In the last week, we've seen the regime led 'democratic' government get away again with breaking the rules to suit itself.
The classic example was the case of the Tui Cakau being disciplined for 'swearing' at the Speaker of the House at a public meeting in Makoi.
The Privileges Committee heard an audio recording provided by Communications Fiji Limited and proceeded to recommended that the Tui Cakau be suspended from Parliament for two years.
Ratu Naiqama asked the Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni to allow the recording to be played in Parliament yesterday, to show that his words were not directed at the Speaker of the House.
we listen you don’t only make judgments from the first part of the
speech. You need to take the full context of what transpired in that
meeting – and only then Madam Speaker would one be able to get the full
picture of where I was coming from and what was said at that meeting."
Predictably, Dr Jiko Luveni ruled that the recording would not be played in Parliament.
Question: what's wrong with this picture? Answer: multiple examples of conflicts of interest.
1. Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, the principal complainant who moved the motion for Parliament to discipline the Tui Cakau and said he had an audio recording of the incident, is a member of the Privileges Committee.
2. Dr Jiko Luveni's deputy, Ruveni Nadalo, is also a member of the Privileges Committee.
3. Dr Jiko Luveni, the subkect of the complaint, makes the decision for the recording not to be played in Parliament.
Khaiyum insists Ratu Naiqama committed contempt. His argument was:
"....it is also contempt when you actually make scurrilous comments about judges. That is also contempt, not because they have not followed any orders but because they make comments about the institution which is represented by the judge."
"It is exactly the same situation in this, where you actually do not necessarily have orders, but where comments have been made about the Speaker which is the representative of the Legislature. So, contempt is not simply a question of not following orders, contempt is the respect for the very institution that we are talking about, Madam Speaker. It is quite clear, it is clear as daylight."
There are many many examples of the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand and leaders of the world being criticised, sworn at and belittled, but have people been penalised for this?
No, because in a real democracy, this is what you call 'freedom of speech'.
Another example of the Bainimarama government's unfairness is the case of the 7000 submissions for the new Fiji flag by SODELPA youth.
On May 1 when the Fiji Flag committee said they had received 1430 submissions, SODELPA youth responded asking "Where are the 7000 entries we submitted?"
This question was ignored until last week, 19 days later, wehn Khaiyum told Parliament that they had received the 7000 submissions from SODELPA youth.
So why weren't the SODELPA youth entries added to the total number of entries the Fiji Flag committee received?
Let's all stop pretending everything is well in Fiji.
The Khaiyum and Bainimarama regime have been blinding the people of Fiji for years; first via decrees to stop people fighting them, then by installing their own people in positions of power and finally with freebies such as rubbish bins and promise of free milk.
But Parliament is a farce.
It pretends to follow the laws, quoting this and that while establishing sham committees to show accountability.
At the end of the day, guess who gets their way in the pretence of democracy?
This Bainimarama (the puppet) and Khaiyum (the real leader) government were thugs before they were elected and remain thugs, despite their efforts to be 'clean'.
The so-called Parliament will continue to trot out sanitised rulings but in reality it is as false as Bainimarama and Khaiyum.
God bless Fiji.