Prof Narsey Lets Fly over FNPF — and Everything Else In Sight
A symposium to discuss the review of the 45-year old Fiji National Provident Fund Act and Pension Scheme will be held in Suva this Wednesday and Thursday.
Prof Wadan Narsey couldn’t wait until then. He’s got in early and three anti-government blogs have already published his article in which he called the symposium” a big farce, a pretence at ‘public consultation’, much like the Charter Charade organized by Bainimarama, John Samy and Petero Mataca.”
He said the panel of IMF, World Bank and ILO “experts” who will be at the symposium are “unknown and unaccountable” and made a number of serious complaints about the operation of the FNPF Board and the mismanagement of pension funds.
Had the article stopped there, it would have served its purpose in asking questions that need to be answered. But he went on to raise political issues only distantly related to the FNPF.
- He called for the publication of a “full list of coup collaborators and supporters in Fiji and abroad” (last week’s CoupFourPointFive list apparently was not enough).
- He said “we” (should be) teaching our children not take part in the daily charade by treasonous people illegally pretending to be Prime Ministers, Ministers, Attorney General, President, and First Ladies, etc.” He called on “Australia and NZ to take sanctions against all their (sic!) citizens who have supported the treasonous military coup in Fiji”.
- He appealed to the military to “call on Bainimarama and his ministers to resign.
- And he concluded by saying “If we continue to remain docile and quiet under oppression, we deserve everything we get, while condemning our children to a bleak future.”
Once, a few years back, Wadan Narsey could have played a useful role in shaping Fiji’s future. He chose instead to publically criticise each and every Government move, when more moderate and balanced criticism, although perhaps distasteful to Government, could have had some influence.
Unfortunately, his latest outburst makes this even more unlikely, and puts him on an even steeper collision course with government.