ALL CHIEFS AND NO INDIANS: The Fijian student thrashed on an Indian campus displayed that typical Indo-Fijian mantra: “I told them we are all equal and cannot call each other ‘Sir’. They thrashed me at that time...”
NAWAIKULA'S selective IMMUNITY LAW and pursuit of Bainimarama and Khaiyum if SODELPA wins next election: Blinkered Niko Nawaikula talks up immunity law against the two while sheltering under RABUKA's sulu
Fijileaks: FACE UP! Niko Nawaikula should speak out against SITIVENI RABUKA or shut up if he is willing to to be led by this WITCH of COUPS, hiding under IMMUNITY. Of course, he will not deliver the same legal homily to SODELPA, to persuade them to dump Rabuka, for Nawaikula is emerging as the new Tora-Butadroka incarnate of his party. There is a distinct possibility that some Colonel in the RFMF could step forward, under the Doctrine of Necessity, and lock up SODELPA MPs and Sitiveni Rabuka if they win the 2018 election, citing that all their speeches in Parliament, comments, and postings on social media, indicate that they are planning to take Fiji back to that violent, racist, tribal days of 1987 under Sitiveni Rabuka and the Taukei Movement
Niko Nawaikula, on his Facebook page:
Fijileaks to NAWAIKULA: We suggest you start with your OWN LEADER RABUKA, and read out to SODELPA our Founding Editor-in-Chief VICTOR LAL's Opinion in the Fiji Sun of 2004 on Rabuka's Immunity:
The Queen’s representative, Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau, pardoned Rabuka before he declared Fiji a Republic but it was unconstitutional act
Fijileaks: It was Azreen Khan, on 3 November 2016, who had filed a litany of complaints against Khatri to Nair (more later) including this one: 'Sir, HC in my presence passed a racial comment to the Supervisor of Elections during his courtesy call to the High Commissioner at the Fiji Mission in New Delhi."
Azreen Khan to Robin Nair, 3 November 2016:
"Some weeks back I was requested by HC [Khatri] to prepare an objective paper on the decision of the Fiji Police to arrest Leader of Opposition and other party leaders during the Constitution Day celebration. I was told to consider the Human Rights issues and Legality of the arrests when writing the paper. I didn't provide as I work for the Government and support the decisions of the Government and its functional arms. I cannot object to the decisions of the Government. - Vinaka, Azreen Khan (Ms), Second Secretary."
Fijileaks Founding Editor-in-Chief VICTOR LAL:
"We are still going through scores of e-mails and highly sensitive confidential documents leaked to me from inside the Fiji High Commission in India and the Foreign Ministry in Fiji"
On 12 December 2016, we had published the following: 'Fijileaks has been reliably informed that Khatri was supposed to take Saneem out for a meal. But she said that since Diwaali was near she won't eat meat but Saneem said he wanted to eat meat. So Khatri's deputy [Azreen Khan] and Saneem said "Ok we will go and eat meat". On that Khatri said "Oh you two Muslims, go and eat meat". Saneem allegedly told Aiyaz Khaiyum that Khatri
"is Anti-Muslim"; she was later recalled from India. We would like to categorically state that we are not fanning anti-Muslim hatred but have relayed what our behind-the-scene investigations have revealed - so far!'
DIWALI and Demon of 1987: As Bainimarama calls on all Fijians to join their Hindu brothers and sisters in recognising how far Fiji has come, and strengthen their bonds as one Fijian family, don't forget RAMBHUKA
Fijileaks: We have, indeed, come a long way from THIRTY YEARS ago when 'RAMBHUKA' [God is Hungry] alias Rabuka woke up screaming that his GOD whispered in his EARS that Hindus and Muslims are vile pagans who must be converted to Christianity, for if not, 'we all become pagans'. Let us hope that this will not be the last Diwali HINDUS are celebrating this October, for SODELPA claims its leader SITIVENI RABUKA will be next Prime Minister in 2018. We must not forget that he was never a democratically elected Prime Minister, and was defeated in the 1999 general election. So we do not know if he will, once again, try and revive his 1987 DECREES, to make FIJI a CHRISTIAN STATE, free of 'PAGANS'. If anyone is looking for proof of this man's "coupweb mind", one only has to read his and SODELPA supporters social media postings. During the 2014 election, SODELPA had convinced Fijileaks to declare that the party - based on evidence on the ground and all foreign embassies and high commissions in Fiji - will WIN over 30 seats and form the next government in Fiji. We had fallen for the political scammers
but not this time around, especially now under Coupist Rabuka!
In October - shortly after Diwali - Rabuka began his "rape and beatings of pagan Indo-Fijians" in 1987
UNLIKE RABUKA AND SODELPA, the evil monster RAVANA was not dug out of his graveyard to join LORD RAMA, SITA and others for DIWALI. In his 2017 Diwali Message to Fiji's 'TENANT COMMUNITY', he claims:
“I hold warm memories of Diwali and the Republic of India from my time studying for my Masters Degree. It is wonderful that this same celebration is held in Fiji and in other countries where Indians and Hindus reside...". In November 1987, after his two coups, and a month after Diwali in October, he shut down the Indian High Commission in Fiji, claiming in an interview that 'there is no need for them to be here'. In fact, it was in India where he had begun to fear Indo-Fijian political power following the Alliance Party's defeat in the first 1977 general election. Ten years later the loser, after failing to get three jobs he had applied for while in still in the army, and convinced he would remain a third-ranking army officer, struck - releasing his racist 'firecrackers' against Indo-Fijians while exploiting gullible native Fijians to back his coup.
He had been rejected for the three positions, moaning,
"Three unsuccessful applications is not very encouraging".
He was turned down for the vacant positions of Chief Officer (Deputy Director) Rural Development, Rehabilitation and Housing, Chief Executive, National Marketing Authority of Fiji, and Divisional Commissioner (Northern), with the Ministry of Rural Development, Rehabilitation and Rural Housing. If ONLY, if only, he had been given one of the three jobs, he would not have imposed himself as Prime Minister through the barrel of the gun and would not have spoiled the October 1987 Diwali celebrations, and many more in the coming years during his reign of rape, brutality, beatings, and torture of the Indo-Fijians in Fiji, most cruelly on 24 October 1990, five days after Diwali, when Dr Anirudh Singh from the USP was kidnapped, tortured, had his hair cut, and burned with cigarette butts for burning Rabuka's 1990 racist Constitution
Bizarrely, instead of putting the torturers on trial, Singh and six others had been charged in the Magistrates' Court of Suva on two counts of (1) having burnt a copy of the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji on 18th October 1990 with seditious intention contrary to section 65(1)(iv) and 66(1)(a) of the Penal Code and (2) having taken part in an unlawful assembly on the same day contrary to section 86 and 87 of the
Let the spirit of truth, justice, and righteousness prevail
The National Federation Party earnestly hopes that truth, justice and righteousness will prevail in our nation in the spirit of Diwali.
“The diya (traditional lamp) symbolises the illumination of the lives of all our people to dissipate the darkness and clouds of uncertainty hanging over a vast majority our people”, says Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad.
The NFP Leader says while Diwali is perhaps the most important event in the Hindu religious calendar, it is also of significance to all people in Fiji’s multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious nation because it renews and builds bridges of unity, harmony and solidarity.
“Diwali is about sharing and caring each other. It is about remembering the sick and the infirm, unemployed, under-privileged and the less fortunate. And together with every citizen of our nation, it is about illuminating the nation and the night skies to defeat darkness and celebrate triumph of good over evil”, he said.
Professor Prasad also says as a first step to illuminate the lives of some of our people in the spirit of truth, righteousness and justice, the Government should direct the Fiji Sugar Corporation to reverse all deductions made from the $.9.15 per tonne top-up to the 4th cane payment made to cane growers, that has left them with a pittance.
Cane growers are also multi-racial in demographics contrary to common belief, and every one of them will have also anticipated a good Diwali.
“Furthermore, in the spirit of Diwali, lending institutions like the Sugar Cane Growers Fund and the Fiji Development Bank should refund growers the loan amounts that were deducted by FSC. These deductions have left more than 70% or over 9,000 growers with zero balances or payments of less than $1”.
“The deductions from the top-up defeat the purpose of the payment which was made to rehabilitate the lives of growers still suffering from the effects of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston especially in Ba, Tavua and Ra districts”.
“The lives of majority of our growers and their families are enveloped in darkness. The arbitrary deductions by FSC contravene the spirit of Diwali.”
“We pray that the spirit of Diwali, its religious importance and multicultural significance prevails all over our nation and sincerely wish all our people a happy and blessed Diwali”.
Authorised by: -
Professor Biman Prasad
HAPPY DIWALI FROM FIJI LABOUR PARTY:
Diwali is celebrated to signify the victory of good over evil but it also signifies the liberation of the people from their oppressors.
It is generally believed that Lord Rama returned to his kingdom of Ayodhya on this day, after vanquishing Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, whose demons were terrorizing people far and wide.
Following the defeat of Ravana, Lord Rama established the rule of law based on moral and religious precepts both in Lanka and Ayodhya, years that are widely known as the golden years of enlightened rule based on the will of the people.
The ritualistic lighting of diyas during Diwali is symbolic of light dispelling darkness both within us and outside. It is a time for cleansing and the beginning of renewed life.
The Fiji Labour Party wishes everyone a happy and blessed Diwali but calls on people during the festivities to heed the message of Diwali and to learn from the life of Lord Rama.
He was a king who ruled justly, putting the wishes and interests of his people ahead of his own desires, even to the extent of sacrificing his own family life to keep his subjects happy.
POWER AND PERIL OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM: The murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia - 'a one-woman Wikileaks' - speaks volumes about threat to freedom of speech in Malta and beyond
“My mother was assassinated because she stood between the rule of law and those who sought to violate it, like many strong journalists. But she was also targeted because she was the only person doing so. This is what happens when the institutions of the state are incapacitated: the last person left standing is often a journalist. Which makes her the first person left dead.” says son Mathew Caruana Galizia
Daphne Caruana Galizia was a fearless reporter, taking on the rich and the powerful. A one-woman WikiLeaks, she led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta. Her last blog was characteristically trenchant, pithy and, unfortunately, more prescient for her than she could imagine. She had warned: “There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate.” Less than half an hour later, a huge bomb ripped through the white Peugeot 108 rental car she had been driving, killing her instantly on a quiet country lane near her home in Malta. It is not special pleading to point out that journalists and journalism are facing extraordinary challenges: Galizia is the 10th journalist worldwide to die this year – and the second in Europe – in pursuit of finding the truth. The Guardian
The Maltese Police said the journalist had just left her home and was on
a road near the village of Bidnija in northern Malta when the bomb detonated. Local media said she had reported receiving threats two weeks ago, although police officials denied receiving any complaint. Caruana Galizia’s most recent revelations pointed the finger at Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, and two of his closest aides, connecting offshore companies linked to the three men with the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan
“The right of a journalist to investigate, ask uncomfortable questions and report effectively is at the heart of our values and needs to be
guaranteed at all times."
EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas
BLEAK DIWALI: After FLP, now NFP wades into sugar cane payment: '9,000 cane growers and their families will have a bleak Diwali after the deductions by [FSC] for commodities, loans, leave them with no income'
Fijileaks: "DIWALI PHIR AGAI SACHINI"
'I always looked forward to Diwali as a young kid and even now at this age, I still have a kid in me that goes for the sweets."
The banned Fiji-born academic Professor Brij Lal:
"While I was in detention at the QEB barracks, awaiting deportation to Australia, Qiliho slapped and spat at me, breaking my reading glasses.
I was falsely accused of making anti Indo-Fijian Muslim comments in Fiji."
“In one case a grower who harvested 236 tonnes of sugarcane in 2016 is left with only 82 cents from a payment of about $1500 after deductions by FSC. This is preposterous. How can FSC and the Government expect this grower like thousands of others to celebrate Diwali?” - NFP
Top-Up Cane Payment a sham
The National Federation Party says more than 70 percent or over 9,000 cane growers and their families will have a bleak Diwali after deductions by Fiji Sugar Corporation for commodities and loans have left them with no income in the 4th and final cane payment for 2016.
This shows that Government’s decision to top-up the 4th cane payment of 44 cents per tonne by $9.15 per tonne was a sham, says NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad.
“We have cited several statements issued by FSC to growers. The statement itself is misleading. The deduction by FSC is listed as reversal of 50% of FSC debt. In reality, this means that a grower has paid 50 percent of debt owed to FSC for fertilizer, rice, sugar etc. Other deductions include rent to i-Taukei Land Trust Board, Sugar Cane Growers Fund and Fiji Development Bank”.
“In one case a grower who harvested 236 tonnes of sugarcane in 2016 is left with only 82 cents from a payment of about $1500 after deductions by FSC. This is preposterous. How can FSC and the Government expect this grower like thousands of others to celebrate Diwali?”
Professor Prasad said the fact that the FSC announced the payment even before the Sugar Industry Tribunal certified it raises serious questions about the payment like: -
- Was the Sugar Cane Growers Council Chief Executive Officer aware of the actual amount of the payment and the top-up?
- If the SCGC CEO was aware, did he request FSC and Government not to make any deductions from this payment because of Diwali?
- Why did the FSC announce the payment before the Tribunal certified the payment because any cane payment is first announced by the Tribunal?
- Why are $3.05 cents per tonne from the top-up to be paid in January 2018 when the payment is for the 2016 season?
- Does this mean that FSC and Government will use the deferred payment of $3.05 as a Special Payment that is advanced to growers from the previous season, in this case the 2017 season, for educational needs of their children?
Failure by those at the helm of the sugar industry institutions to answer these pertinent questions, namely the Sugar Industry Tribunal, Sugar Cane Growers Council, Fiji Sugar Corporation and the Ministry of Sugar will confirm the deviousness of these institutions.
This façade re-enforces our consistent call for the democratisation of the industry institutions, especially the SCGC that is the umbrella body of growers who are the largest and most important stakeholders in the industry.
It also confirms that FSC and Government are colluding similar to the CSR and colonial rule to subjugate growers. They have lost the plot and seriously undermined the livelihood of growers because the industry has been declining under their control since the military coup of 2006.
The NFP has already announced the implementation of a minimum guaranteed price of $100 per tonne of cane if it forms government. This will be part of sound and sensible measures to be implemented by an NFP Government to ensure the industry once again produces 4 million tonnes of sugarcane and at least 400,000 tonnes of sugar.
Authorised by: -
Professor Biman Prasad
POLITICAL WEDDING BELL YET TO CHIME: The Fiji Labour Party and People's Democratic Party political wedding that was to be announced on 30 September has hit a snag as some PDP 'wedding guests' unhappy!
Cane farmers will not be able to survive on a cane price of $72.85 per tonne, says NFU general secretary Mahendra Chaudhry.
He was commenting on the final cane price of $72.85 for the 2016 season determined by the Sugar Industry Tribunal.
“Farmers must understand that the total cane payment of $82 per tonne is the result of a top up of $9.15 per tonne by the government.
“It is coming close to general elections and can be construed as a sweetner in return for their votes,” said Mr Chaudhry.
That aside, the stark reality is that the actual price is far short of the $100 per tonne that cane farmers have been demanding to remain financially viable,” he said.
In fact, farmers are unhappy that deductions have been made from the top up payment for fertilizer, loan repayments, land rent and harvesting expenses.
“This should not have been done as the top up is a grant and should be paid without industry related deductions,” Mr Chaudhry said.
The future looks grim considering the declining crop size and the harvesting, transportation and milling problems facing the industry as a whole, not to mention the financial woes of the Fiji Sugar Corporation.
“A totally new approach is warranted to rehabilitate the industry and this can only be achieved through genuine Tripartite involvement,” Mr Chaudhry said.
National Farmers Union has expressed strong concerns about Fiji Sugar Corporation’s financial position following its recent announcement of a major reduction in crop size for the 2017 season.
“The current crop is now estimated at 1.7m tonnes. This is a substantial drop from the 2.046 million tonnes announced at the beginning of the year. It translates into a sugar shortfall of about 35,000 tonnes which is virtually one shipment of sugar,” said NFU general secretary Mahendra Chaudhry.
“This is bad news for the industry as well as the economy and is likely to have an impact on the Reserve Bank’s growth figures for the year necessitating a downward revision,” he said.
Mr Chaudhry said NFU was worried because while FSC’s cash flow is drastically affected, despite this it has created at least half a dozen new top managerial positions at high salary levels.
We believe FSC is in dire financial straits. It owes $15m to the South Pacific Fertiliser Company. This is money it has already deducted from growers but has not passed on to SPFL as it should. It has also defaulted on its $5 million industry contribution to the Sugar Research Institute of Fiji.
“There is a disturbing lack of transparency in the operations of the Corporation. FSC’s annual general meeting is long overdue. It has not published its financial accounts for 2016 and the 2017 report is now due. Two years accounts are now due,” Mr Chaudhry said.
FSC must reveal the salaries of all its top executive staff. How much are they being paid? Our information is that their salaries, perks and allowances range from $600,000 at the top to $250,000 at the lower end.
The new positions are: Chief Operating Officer, Chief Corporate Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Communications Officer. In addition, there is a General Manager Engineering Services, General Manager Mill Operations, Corporate Officer Supply Chain and Logistics.
FSC is also looking at creating the post of a Chief Agricultural Officer and three District Agricultural Officers.
“Comparatively speaking, there is not much difference between the old Abdul Khan order and the new order under Chief Executive Officer Graham Clark," said Mr Chaudhry.
NBFGATE: Professor Wadan Narsey - Rabuka rewriting economics and history...[His] statements on the SODELPA website on NBF disaster and the long-term impact can be described as “false”, “lies” or “propaganda”
"Why is the SODELPA leadership allowing their new elected political leader [Sitiveni Rabuka] to display that he has a pathetic knowledge of economics and finance and should NEVER again be given authority over taxpayers’ billions, let alone a child’s piggy bank?" - Professor Wadan Narsey
HERE is the reason why I keep urging native Fijians not be be seduced by SODELA's bogus indigenous rights howlers under Sitiveni Rabuka. The NBF loans was supposed to be an affirmative action program to advance soft loans to the disadvantaged indigenous population but became, in fact, a slush fund for the privileged. After the Rabuka coups in 1987, his paramount chiefly family - the Ganilaus - and their companies - disappeared with over $2million from the National Bank of Fiji; the Cakaudrove Provincial Council with $73,179.64; the late Fijian nationalist leader Sakeasi Butadroka with $59,393; G & S Speight $100,591; Rabuka's Attorney-General Kelemedi Bulewa $352,418; three 1987 Taukei Movement leaders Ratu Inoke Kubuabola - $198,951, Ratu Meli Vesikula - $8,000, and Apisai & Melania Tora, $194,393 (Remember their banners before the Rabuka coups: "We don't want this Indian [Bavadra] government'), and even Daniel Fatiaki with $28,000, just to name a few individuals. More names at the end of Professor Wadan Narsey's article, and more will be revealed later in the coming months including Indo-Fijians who were up there, looting the NBF with Rabuka's supporters, only to shift their 'support' to Frank Bainimarama after the 2006 coup. We may recall Rabuka's bogus chant about his coup: "It was a matter of sink or swim for native Fijians". Ironically, he sunk the NBF and he and his nationalists swam away with taxpayers money - estimated at $400,000; now he is back with
SODELPA swimming for VOTES - and harping on indigenous rights, AGAIN!
"The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies" - Proverb
"The SODELPA website quotes Rabuka saying: “When the issue of NBF was brought to my attention as the then Prime Minister, I responded immediately to minimise any further risk to the financial sector and to the economy as a whole, rather than sweeping the matter under the carpet”. This is a blatant lie.The Fiji public knows very well that the rot at NBF started when Rabuka sent in his soldiers with guns to remove the General Manager then, and replace him with Makrava who then proceeded to destroy the NBF from within. Far from responding “immediately” Rabuka allowed all the rot to set in because many of them were his supporters. Rabuka never instituted a full inquiry into the most costly financial disaster that Fiji had ever faced despite many public calls. In the end the taxpayers lost around $200 million to indemnify the depositors. In other words, bad borrowers ran off with at least that sum of money (I say at least because interest was frozen on bad debts). [Multiply $200 million by 2.1 if you want to convert 1996 dollar values to today’s prices, i.e. more than
$400 million in today’s money]." - Professor Wadan Narsey
SITIVENI Rabuka, since becoming Leader of SODELPA, has made many accurate statements about the disastrous impact of the Bainimarama Government on indigenous Fijians and on Fiji (which I do not comment on here).
I have always had a soft spot for Rabuka after our (NFP/SVT) collaboration in parliament in the 1990s when we peacefully brought in the 1997 Constitution, unanimously approved by the Fiji parliament. Even though the collaboration also resulted in the total historical demise of the NFP from parliament in the 1999 election, SVT’s loss of government, and Rabuka traumatically going “from hero to zero” (in his own words to me).
Today, however, I am horrified to read Rabuka’s statements on the SODELPA website on the NBF disaster and the long-term impact, statements which can only be described as “false” or “lies” or “propaganda” easily recognized by any economics student or anyone with common sense (https://sodelpafiji.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/rabuka-tells-khaiyum-to-respond-to.html)
The SODELPA website quotes Rabuka saying: “When the issue of NBF was brought to my attention as the then Prime Minister, I responded immediately to minimise any further risk to the financial sector and to the economy as a whole, rather than sweeping the matter under the carpet”.
This is a blatant lie. I have previously posted on my website that there was a whistle blower working at the senior levels in the National Bank of Fiji, who wrote to Prime Minister Rabuka in 1992, detailing all the corruption and nepotism at the NBF.
The Fiji public knows very well that the rot at NBF started when Rabuka sent in his soldiers with guns to remove the General Manager then, and replace him with Makrava who then proceeded to destroy the NBF from within. Far from responding “immediately” Rabuka allowed all the rot to set in because many of them were his supporters.
Rabuka never instituted a full inquiry into the most costly financial disaster that Fiji had ever faced despite many public calls.
In the end the taxpayers lost around $200 million to indemnify the depositors. In other words, bad borrowers ran off with at least that sum of money (I say at least because interest was frozen on bad debts).
[Multiply $200 million by 2.1 if you want to convert 1996 dollar values to today’s prices, i.e. more than $400 million in today’s money].
Quoting Lionel Yee
Rabuka proudly quotes (and reiterates) Lionel Yee who allegedly praised Rabuka for “taking the bull by the horns and getting the job done… in the end the bank was saved… and the saved bank got bigger and better managed, and you should be happy to take the credit because it could have really collapsed… the bank was saved to become Colonial National Bank and then onto the Bank of South Pacific ! A Pacific Bank”.
Hullo. The NBF was not saved. It was destroyed.
All that happened was that the bad debts were separated out into the “Bad Bank” called the “Asset Management Bank” which was required to recover all the bad debts. It did recover a bit, but most of the bad debtors got away scot free (some running business in Australia today using their ill-gotten gains) while some were made bankrupt (a great PhD to be written here).
The few good debtors remained as the “Good Bank” and became the Colonial National Bank.
For Rabuka to twist these “extraordinary” comments by Lionel Yee (more on him below) to imply that the bankrupt NBF became a great financial success under Rabuka’s leadership is simply false and pathetic.
I remind that taxpayers had to fork out hundreds of millions of dollars to cover the savings of the depositors in the NBF (thereby effectively increasing Fiji’s Public Debt).
If Rabuka’s financial genius is to be believed, ANY bankrupt company can separate out all the debtors the company cannot pay and get the Government and taxpayers to pay them, while he keeps all the good debtors to continue his business. Would not life be hunky dory for all bankrupt businesses?
Why on earth would the sensible people in SODELPA allow their leader to put such outrageous statements on their website, showing clearly that he should never be trusted with taxpayers’ money. I suspect that this would not happen under the leadership of the humble and sensible Ro Teimumu Kepa.
Some websites (like Fijileaks) have already listed Rabuka’s other shady dealings while Prime Minister costing Fiji taxpayers even more millions.
Unfortunately there are other websites which are publishing (and hence propagating) Rabuka’s false statements without any qualification or challenge.
Who knows why Lionel Yee would have made those outrageous statements probably made before the 1999 Elections. Who knows what powerful people expected had the SVT and Rabuka won.
But let us also remember that Lionel Yee was the CEO of FNPF when around 1998 it tendered the massive inflated price of $253 million (at least $100 million in excess) for government shares in the super monopolistic ATH (which then proceeded to rip-off customers over the next two decades to recoup that huge investment).
With only 2 tenders (the other was by Cable and Wireless amounting to less than $160 million) Lionel Yee worked “closely” with Finance Minister James Ah Koy in what was a “managed” sale between FNPF and the SVT Minister of Finance) so that the NBF disaster could be paid for by the SVT Government and taxpayers.
Lionel Yee was also the CEO of FNPF when pension rate changes were being brought in around 1998, when in Parliament I had argued that the rates should be brought down immediately from the existing 25% to 15%, not gradually by 1 percentage point per year- as the Board controlled by the SVT government decided.
Then in 2011 when the Bainimarama Government attacked the FNPF pension rates breaking all contracts with pensioners, Lionel Yee remained publicly quiet, leaving the struggles to poor pensioners like the late David Burness, Ross Macdonald, lawyer Shaista Shameem and a certain economist who spent months preparing the pensioners’ case (without any payment) while on his sabbatical in Japan, only to be questioned by the CID for “sedition” when he returned to Fiji.
One pensioner, Rick Rickman still has the file for Case HBC 183 of 2011 in which he was the applicant and the respondents were FNPF Board, The Republic of Fiji, and the Attorney General of Fiji.. Bainimarama’s Decree 51 ensured the case was never heard although it still must be “in the system”.
Why did Lionel Yee remain quiet when the FNPF was being raided by the Bainimarama Government? I suspect that with the accelerated FNPF payments for senior FNPF managers, Yee would have had a phenomenal sum in his own personal FNPF account when he retired, and after more than ten years of pensions, would have received his entire final balance two or three times over. The reduction of pension rates would not have been important for him any more.
Note that Lionel Yee was one of the few board members of ATH companies who managed to continue their board membership even after the 2006 Bainimarama coup.
Why does SODELPA allow this?
There is no need to ask why Rabuka is making these false statements on the SODELPA website since it is clear that he is simply trying to go from “zero to hero” again.
But why is the rest of the SODELPA leadership allowing their current leader to falsify the history of the disastrous impact of the old SVT Party on Fiji? SODELPA is not SVT is it?
Why is the SODELPA leadership allowing their new elected political leader to display that he has a pathetic knowledge of economics and finance and should NEVER again be given authority over taxpayers’ billions, let along a child’s piggy bank?
How on earth can Rabuka claim on the SODELPA website that under his leadership SODELPA will “practice sound economic management to free Fiji from the current unsustainable debt level” – which Rabuka himself helped to grow unnecessarily by more than $200 million dollars twenty years ago?
Sadly, even ordinary voters opposed to the Bainimarama Government will understand that Rabuka’s criticisms of Bainimarama and Khaiyum is “the pot calling the kettles black”, however black (or blacker) the kettles may be!
Post-script for the 2018 Elections
For sure, voters, candidates and political parties in the 2018 Elections will have no lack of material in pointing out which histories are being rewritten by current and former Prime Ministers, all for sordid political gain.
VICTOR LAL: We must not overlook the role of Rabuka's comrade-in-chaoots Army chief Paul Manueli in the NBF saga, and also the role of Ratu Jone Kubuabola, the then Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji
"Rabuka had appointed Visanti Makrava in December 1987, at the point of a gun. Makrava entered the NBF headquarters in Suva with a group of soldiers saying he had been appointed by the Brigadier, as Rabuka was then. At the time Makrava was manager of the NBF's Samabula branch where the army did its banking...The other link Rabuka had with the bank was through his friend and former army commander, Paul Manueli, who had become NBF chairman in January 1988. He was to stay in that position until June 1992 when he left to become Rabuka's Minister of Finance...Makrava certainly did Rabuka no favours when he was reported to have said, "If I open my mouth, half the Government goes, including the leader."
The Koyas’ were not alone, for other non-Fijians also borrowed from collapsed NBF besides the elite as well as chiefly Fijians, resulting in a loss of $372million to the taxpayers.
Siddiq Koya’s side-kick, the lawyer, NFP parliamentarian and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, the late Vijaya Parmanandam, owed the NBF $40,770.31.
SVT'S party secretary EMA DRUAVESI, 7 May 1999:
RABUKA IS NO AUGUSTO PINOCHET:
"By no means can Prime Minister [Sitiveni Rabuka] be compared to the brutal dictator Pinochet, nor can we compare the 1987 coups to the coups in Chile in 1973 and what happened there...With the exception of Victor Lal, I do not think any Fijian or Indian overseas will want to waste his or her time and money trying to take Rabuka to court"; a day before Victor Lal had outlined two possible charges against Rabuka, one of treason and another of torture and kidnapping, based on the arrest of the Chilean military dictator Pinochet in London.
“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”
Edward R. Murrow
Ewan Perrin: OXFORD GRADUATE? Did he FAKE his CV to get job as Permanent Secretary for Communications and Information Technology? His LinkedIn profile at odd with three day CIO Academy course at Oxford
In 2015, the Melbourne based human resources firm NGS Global, was commissioned to hire elite public servants "for roles at the highest echelons of the Fijian civil service as part of the Government's public sector renewal". The chairman of the Fiji Public Service Commission had said the government was embarking on "an extensive and robust campaign to recruit the most competent and meritorious candidates for the various permanent secretary positions". Perrin was appointed Permanent Secretary for Communications and Information Technology. He was sacked after 100 DAYS in the job.
In his LinkedIn profile, Perrin claims he was educated at the University of Oxford and graduated from its Said Business School's CIO Academy in 2012. A year long investigation, and our Editor-in-Chief's intimate familiarity with the Said Business School since its founding in 1996, and with many of its academics, tell a very different story about his claim. The CIO Academy was a three day course at Said Business School. In 2012, two three day courses were organized, one from 8-11 May, and the second one from 4-7 December. We do not know which of the two Perrin had attended, for we have not been able to obtain a comment from him despite us contacting his Singapore office. At the end of the three day course in 2012 the participants of the CIO Academy were presented with a
CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE
It is like issuing one a receipt to confirm that he or she bought a sack of potatoes from the Suva market between 8-11 May 2012 or between 4-7 December 2012
The CIO Academy was a three day course at Oxford University's Said Business School. In 2012, two three day courses were organized, one from 8-11 May, and the second one from 4-7 December. We do not know which of the two Perrin had attended, for we have not been able to obtain a comment from him despite us contacting his Singapore office. The course is not running this year.
Unsurprisingly, when his appointment was announced, I had flagged it up with Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum - his line Minister - but given the contempt in which Fijileaks is held by him, the FFP government, and the kowtowing local media, the dubious claim in Perrin's CV was not followed up, a familiar pattern in post 2006 coup!
Gartner's brochure for the 2012 course, where Perrin is now a PARTNER
The above tweet has been retweeted several times over by FIJIANS
Imagine a scenario where Dr Neelesh Gounder, a twitter cheerleader of Perrin (while quite on sex pervert Dr James Johnson of USP), organized a three day course on Fijian economy at USP and Perrin came along as a participant. Does the attendance give Perrin the license to proclaim afterward on his LinkedIn: Education: University of the South Pacific, Graduate, Economics Department? No, he cannot, so with the three-day Oxford course in 2012
Last year, Fijileaks went behind the scene to look at some of those who were appointed from overseas to powerful positions in Fiji Civil Service
Jauvin was President, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) August 2009 – October 2011; An 2011 Internal Audit revealed serious problems at CanNor; Audit said agency broke almost every financial management rule since its creation in 2009; the then Prime Minister Stephen Harper created the federal agency to develop Canada's North. It managed about $75 million dollars a year. In March 2011, the comptroller general identified issues with CanNor. In a report, the comptroller noted the agency did not establish a financial management framework, which it was supposed to do according to its mandate. This meant that it violated almost every one of these basic rules when it came to expense control, tendering contracts, credit card usage, travel and hospitality to its guests; CanNor was first led by Jauvin; she retired in the summer of 2011 and was rehired by the then Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq to temporarily advise the office on CanNor, at a salary of more than $200,000 a year
Who are the Expatriates hired as
new Permanent Secretaries? Fijileaks goes beyond what PSC gave to Fiji media:
June 2015 – Present (8 months)Canberra, Australia
Gunning Fish River Rural Fire Brigade
April 2015 – Present (10 months)
Relationships Australia Canberra Region
November 2013 – Present (2 years 3 months)
Director of not-for-profit relationship counselling and family services organisation with a noble mission and dedicated employees
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
July 2008 – May 2015 (6 years 11 months) Canberra, Australia
IT strategy development and execution; strategic vendor and contract management; IT project delivery and business engagement; chair of Commonwealth CIO Forum
Executive Manager Program Office
2004 – 2008 (4 years)Canberra, Australia
Responsible for CSIRO’s portfolio of major IT programs and projects, consulting and analysis services, applications delivery and strategic information management. Projects under management over $80 million.
Initiated a fantastic development programs for junior project managers.
Won international PMI award for outstanding project management organisation (2007)
Australian Taxation Office
Project Manager/Test Director
Australian Taxation Office
2000 – 2004 (4 years)
Managed multiple large test teams during GST implementation; grew and managed enterprise testing function across three cities, around 120 staff.
Project manager responsible for delivery of multiple accounting systems projects including provisioning on mainframe based accounts across the internet for the first time.
1998 – 2000 (2 years)
Technical strategy manager for mainframe remediation, project delivery for Y2K upgrades, business & technical analysis and consulting
Project Manager, Analyst, Writer, Test Manager
1996 – 1998 (2 years) Canberra, Australia
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
CIO Academy (Oxford University)
Company Directors Course (AICD)
Since his sacking from the Government of Fiji, Perrin's new updated LinkedIn profile reads as follows:
- Executive Partner
- Company Name Gartner
Dates Employed Aug 2016 – Present
Employment Duration 1 yr 3 mos
- Provide strategic advice and insights to CIOs and IT leaders in Singapore and across South East Asia
- Company Name Relationships Australia Canberra Region
Dates Employed Nov 2013 – Present
Employment Duration 4 yrs
- Director of not-for-profit relationship counselling and family services organisation with a noble mission and dedicated employees
- Permanent Secretary Department of Communications and Information TechnologyCompany Name Government of Fiji
Dates Employed Feb 2016 – May 2016
Employment Duration 4 mos
Location Suva, Fiji
- Company Name Gunning Fish River Rural Fire Brigade
Dates Employed Apr 2015 – Feb 2016
Employment Duration 11 mos
- IT Consultant
- Company Name RPV Consultants
Dates Employed Jun 2015 – Jan 2016
Employment Duration 8 mos
Location Canberra, Australia
- University of Oxford - Said Business School
- Degree Name
- Graduate CIO Academy
Dates attended or expected graduation 2012
- Charles Sturt University
- Degree Name Master of Business
Field Of Study Strategy Innovation
Dates attended or expected graduation 2008 – 2011
- Australian Institute of Company Directors
Degree Name GAICD
Dates attended or expected graduation 2006
- Charles Sturt University
- Degree Name Bachelor of Business
- Field Of Study Business Management and Information Systems
Dates attended or expected graduation 1996 – 2000
Coming later: How Robin Nair became Foreign Secretary?
He was not on the list of the first batch of applicants.
We repeat: Anyone who attends a three-day course in IT Leadership cannot claim that he or she is a GRADUATE of the University of Oxford's Said Business School, CIO Academy, when all that was presented to the participant was a Certificate of Attendance
CERTIFICATE TO FOOL FIJI: From Fijileaks Archives
Fijileaks: We recently provided to USP top brass, the Fiji Immigration Department and to the acting Minister for Education Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum all the materials [including the dismissal letter] relating to Dr James Johnson, who was fired by the University of North Carolina for serially and sexually groping his female students - and YET he is still at his new JOB at USP
The Harvey Weinstein scandal should be a wake up call for USP to act against Dr James Johnson. We have spoken out, will USP against him?
He has claimed that he was a VICTIM of WHITE RACISM. Oh, Yea?
ROUNDING UP ON QORVIS: Two former permanent secretaries, Perrin and Nair, claim international public relations firm 'calls all the shots' for Fiji Government and strives to influence Fiji-Australia-NZ diplomatic ties
ABC News, Australia, 12 October 2017
A global public relations firm has attempted to influence Fiji's diplomatic relationship with Australia and New Zealand on numerous occasions, according to two former Fijian public servants.
Ewan Perrin, a former permanent secretary in the Bainimarama administration, told Background Briefing the international public relations firm Qorvis "calls the shots" on all government communications.
Mr Perrin said he was sacked by the Fijian Government for his refusal to become a "lackey" for the firm, when he would not follow instructions to send a controversial email — the content of which had been drafted by a Qorvis consultant.
At one point, Mr Perrin said he was instructed to hand-deliver a letter to a Fijian newspaper, castigating the editor for his unfair treatment of the Prime Minister.
"I did not draft it, and was not involved in any discussion about the topic," Mr Perrin said.
"I was not expected to do anything except sign that letter and deliver it … I didn't agree ethically with the content and the tone of the letter."
Mr Perrin refused to deliver the letter.
"I made a decision at the time that it was more important that I maintain my standards," he said.
Government positions controlled by PR firm
The former public servant said this was part of a broader pattern of behaviour aimed at controlling the position of permanent secretary in Fiji's Information Department.
"The [position] was not being treated as a respected advisor to the minister … [it] was, 'Sign the document, make the statement, don't bother trying to think about anything,'" Mr Perrin said.
During his time as permanent secretary, Mr Perrin said the office of the solicitor-general asked him to sign a sworn affidavit in court without first reading it. He declined to do so, calling the request "extraordinary".
After Mr Perrin's departure from the Fijian public service in May 2016, his position was not publicly advertised.
Instead, an acting role was filled by Bernadette Bainimarama — the daughter of the Fijian Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama.
While Ms Bainimarama is no longer in that position, other key communications roles have been filled by relatives of top officials.
Mr Perrin does not call into question the talent of these appointees, but has issues with the lack of transparency.
"You can call it nepotism or cronyism or whatever you want to call it, but it's unhealthy," he said.
What is Qorvis? Qorvis is a Washington DC-based international public relations firm.
In a promotional video on its website, Qorvis says its services include "preparing executives, ambassadors and even Nobel laureates for media appearances".
The company's past clients include Bahrain, Sri Lanka, Kurdistan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
When one insider left Qorvis, he was quoted by the Huffington Post as saying: "I just have trouble working with despotic dictators killing their own people."
Fijian budget papers show the country's Government paid Qorvis an fee of $FJD1 million ($623,000 AUD) in the 2016-17 financial year.
In a statement to Background Briefing, executive vice president Greg Lagana said Qorvis's work in Fiji is to help the Government deliver "clear, truthful and consistent information and messaging".
Over a two-month period, no government official agreed to be interviewed or provide any comment to Background Briefing.
Qorvis consultants influencing Pacific diplomatic
Robin Nair, a former senior public servant, has listed a number of occasions where he believes Qorvis has attempted to influence Fiji's diplomatic relationships with other countries, including Australia and NZ.
Mr Nair said he was a "direct eyewitness" to a conversation, during which a Qorvis consultant told Prime Minister Bainimarama that he had been insulted by a senior NZ diplomat.
In Mr Nair's account, the Qorvis consultant said the diplomat in question — NZ High Commissioner Mark Marsden — said Mr Bainimarama should be "behind bars".
In response, Mr Bainamarama is alleged to have told the high commissioner that he could be expelled from Fiji.
According to Mr Nair, Mr Marsden later denied making any derogatory statements about Mr Bainimarama.
The NZ Department of Foreign Affairs declined to comment on the incident, but said in a statement that NZ and Fiji enjoy a "productive and positive relationship".
Mr Nair said the breach of protocol is distressing.
"I find it outrageous … [the Qorvis consultant] was trying to continue this destabilisation of relations with our immediate neighbours," he said.
Leaked documents from April 2017 reveal the extent of confusion relating to Qorvis's role in Fijian diplomatic circles.
In one email, a Qorvis consultant requests a Fijian diplomat meet with a specific minister ahead of a climate change conference.
Citing approval from the Fijian Attorney-General, the email caused the diplomat — Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva — to ask her superior, "This may be a good time to clarify: who gives me instructions on matters of foreign affairs?"
Qorvis declined to respond to the specific allegations raised in this story.
Hagar Cohen reports:
UPDATE: Since the program was published Graham Davis has contacted the ABC and denied the specific claims made about him by Mr Robin Nair. In a statement, he says that Mr Nair's view that Mr Davis has attempted to destabilise Fiji’s relationship with Australia and New Zealand is false.
He also denies telling the Fijian Prime Minister that the NZ High Commissioner had said Mr Bainimarama should be behind bars. Mr Davis says he didn't "refuse to respond", instead he says he declined.
In the above ABC program, the documentary also mentions Fijileaks, citing a letter we published where Robin Nair seemed to be acting against his adopted country - Australia. Nair, while accusing Graham Davis in the above ABC program, however, claimed to the program that his letter was not trying to undermine Australia. We had pointed out as follows [21 July 2017]: "NAIR was brought in by Bainimarama to reform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) but has left a terrible mess behind as he was ordered to "fly out of the messy nest". Incidentally, the ingratiating, obsequious tone of his correspondence published below was a feature of Nair's correspondence with Bainimarama right up to the time he was terminated. He repeatedly adopted a grovelling posture and kept telling Bainimarama that he (Bainimarama) presided over the best government in Fiji's history. What a difference a day makes! Moreover, in his correspondence, Nair is urging a foreign leader (Bainimarama) to adopt a much tougher line against Australia and especially in relation to Fiji's re-engagement with the Pacific Islands Forum. It is, many Australians would claim, a startling betrayal of his duty to Australia as a citizen and a retired diplomat on an Australian Government pension"
From Fijileaks Archive, May 2016:
Coming later: As the world reels from Hollywood movie mogul
HARVEY WEINSTEIN's predatory sexual crimes, we will reveal more on sexual pervert Caligulas of Fiji's Diplomatic Corps:
"HE put his hand up my skirt and was rubbing my thighs. When I complained, HE abused his Fijian Diplomatic Status and got DUBAI POLICE to lock me up in a police cell for a night. I gave an interview to the Fiji Sun about the incident and they promised to publish it as FRONT PAGE story but so far it has not been published yet...."
We suggest file a complaint with the Fiji Police, for them to re-open the case although the crime allegedly took place in Dubai, for Fiji's own 'Harvey Weinstein' to be brought to book
Farrow had a lot of material already. In March, he had acquired a damning and much-coveted audio recording in which Weinstein admits to having groped an Italian model. He had interviews with former executives and assistants who’d worked closely with Weinstein who spoke about the culture of harassment and abuse he perpetrated. And now he had someone ready to accuse Weinstein of rape, on camera.
But at that moment Farrow was also caught in the pincers of an NBC News edict. He had been told by executives at NBC News that he didn’t have enough reporting to go on air with his Weinstein story, according to four sources, and he had been told by the network to stop reporting on it. NBC tried to put a stop to the interview with the woman accusing Weinstein of rape. The network insisted he not use an NBC News crew for the interview, and neither was he to mention his NBC News affiliation. And so that was how Ronan Farrow wound up paying out of his own pocket for a camera crew to film an interview.
As a project for NBC News, Farrow’s story was effectively dead. Later that month, he received permission to take his reporting to another news organization.
The story that resulted, published Tuesday by The New Yorker, was a blockbuster: multiple women accusing Weinstein of rape and other sexual misconduct, accompanied by the audio of Weinstein admitting to sexual assault.
"...Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy... censorship. When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives." --Robert A. Heinlein, -If This Goes On
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