Fiji – The truth is emerging

Since I started blogging on my place of birth, Fiji, I have received many emails of abuse and of course comments about how I could possibly support a coup.

I have explained many times just how poorly Fiji has been represented by its so-called democracy. In fact it was a democracy that was set up to fail.

Amongst the abuse I have received also many emails in support that at least someone in new Zealand is telling the truth about the situation in Fiji. The only other blogger to be so strenuous in his support of Fiji that I am aware of is Adolf at No Minister.

Over the weekend several interesting articles were brought to my attention. It has taken much time to digest them and to assimilate the knowledge with my on the ground knowledge and with my contacts in Fiji. These two articles cannot be ignored and they speak for themselves.

The first is the exclusive interview granted to Maori Television and the article published in the Sunday Star Times. Entitled a “A Different Kind of Coup” It makes for interesting reading.

Mentioned in the article is? Fijian Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Just the other day? Rod Alley from Victoria University of Wellington Centre for Strategic Studies will definitely have to eat the words he said on Newstalk ZB last week to Mike Hosking.? Rod Alley said that we have heard very little from Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and he has been ?suspiciously silent? for the past few weeks ? indicating that there were problems between him and Frank Bainimarama. AG Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum accompanied Frank Bainimarama at the meeting with Sir Paul Reeves.

In fact Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum should be applauded.From this article in the Fiji Sun;

"Don't Depend on NZ and Australia" - Fiji AGFiji needs to stand on its own two feet and not depend on Australia and New Zealand, a government official told employers last night.

Speaking at the Fiji Employers Federation dinner at the Holiday Inn, Minister of Commerce Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum said the government is now focused on nothing but the economy.

?There was a lot of controversy when this government came to power,? Mr Sayed Khaiyum said.

?And the political stand is different from the stand in the 1987 and the 2000 coup.

?NZ and Australia have taken their political stand against Fiji and you the employers should realise the very issue relating to independence or pertaining a strong foundation in business.

?Fiji needs to stand on its own and move away from dependency,? he said.

For instance, Mr Sayed Khaiyum said businesses should not depend entirely on concession.

?If you believe that it is a God given right to have concession then you should not be operating in the market.?

He said businesses, workers and trade unions should now work together and focus on Fiji.

?That is the very reason the Prime Minister (Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama) has called on business houses to attend a forum before the Budget so their views can be taken on board,? Mr Khaiyum said.

Is this not what we would want for all Pacific Island nations – to grow up and stand on their own two feet and not have to rely on big brother?

So contrary to what academic fool Rod Alley had to say, AG Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had been in Malaysia. Just goes to prove that rumours and telling lies are a bit of a way of life when discussing Fiji in New Zealand.

AG Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is definitely alive and well and from the looks of it should fit very nicely into the Act Party.

Meanwhile here in NZ Here in New Zealand there has been virtually no media coverage of Sir Paul Reeves visit to Fiji since September 2nd. I find this rather strange as Fijian media internet websites have been posting news about the visit, but perhaps the mainstream media here in NZ have decided not to cover Sir Paul?s visit, for whatever reason.

In any case most international news stories of late regarding Fiji are somewhat negative ? what is called ?bad press?. An example is last Tuesday (September 8th) when Amnesty International tried to stir up about human rights abuses in Fiji and called on China to help with Fiji?s human rights situation. (Ridiculous really considering China?s human rights record). NewstalkZB broadcast this story a couple of times, but then it was suddenly dropped. It didn?t grow legs. When I ?Googled? NewstalkZB?s website I could not find that story posted, but I found the same story and comments were made back in April by Amnesty International?s Apolosi Bose, except China?s help was not mentioned then. Was it coincidence that this story broke again at the same time that Sir Paul Reeves was due to visit Fiji? Who knows?

The last piece of information that completes a great deal of the puzzle for me was anonymously mailed to the tipline. It is a document written by someone who ostensibly purports to have been or is a spy. It makes for fascinating reading and shows clearly just how bent the former regime in cahoots with the Great Council of Chiefs, The Methodist Church and the Fiji Police were in rigging the elections. (1M pdf) Elections mind you that Labour Minister at the time Marian Hobbs declared were full and free. This document would suggest otherwise.

I suggest the policy wonks at MFaT pull their heads out of their collective arses and read this information and I humbly suggest that Murray McCully does the same.

Fiji can be sorted, but it won’t be if we continue to push the failed policies of the past 20 years in dealing with Fiji.