DUALLING WITH FIJI'S FATE: Those with Dual Citizenships must NOT be allowed to contest elections. They should not be allowed to lead political parties. We have seen debris left behind by the DUAL passport holders
PERMIT TO POLICE FOR AWARENESS MARCH AGAINST POLICE BILL: Padarath applies for permit so people can march on Saturday 20th March
BENDING OVER: Two high profile appointments - one in TOURISM and another in a Fijian UNIVERSITY, have come under scrutiny after same sex spouses got stay permits. What happened to Franky's GO TO ICELAND?
POLITICS, PERSECUTION, AND POLICE BILL: The New Zealand funded Fiji Police Draft Bill 2020 will turn FIJI into a POLICE STATE, says NFP
“It is abundantly clear that in its desperate bid to remain in power after realising massive loss of support, the Fiji First government wants to instill fear and maintain power through thuggery...It is inconceivable that such a Bill has even been drafted. This Bill shouldn’t reach the floor of Parliament because it will entrench dictatorship, thuggery and persecution."
The draft Police Bill 2020 can be used to silence government opponents, says Fiji Labour Party (FLP) leader, Mahendra Chaudhry. He made the comment after the introduction of the Bill that in its current state will give police never before seen powers in the name of preventing crime and bringing criminals to justice.
March 4, 2021
NFP: Draft Police Bill will turn Fiji into a “Police State”
Draconian provisions of the draft Police Bill if enacted by Parliament will turn Fiji into a Police State, said National Federation Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad.
“Provisions of the draft Bill is at the height of totalitarianism, absolute dictatorship and complete erosion of fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens”, the NFP Leader said.
He questioned why people are being asked to comment on draft legislation.
“Government’s deviousness is at work here. It will bring the Bill to Parliament under Standing Order 51 to avoid debate and scrutiny, ride roughshod over the mandate of the people, and pass it”.
“This Bill is similar to the draft National Registration Bill that was highlighted in Parliament on 11th February by NFP President Honourable Pio Tikoduadua”.
“It is abundantly clear that in its desperate bid to remain in power after realising massive loss of support, the Fiji First government wants to instill fear and maintain power through thuggery”.
“Government has found an avenue to trample upon the rights and dignity of people through a new Police Bill claiming its review is long overdue”.
“Provisions of this Bill will clearly be used to persecute opposition political leaders and the civil society”.
“Provisions like imposition of life imprisonment or $1 million fine on people who refuse to provide passwords of their electronic devices, police being allowed to eavesdrop and record conversations, recruitment of informers through lure of payment etc. are ghastly and have no place in Fiji”.
“Why is government treating its citizens like terrorists and hardened criminals?
“Combined with the Cybercrime Act, this would mean the brutal end to fundamental rights and freedoms that this government brags about as being fully protected under its 2013 Constitution”.
“It is inconceivable that such a Bill has even been drafted. This Bill shouldn’t reach the floor of Parliament because it will entrench dictatorship, thuggery and persecution”.
COUP?: We are increasingly edging towards the conclusion that FFP's reckless disregard of its oppressive policies on party fortunes in the 2022 election (if held) is because they have PLAN B:
TO QUITELY CALL ON THE RFMF TO COUP IF FFP LOSES ELECTION
"Opposition parties should organise a campaign where at least one Opposition member appears at every public hearing and speaks to a specific section of the draft Bill. That way, opposition to the Bill will be more widely covered by the media and will remain in people's minds when election time comes. It will also provide a public record."
Fijileaks: We endorse Dennis Rounds suggestion; action speaks louder than words. Sadly, we have in Fiji, bloody seven selfish Opposition party leaders all speaking in discordant tongues, greedy for power in 2022
REMEMBER how New Zealand helped Police Commissioner Qiliho to fly to London. Meanwhile, Covid restrictions and lockdown has slowed our pursuit to arrest this THUG and force him to face TRIAL in the UK
LIAR'S DICE: A simple TWEET from Aiyaz Khaiyum informing the Fijian taxpayers that their Money Minister was going to Singapore for medical treatment would have attracted Sympathy but he chose SNAKE OIL ACT
BUT in FIJI, we didn't even know that the "Maharaja of Fiji" had secretly flown out of the country for medical HEART treatment in Singapore. We wonder how a lowly bank lawyer whose house was on mortgagee sale before the 2006 coup and whose only visible income since has been his ministerial salary is suddenly able pay for private surgery in Singapore
“The other connected issue is that while the Minister has cleared that he is paying for his treatment, it has not been clarified as to who is paying for his travel costs to and from Singapore. There is speculation that a Fiji Airways flight was specially chartered to fly him to Singapore. The public must be given full details of his travel arrangements, the costs involved and the source from which it is to be paid."
FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry, Bainimarama's former Interim Finance Minister
Liar's dice is a class of dice games for two or more players requiring the
ability to deceive and to detect an opponent's deception
HEARTY FLIGHT TO INDIA? Now, there are rumours that the Minister for Forest, Osea Naiqamu, is off to India for Heart Surgery. But please don't forget the plight of Shivneel Narayan who needs to be flown to India for treatment
APT LEGAL ADVICE TO USP COUNCIL? JOHN APTED has come under fierce criticism for his advice on the forcible removal of Professor PAL Ahluwalia from Fiji. But law and reality do not speak to each other in FIJI
Despite twisted claims, Munro Leys 13 page long document suggests that there are a range of options for USP Council to consider in the saga. However, we think that Apted did a very literal interpretation. The contract does not cover the very circumstances of the case or address the question whether the deportation might be illegal. Apted's interpretation looks amateurish in fundamental aspects of the law
BEGGING FOR OVERSEAS MEDICAL TREATMENT AND THE BOASTER ZOOMING FROM SINGAPORE: Shivneel Narayan's family and friends set up GoFundMe to raise $50,000 for his urgent medical treatment in INDIA
We wonder if the FFP donors who donated $8.3million to Aiyaz Khaiyum will come forward and chip in $10,000 each to fly Narayan out of Fiji?
TRAVEL BILL?: FLP leader MAHENDRA CHAUDHRY, "While the Minister [Khaiyum] has cleared that he is paying for his treatment, it has not been clarified as to who is paying for his travel costs to and from Singapore"
“There is speculation that a Fiji Airways flight was specially chartered to fly him to Singapore. The public must be given full details of his travel arrangements, the costs involved and the source from which it is to be paid...Economy Minister Sayed-Khaiyum should be put on medical leave and an acting minister appointed to manage the portfolios under his charge.” - Mahendra Chaudhry
Frank Bainimarama has told Legend FM News that Mahendra Chaudhry and CSO Alliance are seriously not worth answering to as they are just trying to be relevant by making such statements. Bainimarama says
“tell them to go ahead and do something useful if not for themselves then for their neighbours.”
WHY isn't Khaiyum on medical leave?
Economy Minister Sayed-Khaiyum should be put on medical leave and an acting minister appointed to manage the portfolios under his charge, says Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry.
“He has been away overseas now for over two weeks undergoing serious medical procedures in Singapore according to his own statements to the media over the week-end. “The normal practice in cases where a Minister is away from a country, more so when on medical treatment, is to appoint an acting minister to take charge. Why is this not being done in the case of Sayed-Khaiyum?” Mr Chaudhry asked.
“It is absurd for the Prime Minister to allow Minister Khaiyum to manage the economy and several other ministries under his substantive charge from his hospital bed 5209 miles from Fiji.
“Surely there are other senior ministers in his government who can be appointed to act in the position? “It is not known for how long Sayed-Khaiyum will be away overseas and when he will be declared fit to resume normal duties on his return, after examination by a local medical board. The situation clearly warrants an acting appointment,” Mr Chaudhry said. “The other connected issue is that while the Minister has cleared that he is paying for his treatment, it has not been clarified as to who is paying for his travel costs to and from Singapore.
“There is speculation that a Fiji Airways flight was specially chartered to fly him to Singapore. The public must be given full details of his travel arrangements, the costs involved and the source from which it is to be paid,” said Mr Chaudhry.
"The executive of the [Fiji Muslim] League cannot and does not represent the political opinion, views, philosophies of individuals or the bulk of Muslims in Fiji. These self appointed guardians do not speak for the masses."
Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum
ZOOMING AWAY FIJI'S BUDGET SECRET: Desperate to ensure that no one steps out of his shadow to prove that he is not INDISPENSABLE, Khaiyum is in breach of Cabinet Manual on "Secrecy" from Foreign Soil
A principal reason why an acting appointment is also made is because of the likelihood or possibility that the substantive Minister, whilst overseas, attending to his duties or undergoing medical treatment, might suddenly DROP DEAD thus his departure will not adversely affect the smooth and continuing operation and effectiveness of his portfolios - in his case, many, many PORTFOLIOS
In our recent post we referred to Para 72 of the Manual of Cabinet Procedure, p12, that clearly stipulates, under ‘Absence from Fiji or from Duty’ that Ministers who wish to be absent from Fiji or to absent themselves from their duties must obtain permission from the Prime Minister. Application for leave of absence from his/her duties or for permission to leave Fiji should be submitted through the Secretary to Cabinet. The application should be accompanied by a recommendation regarding the responsibilities of the Minister’s portfolio during the absence. As a matter of courtesy Ministers whose absence from Fiji has been approved by the Prime Minister should inform the President.
* In an attempt to circumvent this Cabinet rule and procedure, especially in relation to the requirement that the Minister should have submitted together with his application for leave of absence a recommendation as to which Minister or Ministers should be appointed to act in the many portfolios he holds during his absence overseas, the Ministry of Economy (MOE) has mischievously and ingeniously arranged that Aiyaz Sayed Khasiyum will conduct a briefing on the national budget virtually to his MOE staff from his hospital bed in Singapore
*This proposed virtual briefing by Khaiyum on Fiji’s annual budget is clearly designed to justify why Bainimarama should not make an acting appointment while Khaiyum is in Singapore, is highly irregular, totally unacceptable, unprecedented and goes against the grain of Para 72 of the Manual of Cabinet Procedure as well as the provisions relating to “Secrecy” as specified in para 8 to Para 13 of the Manual of Cabinet Procedure, pp 2 and 3.
* Para 9 in particular reads: 'Every paper put before Cabinet, including the Agenda, is secret. Some subjects, of course, are secret in themselves. Matters of high policy and fiscal measures are secret because premature disclosure would prejudice the issue or give to some persons unfair advantage. But all subjects coming before the Cabinet are treated as secret because outside knowledge that the Cabinet is considering any subject may hamper free discussions or may give rise to undesirable speculation, or may result in embarrassment to members through attempts by interested parties to influence them.'
*The plan by the MOE to conduct this virtual briefing on the 2021/2022 Fijian Budget and public consultations is not only ill-conceived but is in breach and contrary to the secrecy provisions of the Manual of Cabinet Procedure, especially since Khaiyum is conducting these briefings on Fiji’s budget and fiscal measures policies from a foreign country which many of Fiji’s major competitors and donor agencies like ADB in Manila and Asian banks can easily access or listen to. Indeed, this briefing by Khaiyum or the MOE staff would be tantamount to a threat to Fiji’s national interests and security.
* The practice of appointing another Minister to act in place of a Minister going out of the country on leave of absence or for medical treatment is almost universal, especially in Commonwealth countries so it is even more remarkable that the FijiFirst Party government which constantly preach about good governance has deliberately ignored to appoint one or more Ministers to act in the numerous portfolios under the charge of the MOE.
* The Minister of Economy is also the Attorney-General, the Minister for the Public Service, Public Enterprises, Minister for Elections, etc.
* So who will be looking after all these other portfolios, apart from Finance, while Khaiyum is absent overseas? A principal reason why an acting appointment is also made is because of the likelihood or possibility that the substantive Minister, whilst overseas, attending to his duties or undergoing medical treatment might suddenly DROP DEAD thus his departure will not adversely affect the smooth and continuing operation and effectiveness of his portfolios
FBC's Muslim Bias: FFP regime's favourite stooge broadcaster brands Ben Padarath "a convicted felon" while covering Fiji Muslim League's response but why FBC never describes KEAN as a convicted murderer?
The Khaiyum Brothers Fiji Broadcasting Commission is describing Ben Padarath as a CONVICTED FELON in its coverage of the student beard row. Have we ever seen this regime stooge broadcaster describe Prison Commissioner Francis Kean as CONVICTED MURDERER in any of their stories on him? Can Fiji Muslim League president Hafiz Khan explain why he never took Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum to court over his comments on FML?
BLUNT TALK: Feroz Gulam Mohammed to Hafiz Khan and Aiyaz Khaiyum:
"Ben Padarath has not insulted any Muslims but you two must stop, otherwise the only losers will be Indo-Fijian Muslims....Aiyaz Khaiyum, instead of boasting about buying Covid vaccines, go and buy diabetes tablets for Fijians..."