Fijileaks: Arms and equipment was promised by Russia after Fiji
military contingent went to Sinai in the Middle East
Why Is Russian Consignment of 20 Containers Arriving in Fiji Port Under Cloudy Circumstances?
"The Opposition Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs has expressed outrage at the arrival of a Russian consignment of 20 containers where it is understood that the Police has been barred from monitoring the offloading of these containers by a private security firm, Home Link Security Services Limited.
“Why is a private security company owned by about 2,000 Territorial Force members and ex-servicemen including board member representation from officers in the RFMF usurping the role of the Police which is to manage the internal security of the nation?” queried Hon Ratu Isoa Tikoca. What’s all the secrecy about and who is really in charge of our Internal Security?
Ratu Isoa said this was highly irregular and he understood that the consignment of 20 containers from Russia consisted of arms, 2 trucks and a helicopter which needs to be explained to the people by the Minister for Defence and discussed in Parliament.
Two Russian general cargo vessels Solidat (call sign: UBEE) and St Confidence (call sign: UESZ) were due to arrive today."
$50,000 Chinese bribe to SDL Party: The Chinese (like the Indo-Fijians) are masters in masi polo - irrespective of which party is in power: "The businessman, a representative of a Taiwan company, told us he was approached at his home in early January  by a policeman who told him "a gift to the RFMF would be greatly appreciated." He hopes the police or the RFMF will not press him any further, noting that he went through a similar experience a few months ago with the Qarase government. In response to numerous requests, his [Chinese] company, whose main customer is a government-owned firm, made a FJ$50,000 donation to the SDL party in the run up to the May 2006 elections." - Former US Ambassador Larry Dinger, 2007
Fiji's Daily Post, 3 September, 2007
Interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry says the fact that Chinese nationals can come into the country now without any visa will not be a threat the country.
Chaudhry's comments follow concerns raised by certain sectors of the
community who are worried that exempting Chinese nationals from visa
requirements to enter the country might backfire. Some say that experiences involving Chinese nationals was not "a healthy sign".
Major religious groups are already predicting a rise in underground prostitution and mafia-type dealings if the system is not checked properly. But Chaudhry said yesterday he did not see any possible threat because the Chinese nationals would also have to adhere to immigration rules and policies.
"Everyone who comes to Fiji regardless of their colour, gender or where they come from have to meet the appropriate laws and regulations before they can enter Fiji. It is the responsibility of the Immigration and Customs Authority to ensure that we don't have any illegal immigrant into this country," he said.
"I know recently some people have been exaggerating in allowing Chinese nationals from mainland China without visas and this will pose a major danger. But I think if the appropriate authorities responsible in Fiji keep alert then there should not be problem as such."
He said it was not right to discriminate against a particular race of people and make decisions on false predictions.
Chaudhry said the law would deal with any Chinese who broke the law, adding that the police, customs and immigration officials had to play their role.
"The relevant government officials, police and the immigration have an important role to play in this and if they do their jobs properly than I don't see any major problem," Chaudhry added.