everyone's voice will be heard in two month. Bullcrap.
And, sorry, Bainimarama your changing the flag won't wash away Fiji's colonial past.
"When one looks at our institutions, names of our major roads and streets, they are named in honour of colonial rulers, administrators and monarchs," says Prasad. "Aren’t these remnants of Colonialism, if PM’s logic is given credibility?
"This government also still attaches our Indo-Fijian community to colonial history," he says.
"The preamble describes Indians as descendants of indentured labourers from British India. What nonsense!"
This is insulting. India was a British Colony, so was Fiji and many other countries under the rule of the British Empire.
Therefore, the preamble basically describes Indo-Fijians as British Indians!
Like all sugar coated snow jobs (remember the re-branding of Air Pacific to Fiji Airways and the theft of?), the regime has organised a national competition to find a winning design.
Beware this PR exercise because it'll be riddled with agendas - remember what they did with the Constitution.
If you want to save the flag, sign the petition here