Not only have Fiji's neighbours like New Zealand and Australia provided major assistance in the rebuild but ordinary former Fiji nationals living overseas have taken it upon themselves to raise money or collect clothes etc for the victims of the cyclone.
This cyclone has reminded us that Fijians/Indo Fijians may appear divided politically, but are united at heart, especially when it comes helping each other during difficult times. And this generous spirit of us Fijians/Indo Fijians, can never be taken away, even by corrupt politicians.
It's interesting to see what is happening politically too during a disaster. There are some genuine parties like the three NFP MPs who have contributed $35,000 towards relief and rehabilitation of Fiji. SODELPA on the other hand has called for all parliamentarians to contribute 10% of their salaries.
In contrast, no word on sacrificing their salaries from two of Fiji's highest paid people, Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum. Instead Bainimarama has set up a 'PM's disaster relief fund' for people to contribute to.
Interesting too is all the praises for Bainimarama during this recovery. Photos of him hugging children, and women crying have been popular with comments like 'he is the best PM in the world', 'there has never been a PM like him', 'he is so down to earth unlike other PMs' and so on.
Cyclone Winston was devastating for Fiji but a golden egg for PR company Qorvis to promote Frank Bainimarama as a messiah.
This is similar to what happened in New Orleans. A disaster becomes the best promotion for any Prime Minister. In Australia, former PM Tony Abbott received praise and accolades for how he dealt with the terrorism threats; in the US Barrack Obama's response to drive by shootings and a call for guns to be banned. There are many more examples.
It is important to not confuse genuine behaviour with political mileage.
While Fiji recovers and the focus is on helping the victims of the cyclone, Bainimarama has also chosen to appoint three of his military men to top positions.
- Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto as the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces;
- Brigadier General Sitiveni Tukaituraga Qiliho as the Commissioner of Police
- Commander Francis Bulewa Kean as the Commissioner of the Fiji Corrections Service.
Now why would he make such important appointments at a time when the country is still crippled? Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has labelled it 'jobs for the boys' and we agree.
All of them are abusers of human rights. Francis Kean, Bainimarama's brother in law is a murderer who never did his time.
So before you go praising Frank Bainimarama and his merry men for the efforts in the recovery of Fiji, think carefully about what is really going on and how Fiji is faring in the world today.