Was the version posted by MINFO DOCTORED after DELIVERY at GPH?
We have the Minister for Climate Change Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum accusing Fiji Times and Opposition political parties of misleading the farmers about the closure of the Penang Sugar Mill in Rakiraki and yet his own Ministry of Information seems to have pumped out "doctored" speech. Here is what Bainimarama told the Heads of Mission Meeting in April, and which is not in the MINFO posting - stern warning and talk of rivalries and turf wars was damaging Fiji's COP23 Presidency
And as I do each year, I want to warmly thank you for your commitment and hard work. But unfortunately, we also have people who aren’t team players. Who are more concerned with their own prestige and the prestige of their ministry in relation to the rest of Government. And they are holding Team Fiji back. Failing to make the positive contribution they need to make to ensure that this campaign is successful.
These individuals are now on notice from the team captain – me – that I will remove you from Team Fiji if you get in the way of us pulling off this win. If you get in the way of an unqualified success in November. If you get in the way of Fiji getting the world to sit up and take notice of the urgent need for radical action to save us.
I am issuing a direct order for everyone –without exception - to respect the lines of authority that have been established to ensure that we make a success of the COP presidency. Every permanent secretary and every minister received a letter from me recently outlining their responsibilities. So I expect you to adhere to them and convey them to your staff.
I don’t want to hear any more reports of rivalries and turf wars. I don’t want to hear any more complaints from the foreign diplomatic community about a lack of performance in my Ministry. Of correspondence going unanswered or invitations that either aren’t issued or don’t receive a response. And worse, foreign diplomats being admonished for raising these complaints in the first place.
I shouldn’t need to remind you that however exalted you may think you are, you are a civil servant - a servant of the Fijian people. And I expect you to conduct yourself as such.