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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Reddy's sweeping generalisation reeks of itaukei purge

Mahendra Reddy’s approach to education has long been known to be cock-eyed - now comes an audio recording that shows him making derogatory remarks against Indo-Fijian head teachers and principals.  

The recording obtained by C4.5 is of a meeting between the Education Minister and QVS Old Boys Anasa Vocea and his deputy, Akuila Waradi, last month at the Warwick.

In the recording, where Reddy also uses the racial slur 'Kai India', he defends his decision to order QVS principal Silivio Tawake to leave the school immediately and be transferred to a school in Kadavu, after a parent complained directly to him about his sons being bullied. 

Anasa Vocea and Akuila Waradi ask Reddy why he transferred a good teacher without consultation or an investigation into the allegations.

Reddy says he received another complaint from a committee member who claimed an itaukei teacher “is not in the school most of the time” and goes on to say “she just goes to the village to drink grog".

Later, he tells the pair he hopes they are not defending ‘incompetence’ and reiterates his intention to ‘clean up.’

Reddy also goes on to make the sweeping statement that throughout Fiji “80 per cent of itaukei principals are incompetent” and “50% of Kai India ones are incompetent people”, who have been promoted because they are “friends of this and that".

Following this meeting, Reddy rescinded the transfer of the principal.

Reddy, like Bainimarama and the rest of Fiji First, continue to believe they are transforming Fiji for the better but their ‘One Fiji’ is warped.

As the recording shows, Reddy doesn’t want to listen to schools and has been making arbitrary decisions based on a ‘clean up’ approach that rejects all things ‘indigenous’ as damaged and harmful.

Just five days ago he insisted certain school principals, managers and leaders still have ethnic preferences and that while the country is moving towards a one Fiji, some school heads were still stuck with "ethnicity".

He claimed some school leaders did not want teachers who were of Indian descent and said
 it was wrong that a school head in Namaka, Nadi, had asked for itaukei teachers only. 

If Reddy continues to have his way, what will be the future of Fiji schools and itaukei teachers? There has been no audit or survey to justify his comments about so-called incompetency; the reference to 'Kai India' also harks back to the hardline Fijian nationalists after 1987. 

We refer to an article by Joji Kotobalavu in the Fiji Times, which argues culture is embraced in the Constitution and is being totally misunderstood by Reddy and his mob. http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=312305

Listen to the recording below. The derogatory comments are made at 6.50 minutes into the recording.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fiji Airways new CEO incurred millions in losses in last two jobs

Track record for making a loss: Andre Viljoen
Birds of a feather flock together and this anecdote gets real every time the regime or its stooges appoint someone to a powerful position.

The latest is the appointment of Andre Viljoen as the new CEO and managing director of Fiji Airways.

Andre Viljoen, who will take up the Suva-based appointment in October, has left Air Mauritius with more than $50 million (27.7 million Euros) in loss.

Before joining Air Mauritius, Andre Viljoen was with South African Airways (SAA) and also left that company with a loss; this time $103 million dollars ($6 billion South African Rand).

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Archbishop says flag designs need to be re-evaluated

by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong

The Oxford Dictionary states that a flag is a piece of cloth or similar material, typically oblong or square, attachable by one edge to a pole or rope and used as the symbol or emblem of a country. The flag is a symbol of a nation's identity, beliefs and values.

Therefore to create a new flag and ensure it truly represents a nation's identity, those charged with this task must understand the notion of a symbol. What is a symbol and how does it function?

I wish to contribute to the formulation of Fiji's new flag by providing a framework for understanding the flag as a symbol. I draw my contribution from Roger Haight's book "Dynamics of Theology".

Haight's discussion on symbol draws from two prominent Christian theologians, Karl Rahner (Catholic) and Paul Tillich (Protestant). Rahner's theology of symbols is rooted in a great doctor of the church, Thomas Aquinas, and Aristotle.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fiji's new flag will be chosen out of these 23 designs

Get ready to say goodbye to this flag
The final designs have been chosen for Fiji's new flag and Fijians have been invited to give their feedback on the one they like the most.

Out of the more than 2000 designs, only 23 were chosen.

On the website, the Fiji Flag Committee says "Fiji’s existing flag contains symbols that are outdated and no longer relevant, including some anchored to Fiji’s colonial past. 

"After 45 years of independence it is time for Fiji to move on from those colonial connections and adopt a flag that reflects its position in the world as a modern and independent nation-state."

The committee says "the flag designs chosen contain symbolism that is meaningful to all Fijians and reflects Fiji’s proud status as a modern and independent nation".

Here are the final designs, which, if any, do you think should become the new flag of Fiji?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Insults can be thrown in Parliament - but only by a select few

So it's okay for Frank Bainimarama to insult the Opposition in Parliament but if they do it, they're pulled up for it?

Remember the kaisi bokola and Tui Cakau incidents?

In this video you can catch Bainimaram saying “...viri iko vei dua na tavaiya qo” [I'll throw this bottle at you]

Another example of one rule for the democratic regime and another for the rest!


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fiji government continues to bend rules to suit itself

In the last week, we've seen the regime led 'democratic' government get away again with breaking the rules to suit itself.

The classic example was the case of the Tui Cakau being disciplined for 'swearing' at the Speaker of the House at a public meeting in Makoi.

The Privileges Committee heard an audio recording  provided by Communications Fiji Limited and proceeded to recommended that the Tui Cakau be suspended from Parliament for two years. 

Ratu Naiqama asked the Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni to allow the recording to be played in Parliament yesterday, to show that his words were not directed at the Speaker of the House.

"When we listen you don’t only make judgments from the first part of the speech. You need to take the full context of what transpired in that meeting – and only then Madam Speaker would one be able to get the full picture of where I was coming from and what was said at that meeting."

Predictably, Dr Jiko Luveni ruled that the recording would not be played in Parliament.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tui Cakau suspended from Parliament

Tui Cakau
The Privileges Committee has recommended that Tui Cakau be suspended from Parliament for two years for using obscene words to describe the Speaker of the House Jiko Luveni.

The Committee has an audio recording from Communications Fiji Limited where Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu calls Luveni a 'vutusona' and 'cavuka'. The incident took place at a public SODELPA meeting last Thursday in Makoi.

In it's report tabled in Parliament this morning, the committee said:

According to the audio recording, it is clear that Hon. Lalabalavu referred to the Hon. Speaker as “vutusona”. The iTaukei term is extremely obscene and gravely offensive as it literally means anal sex. Following that statement, Hon. Lalabalavu then referred to the Hon. Speaker as “cavuka”, which means retarded or mentally challenged when he had mocked her by saying that she stood up when the Opposition side stood up during a particular sitting. In all these instances his reflections on the Hon. Speaker drew laughter from the audience.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Khaiyum cites Tui Cakau for 'swearing' at Speaker

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum claims the Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu swore at the Speaker of the House, Jiko Luveni, and has pushed Parliament to discipline him.

Yesterday in Parliament, Khaiyum called the Speaker 'Vutusona' and 'Cavuka' then said he has a recording of Ratu Naiqama saying those same words at the Speaker. 

This recording is yet to surface.

The swear words were apparently used at a Sodelpa meeting last Thursday, not in Parliament. But Khaiyum claims Ratu Naiqama breached his Parliamentary privilege.

Should we then start disciplining any parliamentarian who swear outside of Parliament?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

28 years on and fears of another coup looms

Twenty eight years ago today saw the start of the infamous coup culture in Fiji when a third asking officer in the then Royal Fiji Military Forces, Sitiveni Rabuka, executed the first military coup and removed the five week old NFP/FLP Coalition Government of Dr Timoci Bavadra.

Today 28 years on and four coups later, the new 50-member Parliament is meeting in the same hallowed Chambers. And today the exceptionally tight security around Parliament including the closure of the road behind Parliament (the main entry) shows how the government, whose leader and other members are beneficiaries of the 2006 coup, still live in fear of being overthrown.

Fiji Times Front Page May 14, 1987
Why the need such tight security because wasn't the 2006 coup to end all coups?

Why does Frank Bainimarama's government need such tight security?

After all, the military carried out all four coups in Fiji. Even the 2000 coup led by George Speight was carried out with the firepower coming from CRW soldiers.

So why is Bainimarama afraid of the now Republic of Fiji Military Forces - the army that he led for 15 years?

Aren't the current Commander and all soldiers loyal to him?

Why block roads with checkpoints and hinder movement of ordinary citizens?