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Friday, February 19, 2021

How Frank Bainimarama benefited from the 2006 military coup revealed

Last week in Parliament, while pushing through a Bill to establish the Anti-Corruption Court, Frank Bainimarama's right-hand man Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, who is prepared to die a thousand times for his boss, lamented that corruption was rife in the country. And here we thought the 2006 military coup was a clean-up campaign as claimed by coup leader Bainimarama.

Back in 2006, he also said that nobody in the military's interim regime would benefit from the coup and those serving the regime would not be allowed to contest any elections.

Yeah Right!

Starting with Bainimarama and Khaiyum, most of them contested the 2014 elections. Another major player who was the first finance minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, was barred for 8 years after being convicted for an offence. Now he too is busy laying the ground to fight in 2022 when he will be 80 years old.

It didn't stop there. Bainimarama himself had a financial windfall under the guise of holding multiple ministerial portfolios.

Remember Bainimarama proclaimed loud and clear that he was only going to be paid the salary of the Commander of Republic of Fiji Military Forces and not for holding the position of Prime Minister in the regime!


Well, that changed in January 2010. He got the Commander's salary increased from $96,0000 to $230,000 and obtained other benefits, increasing his total salary package to over $316,000 per year.

A letter from sources close to Government House and Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who was President in 2010, shows how Aiyaz Khaiyum , who was then Attorney General, wrote to Nailatikau and got the package approved for his boss.

Apart from other benefits including full medical treatment for him and his family, from January 2010 until the elections in September 2014, Bainimarama’s earnings are as follows:


Base salary: $230,000 per annum

Extra Duty Allowance: 12.5% of base salary which is $28,750 per annum

25% Gratuity for every 12 months of service: $57,500 per annum


Total salary per annum: $316,250

This was his salary for 2010,2011,2012, 2013 and until 3rd October 2014 when it was increased through the parliamentary remunerations decree to $328,750.

This isn't corruption in Bainimarama and Khaiyum's dictionary.

No wonder Nailatikau, who has always lived off state resources, is back earning a fat salary of $150,000 per year as Speaker, for approving the other fat cat Bainimarama’s salary.

And no wonder his salary was never listed in the Civil Service List published every year containing ranks, names and salaries of all civil servants.


Read the letter for yourself.



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Anonymous said...

Thank you Coupfourpointfive for your revelations of the corrupt wealth amassment by " clean up " coup leader Bainimarama and his political sidekicks and cronies. That's one thing that has certainly flourished in post coup Fiji. The corrupt wealth of the rogue rulers of the country and their lackeys. Cry the beloved country for falling into the hands of armed robbers and thieves.

Suomynona said...

Its been coming eventually where everything wrong with those two sons of bitches would be exposed continuously as most people have always known about FFP cronyism and nepotism.

This isn't new anyways, and we'll most likely end up like Venezuela, Cuba, Myanmar, and Zimbabwe the longer those two morons remain in power. And they even plan to extend it further by doing away democratic fundamental which makes the authoritarian control more apparent and very dangerous.

This is why the backwards mentality is rife within the mindsets of several people, especially in parliament.

Frankie may be Khaiyum's "boss," but everyone knows Khaiyum is the ventriloquist who has his hand shoved so far up Frankie's ass because the high school dropout can't bloody think for himself except his own money and nepotistic family.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
ROGUE MILITARY MOB
If you think the rogue elements of the Fijian military who dismantled our democratic system of governance - a colonial inheritance - were bad for the country, you are right. They have indeed been very bad for our democracy. But they are still second rate, even small fry, when compared to the rogue military of Myanmar . They symbolise all that is rotten about the military imposing its rule over a country : the rampant corruption, the reign of terror, the political repression, the violent suppression of peaceful protest, the denial of citizens civil rights and human rights.
Rajend Naidu

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Rule of Law
In Australia's democracy the police chief wrote a letter to the PM to clarify to him that not reporting a crime in a timely manner could jeopardise proper police investigation and even pervert the administration of justice. This in light of the revelation that a Liberal party staffer Brittany Higgins has alleged she was raped in a minister's parliamentary office by a senior party adviser but the matter was not reported to police.
In some democracy the police chief dare not write such a letter to the PM if he wants to keep his job.
This is the beauty of Australia's democracy . People in power are held to account through separation of powers and relevant checks on the exercise of official powers.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Independent investigation into USP saga
I agree with the director of Fiji Human Rights Commission Ashwin Raj's call for an independent investigation into all issues arsing from the USP saga, including complaints against university vice chancellor Prof Ahluwalia ( The Fiji Times 25/2 ).
I just hope Ashwin Raj is not part of any such independent investigation. There is a public perception that he is not an independent person. That he in fact is a yes man of the mob in power in Fiji.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
To Have Or Not To Have The Beard That Is The Question.
That is the question asked by Ben Padarath regarding students in our high schools ( see write up in Fijileaks ). And that has even woken Ashwin Raj, the puppet director of the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission, from his slumber ( " comatose ", according to Fijileaks ). And, not unpredictably the Minister for Education Rosy Akbar claims Padarath is being a religious bigot for raising the issue of the head boy of a Muslim High being allowed to keep a full beard when other students are not.
Padarath has a legitimate question. It's Rosy and Raj who have given the issue a political twist.
When I was in high school in Fiji students would get sent home if the hair on their head or face was deemed to be too much by a teacher/ principal. I got sent home in form 6 when I was preparing for UE.
So when has the rules changed? Or, has it been changed selectively? Is there double standard in the operation of the rules?
Ben Padarath is perfectly justified in asking that question.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Having The Right Moral Compass
Myanmar's UN envoy Kyaw Moe Tun said in his address to the UN that the military coup that overthrew the elected civilian government must be opposed by all means ( SBS news 27/2 ). He had the courage to speak truth to power.
Many of our high profile mob failed to do that when we had a military coup in 2006. Instead they threw their support behind the coup. Many have since then withdrawn their support when they realised the coup makers had done the coup for their own benefit and not for the country and the people. But some shamelessly continue to support a corrupt post coup regime in Fiji.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
People In High Places Doing The Low
French court has sentenced former president Sarkozy to 3 years for corruption. It is not uncommon to have people in high places doing the low. We in a small Pacific island country of less than one million people have a fair bit of that. Some say these days it's more than a fair bit. Some have enriched themselves so much after the coups they themselves can't believe their luck!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Ex-President Sarkozy's corruption particulars relate to bribing a judge and influence peddling. Now under the French system of democracy, accountability and rule of law the former president had his day in court and was found guilty. In some other places people in power do that very same thing and get away with it scotfree.
Chiku, really Rajend Naidu

Anonymous said...

Editor,
WE DESERVE BETTER
This is what an Australian citizen ( Peter Barry ) wrote and the press in Australia published ( The Age 4/3/21 ) :
" It seems our Prime Minister has become so used to bluffing his way by planting his feet, aggressively denying and lying so often that he seems to have felt that this proven ruse would work in all circumstances. With nodding colleagues, an army of spin doctors and a largely compliant press, he has got away with it for 18 months ... Until the last few days. He now presents as weak, cornered, indecisive and paralysed.We deserve better".
Would a letter like this ever see the light of day in the mainstream press in Fiji's " true democracy "?
We have a lot of the same phenomenon in the Fijian political scene,don't we?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
INCOMPETENT and CORRUPT GOVERNMENT
Scott Ramsay writes " The incompetent and corrupt Morrision government has squibbed on the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, so the 148 recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety have a Buckley's chance of being implemented" ( The Saturday Paper 6/3/21 ).
Now if an advanced First World democracy like Australia can have an " incompetent and corrupt " government, imagine what one could have in a " clean up " coup country where the coup had nothing to do with any clean up?
So just what was the coup about?
That question remains as relevant today in 2021 as it was in 2006.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
STENCH SURROUNDING GOVERNMENT
A letter writer informs us that " There's a stench surrounding the Morrison government " ( The Age 8/3/21 ). Wonder if there is a stench surrounding the Bainimarama government?
What is the sense of civil society groups, human rights advocates, opposition political party leaders and last but certainly not the least, the ordinary people of Fiji about this?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
IS THE PRIME MINISTER A FIT PERSON TO HOLD THE HIGHEST OFFICE?
That is the bigger question according to Murray Upton ( Canberra Times letter 10/3 ). In my opinion he isn't. He reminds me of Third World banana republic leaders who often have the gift of the gab and are good at sweeping things they don't want to address or come under public scrutiny under the carpet. And that includes allegations of official corruption.( Murray gives a list of Morrison's many failures).
A democracy like Australia deserves better leadership just as the Americans did when Trump was president of their democracy.
There are many people who hold the highest office in their country who are not fit to hold that office.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
ROGUE LEADER
US federal prosecutors have filed motions claiming Honduran president Hernandez took bribes from drug traffickers and had armed forces protect a cocaine laboratory and shipments to the US. Just goes to show how greedy some can become when in power.
It is not uncommon for rogue leaders to use the armed forces to serve their own selfish and corrupt agenda. Myanmar provides a good current example. Fiji also where the armed forces have been used to serve power hungry and corrupt leaders.
Many more examples can be cited but I think the points made.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
FIJI : Living In Paradise.
Some time back when I came back to Fiji for a visit I met an old acquaintance ( a prominent person who had held high positions in USP and the Suva City Council etc ) he said to me living in Fiji - post 2006 coup Fiji - was living in paradise. I wonder what he thinks living in Fiji will be like if the proposed draft Police Bill 2020 is enacted in law?
To get an insight into the alarming provisions of the Bill see the letter titled ' Draft Police Bill 2020 ' by Peter Johnston in The Fiji Times 11 March.
It's hard to imagine any small Pacific island country described as " a paradise " could come up with such draconian police powers that many commentators have said is akin to a totalitarian or a fascist state.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Raj Says A Simon Says.
We read in Fijileaks 13/3 under ' Breaks his trademark toxic wind on Ahluwalia's deportation. Regime stooge Ashwin Raj rules no breaches in the Ahluwalias ousting from Fiji. Now he says the Human Rights Commission investigating USP ' that Raj whitewashed all the claims of human rights violations and violations of the rule of law in the arbitrary and undignified deportation of the USP VC by the Fijian government.
A " stooge " is defined as " a subordinate used by another [ a powerful person ] to do unpleasant routine work ".
Is that the role of Ashwin Raj in the post coup regime in Fiji - the role of a government stooge?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Junta Persecutes Journalists
Myanmar junta charges six journalists over coup coverage ( France 24 Live 14/3 ) . Is anybody surprised by that? That shit happens invariably after a military coup because the junta does not want the truth revealed. And revealing the truth is what good journalist must do.
Now this is a fact that even our Raj would have no problem in recognising I am pretty sure.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Benefiting From The Coup
That Attorney-General and Minister for Everything ( a coup benefit in itself ) Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum could get the national airline Fiji Air to fly him to Singapore for heart treatment is a special benefit to him in light of his post coup status in Fiji.
Prince Phillip at age 99 has had his heart condition fixed in a London hospital and he has now been discharged after a month long stay. I therefore recommend the next time King Khaiyum has a heart trouble he should get Fiji Air to fly him to London.
He might even be able to meet the Queen in London.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Call To Sack Raj
That's The Fiji Times front page headline story in today' ( 20/3 ) paper. I can understand that call made by lawyer and deputy leader of SODELPA . Every time I see the photo of the director of Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission Ashwin Raj in the newspaper the words " toothless tiger " pops into my head.
Today's paper had a particularly large photo of him and in the front page!
The words " toothless tiger " popped up in my head in bold letters!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
How to get the country back on track?
Seona Smiles, The Fiji Times columnist, says to get the country back on track " Maybe a start could be a kick in the pants of the ineffective and uninformative Human Rights Commission " ( The Fiji Times 21/3 ).
I agree.
The fish rots from the head so a good place to start a kick in the pants would be the headhoncho of the Commission. The way he has been operating leaves an independent observer with the distinct impression he is a mouthpiece of the government rather then a defender of the human rights of citizens subjected to state abuse of power in its varied forms.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
VOTING
Allow me to share this exchange between the pompous town mayor standing for reelection and the daughter of a deaf father contesting the election to get rid of the incumbent mayor from the French film The Belier Family ( now showing in the SBS series World Movies ) :
Mayor : " Does your father really think citizens will vote for a deaf mute?"
Daughter : " Why not vote for a deaf mute if they voted for an asshole?"
I think that's something voters can reflect upon in many political settings.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
PM not the man for the job
This is the title of the letter by my fellow sydneysider Michael Berg in The Saturday Paper 27 March. He writes :
" In March 2019, Scott Morrison said he did not " want to see women rise only on the basis of others doing worse". Others, presumably, being men. With such an attitude on record, can we seriously expect this man to lead the country towards gender equality? The PM has shown no more real commitment to this issue than he has to any other serious issue affecting this country - climate change, racism, equality of opportunity; take your pick ".
The PM has shown himself to be good at paying lip service to the many serious issues affecting this country but conspicuously short in concrete action.
Scott Morrison, of course, is not the only PM who is " not the man for the job ".
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Deprivation of Liberty
' It's Good Friday ' announced The Fiji Times editorial 2 April. It wasn't for Ben Padarath ( ' Easter in remand for Padarath ' FT 2/4 ). It's become so easy for people to be deprived of their liberty in post coup Fiji democracy as the NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad points out ( FT 2/4). Wonder what Jesus would have made of Padarath's persecution ?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Who Is Standing Up For Human Rights in Post Coup Fiji?
Two very contrasting statements on arbitrary arrest and detainment in Fiji following the arrest and detainment of Ben Padarath by FICAC.
( The Fiji Times 3/4 ). The one by the NGO Coalition on Human Rights expresses genuine concern at the appalling manner of arbitrary arrest and detainment of citizens by State agencies. The other one by the director of the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission Mr Ashwin Raj is a cliched commentary with no real commitment to actively upholding citizens human rights from state abuse of power.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

On the human rights front in Fiji who has the citizens back? Not Ashwin Raj, the regime stooge, everyone in civil society knows that.

Anonymous said...

" Someone stop this " ( The Passion of the Christ ) . This abuse of state power. But don't count on Ashwin Raj the puppet director of Fiji Human Rights Commission on doing that.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
An Honest Political Leader.
What a breath of fresh air to hear Taiwan's transport minister say he " will not avoid responsibility " for the train derailment disaster which has claimed 51 lives ( Aljazeera news 5/4 ). That's rare. Usually when things go wrong politicians tend to pass the buck, shift blame and avoid taking responsibility. They only like to take credit for any good thing that has happened even when the credit is not their just due.
The Taiwan transport minister is the kind of politician I would vote for - an honest politician - who does not dodge this responsibility to the people he is meant to serve.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
The Worst Prime Minister?
Alison Stewart says this about the Australian PM Scott Morrison in her letter to The Saturday Paper 9 April :
"... Interested solely in clinging to power, Morrison's concerns, as always, are for himself ... Is he the worst prime minister ever inflicted on Australia ?
I read in the social media the same thing being said about another prime minister in our region. Can anyone make a guess on who the other PM is?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Anonymous said...

Editor,
ACT OF VANDALISM
As a veteran when friends and family ask Dallas Stow what he thinks of the re-development of the Australian War Memorial, his answer is " it is an act of utter vandalism and a waste of money better spent elsewhere". He says he hasn't met one person " who thinks it is a good idea and a worthwhile project. The arrogance that has accompanied pronouncements and the patronising dismissal of opposing views tells me that the AMU's management is definitely out-of-touch with public feeling. He says he's " been a Friend of the War Memorial for a number of years " but is now reconsidering... ( Letter, Canberra Times 16/4 ).
It is great when someone who has been a friend of the war memorial has the courage of his conviction to speak out as a critic. It leans great weight to the public outrage at the obscene unnecessary spending on the " redevelopment " of the war memorial.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
GOVERNMENT IGNORED WARNINGS
That's what we learn from the Reuter's/ The Fiji Times report 3 /5 under the same title.
A forum of scientific advisers set up by the government - Indian PM Narendra Modi's government - had warned in early March that a new and more contagious ( and dangerous )variant of the coronavirus was taking hold in the country but the government ignored the warnings and did not take the necessary steps to imposed restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. Instead it allowed religious festivals and political rallies, including PM Modi's own, to be held with large crowds gatherings without face musk.
Now India is paying the terrible price for the Modi government's failure to do the right by its people. World record breaking number of coronavirus cases have been recorded together with thousands of daily deaths. And, instead of using the period since the first wave ( about 12 months ) to put appropriate measures in place on the front the Modi government was spending $2 billion on what Dr Mukulika Banerjee of the London School of Economics called Modi's " vanity projects " ( interview on France 24 live , 26/5 ).
How should the Modi government be described? I think the Indian people would now be pretty clear on that. It is an irresponsible and criminally negligent government.
The whole world can see from the horrendous graphics on their television why that is so.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Delusions of Granduer
Consistent with its delusions of granduer the mob in power in post coup Fiji plan on building a $7m new office complex for the PM notwithstanding the fact that thousands of ordinary people are not only struggling to make ends meet at this time of the Covid crisis, many are even going hungry to ensure there is enough food for their children.
Shame,shame, shame on all who are behind this absurd, narcissistic PM's office project.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Living the lie
The Republican Party kicked out Liz Chenny, their third ranking leader, because she spoke the truth. She was not prepared to go along with Trump's " Big Lie " that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. She publicly declared it to be a false claim. She further stated Trump's continued repetition of the false claim had the potential for more violence.
Apparently many in the Republican Party find the truth that Liz Chenney stood up for unpalatable. They prefer to live the lie to safeguard their vested political interest.
Never mind the harm that the lie has caused to America's democracy.
Shame on such political operators!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
The Catalyst for the 1987 Coup
Contrary to Dr Shailendra Singh's claim ( ' The 1987 coup- Catharsis or diseases ' The Fiji Times 16/5 ) the catalyst for the 1987 coup was not the electoral loss of the ruling Alliance Party which had been in power since Independence in 1970. It was the failure of the defeated politicians to respect the verdict of the people and for unscrupulous leaders in the Fijian military, the Methodist Church, the Great Council of Chiefs, and the Fijian Taliban Taukei Movement to betray the pledge to uphold the constitution and the integrity of the institutions of the state in a multiracial democracy, which the Pope on his visit to the country a short time earlier had described as " the way the world should be ".
If it was not for the rogue leaders and their cynical manipulation of the indigenous people by scapegoating the Indians for all their woes the coup not have happened.
I disagree with Dr Singh's claim that the coup was inevitable. It wasn't. Rogue leaders took the country down that path for their own self-serving agenda.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Blaming Race Relations For The Coups
From his letter to The Fiji Times ( 22/5 ) it seems Colin Deoki subscribes to the spurious view that fractured race relations between the Indo-Fijians and the native Fijians was responsible for the coups in Fiji. It wasn't. As the late USP academic Ropate Qalo had observed just after the 1987 coup was carried out that it was not race but racism that was responsible for the coup. The race card - scapegoating the Indo-Fijians - was a pretext for the coup which was just a power grab by the democratically defeated ruling Alliance Party and its cronies to reinstall the failed politicians and their backers ( from the military, the Methodist Church and the Great Council of Chiefs and Fijian trade union ) to power.
The race relations assertion is a superficial reading of the real reason behind the coup.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Rogue Ruler Shows His Dirty Hands
Belarus rogue ruler Lukashenko has shown his dirty hands by ordering the hijacking of a civilian passenger plane by sending military fighter jets to intercept and divert the Ryanair plane to Minsk to capture and detain dissident activist and vocal critic Roman P., who has been exposing the human rights abuses and state security force brutality since Lukashenko retained his hold on power through a rigged election in November last year.
Lukashenko has given proof that he has no regard for the norms of good State behaviour. Now there is absolutely no doubt he rigged the election to maintain his 4 decade hold on power as the protesters have said from the very beginning. He has no legitimacy. Only state violence and repression to prop him in power.
It is for a good reason he has been called " Europe's last dictator ". With his hijacking of the civilian plane the dictator might be bringing forward his own end.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney


Anonymous said...

Editor,
Russian Acquiescence .
Russia we learn from the news found nothing wrong with the way the Belarusian state authorities conducted themselves in intercepting the civilian plane and arresting the opposition journalist. That's hardly surprising, is it given Russian's own treatment of dissidents?
Russia is in fact renown for the persecution of state opponents without any regard for the rule of law or international norms.
The Belarusian dictator couldn't ask for a better friend then Russia.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Graham Davis Has Belatedly Seen The Light
Who would have thought we'd see the day when Graham Davis who ridiculed and condemned critics of Bainimarama and his regime when he was a paid propagandist of the regime given to defending the indefensible would say to Frank Bainimarama if you can't provide effective leadership then it's time for you to pack up and go?( Fijileaks 27/5 ).
I suppose the shit of incompetence has become so heavy that even Graham can now smell it.
Good on him.
Better late then not at all.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

' Leaders Must Leave When They Fail To Deliver ' by rajend Naidu in Coupfourpointfive 28 June 2016.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Call for Minister for Economy to Resign Immediately
' 7 NGOs demand the immediate resignation of the Minister for Economy ' by Shanil Singh ( republished in Fijileaks 28/5 ). That is not going to happen given the full support and confidence the PM Frank Bainimarama has repeatedly said he has in the Minister Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, his right hand man since his military takeover of the Government of Fiji in 2006. With the backing of the PM and the Fijian military the Minister can ignore the call for his " immediate " resignation. How many times have that call been made since Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum's rise to power?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Public Perception of Covid Response
When a major crisis overtakes a country and causes immense hardship, even suffering, for an overwhelming number of people the response of some enhance their community credibility, standing and respect. This is the case with regards to the CSO Friends and Fiji CSO Alliance for Covid Humanitarian Response. Others because of their response or lack of appropriate response commensurate with the scale of the crisis damage their reputation. It's for the people of Fiji living through the Covid crisis to say who fall into the latter category.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Modi Failed His People
There is a public perception that Modi has failed his people with his handling of the Covid pandemic ( SBS news 29/5 ) . India has become a country characterised by the anguish of the living and the indignity of the dead. So what is Modi still doing as PM of India? Shouldn't he be gone?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Persecuting Journalists Is Trademark Modus Operandi Of Rogue Rulers.
So nobody should be surprised by the news that " the chief editor of a popular Internet news site in one of Belarus' largest cities was detained amid crackdown on independent journalists and opponents of authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko . ( AAP/ Canberra Times 31/5 ). It is the trade modus operandi of all rogue rulers. In Lukashenko's case he has " consistently repressed opposition since coming to power in 1994 ". That's how he like other rogue rulers maintain their hold on power.This should have a familiar ring for Fijians who have lived through four coups in four decades of independence in their country.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Showing Leadership By Example
Malaysia' PM and all ministers and deputy ministers in his government will forgo 3 months salary to contribute to the Covid-19 National Disaster Relief Trust Fund ( Southeast Asian Times 2/6/21 ).
Now that's showing true leadership rather then paying lip service to it. Some of our leaders can draw on that example.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
FRIEND's Enemy
Given the sterling work the NGO FRIEND was doing to provide food and other forms of assistance to people, particularly the poor and vulnerable, at this time of the Covid pandemic that has rendered many unable to cope with their basic needs I thought had made the NGO universally popular until I read 'A-G : NGO gains political mileage out of assisting people' ( The Fiji Times 3/6 ).
The NGO FRIEND clearly has an enemy - a dangerous, megalomaniac enemy. The real compliant of the megalomaniac is not that FRIEND is gaining political mileage but rather that it is taking the spotlight away from him. The spotlight must always be on him. Afterall he has been presenting himself as the saviour of the country since day one of his dubious rise to power in post coup Fiji.
But FRIEND and other CSO must continue doing what they are doing for the sake of the people of Fiji. The fact that the Australian government has given FRIEND some $700,000 to facilitate its Covid humanitarian response shows some acknowledge the work the NGO is doing. The many letters in the newspapers complimenting the NGO also attest to it.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

With his pathetic criticism of FRIEND and its director Sashi Kiran the Attorney-General and " Minister for Everything " in post coup Fiji, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum gives good proof of his own mediocre leadership.
- chiku.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Nasty Attack on NGO is Arrogance of Power
The uncalled for, unfair, uncouth and unFijian ( show of disrespect for others ) criticism of the Fijian PM Frank Bainimarama and his right hand man Attorney General and Minister for Everything Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum against the civil society organisation FRIEND and its director Sashi Kiran has rightly been condemned as disgraceful and shameful by former PM Mahendra Chaudhry and NFP leader Prof. Biman Prasad and civil society groups. The criticism from the two power holders ( effectively a two men government in post coup Fiji ) is a blatant display of the arrogance of power and a disdain for other stakeholders in the country committed to contributing to the welfare and well-being of the people during the national crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
It is a display of irresponsible leadership.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Myanmar Youth : Saying NO to military coup.
In a preview of SBS Dateline this coming Tuesday on how a new generation of Myanmar's youth reject military coups and stand up to the military rogue rulers in their country a youth is recorded saying " I can't let them kill my dreams. I can't accept military coup". He speaks for the new youth generation in Myanmar.
As someone who comes from a serial coup country Fiji, I can fully understand how they feel about their dreams- their future life prospects - being shattered by the military coup. We went through that ourselves. Many dreams were shattered. Many lives were shattered.
It is awe inspiring to see the Myanmar youth not quietly submitting to the repressive military regime but fighting for the restoration of democracy in their country.
In solidarity with the people of Myanmar in their struggle against military repression in their country.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Khaiyum's Fixation
Munro Leys Managing Partner Glenis Yee says " we do not understand Sayed-Khaiyum's fixation with Munro Leys at a time when Fiji is in crisis " ( Fijileaks 6/7 ). I do. It's because Richard Naidu of Munro Leys has been taking some solid pot shots at him in the social media to expose the Megalomanic's mediocrity. It's Khaiyum's vindictive way of trying to hit back. Khaiyum can use the power that he enjoys presently to attack his critics but his mediocrity remains exposed.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Handpicked State Officials Serve Their Political Masters
We learn from PBS NewsHour that Trump's handpicked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is now being investigated by the FBI and DOJ for potential breaking federal law. Back when he was a CEO DeJoy reportedly pressured his then-employees to donate to GOP candidates and reimbursed them with bonuses - a serious campaign finance violation.
It is not uncommon to witness handpicked state officials aligning themselves to their political masters and their political party rather then serving the best interest of the people and the country.
We have been witnessing the rise of this phenomenon in post coup Fiji. This is why it's so common to see this official or that official being referred to as a regime lackey or regime stooge or puppet.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
What Paradigm Change Yaar?
After the 2006 " clean up " coup we were told by the Bainimarama military regime which later transitioned into the Fiji First government that there was going to be a " paradigm change " in the way the country was going to be government. Then we heard a lot of talk about this and that " reform " which the Fiji First government of two - Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum - was undertaking to ensure good governance. Often it was claimed that this was the first time in the country's history that such and such a thing was being done.
When I read the findings of the Auditor General in The Fiji Times 10- 11 June I wondered what " paradigm change " had taken place in post coup Fiji? It seemed to me it was business as usual of the bad governance, mismanagment and yes corrupt kind.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Australia and New Zealand Come To Fiji's Help To Combat Covid.
With the daily rise in the number of people contracting Covid in Fiji, a team of specialist from Australia and New Zealand have gone to Fiji to help in combating the crisis. I have said this before and I say again that Australia and New Zealand have always been the first to lend us a helping hand in the aftermath of a disaster.
It's such an irony that after the 2006 military coup the military dictatorship did not hold back in bad mouthing Australia and New Zealand for condemning the coup and taking a stand for democracy in Fiji.The then NZ ambassador Michael Green was deemed a persona non grata and deported.
Today the same mob who treated Australia and New Zealand so badly after the coup have had to eat humble pie and ask them for assistance in fighting the virus pandemic getting out of control in Fiji.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
We Know You're Tough
In a letter to the Canberra Times ( 24/6 ) under the above title James Mahoney writes :
" Ok,PM we get it.You and your ministers Dutton, Hawke and Andrews are tough bastards. You have shown that time and again. You don't need to keep p it up, especially with the Bilo family[ a refugee family incarcerated on Christmas Island for over 3 years ).
Even tough bastards can change their minds but the way you lot are behaving ,you'll go down in history as an uncaring hardline ideologues only interested in grabbing what's left of the One Nation votes [ ethno-nationalist votes]. How sad is that ?".
In the case of other " tough bastards " they are interested only in grabbing and concentrating power in their hands so that they can amass their personal wealth and enjoy all the privileges that go with unfettered power.
But the point I want to make here is that with all its flaws this is the beauty of Australian democracy : the citizens can speak their minds freely and the media can print what they say. Can you imagine a letter like this being published in the post coup " true democracy " in Fiji?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Backing A Rogue Military Regime.
On 22 June we read in The Southeast Asian Times,the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres , citing the Myanmar case, saying " we cannot live in a world where military coups become the norm... It is totally unacceptable ". He said arms sale to the Myanmar military regime should stop.
A couple of days later we learn Russia has invited Myanmar's military coup leader to Russia and has given their endorsement for his rogue regime and even said it would sell arms to the regime.
And, Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council even though it has shown time and again it has no respect for the norms of international good State behaviour.
It's no wonder many people are sceptical / cynical about the UN.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Regime Mouthpiece Paper
In her letter to The Fiji Times 19/6 Fulori Turaga wonders why the other paper has so little space allocated for people's letters. Could that be because that other paper -Fiji Sun - is more interested in what the mob in power has to say rather than the people? Is it any wonder that it is referred to in the social media as the regime mouthpiece paper?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Closure of Pro-Democracy Newspaper
The closure of the popular pro-democracy paper Apple Daily in Hong Kong as a result of the Chinese State coercion via its national security laws reminds me of the imminent threat of closure faced by Fiji's oldest and most popular newspaper The Fiji Times following the 2006 military coup. There was clearly an attempt by the post coup military dictatorship to take The Fiji Times out of circulation because it was not toeing the line like the other paper Fiji Sun was doing. The Fiji Sun in fact became a regime propaganda paper.
Had it not been for prominent businessman Motibhai stepping in to keep The Fiji Times going the paper would most certainly have closed down. To day the paper remains the number one source of information on Fiji for Fijians both at home and abroad.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Democracy At Work In A First World Democracy.
UK Heath Minister Matt Hancock has been forced to resign after he was caught kissing an aide in breach of social distancing rules ( Aljazeera news 28/6 ) which he was himself advising the public to follow. PM Boris Johnson tried to sweep the matter under the carpet by saying the minister had apologised and he had accepted his apology that in his view was the end of the matter. The opposition and the public did not see it that way and maintained the outrage and demanded the minister resign. Now the minister has resigned. It just shows in a first world democracy there is no two sets of rules : one for government ministers and another for the general public. The law/ rules apply equally to everyone.
Now that's a qualitative difference. I doubt a government minister would have resigned under similar circumstances in a third world democracy, especially the coup variety.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
The ' Home-Grown Solution ' Boost.
We read under ' PM thanks Morrison ' ( The Fiji Times 29/6 ) that the Fijian PM Frank Bainimarama has thanked the Australian PM for coming to Fiji's aid so swiftly at this time of the greatest need confronting the people of Fiji from the spread of the Covid virus in the country. That is as should be. I wonder what post coup Bainimarama regime supporters like Thakur Ranjit Singh who so vociferously advocated '( from his adopted home in NZ ),home-grown solutions ' and not depend on " foreign imports " has to say?
How much has the Bainimarama regime been relying on home-grown solutions even before the pandemic given tChina's penetration in the country?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
The Beauty of Australian Democracy.
The mainstream media can not only criticise but even poke fun at the PM without fear.
Thus in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald letters section of 30 June there is a cartoon of a clueless looking PM Scott Morrison with a list of ' Things the PM doesn't hold ':
# A hose [ I had a letter published on this in the Canberra Times 23/6]
# A syringe
#His ministers accountable
# A Federal corruption commission
# A commitment to zero emissions
# Responsibility willingly
# A discussion with GPs before late night announcement
# Much hope of getting us vaccinated by the end of year.
In Fiji's so called " true democracy " which Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum claim they have ushered in for the first time in the country's history you'd never get to see stuff like that in the mainstream media because of the draconian media regulations the mob in power have put in place in post coup Fiji.
It's good some satirical criticism of that kind is published in the social media re : Coupfourpointfive, Fijileaks and Truth for Fiji.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Editor,
Enduring Partnership
We read in The Fiji Times article ‘ Bainimarama commends NZ’s support to Fiji’ ( 2 July ) that the Fijian PM Frank Bainimarama thanked NZ for its assistance in combating the Coronavirus crisis in Fiji. He also reiterated the “ enduring partnership “ between the two countries.
That’s so good to hear because the enduring partnership was forgotten after Bainimarama’s military coup of 2006 and the NZ ambassador Michael Green was deported from Fiji as persona non grata.
That was shameful.
But it’s good to see the very same people responsible for such shameful behaviour now acknowledge the vital partnership.
Rajend Naidu

Unknown said...

Editor,
Trump Associates Convicted
We learn from PBS NewHour 1/7 that 9 of former president Trump’s business and political associates have been convicted and more are likely. Trump Organisation’s CFO faced 15 counts of fraud charges.
These convictions are a reflection of the rigorous investigation system the US has for tax fraud. I wonder, in light of the revelations in the social media, how many business and political associates of the mob in power in post coup Fiji would be convicted if Fiji had a similar robust law enforcement regime in place?
Rajend Naidu

Unknown said...

Editor,
Perverse Priority and State Spin.
We read in Fijileaks 2/7 the following comment by Graham Davis :
“ Something is very wrong when Fiji is still spending $38 million a month on aircraft repayments but its main hospital is disintegrating. And no amount of spin will convince the public otherwise”.
Graham is of course right. What a perverse ordering of priorities?
On the question of putting a spin Graham would know about that first hand. He was until not too long back doing the spin for the Bainimarama-Khaiyum regime in Fiji has its topmost propagandist. But it’s good to see Graham has finally, albeit belatedly, come to his senses on the reality of the post coup regime in the country of our birth.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

editor- Putting Blame Where It Rightly Belongs.
it is so good to see that so many ordinary australian citizens, scientists, community leaders, environmentalits and political leaders rebutt Australian environment minister Susan Leys claim that China, as the current chair of the UNESCO, was to blame for the listing of the Great Barrier Reef as endangered and that the listing was political( ' Blaming China for UN reef listing is reprehensible' Canberra Times letters 7/7 ).
They have pointed out that the emprical evidence of the deterioration of the reef was beyond doubt and that as the custodian of the world heritage reef the australian state was responsible for the failure to look after the health of the reef by its policy of neglect over two decades.
Blame must always be put where it rightly belongs. In the case of the deterioration of the Great Barrier Reef blame belongs to the Australian State.
Many Australians recognise that.
rajend Naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

editor,
Steady Decline In Governance
Colin Deoki tells us what he has been " observing recently is the steady decline in the way FFP is governing Fiji "( The Fiji Times 10/7 ).
That's something some others have been observing for quite some time now.
In fact the decline in governance begun after the 2006 Bainimarama military and the subsequent imposition of a military dictatorship in the country.
Then the dictatorship adorned itself with a democratic garb as the Fiji First Party to contest post coup elections. It is really a party and government of two : Frank Bainimarama and his right hand man Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum. Many prominent Fijians from civil society groups and the opposition have pointed that out for years now. The two, with the backing of the fijian military, have had a strangle hold on power for nearly 15 years and have pretty much ruled the country arbitrarily under the guise of parliamentary democracy.
More and more erstwhile supporters of the FFP are now beginning to notice the rot in governance under the FFP.
rajend Naidu
sydney

Unknown said...

Editor
Mediocre Minds Running The Country
Areki Dawai tells us in his letter to The Fiji Times 12/7 that “ the Attorney General is the brains of the leader “. That explains why the country is in such a mess. According to close Fiji politics watchers like Graham Davis, the former speech writer of the leader, the coupist PM Frank Bainimarama; Victor Lal the editor of Fijileaks; Truth for Fiji publisher and Coupfourpointfive publisher the Attorney General and ‘ Minister of Everything ‘ in post coup Fiji is “ a megalomaniac, a narcissist, and a failed lawyer “. Why would the leader have such a man as his brains when Fiji has so many brilliant brains to guide the country in a progressive and prosperous direction? What’s the connection ?
It’s mind boggling to say the least.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Unknown said...

Editor,
Holding Country At Ransom
On the matter of dealing with the covid pandemic in Fiji Bharat Morris says we can’t allow a “ minority to hold the whole country at ransom “ ( The Fiji Times 12/7).
But that has been the case since the 2006 military coup. Critics, including two former PMs and the NFP leader Prof Biman Prasad, have said Fiji has a government of two - Frank Bainimarama, the coup leader and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum his right hand man.
How has Morris managed to miss this minority rule in Fiji I wonder?
Rajend Naidu

Unknown said...

Editor
How Trump Could Not Benefit From A Coup.
We learn from PBS NewsHour 15/7 that the US military’s top man, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Miley was concerned that Trump was laying the groundwork for a coup. He said of the January 6 insurrection that “ This is our Reichtag moment “ drawing comparison to the 1933 attack on the German parliament which heralded Hitler’s dictatorship.
According to Leon Panetta the former US Defence Secretary the only reason Trump did not succeed in his Machiavellian scheme was because of people like Mark Miley and other significant state officials who stood by their oath of allegiance to the Constitution and not any individual.
We the people of Fiji can appreciate that. We know what happens when high officers especially in the military fail to uphold their oath of allegiance to the constitution.
Rajend Naidu

Unknown said...

Editor,
Coup Contradiction
In a Southeast Asian Times report of 22/6/2021 citing the Myanmar coup the UN Secretary General Gutteres said coups are totally unacceptable and that we can’t live ina world where coups become the norm.
In a Fijileaks report ( 19/7 ) we learn that sitiveni qiliho got an award to study at the prestigious Royal Defense College in London notwithstanding the fact that he was a key military man in the Bainimarama coup of 2006.
It would appear from this that a coup is not as “ totally unacceptable “ as the UN chief says.
In fact some coup people, if my memory serves me correctly, have in the past even got appointed to UN positions.
How is one to reconcile that with the UN chief’s statement?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Unknown said...

Editor
Conscientious Military Man
Stuart McCarthy, a retired military officer, publicly burned his military medals to protest the Morrison government’s failure “ to do the right thing “ by expeditiously providing sanctuary to Afghan translators who had helped Australian forces during its two decade campaign in Afghanistan. Now their lives are in danger with the foreign forces withdrawal and the advance and likely takeover by the Taliban.
Stuart McCarthy says Australia has a moral and legal obligation to the Afghan translators which it has not honoured.
Stuart is an example of the men and women of integrity and conscience in the military.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Unknown said...

Editor
Showing He’s Made Of Sterner Stuff
Infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci often gave the impression that he was timid and easily bullied by President Trump and his cronies. But in a congressional inquiry on the virus pandemic yesterday when he was accused by Senator Rand Paul, Dr Fauci showed us his other side. He told Senator Paul he did not know what he talking about and pointing at the Senator he said if anyone was lying at this senate inquiry it was you! (pBS NewsHour 20/7).
Now that is a man standing up for his integrity and not allowing a person in power to push him around.
Such a man deserves respect.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Unknown said...

Editor
The Man With All The Solutions
The Pulitzer Prize winning reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker’s just released new book I Alone Can Fix It : Donald J Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year made me wonder if Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum the man dubbed the “ Minister for Everything “ in post coup Fiji was also a “ I Alone Can Fix It “ man, a narcissist megalomaniac like Trump ...
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Editor,
Fiji, Still A Police State
The rounding up of opposition party leaders for “ questioning “ ( ‘ Questioned- Politicians taken in by CID officers’ The Fiji Times 26/7) is evidence that Fiji is still a police state. Post coup elections and the purported “ return to parliamentary democracy “ is more a masquerade than the reality.
If elected opposition leaders can’t speak their minds freely on matters of public concern then what kind of “ true democracy “ have the post coup mob in power installed?
The police are merely carrying out the orders for the round up of vocal critics.
Who’s orders are they following? Who’s bidding are they obeying?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Editor
Fiji still a police state in disguise
On the ongoing round up of Opposition critics of Bill17 - which unilaterally removed native consent for leasing of native land - we read in Truth for Fiji that :
“ Both[ Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum] use the police and other government institutions to instill fear and intimidation on the opposition and anyone they don’t like! They have used this tactic since December 2006 ( date of the Bainimarama military coup) and with continued support of Australia and Mew Zealand who turn a blind eye to the tyranny!”
True or False?
The people of Fiji know the answer - for them it’s self-evident.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Fiji is screwed, firstly the covid 19 is creating a havoc with very high infectious and death rates. I am glad I am stuck in Australia due to Covid 19 no planes are going back to Fiji.

The government has been exposed that it is incompetent and incapable of ruling.
there arew only two people in government, the bullshit PM who removed MPC and LQ from power to put himself in the PM's chair and minster for everything the non - pork eater AK.

Bainimarama is not even good enough to be Ratu Mara's and Mahendra Chaudhary's shoes, he is not a PM but a thug as commissioner Andrew Hughes has said before he should be in prison for:

1) Illegally removing the President Ratu Mara ( his boss)

2) Removing Mahendra Chaudhary as PM when he has full legal PM

3) Removing Ratu Madraiwiwi as Vice President and disrespecting him after the 2006 coup.

4) Removing Lasania Qarase as PM when he and his multi party cabinet was doing an excellent job in Fiji

The Fiji First government is illegal and will loose in the next election

get rid of AK and Saneem who will again rig the election to win

Burn all the mosques down allah is a demon not GOD only Jesus is God.


Unknown said...

Criticising Frank Bai and Aiyaz Kai for the thug rule they have imposed in Fiji is valid. Calling for the burning of all mosques and denigrating Allah is totally wrong and unacceptable.
- chiku

Unknown said...

Editor
Soliciting Support for End of Dictatorship
Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has been to Washington and London to solicit support for sanctions against Europe’s last dictator President Lukashenko who rigged the last election to maintain his brutal hold on power in Belarus.
The meeting with leaders in Washington and London produced lofty pronouncements but no concrete commitments for action.
Reminds me of late Dr Bavadra’s experience after he was ousted in Rabuka’s military coup of 1987. He had gone to London to appeal for action for the restoration of democracy and got virtually nothing.
Remember that?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Hatred and revenge will get no where. This world is in chaos because of COVID19 which is taken on the world and demolished almost every country big and small.

Lets work towards peace and stability and obey law and order and please please get vaccinated twice so you and your loved ones can live.

God bless!

Unknown said...

Editor
Can’t Live Life Without Hope
A Syrian refugee Mohammed who moved to Germany 6 years ago and set up a good barber business house lost everything in the recent devastating floods that hit Germany. But he said he was not going to lose hope and try and rebuild his business and life. He said you can’t live without hope. That’s why he left his war torn country. There was no hope there.( DWNews 9/8 )
Many diaspora Fijians who left the country after the first military coup of 1987 and the subsequent ones would relate to Mohammed’s message of hope.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Unknown said...

Editor.
Freedom of Expression
Here in Australia’s democracy people can openly criticise the mob in power without being taken in for questioning by the police.
Here’s a sample of that in some of today’s ( 12 Aug ) mainstream newspapers .
Rick Godfrey in The Canberra Times : questions “... the level of consciousness of the Australian people who continue to vote for the coal-loving, climate-denying Neanderthals in the federal government. It beggars belief”.
Gerry Mulley in the Sydney Morning Herald letters column titles ‘ Hazzard owes the public answers, not arrogance ‘: says Health Minister Hazzard’s performance at a parliamentary inquiry into lockdowns “ was nothing if not arrogant”.
Helen Mariampolski in The Age on Scott Morrison’s climate change stance : “ Prime Minister, with more droughts, more severe rainfalls and floods, more intensive bushfires, more rising seas, greater rising temperatures, greater extremes, and bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef ... What don’t you get?”.
Jon Smith in The Age : “ Given the government’s stance our national coat of arms should feature an ostrich and a mule “.
Jonah Jones in The Age in response to PM Morrison’s declaration that he was not going to give a blank cheque on global climate change action : “ The blank PM has confirmed he will not write a blank cheque “.
So the news reports last week that Opposition political party leaders in Fiji were taken in for questioning by the police for criticising government’s proposed Bill makes me wonder what kind of “ true democracy “ Fiji has as was proclaimed to be the objective of the 2006 Bainimarama military coup?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Unknown said...

Editor,
Using The Law To Silence Critics
We read in Reuters report ‘ Russia hits Navalny with new Charge that could add to jail term’ ( 12/8 ), that President Putin’s fiercest critic Navalny could remained locked up ensuring that he misses the next election and until Putin’s present term.
The new charge is no coincidence.
And the charge is basically for inciting his anti-corruption organisation for highlighting government corruption.
Navalny’s continued persecution has nothing to do with maintaining law and order. It’s aimed at silencing a vocal government critic.
It’s abuse of power - pure and simple.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Unknown said...

How is the extended lock up in jail of Russian Opposition critic Alexei Navalny different to the prolonged lock up of Wikileaks editor Julian Assange ? Navalny sought to expose the truth regarding corruption in Putin’s Russia. Assange sought to expose the truth regarding American war crimes... People in power often find truth unpalatable as Nalvany and Assange political persecution demonstrate.
- chiku

Anonymous said...

editor,
INTIMIDATION
We learn that a Lautoka businessman was given an " unexpected visit " by four men in military uniform. He claims he felt " intimidated " by the visit( The Fiji Times 17/8 ). Who wouldn't be in post coup Fiji? Why such a visit from the military to a citizen's home when Fiji has purportedly become a " true democracy " following Frank Bainimarama's " clean up " military coup of 2006?
It makes me wonder what has become of my island home country since the coup?
rajend naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

editor
Who is Telling the Truth?
Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum the AG and the man known as the " Minister for Everything " in post coup Fiji told the Fijian Parliament that the government does not tell the Fiji Sun newspaper [referred to in the social media as the post coup regime propaganda paper ] what to put on its front page.
But Graham Davis who until recently was the Fijian government's [ referred to in the social media as the government of two : Bainimarama and Khaiyum] principal communications adviser [ read, chief propagandist] says thats something that Khaiyum did frequently: instruct him to tell the Fiji Sun what should go in their paper.
So who is telling the truth?
Your guess on this is as good as mine.
Who has a history of lying to the people of Fiji since the 2006 Bainimarama coup?
rajend Naidu
sydney.

Maya Wati said...

These two puppets should be ousted in the next election. I am lucky to be in Australia due to Covid19 but once I return back home I will make sure this stupid government is removed and forgotten and all their ass lickers gaoled too for failing to adhere to the rule of law.

Everyone that supports this bullshit government is a scared ass because we have two men who are bullies of Fiji like they own Fiji.

Unknown said...

Editor
Pitiless Dictator Dies.
I share this from the Reuter’s article ‘ Former Chad strongman Habre, convicted of war crimes, dies of Covid-19 in Senegal’ ( 25/8/2021).
“Habre’s 1982-90 rule, which began with a coup, saw widespread killings by his infamous political police who rounded up suspects and held them in secret detention centres. In eight years, tens of thousands were raped, tortured and killed [ up to 40,000].
After a landmark trial in Senegal where he fled after being chased out of office by Sudan-based forces Habre was sentenced to life in prison in 2016 for rape and ordering the killing and torture of thousands of political opponents.
The verdict was seen by rights groups as a watershed moment for African justice: it marked the first time in modern history that one country’s domestic courts have prosecuted the former leader of another country for crimes against humanity.
“ Hissene Habre will go down in history as one of the world’s most pitiless dictators”, said Reed Brody of the International Commission of Jurists who has worked with Habre’s victims since 1999...”
This landmark trial should serve notice to all cruel, inhumane, brutal, criminal dictators that they can run to other countries but can’t hide from justice.
What a way for a strongman tyrant to die in prison in a foreign country...
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Raja Saheb Zetland said...

Put the 1997 constitution back and get the election process again under normal process. The current system is a joke people with 432 votes sitting in parliament. It should be highest number in each seat and electoral area that wins a seat in parliament.

The two men thug government is fucked and should be removed from the office with their pathetic body guards al 82 of them.

Fiji is ruled by talibans

Ram Kumar said...

I heard banimarama is also a muslim with his new beard..

Unknown said...

Editor,
True Democracy Fiji Style
In just one day’s issue of The Fiji Times ( 27/8 ) we read the following about the prevailing political environment in Fiji.
1. According to National Federation Party leader Prof Biman Prasad Fiji’s transition to a police state is “ well underway”.
2. According to former Human Rights commissioner Shamima Ali “ democratic values in the country are shrinking very fast, we are fast becoming a police state, and we are just standing by and watching “ .
3. According to Lautoka Market Vendors Association President Filomena O’Neill “ new laws recently implemented do not give us the right to talk or question changes that are thrown at us... there are vendors out there who prefer not to talk because they fear being victimised “.
So as I have asked before I ask again : What kind of “ true democracy “ does post coup Fiji have?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor
CORRUPT GOVERNMENT
In his scathing post-mortem of the war effort in Afghanistan Sami Sadat, a three- star general who once commanded Afghanistan’s special forces, wrote in an opinion piece in The New York Times on Wednesday “ we were betrayed by politics and presidents”. He blamed the fall of Afghanistan to Taliban control onPresident Trump and President Biden for their failed exit strategy.
The top commander blamed former President Ashraf Ghani and his government for a culture of corruption .
And “ that really is our national tragedy”.
That has an all too familiar ring regarding leaders and governments in the third world.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Biman and Shamima talking about Fiji's fast slide into a Police State. Actually Fiji has remained a police state since the Bainimarama coup of 2006 but has pretended to be a democracy after holding elections. That facade of democracy has been hypocritically supported by the international community. just see the picture in The Fiji Times 27/8 of Polcom Qiliho and British High Commissioner being so chummy. The British HC does not see any transition into a police state here.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Talking a load of rubbish.
New Samoan PM Fiame Naomi Mata’afa said the country’s former leader is talking a “ load of rubbish” by claiming, after losing the court case attempting to hold onto power after losing the election, that his loss was a “ bloodless coup”.
We have a lot of that “ load of rubbish “ from the A-G and “ Minister for Everything “ Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum in Fiji. The last his claim that the counsels did not do a good job in MP Nawaikula’s successful court challenge to his removal as MP by the SOE no doubt acting on Mr Khaiyum’s behest.
Rajend Naidu

Anonymous said...

A lot of people here are saying things perhaps using false names. get rid of them in the election that is if your election is free and fair. Whilst Khaiyum and Saneem ae at the helm the answer is you have no chance of winning.

Chaudhary you are wasting your time. You should retire and settle in Australia, also given Tupeni Baba or Poseci Bune to take over as ALP leaders get your old team back and you can win again...

Unknown said...

Editor,
A Narcissist Can’t Help Being All About Himself.
We read in The Fiji Times article ‘ Hurtful decisions ‘ (30/8 ) that Opposition NFP leader Prof Biman Prasad wants A-G Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum “ to separate his ego from his ministerial job “ because his “ damaged ego “ decision making was “ now hurting Fiji citizens “.
Prof Prasad cites two recent examples of Mr Khaiyum’s hurtful decisions.
One, is the withholding of USP funding and the other is his plan to change the law after losing the voter registration electoral court case.
But a narcissist and megalomaniac can’t separate his ego from anything because everything is about him.
Prof Prasad is apparently aware of this intrinsic character deformity when he says further down the article : “ This is a sign of a man who has held power for too long and believes that all of Fiji belongs to him “.
Couldn’t be more correct in the appraisal of the man.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Unknown said...

Editor,
Veteran Journalist .
Fiji Sun’s veteran journalist Nemani Delaibatiki did an opinion piece on a poll rating that showed Rabuka’s newly formed party was ahead in the poll ( FS 1/9 ,reproduced in Fijileaks ).
Two sub-headings in the article caught my interest. One, read Beneficiaries of the crisis and the other Relentless anti- government ropaganda.
It made me wonder if the veteran journalist had got around to doing an opinion piece on the beneficiaries of the Bainimarama coup and the relentless pro- Fiji First government propaganda peddled by the Fiji Sun and its journalists like Nemani Delaibatiki and Jyoti Pratinha ?
Rajend Naidu

Unknown said...

Nemani Delaibatiki is a veteran journalist who has metamorphosed into a sold out journalist operating as a cheerleader for the Fiji First government.

Unknown said...

Talking about veteran media men who compromised their professional integrity by becoming propagandists for the Bainimarama regime we mustn’t forget to mention Peter Lomas of the Fiji Sun as well.
They gave independent journalism a bad name. Shame on them.

Anonymous said...

FFP is fucked up. if there were a truly genuine government, then people would have been able to exercise their normal democratic freedom rights.

The dictatorship of Bai and Kai questions if they are are legal government or the elections of 2014 and 2018 and the upcoming one next year is all rigged and a show just to put them back to power.
This government is rubbish and not like the Ratu Mara government who was in power legally for 17 years.

Bai is a liar and a maniac look at reports of previous Fiji Police Comissionors
both Andrew Hughes and Grounwald express concerns about Bai and Kai interfering with Police and Judiciary to ;ock up and intimidate innocent oppositions and public so they do not get criticized for their incompetanece
and there is no accountability from them

Fuck them from office quickly do a coup on this bastard so he gets a taste of his own medicine by removing two lawfully elected governments

Unknown said...

Editor
Fighting the Military Junta
Myanmar’s shadow government calls for nationwide uprising against the military junta ( abc news 8/9).
It is really up to the people of Myanmar to fight for their freedom from the repressive military rule imposed on them.There is no other way.
The international community will mostly pay lip service for the restoration of democracy.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Unknown said...

Editor
Military consolidates takeover.
‘ Guinea military consolidates takeover ‘ ( reuters/ FT 9/9 ) after carrying out a coup is something the people of Fiji are all too familiar with on account of their own military takeovers. In fact notwithstanding the veneer and paraphernalia of parliamentary democracy the people of Fiji are today still living the reality of a military takeover and the subsequent consolidation of power by the military regime. The democratic opposition in the country recognise that reality when they claim Fiji is run by a “ Government of two”, the military coup leader Frank Bainimarama and his right hand man Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Unknown said...

Editor
International Day of Democracy
Today 15 September is UN International Day of Democracy. The Fiji Times has run an editorial titled ‘ Placing value on democracy’ to mark the day. Three types : 1.The people who place genuine value on democracy. 2. Those who don’t . They subscribe to the opposite: authoritarianism. And 3. Those who pretend to place value on democracy all the while practicing authoritarianism. The last lot are rotten hypocrites - wolves in sheep’s clothing!
People committed to democracy must guard vigilantly against 2 and 3 to protect democracy.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

editor,
Booting Out Bureau Boss
I cant understand why political parties, civil society and ordinary citizens are complaining about Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum's sacking of Fiji Bureau of Statistics CEO Kemueli Naiqama for releasing data on poverty in Fiji.
He is not the first to get the marching orders from Khaiyum. The fact of the matter is that Khaiyum has been running the country like it was his fiefdom since his dubious rise to power after the Bainimarama coup of 2006.That is how Khaiyum has benefited from the Bainimarama coup. We will leave his post coup wealth amassment aside for now. Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum has been arrogantly conducting himself as if he knows best what is best for Fiji and its people for 15 years now and he has been allowed to get away with his arrogance, incompetence, narcissism and megalomania.
Why complain about Khaiyun now when he and his cronies have been doing the dirty on the people of Fiji for over 15 years?
rajend Naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum has been running the country by almost imperial fiat since his dodgy rise to power via the Bainimarama coup. its rather late for anybody to only now claim the man is rotten. he has been bad news for the country from day one of his self elevated appointment as the minister of everything in post coup Fiji.
- chiku, really rajend naidu

Unknown said...

Editor
Graham Davis on the ‘ Grinning Parrot’.
We read in it Graham saying “ so no amount of spin can alter the fact that the government is bruised and battered and on the ropes”. In fact spin is what has sustained this Fiji First government of two - Bainimarama and Khaiyum - in power for so long along, of course, with the backing of the Fijian military. And, what’s more until not too long back Graham Davis the acclaimed journalist turned communications consultant was the spin doctor for that very same government. So he knows what he is talking about when he talks about the spin from the Fiji First mob.
The other thing he says about Shamima Ali’s “ withering attack “ on the A-G Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and her “ call for the Prime Minister to sack ASK “ being “ greeted with almost universal acclaim” is all good sounding but will amount to nothing. Incidentally it’s not the first Shamima and many others have made that call. Khaiyum has the backing and protection of the coupist PM Frank Bainimarama and his military men and so long as he has that ASK is going nowhere . He is staying put and calling the shot in the country.
Shamima had even suggested ASK should do the honourable thing and resign.
Watching how Aiyaz has been conducting himself since his dubious rise to power after the Bainimarama coup I don’t think he is capable of doing any honourable thing!
He is quite simply a rogue ruler!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

editor
Who Benefited?
From the latest HIES report compiled by the Fiji Bureau of statistics it is abandonly clear who did not benefit from the purported " unprecedented growth " in the Fijian economy under the Fiji First government. See the poverty data in John Kamea's article ' Poverty and the Truth ' in The Sunday Times 19/9.
So who benefitted?
Was it the capitalist cronies and political donors of the ruling Fiji First mob?
rajend naidu
sydney

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Unknown said...

Editor
What number?
Allen Lockington wonders whether “ the most powerful minister in [ Bainimarama] government “ is “ number one or number two “? ( The Fiji Times 20/9 ).
It doesn’t matter.
The disrespectful, bombastic, autocratic, roughshod and heartless manner in which he has been conducting himself it appears his days are numbered.
If he doesn’t go before the next election he will after the election. I think the good people of Fiji have had all that they can take of the megalomaniac!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Unknown said...

Editor
Contrasting Leadership On Commitment To Rule Of Law And Democratic Governance.
In his PBS NewsHour interview on 21/9 Colombia’s President Ivan Durque Marques said he had made it clear from day one of assuming power that his administration would have “ zero tolerance of any wrong doing by the police or military forces”.
By contrast when the ‘ torture video’ went viral showing security forces brutally beating up prisoners former military commander and military coup leader, Fiji’s PM Frank Bainimarama said he “ stands by his men”...
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Unknown said...

Editor,
S-G sent home.
When I read The Fiji Times frontpage headline ‘ S-G sent home ‘ I thought to myself what an irony. How many senior public servants had the S-G Sharvada Nand Sharma sent home at the bidding of his political masters in his long career as S-G?
What goes around comes around...
rajend naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Too right bro!

Anonymous said...

Shit happens Sharva da ! (Fijian da ! )
Remember my bogus disciplinary case?!
- rajend naidu

Anonymous said...

Remember the PANAMA PAPERS Saga some years ago. Parts of it referred to involved individuals in Pacific states. Wonder if anyone has found any iota of evidence on current Pacific Island leaders, those with shady dealings at home and abroad, with nest eggs hidden in oversea banks in Asia or elsewhere. Some were gained via excessive overseas travelling on official duties for lengthy periods and picking up Per Diem rates, far in excess of standard rates, at times double dipping (paid at home and abroad for the same trip). By now, if left untouched and accruing interests etc, these funds would be larger than before, waiting to be enjoyed when they are booted out of office. In the meantime, they will feel emboldened, and financially secure, and continue to tread heavily on the rights of citizens. That's CORRUPTION Plus !!

Anonymous said...

You too right with what you say in relation to the Panama Papers revelations. In the Pacific states the shady dealings by some Pacific Island leaders are so blatant that people know they are crooks in the garb of bourgeois respectability.

Unknown said...

Editor,
The Military and Government are Distinct in a Functioning Democracy.
With reference to Thailand Tom Parkinson of Bangkok writes in his above titled letter to The Southeast Asian Times ( 24/9) :
“... the military serves the country, not the government. Thailand has a long way to go before it can claim to be a functioning democracy”.
That’s not only true for Thailand.
The people of Fiji know that only too well 15 years after the 2006 military coup and 7 years after the purported ‘ return to democracy’.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

editor
Setting the Record Straight.
Government Statistician Kemueli Naiqama's press release (The Fiji Times 25/9 )to set the record straight on the poverty findings of the HIES report exposes the mediocrity of A-G and Economy Minister (aka Minister for Everything in post coup Fiji ) Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum's spurious criticism of the report.His criticism and sacking of Mr Naiqama is a display of the arrogance of power by a megalomaniac.
rajend naidu

Unknown said...

Editor,
Creating A Better Fiji Through Legislations.
We learn from the letter in The Fiji Times 25/9 by William Rosa of Ba that in his message to the nation on International Day of Democracy published in the media ( FT 15/9 ) the Speaker Ratu Epeli Nailatikau informed the nation that “ since Fiji returned to parliamentary democracy in 2014, Parliament has passed 270 new laws including amendments. In 2021 Parliament has passed 21 laws. Therefore the total laws since 2014 including amendments up to September, 2021 adds up to a whopping 291 laws”.
This might be the mob in power, read Bainimarama and Khaiyum’s idea of creating a better Fiji.
But do the people of Fiji feel that is what has been happening with all the laws that have been enacted?
What are the ground realities in Fiji?
We get some sense of that from the poverty situation in the country as revealed in the HIES report.
Rajend Naidu

Unknown said...

Editor,
Protecting Mangrove Forests
The Fiji Times 25/9 article ‘ Mangroves play vital role - PM ‘ reminds me of my opinion piece ‘ Fiji: A Questionable Development in Pacific Scoop 14 Aug. 2012 . In it I cite Professor Wadan Narsey who had questioned whether “ a proper Environmental Impact Study” had been undertaken before mangrove in Nasser was removed for new residential development. He had warned the destruction of the mangrove forrest could worsen flooding in the area. Many other environmental activists had expressed concern on the destruction of mangrove forrests in Fiji.
If the PM has now come to realise mangroves “ play vital role” in protecting the ecosystem then that’s good because his government’s record on that front has been good. In fact it has been accused of promoting crony capitalism at the expense of the environment.
Rajend Naidu

Anonymous said...

editor
PM lost control.
Rabuka claims PM Frank Bainimarama has lost control of his government( 'PM lost control ' The Fiji Times 27/9 ). He made the claim in light of the abrupt sacking of Government statistician Kemueli Naiqama and S-G Sharvada Nand Sharma just days apart.
But this abrupt, arbitrary termination of employment of highly placed people have been a feature of the Bainimarama regime since the 2006 coup. It's not something new. So when did Bainimarama lose control of his government?
And to whom?
rajend naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

editor,
ACTING THE OSTRICH ON ETHNICITY.
The current Fiji government's stance on ethnicity - essentially acting the ostrich by pretending it's not relevant for Fiji - reminded prominent lawyer Richard Naidu of the Fawlty Towers television series(' The Fawlty Towers government : Everything they touch seems to turn to disaster ' The Fiji Times 18/9. And, it reminded regular Fiji Times letter writer Julie Sutherland of the opening scene of the movie The Dictator (The Sunday Times 19/9 ).
It reminded me of the classic book The God That Failed (1949) by " six of the most important writers of the twentieth century who articulated the " delusions of communism " in attempting to create the perfect society - the utopian classless society. ( I had picked that insightful book from the Whagella Book Exchange in High Street, Toorak, Suva in 1979 ). That book helped me get rid of my fanciful romantic notions of the ideal society which I had acquired in my radical student days at university .
I recommend the book for Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum's enlightenment. It might help him realise the absurdity of his dogmatic attempt at creating a " race-less society " in Fiji.
It wont happen. Just as the classless communist society never happened.
rajend naidu
sydney

Unknown said...

Editor,
Extraordinary Deceit.
We read in Crikey under ‘ Sub-Standard Leadership ‘ ( 30 Sept) that “ Former PM Malcolm Turnbull has called his former ally and successor Scott Morrison a national security risk over his “ extraordinary deceit “ in bailing on the submarine contract with the French, the ABC reports. Turnbull also said if Morrison chooses not to attend Glasgow for the climate summit - the most important climate meeting in half a decade - he’ll be showing where he considers climate is on his priorities “.
We already know where Morrison’s priority is on that front : it’s in his backside!
Sub- standard leadership and extraordinary deceit is something the people in post coup Fiji are also quite familiar with.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Unknown said...

Editor,
Brutal Dictator Now Becomes Hero!
We learn from Scarlet S. Sytangco’s letter in The Southeast Asian Times 4/10 that the ruthless, rogue dictator of the Phillipines the late Ferdinand Marcos - “ a world-class thief “ - has now been deemed “a hero “ to be given a hero’s burial.
It’s conveniently forgotten that the Marcos plunder during martial law amounted to almost $670 million tucked away in a Swiss bank account and the highest court of the land had ordered the forfeiture of this loot in favour of the people of the Republic of the Phillipines.
This revised historical narrative from dictator to hero is all thanks to the manipulation of President Duterte who had benefited from the financial support extended by the Marcoses” to his election campaign”.
This is the sort of shenanigans that give politics the bad name of being a dirty game.
Not hard to see why.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Unknown said...

Editor,
Pandora Papers.
The Pandora Papers revelations by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that the rich and powerful have by hook and crook been amassing their wealth for a long time is only astonishing by its scope.
There is nothing new about that phenomenon. History is replete with examples of how rogue rulers have looted their own country and tucked their ill-gotten wealth in Swiss bank accounts and invested in expensive properties and assets.
Using positions of power to serve their personal greed has been a constant characteristic of some leaders and politicians. It’s a global phenomenon.
We in Fiji have had our share of these shameless greedy lot.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Graham Davis Like A Broken Record.
I’ll be brief. Graham keeps talking about the possible end of Aiyaz Khaiyum’s reign of power in Fiji. His latest after Bainimarama said in a speech at a military ceremony on the occasion of the installation of a new military commander that he was in control in the country. Graham read that to mean it’s game over for Khaiyum. It’s wishful thinking .
On the same day I read Graham’s latest rambling I read in The Fiji Times “ The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has been nominated as the Pacific’s High-Level Champion for Oceans at COP26 in Glasgow”.
Need I say any more?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Anonymous said...

editor,
Not Fit Person to hold public office.
Richard Painter, a former White Hoyuse ethics boss under President George W Bush, told CNN that " the 14th amendment to the US Constitution bars anyone who supported an insurrection from holding public office". Hence, he says, " Mr Trump's actions in connection to the Capitol riot on 6 January should bar him from running again" ( The Independent 7/10 ).
It should. Thats fairly straightforward.
Actually, Trump proved he is an unfit person to hold that high office well before the 6 January insurrection.
incidentally, i think Fiji too should have a similar constitutional amendment to bar anyone who supported an insurrection from holding public office. That would help bring an end to Fiji's coup culture by ensuring such persons do not benefit from carrying out a coup.
rajend naidu
sydneu

Anonymous said...

editor,
Journalists Get Nobel Peace Prize
Around the world the free press is under attack and consequently democracy and peace is threatened. For standing up for freedom of expression and holding power to account despite the political repression they have faced two journalists - Maria Ressa of the Phillipines and Dmitry Murakov of Russia - won the Nobel Peace Prize. A well deserved award for courageous jpurnalism.
President Putin and President Duterte are not likely to be offering their congratulations to their respective journalists. I wonder whether the rulers in Fiji will be offering their congratulations to these bold journalists?
rajend naidu
sydney

Unknown said...

Editor,
Leader resigns over government corruption.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigns after he comes under investigation along with 8 others for government corruption ( France 24 live 10/10).
He was deemed “ no longer fit for office “ by the Vice Chancellor and Greens Party leader. The resignation came in the wake of a massive public demonstration outside Kurz’s party office calling for his resignation.
Now that is something that happens in a democracy. Leaders who do the wrong thing have to go.
Not so in a dictatorship. Leaders do the wrong thing and simply ignore any calls for resignation.
Post coup Fiji which purports to be a “ true democracy” provides good examples of the latter.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

editor,
White Chief Not tell Truth.
Fiji Day saw an old western movie which reminded me of the western movies we used to watch as kids in colonial Fiji in the late 50s and early 60s.
In the movie an Indian chief says to a US fort chief " white chief not tell truth". It reminded me of Donald Trump, the pathological lying president of the US. This white chief continues his big lie about electoral fraud being responsible for his defeat to Joe Biden. And he is trying to hide the truth about his pivotal role in the 6 January attempted coup to cling to power by crooked means.
But Trump is not unique there are other white chiefs, black chiefs, yellow chiefs who " not tell truth" to grab power or to hold onto power.
rajend naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

editor,
Benefiting from rogue leadership.
Ousted former Malaysian PM najib Razak is doing jail time for corruption and abuse of power. Now his wife is facing trial for big time bribery ( The Southeast Asian Times 11/10/21). when you have a corrupt leader in power not only he but his wife and children all benefit from the corruption. we recall that was also the case with the Phillipine dictator Marcos.
there are other examples .
rajend naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

You write a lot Rajendra Naidu from Sydney, are you just coming political comments because you love to meddle in Fiji's affairs.

Many people should not be making comments when they have left Fiji. I too have stopped making comments as I left Fiji in 1983 when I was just a school kid.

Lets leave Fiji to its citizens and if you are so keen apply for a dual citizen of Fiji.

Fiji is a lovely place and its people are wonderful but like every country it has its problems too.

All the best

Raja Saheb
Zetland, Sydney NSW

Anonymous said...

Raja ke fart ta bhaaja!

Anonymous said...

Raja gunrd se bhole!

Anonymous said...

alert notice for raja saheb. rajendra naidu has again meddled in Fijis affairs ( two letters in todays Fiji Times. one on government ban on prof brij lal and wife and the other on government banning municipal elections. both downright wrong decisions of the coup beneficiary Fiji First government). rajendra naidu also meddling in Myanmars affairs. condeming military takeover there and praising EU Parliament for recognising pro-democracy government in exile (NUG) as the legitimate representatives of democracy in myanmar ( letter in The Southeast Asian Times 14/100. six days ago rajendra naidu meddled in the affairs of the government of australia and the government of PNG by condemning Australias offshore refugee detention centre on manus, PNG.
please stop rajendra naidu from meddling in matters that are none of his business. i am sure you can do it raja saheb, the wise one.

Anonymous said...

Raja tu rajendra naidu ke tatti kaja. he has 3 letters in The Fiji Times today meddling big time in Fijis affairs and there is sweet buggerall you can do about it. ja tatti ka.

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editor,
Corrupt PM and His Enablers.
It's absolutely fantastic news that the High Court in Malaysia has granted permission to Malaysian Development Bank (1MDB ) to summons big name Malaysian, Singaporean and Swiss banks for alleged breach of contract, negligence and criminal conspiracy in the appropriation of 1MDB state funds.
The re-election of the 93 year old former long time PM of Malaysia Mahathir Mohammed in May 2018 on a platform to go after the corruption of PM najib Razak set in train the relevant investigation. It followed the declassification of the 1MDB audit report that has been marked secret by the Najib Razal government under the Official Secrets Act -to cover up the rogue leaders corruption.
Mahathir had pledged to appoint a Finance Ministry advisor to oversee efforts to recover RM 2.6 billion ( US$700 million) that was allegedly transferred from 1MDB to PM Najib Razak's private bank account that included transactions with Malaysian, Singaporean and Swiss banks.
Former PM Najib Razak is currently serving a 12 year jail sentence for corruption and abuse of office.
The High Court decision is significant for going after the others who facilitated the fraud on the national funds.
rajend naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

Raja Saheb dont give a fuck about Fiji. He came to Australia as a kis over 40 years ago. He said Fiji is too small nothing important and now the two poofters are running the show in Fiji. That place is a mock of democracy since 1987. Since than RFMF took over the fucked Fiji up, since they have the guns no one can stand up to them.

Fiji is nothing will never be Aust or NZ not even Singapore it is fucked by greed and evil people in power.

Anonymous said...

raja saheb you "dont give a fuck about fiji" so why you on this blog site commenting about Fiji going down the toilet since 1987?

Unknown said...

Editor,
AWARDS FOR AN ARSEHOLE.
David Brown just confirmed what I felt when I saw the photograph of “ the tyrant-despot Senior General Min Aung Hlaing ... with the weight of the medals, honours and awards hanging around his neck and pinned on both chests” ( see his letter ‘ Exclusion of Myanmar Senior General Min Aung Hlaing from ASEAN summit is long overdue’ The Southeast Asian Times 23/10/21).
It reminded me of the saying of the Lebanese philosopher-poet Kahlil Gibran who said in the world so conditioned success is often obtained by the sacrifice of conscience and honour, the man of integrity is reviled and sinks into the jaws of poverty whilst the liar and cheat is admired and rewarded with material possessions and awards.
That is clearly the case with this fascist military general who grabbed power from a democratically elected civilian government in a coup.
According to Brown “ not one award or medal “ that adorns this tyrant-despot’s uniform is “ for actual combat in defending Myanmar from foreign invasion. The fact is that he was born in 1956, a decade after Burma’s fight for independence from British rule and centuries after Burma’s last wars with Siam. The only combat experience he has is against his own people...”
Brown tells us “ in the past several members of ASEAN, including Thailand and Malaysia, have heaped honours upon this most despicable man, who has been playing ASEAN as a fool”.
I am not surprised by that because hypocrisy has always been an integral part of international relations and politics often at the expense of the ordinary citizens of a country under an oppressive regime.
It’s about time ASEAN came to its senses and booted the rogue military ruler out from its democratic fold ( see my letter ‘ Call for ASEAN to rethink its position on how to restore democracy in Myanmar ‘ 14/10/21 and ‘ Decision to exclude Myanmar military from ASEAN summit is a good one ‘ 19/10/21 in The Southeast Asian Times)
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Unknown said...

Editor,
Corrupt Politician
Sydney Morning Herald under Corruption ‘ Ill -gotten gains helped build Obeid property empire worth millions ‘ (23/10) and ‘ Eddie Obeid enters jail to begin prison sentence for crooked coal deal’ (23/10). This is the story of the big one that didn’t get away. Many do.
Obeid is a former Labour powerbroker.
Some people get into politics to profit themselves rather then to serve the people.
Obeid provides an example of that variety. But mind you he is not exceptional. There are always many rotten types in politics. That’s why there is the public perception that politics is dirty.
It’s on account of the dirty people in it.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Old Coup Habit Hard To Die.
Sudan’s military grab power in a coup, dissolving government and arrest leaders ( abc news 26/10).
It’s not something new for the people of Sudan. It’s a serial coup country just like Fiji.
Expect the country to go backwards on the democracy front and an increase in the suffering and repression of the people.
The Fijian people are familiar with that pattern which invariably accompanies a military coup.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Unknown said...

Editor,
Rogue Sudan Military Steal the People’s Revolution.
Sudanese people’s power revolution toppled the brutal dictator Omar Bashir’s 30 year rule. In a few weeks time the military which was included in a joint transitional government was suppose to hand over power to a civilian government. Instead the military coup leader grabbed power claiming it was to prevent a civil war. The Sudanese people know this is a bogus justification for the coup. They have embarked on massive civil disobedience to render the military regime impotent. The military has responded with brutal violence.
Pro- democracy activists say unlike the last time this time they want the military out of government altogether. And they have the support of the international community.
The rogue military must be taught a lesson on what is the military’s place in a democracy in today’s world.
IT IS NOT IN GOVERNMENT!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

editor
Fighting for Climate Action.
We read in The Fiji Times 1/11 that Fijian PM Frank Bainimarama said " Fiji is in COP 26 to fight for every Fijian and for Pacific Island countries like Tuvalu and kiribati - some of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change".
I dont think Tuvalu and Kiribati need Frank Bainimarama to fight for them on that front while collecting a daily allowance of $ 3300 from the Fijian tax payers. The political leaders of these most vulnerable Pacific island countries have been fighting very boldly alongside their people to get the major industrial countries to take responsibility for their role in worsening climate change and to take appropriate remedial action.
One of these leaders has even been nominated two times for the Nobel Prize.
So Bainimarama and his right hand man Khaiyum and their 36 member delegation at COP 26 have some other reason to be there.
rajend naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

editor,
Autocratic Regime Holds Sham Election.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is reelected for a fourth term with over 75 % vote going to him in what US President has called a sham election. The Catholic Church and the democratic opposition had urged the people not to participate in the fraud election. With his prolonged hold on power by subjugating the institutions of state to his political control Daniel Ortega has debased democracy and turned the country into an autocratic regime.
This is an all too familiar pattern of behaviour of authoritarian rulers pretending to subscribe to democratic governance. Belarus under President alexander Kukashenko is a good example.
The people of Fiji too have good experience of that in its recent political history.
rajend Naidu
sydney

Unknown said...

Editor,
TOO MUCH POWER.
The Fiji Times frontpage headline report 9 /11 ‘ Too much power ‘ informs us that according to political parties the Supervisor of Elections and Registrar if Political Parties Mohammed Saneem has too much of legal power. This is contained in a report by Sweden based non-profit international ngo Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance ( IDEA) and executive director of Dialogue Fiji Nilesh Lal.
So what’s new one might ask. Power has been concentrated in a few hands ( actually in the hands of two, the twin dictators of Fiji, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and Frank Bainimarama) since day one of the 2006 coup. Saneem and other apparatchiks have been vested with extra legal powers to act as conduits for the main power holders.
The power dynamics is designed to entrench Bainimarama and Khaiyum’s hold on power in Fiji.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
On Being Apolitical and Independent.
Look who’s accusing who on not being apolitical and independent?! It’s SOE and Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem accusing the Sweden based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and executive director of Dialogue Fiji Nilesh Lal (‘ SOE attacks report : Assessment ‘ not compiled in an apolitical and independent manner ‘ The Fiji Times 11/11).
This is the same Saneem who has lost court cases because he conducted himself more as an apparatchik of the FijiFirst Party ( he has been handpicked and installed in his position by his uncle the Minister for Everything in post coup Fiji Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum ) than as an apolitical and independent and impartial official holding an important position to ensure democratic good governance in the country.
It does not suit Saneem to accuse anybody of not being apolitical and independent. His own track record is far from satisfactory.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Some journalist should ask Saneem what it means when it is said " Saneem is Khaiyum's golli or pelaar"?

Unknown said...

Editor,
Khaiyum COP26 Complaint
It is hard to believe Attorney-General and Minister for Climate Change and indeed “ Minister for Everything “ in post coup Fiji Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum complained about hypocrisy of language, lack of due process and coming under the sway of the coal lobby with regard to the final communique out of COP26 ( The Fiji Times 15/11).
According to human rights activist Shamima Ali that’s precisely what’s been happening in Fiji under Khaiyum’s own FijiFirst government ( FT 15/11).
I am reminded here of the Indian saying “ uppan gaand ke tatti agge pocho phir jhussar ke gaand ke tatti ke baat ( translation : wipe the shit from your own backside first before pointing to others shit).
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

editor,
China Provides No Strings Attached Support to Fiji First Government mouthpiece newspaper Fiji Sun.
That's what the Publisher/CEO of Fiji Sun Peter Lomas claims : " China has always been supportive of news media development here. They provide outstanding support with no strings attached" ( source: Fijileaks 15/11).
It's not hard to see where someone like Peter Lomas is coming from with bullshit like that.
How supportive has China been to news media in Hong Kong? Has Lomas noticed the persecution of independent journalists in Hong Kong and mainland China?
Does Peter Lomas know the meaning of the expression " There ain't no such thing as a free lunch "?
Of course he does. But the man's deliberately propagating a self-serving falsehood.
rajend naidu
sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Fiji More Dictatorship Than Democracy.
Graham Davis tells us “ Fiji under Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is more dictatorship than democracy - a parliament that is manipulated by the ruling party, opposition figures detained and released at will, institutions stacked with Fiji First supporters and now blatant defiance of the Constitution, the supreme law” ( Grubsheet Feejee 18 Nov. 2021).
Davis couldn’t have put that more succinctly. But he is by no means the first to point this out. In fact critics of the post coup regime have been saying that all along even after Fiji’s purported “ return to democracy “. But regime sycophants, apologists and propagandist ( Graham Davis was a paid propagandist ) used to ridicule and demonise the critics. It’s only recently after falling out with the regime or rather with Khaiyum that Graham Davis started offering criticism of the dictatorial regime. In fact he started by taking the position that the ruling FijiFirst government had to kick out Khaiyum and “ reform “ to restore its reelection prospect. For Graham it would all become good once Frank let Aiyaz go and he made out that that was quite imminent with the Military Council wanting Aiyaz out and all that. Well, guess what, it didn’t happen. If anything the relationship between the two Frank and Aiyaz remain intact and solid as the summary dismissal of S-G Sharvada Sharma shows by Davis’ own account.
Let me finish by saying this: In a dictatorship it is not the Constitution that is the supreme law of the land. It is the diktat of the ruler. And in Fiji we know who that is all too well after 15 long years since the 2006 coup.
It has taken Graham a rather long time for that to register.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

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Anonymous said...

editor,
Raja Summons A Massage.
We read in Graham Davis latest write-up on the Machiavellian intrigue of the twin dictators Frank and Aiyaz in getting rid of the S-G Sharvada Sharma that " AG was in the habit of summoning his female staff to his hotel room while on overseas trips and asking them for non-sexual massages"(Grubsheet Feejee 18/11).
That should come as no surprise.
For someone who has come to regard himself as the modern-day Rajah of Fiji since his astronomical rise to power after the Bainimarama coup AG should be able to summon his female subjects to give him a non-sexual massage.
Rajah's of old we recall used to get a very different kind of massage from his female subjects.
rajend naidu
sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Media Gagged, A Nation In Ignorance And Democracy Debased.
That’s what we have in post coup Fiji as Graham Davis points out in his write up in Grubsheet Feejee 20/11. The Fijian media sidesteps reporting on things that are likely to upset the twin dictators of Fiji because “ they are terrified of the AG’s draconian 2010 Media Decree and the very real prospect of prosecution “.
And that clearly has all the hallmarks of a dictatorship not a “ true democracy”.
Wonder if S-G Sharvada Sharma who has now been unceremoniously - in fact, humiliatingly - kicked out by the very powerholders he was sucking up to had a hand in framing that draconian decree?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Crooked Corrupt Characters Catapulted To High Positions In Post Coup Fiji.
That’s the impression one gets when one looks at the people perched in high positions in post coup Fiji. Makes you wonder what happened to the “ clean up “ that was promised by the power grabbers?. The latest in the ranks of the crooked rising to the top is the Electoral Commission chairman Suresh Chand who according to a report in Fijileaks 19/11 “!does not hold valid Legal Practicing License due to the ‘ abuse of his Law firm’s Trust Funds’. This is a matter of concerned raised jointly by 3 political matters : Fiji Labour Party, Freedom Alliance and Unity Fiji.
But in a dictatorship this is a minor matter. The dictatorship can hand pick and install anybody who is willing to dance to its tune.
That has been the modus operandi of the post coup rulers in Fiji.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Breaking news : Electoral Commission chairman Suresh Chand has just announced his resignation. Only one reason for it. He got exposed by the social media and than political parties took up the call for him to be removed from that important post.
- rajend naidu

Anonymous said...

when did Graham Davis the ex- Bainimarama regime media man become aware that AG Aiyaz Khaiyum"s Media Decree was " draconian " and that the media people in Fiji were " terrified " of being prosecuted under it?

Unknown said...

Editor,
Replacing Electoral Commission Chair.
Graham Davis reckons the sudden resignation of the Electoral Commission Chair Suresh Chandra is an “ almighty headache” for Minister of Election ( and Minister for many other things in post coup Fiji ) Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum because the pool to draw a replacement is a “ shallow” one( Grubsheet Feejee 22/11).
I don’t think Khaiyum will have any major headache in finding a replacement. There are any number of people waiting in the wings to suck up to the mob in power in Fiji and do their bidding. That is the key criteria for handpicked appointments to top posts in the “ new Fiji “ of Bainimarama and Khaiyum.
Graham Davis ought to know that.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

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Anonymous said...

editor,
Davis Displays Political Naivety.
Award winning journalism and former paid propagandist of the Bainimarama-Khaiyum regime in Fiji and owner of blogsite Grubsheet Feejee Graham Davis displays his political naivety when he claims Minister of Elections Aiyaz Khaiyum will now have a tamani size headache to find a replacement for the Electoral Commission chairman Suresh Chandra who has done a sudden disappearing act from his position.
Aiyaz will, of course, have no problem in finding a replacement. Anybody who has a proper handle on politics in post coup Fiji will know that.
From Rajiv Sharma's comment on Davis write up he clearly has a better grasp of the prevailing political situation in Fiji.
rajend naidu
sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
False Expectations of President’s Speech.
If as Graham Davis says Fiji is run by “ dictators ( Frank and Khaiyum) who have conned the nation with their big talk about genuine democracy but have steadily corrupted the institutions of state during their 15 years in power, including the Presidency of the Republic” ( Grubsheet Feejee 23/11), than why is anybody, including Davis, surprised that the President’s speech on the opening of new session of parliament is so blatantly partisan and waxing lyrically about the A-G and PM and Fiji First?
That is clearly to be expected. I would contend people who say the President in Fiji’s post coup “ democracy “ should ( like other Heads of State under the Westminster system of governance) be apolitical and all that are under a false expectation. Fiji’s post coup Westminister democracy is a masquerade.
If the Tui Macuata “ having gone from being President of the ruling FijiFirst Party to President of Fiji “ is in fact “ in the same position as the Prime Minister - a dummy for the ventriloquist who is the real power in Fiji - Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum” then isn’t it logical that he would dance to the real powerholder’s tune?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
An international NGO ( IDEA ) classifies Fiji as a ‘ weak democracy ‘ ( The Fiji Times 24/11). Questions on the report were sent to Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum yesterday. He will tell us this report is “ flawed” just as he dismissed other international and expert findings that reflected adversely on the state of governance in Fiji under Khaiyum and Bainimarama’s watch.
I think Graham Davis has a more appropriate description of the state of governance in Fiji: it’s more dictatorship than democracy.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

editor,
Freedom of Expression the Way it was meant to be in a true democracy.
An ordinary Australian citizen, Brian Palfrey, wrote a letter to the Sydney Morning Herald ( 25/11 ) saying it was about time Australian PM Scott " Morrison's history of falsehoods, evasions, denials and bare-faced lies" is called out.
I wonder if a letter containing that kind of criticism of the Fijian PM Frank Bainimarama or the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum would see the light of day in any Fiji mainstream newspaper?
Your guess on this is as good as mine. Remember not too long back when Opposition MPs and civil society leaders were rounded up for police interrogation for criticising government ?
What kind of democracy does that?
rajend naidu
sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Fiji Still A Police State In Disguise.
Long before the international NGO IDEA assessed Fiji to be a “ weak democracy” ( The Fiji Times frontpage headline report 24/11), some of us who have been keeping a close eye on post coup Fiji politics knew that.
In what kind of democracy does Opposition MPs and civil society leaders who criticised a government bill get rounded up for police interrogation?
That is not the conduct of a State in a democracy. It is the conduct of a State in a Police State.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

editor,
Political Involvement in a Democracy.
' POLITICAL involvement should be a requirement for citizenship '( Politics Done Right, EgbertoWillies.com ). I wonder if the ruling FijiFirst party subscribes to that? You get the impression the ruling mob prefer that the citizens leave politics to the " Minister of Everything " in post coup Fiji Mr Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and get on with their daily lives without critical examination (public scrutiny ) of what the government of the day was doing in their name.
The kind of political involvement they like is for people, mostly big business people, to make hefty political donations to the Fiji First Party and leave them to run the country in the interest of themselves and their cronies.
It's no wonder Fiji has been deemed a " weak democracy" . It is actually a whole lot worse in terms of political governance.
rajend naidu
sydney

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Unknown said...

Editor,
Well Disciplined Fijian Parliament.
Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights chair man Alvic Maharaj’s “frank “ proclamation that the Fijian Parliament is well disciplined ( The Fiji Times 23/12) reminds me of the saying “ Where you stand depends on where you sit”.
Alvic Maharaj is sitting comfortably with the ruling mob in Fiji. So his “ frank support for the status quo is predictable.
But Nishant Singh ( FT 25/11) might not be alone in questioning Maharaj’s dubious claim given what has transpired in the post coup Fijian Parliament.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Election : A National Intelligence Test.
D. Bogusz ( Letter, Canberra Times 26/11) writes:
“ The upcoming election will benchmark the intelligence of the Australian people.
If Morrison gets voted back in it will tell us all we need to know about the value Australians place on responsible leadership, honesty, integrity, inclusion, giving people a fair go and extending assistance to those that need support and comfort.
It will debunk the mantra that Australia is “ the lucky country”, and the land of the “ fair go”.
I wonder how much of that is true for the upcoming Fiji elections?
What would it say about the Fijian people if the mob in power for the last 15 years under whose watch there is a public perception that corruption in government is a “ big problem “ gets voted back in power?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

editor,
Wrong Man For PM,
In the fashion of Trump Australian PM Scot Morrison denigrated the ICAC as a " Kangaroo court' which took down his political mate NSW premier Gladys Berejeklian for official corruption. In so doing Morrison betrayed his true Trumpian political complexion. ICAC simply did what it is meant to do : expose the truth regarding gross breach of ministerial conduct. ICAC conducted itself most professionally and diligently. It is this that Morrison found unpalatable. He is a man who has time and again demonstrated a reluctance to support a national integrity commision.
Such a man is clearly not a fit person to lead a democracy like Australia ( as so many people point out regularly in their letters in the national newspapers).
Morrison would have had a good fit as a leader in a banana republic. He displays the poitical traits of such a leader.
rajend naidu
sydney

Unknown said...

Editor,
Corruption Pandemic.
What Ken Nandawa says about rampant corruption in PNG in his letter ‘ Political corruption eating away at PNG ‘ ( The National PNG 26/11), has parallels in Fiji.
He points “ politics in this era “ when “ get rich quick “ seems to be the motivation for entering politics.
“ Political corruption is the manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure by political decision makers... appointment of political cronies to the executive positions that operate outside the legal merit-based appointment process... They also contribute to the near-destruction of the key law enforcement agencies responsible for investigating and prosecuting perpetrators of corruption ... The reality is that we hardly see corrupt politicians defending a nation from corruption if they are not held accountable... It appears that corruption is ever rising and unstoppable. It devours resources that could be devoted to the citizens...”
The reality of corruption in PNG which extracts from Ken’s letter depicts is also the reality of corruption in Fiji in many respects ( Examples and details have been documented by C4.5, Fijileaks, and Truth for Fiji).
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Life Is Not All Sunshine.
We read in Fijileaks 27/11 ‘ $2 million Clients Trust Account Heist : Some of Suresh Chandra’s clients had contacted us six months ago to investigate whether their funds had been allegedly diverted by him towards his Sunshine Villas in Tailevu’.
Now Suresh Chandra the chair of the Fiji Electoral Commission has been forced to step down. He must realise life is not all sunshine. As that old song tells us “ along with the sunshine there’s gotta be a little rain sometime”.
In Suresh Chandra’s case he is getting a drenching in a real downpour!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
A LYING PM.
Not in a third world banana republic . That’s something we are all too familiar with. This is about a lying prime minister in an advanced first world democracy.
In his new book Lies and Falsehoods the political editor of Crikey Bernard Keane tells us Australian PM Scott Morrison is not “ a traditional freewheeling political liar” but one “ engaged in a more focused task of denying accountability “.
We read “ avoiding accountability “ has been pretty much the modus operandi of “ the government run by Scott Morrison “ and that “The Coalition governments since 2013 have been the most corrupt in Australian history, and have reversed recent trends towards greater openness and accountability in government “. In essence “ No facts, no accountability: Scott Morrison lies with a specific purpose, and it’s damaging democracy”.
The people in Fiji will no doubt be familiar with this pattern of governance under Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum in post coup Fiji and just how damaging that has been for Fijian democracy.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

editor,
Former PM on Murder Charge.
The former PM of the landlocked highland African kingdom of Lesotho has been charged for murdering his estranged wife (reuters 1/12 ). I was not surprised by the news.
People like that rise to hold the highest office of the land from time to time. Even mass murderers have held high office as prime ministers and presidents.
It's such a crying shame!
rajend naidu
sydney.

Anonymous said...

Fiji Attorney-General and Minister for Everything Aiyaz Sayed KHAIYUM was getting girls working under him to give him a partial massage in his hotel room on overseas trip. Jeffrey Epstein used to get young girls to give him a full massage at his various homes according to witness testimony at the trial of his former partner and procurer. Both a case of abuse of power.

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Unknown said...

No Better place than Fiji says Sydney based Jeff Singh upon arrival at Nadi Airport following reopening of international travel. It’s not hard to see where he’s coming from. He has business houses in Suva and Lautoka. For business people post coup Fiji remains a hanky dory place. Respect for human rights, democratic rights and democratic freedoms is often not something that features upmost in their minds. Nor a concern about corruption in government. He says “ Believe me, you can make better money in a better place but it will never compare with Fiji”.
That is his yardstick of comparison. Many Fijians in the diaspora value human rights and democratic good governance and the peace of mind that gives citizens above other things like getting better money. Business wallahs like Jeff Singh apparently does not understand that.
Jeff Singh says “ If you really want to be happy, be here”. But he himself is in Sydney!
Wow!

Unknown said...

Barka, Jeff Singh is not the only Fijian living abroad who loves his home country dearly. But the love for homecountry does NOT mean turning a blind eye to the corruption in government, the bad governance and the political repression in the home country. Let us be clear about that.

Anonymous said...

Is Jeff Singh of Sydney also Jan Nissar of Sydney?
Is he a Fiji First Party donor?

Unknown said...

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator and human rights defender Shamima Ali’s call for Pacific leaders including Fiji to show solidarity on West Papuans struggle for independence from Indonesia’s repressive colonial rule was placed in a small article in the bottom corner of page 26 under ‘ National News’ in The Fiji Times of 3 December 2021.
It shows what importance The Fiji Times and the Fijian government attach to the West Papuan struggle for self determination.
It’s a disgrace!

Unknown said...

Editor,
Fiji First Government Minister Jone Usamate said in parliament in response to President Ratu Williame Katonivere’s call for the Fijian people to choose who should become their next leader that Rabuka “ started us on the road to coups” ( The Sunday Times 5/12).
He is right of course.
But who have profited by following in Rabuka’s footsteps?
Frank Bainimarama and his Fiji First mob?
Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and his cronies?
It’s also true that under Rabuka’s watch “ repugnant and rampant corruption reigned “. But has repugnant and rampant corruption become a thing of the past under the watch of Bainimarama- khaiyum’s “ clean up “ governance?
If it has how come Transparency International in a recent report revealed 68 per cent of the people believe corruption in government is “ a big problem”?
Clearly Minister Usamate and the gang in government need to make an honest self appraisal of the performance of the Fiji First government before pointing fingers at others.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Fiji Democracy Under Siege.
The analytical Sunday Times’s columnist John Kamea’s article ‘ Democracy under siege’ ( ST 5/12 ), makes me recall what the former paid propagandist of Bainimarama Government Graham Davis wrote recently on his blog site Grubsheet Feejee. He wrote Fiji under Bainimarama and Khaiyum was more dictatorship than democracy. I think that sums it up quite eloquently.
Mind you he is not the first to point that out. Way back in 2017 the Cook Islands News published a letter of mine titled ‘ Fiji, A Dictatorship in Disguise ‘. At that time Davis was still waxing lyrically about the wonders of the Bainimarama government!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

'Party Wants Saneem Out : Delegates call for legal action against SOE ' ( Sunday Times 5 December, 2021). That might be what the Fiji Labour Party wants but that is not what it is likely to get from the Constitutional Office Commission headed by Frank Bainimarama and the Election Minister Khaiyum, Saneem is effectively an apparatchik of these twin dictators of Fiji. Legal action might be an option but i wont be too optimistic of that either given the political sway over the judiciary in post coup Fiji.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Meeting The Peoples’ Need.
‘ Remote village to fundraise for road ‘ ( The Fiji Times 6/12). Makes you wonder what is the State for? Is it to serve the ordinary people? Why should ordinary remote, isolated, financially poor villagers need to fundraise to build an access road to their community when it is an identified felt need of the people to raise their standard of living and enhance their quality of life. I thought one of the things the Fiji First government promised, among the many others ( which it failed to deliver ) was to make Fiji “ modern nation state”. What better way than to have remote villagers connected by road?
So where is the Fiji First government’s promise and priority?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Heading in the wrong direction: A common problem.
The director of the Development Policy Centre and Professor of Economics at the Crawford School at ANU, Stephen Howes’s, article ‘ Heading in the wrong direction : Riots in the Pacific ‘ ( The Fiji Times 6/12) captures succinctly the underlying cause for the recent Solomon Islands riots. There was a strong perception that “ the country was heading in the wrong direction” with rampant corruption, high cost of living and unemployment.
The “ people also identify the government as part of the problem - with parliament rated as the second most corrupt institution in the country, behind only the MP funding scheme “ . That is surely a recipe for political unrest. Howe concludes “ it seems hardly surprising that there was unrest in the nation’s capital”. Hardly indeed.
Some of the main causes identified by the Solomon Islands people will no doubt be familiar to the people of Fiji given the style of “ democratic “ leadership and governance since the 2006 Bainimarama military coup.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Real Leaders According To Mandela,
We read in The Fiji Times ‘ Today’s Thought’ ( 7 Dec ) “ Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people “ - Nelson Mandela.
And what do we call leaders who do all that they can by brute force, intimidation, coercion, political persecution and repression and abuse or manipulation of the legal system to suppress the freedom of their people?
Rogue leaders sounds like a fitting description.
I take it examples are not necessary to illustrate the point. That is self-evident.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Now You See, Now You Don’t Kind Of Politicians,
Villagers of Waibasaga, Naitasiri told a visiting team from The Fiji Times that they “ do not want politicians coming here and making false promises” ( FT 7/12).
Villagers said they “ did not want political campaigns in their villages because their plea to have a bridge constructed across the Wainimala River had fallen on deaf years over the past decade “.
Who has been in power over the past decade? Who was responsible for making the false promise to address the villagers’ grievances?
Frustrated villager Maciu Matakivale sums up the sentiments of the villagers. He said “ they had “ noticed a trend where in a few months leading up to the elections, politicians would rock up to their villages and make promises”. He said “ These politicians really think that we are stupid, when elections are near we will see them in our village. Once they get into Parliament, they forget about us”.
I believe people across Fiji are familiar with this trend of ‘ Now you see, now you don’t kind of politicians ‘ .
The people depend on “ politicians to fight for them “ ( and in the present case they depended on them taking up “ their biggest issue “ which was “ the construction of a new bridge” ).
It’s only right not to depend on politicians who cannot be relied upon to fight for you.
I applaud the stance of the clear thinking villagers of Waibasaga, Naitasiri.
Others should follow their example.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

editor,
Acting Local To Assert Right To Respect And Dignity.
The case of the Waibasaga, Naitasiri villagers - saying they don't want politicians to surface like the vono ( turtle ) at their villages at election time and make bullshit promises to get their vote and than disappear when they enter Parliament and forget about their grassroots community concerns - is what Wikileaks founder and editor Julian Assange explained as " our global struggle to force a new relationship between the people and their governments" ( Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography ).
The Waibasaga villagers case is a manifestation of that global struggle at the local level.
It's a struggle to assert their right to respect and dignity from their elected representatives in government.
I applaud their stance.
rajend naidu
sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Let Us Hear The Minister On The OAG’s Findings.
What does the Fiji First government minister Jone Usamate have to say about the state of governance in the country in light of the OAG’s latest report highlighting the lack or often indeed the absence of transparency, accountability, integrity and compliance with established norms of good governance practices under the watch of the Fiji First “ clean up “ government?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

editor,
Leadership Code Act.
We read in the Vanuatu Daily Post 8 December that seven leaders have pleaded guilty ( out of 11 facing court ) for failing to file their annual Returns for 2020 to the Ombudsman contrary to section 33 (a ) of the Leadership Code Act.
This is an effective mechanism to ensure transparency and accountability and integrity in the way leaders in the country conduct themselves in fulfilling their public duties and responsibilities.
Does Fiji have a Leadership Code Act or similar to ensure there are checks in place for good governance?
rajend naidu
sydney.

Anonymous said...

EDITOR,
Rogue PM and His Perverse Corruption Defence.
In a most fitting report on International Anti-Corruption Day ( 9 December,2021), The Southeast Asian Times published a report on the corruption case against former Malaysian PM Najib Razak who had got millions of dollars transferred from state funds to his personal bank accounts ( ' Court of appeal rejects claim that PM Najib Razak acted in national interest in misappropriation of state funds'). It's mind blowing that the rogue former PM saw it fit to claim in his defence that he acted in the national interest. The court rejected that perverse claim saying what Razak did was a" national embarassment".
Razak thought he would keep his corruption covered up by declaring the relevant audit report a secret under the Official secrets Act.
But it all backfired when the 93 year old former long time PM Mahathir Mohammed came out of retirement with the specific aim of removing Razak from office and commencing an investigation to retrieve the misappropriated public money.
He won the election and Razak"s fate was sealed. The court of Appeal has upheld the High Court decision to convict him on all seven charges and the 12 year jail sentence.
Yes, Razak presents a good example : do the crime, do the time.
rajend naidu
sydney

Unknown said...

Editor,
The Age 13 December letters headline:
Biden hypocrisy in shooting messenger.
Peter Martina writes in his letter on the political persecution of Julian Assange :
“ While addressing world leaders at his recent Summit for Democracy, US President Joe Biden states that democracy was under threat from dictators ( “ Biden puts heat on China “ The Age 11/12 ). At the same time the US props up some of the world’s dictators, autocracies, monarchies and military regimes with weapons, military training and money.
Biden also said his administration oils provide support for Investigative Journalists even though his country is pursuing journalist Julian Assange for exposing American war crimes.
If Biden wants to “ renew faith in democracy “, the US should stop supporting non-democratic regimes and end the persecution of Assange.
Without action that matches his words, Biden’s Summit for Democracy will simply be a summit for hypocrisy”.
I agree totally with the writer.
He couldn’t have been sharper in his critical analysis of the inconsistency and contradiction inherent in Biden championing democracy and condemning dictatorship.
The hypocrisy stinks.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Unknown said...

Editor,
Look who is talking about incompetence!
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem accuses the office of the Auditor-General of handling the audit process of the Fiji Elections Office with “ such a level of incompetence” ( The Fiji Times 15/12). This coming from a man who the court has found incompetent several times!
Wow, look who is talking about incompetence!
I think if a poll is taken on who the public think is incompetent - the SOE or the OAG - I think the answer would be a clear one in favour of the SOE.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

editor,
ROGUE NAVY COMMANDER.
Meas Muth 82, former Navy Commander of Democratic Kampuchea who joined the rogue Khmer Rouge regime, is facing charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. His role as Navy Commander during the Khmer rouge rule from 1975 to 1979 is under scrutiny by a UN sponsored Tribunal ( The Southeast Asian Times 21/12).
That is as should be. Nobody suspected of committing such atrocities should be allowed to get away with it no matter the lapse of time.
Such rogue leaders must be held to account and if found guilty made to pay for their heinous crimes.
rajend naidu
sydney.

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