Some noble issues have been reported by the local media about the benefits of the illegal prime minister's visit to Indonesia, but the junket reeks of cheap showmanship.
Frank Bainimarama opened Fiji's new embassy in Jakarta, chewed Susilo Bamyang Yudyhoyono's ear about ASEAN, offered Fiji's jungles as a training ground to Indonesia's military and talked up his efforts to hold an election in 2014.
Regarding the elections, the Indonesian political system is quite complicated and would be hard to replicate in Fiji. If there is a unifying force, it's that both countries have experienced coups and military rule.
Still, even with the schmoozing at the Melanesian Spearhead Summit last week, Bainimarama isn't earning the $700,000 he is paying himself a year.
The dictator's salary for supposedly running Fiji with its population of 840,000 and holding five portfolios, is a crock. The president of the United States, arguably the world's most important leader, is paid $US400,000 a year. Regional leaders, John Key and Julia Gillard both earn $361,000 and $330,000 thousand for running countries far bigger than Fiji.
Much fuss will no doubt be made about the 'triumphs' of the Indonesian junket on his return but the illegal leader remains more of a wannabe karaoke singer than a statesmen, let alone a prime minister.
JAKARTA BLUES: Bainimarama with guitar tried to impress the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudyhoyono (left in the above pic and the caricature in the top pic under Bainimarama), who is also a well-known singer who has released several records.