Professor Brij V Lal: Honoured by Australia for preserving and teaching Pacific History and yet slapped, spat at and banned from his native Fiji!
Fijian academic Professor Brij Lal has been awarded the Order of Australia. Professor Lal who currently teaches at Australian National University (ANU) was given the award in the Queens's Birthday Honour List. He was recognised for his significant service to education, through the preservation and teaching of Pacific history, as a scholar, author and commentator. Professor Lal who has been banned from returning to Fiji indefinitely applied for re-entry in late March after his case was highlighted by the Opposition in a Parliament sitting. And while Fijian authorities are yet to comment on the status of his application, Professor Lal is confident he will get a chance to return to his country of birth someday. Read more at: http://fijilive.com/news/2015/06/professor-lal-awarded-order-of-australia/61209.Fijilive
On Thursday June 4th the Fiji Sun ran a front page story "PM off to Rome for Top Award". Maika Bolatiki wrote about how the Food and Agriculture Organisation was to give an award to Fiji for "reducing the prevalence of undernourishment from 6.6% in 1990-1992 to 4.5% in 2014-2016." If you log onto the FAO website Awards | FAO | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations you will see no such award was given to Fiji. Fiji isn't mentioned on the list of recipient countries. Solomon Islands is the only Pacific country that received the award.
7/6/2015 11:04:18 pm
I guessing they're afraid of the things that he might say which could probably expose them based on how I'm seeing this. I'm sure the man is quite outspoken with a reputation that precedes himself
8/6/2015 04:43:15 am
Congratulations to Professor Brij Lal. You have done Fiji Proud.
9/6/2015 04:39:15 pm
10/6/2015 04:13:03 pm
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