REMORSELESS RABUKA ON BAVADRA'S DEATH: 'On 3 November  Dr Bavadra died after a long battle with cancer. Rabuka's reaction, he recalls, was to FEEL GOOD that his enemy was gone, for a major obstacle had been removed by his death. Bavadra's death confirmed for Rabuka the rightness of his action in May 1987' -
John Sharpham, Rabuka of Fiji, The authorised biography of
Major-General Sitiveni Rabuka
VICTOR LAL to SODELPA supporters abusing him: "Where was Sitiveni Rabuka after the 2006 coup? He was nowhere to be seen or being heard, defending democracy, free press or human, religious or indigenous rights. I stood up, and continue to do so, for the silent majority in Fiji; my response to SODELPA abusers is the same as what I wrote in 2001 after the George Speight's failed coup (see below):
When the very first part of the series [The Rise and Fall of the Chaudhry Government] appeared [in the Daily Post], I received several abusive and death-threatening e-mails from cowards writing under pseudo names. They accused me of peddling the aims and objectives of the Fiji Labour Party (FLP). To my detractors, I would like to inform you that I have never been a member of the FLP nor have voted for them in my life. I am not a banner wielding and ‘messianic fan’ of the deposed Prime Minister Mahendra Pal Chaudhry. He is partly to be blamed for the mess that we are in, but as we have argued in these columns, for totally different reasons. As I had pointed out elsewhere, in response to my ‘misguided countryman’, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, and other like-minded individuals, who attacked me last year for my repeated calls for multi-party democracy in Fiji, I come from a political family who had carried in its veins the multi-racial philosophies of the Alliance Party, which I now find was a great sham and a cover to keep the other non-Fijian races out of political power. In fact, the Alliance Party’s concept of multi-racialism, where power and privilege was to ultimately rest in the hands of the Fijian chiefly families, and the Fijian political elite, had failed to produce a truly multi-racial, multi-cultural, and multi-religious Fiji. As regard to e-mails, I also received an overwhelmingly constructive ones. There were some, especially from the Fijian readers, which claimed that Fiji’s Fijian problems are the result of the over representation of ‘outlander Fijians’-those hailing from the outer islands-who dominate every aspect of our daily lives: in the civil service, the army and the machinery of government. These people do not speak the languages of the ethnic minorities, have no first-hand experience of multi-racial living and multi-racial suffering, and in some instances had never seen what a ‘live’ Indo-Fijian or Chinese or European or for that matter another Fijian, looked like in real life. Once they arrive on the mainlands, whether as politicians, workers, students, or businessmen, they want to jump the system to achieve everything in the shortest possible time, ‘by hook or crook’. It is these people, the Fijian e-mails claimed, who have caused the greatest suffering to the Fijian people, the nation and the non-Fijian races. Some even unjustly claimed that most of the criminality taking place against the Indo-Fijians throughout Fiji are the handiwork of these ‘outlander Fijians’. A former Fijian soldier even claimed that one could draw the parallels with the plight of the Indo-Fijian villagers to that of the Bosnians: where Serbs from outside Bosnia were in the forefront of rape, hate, murder, looting and burning of the entire Bosnian nation. These Serbs had only one thing in common: an imagined notion of community. Many who came to occupy the Bosnian homes, steal their cars and cows, rape their daughters, and murder their sons, had never set foot on the Bosnian soil. They had never contributed by sweat, toil, or tears to the development of Bosnia. They had come with one mission in life: the advancement of a greater Serbia, to fulfil the dreams of the Serbian dictator Milosevic, the President of Serbia. It was pure ethnic cleansing based on race hatred, ignorance, and jealousy. We are not qualified to comment on this aspect of the so-called ‘Fijian Problem’ because we have not made a detailed study on the matter but all we can say is that George Speight is not an ‘outlander’. He is however of mixed ancestry. We would also like to remind the e-mail readers that there are ‘outlander Fijians’ who have made enormous contribution to our nation, and continue to fight for an all inclusive Fiji. Both, George Speight-now lounging on Nukultraz Island, and I [from my mother's side of the family], hail from Tailevu; in fact, they lived a stone’s throw from each other, and I have many happy memories playing with the children of his village. Most of my ancestors are buried around the village. Speight and I however have never met. We are products of two different generations and two competing visions of Fiji and its beautiful peoples of all races. His mission is to destroy Fiji. My vision is to re-build our beautiful Fiji."