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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.



78 comments:

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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Unknown said...

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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