The Muslim Plot to Take Over Fiji
|Anti-Khaiyum cartoon, clever, false and malicious|
This letter from a reader:
Croz, This is what some are concerned about in Fiji and I know as a Christian where they are coming from, but is it just the SDL and opponents hyping people up? A friend who lives in Fiji forwarded this to me – What do you think? Talk here too from some Hindus we know (who supported the coup) think the AG is on a mission to “Muslimize” Fiji. We say he is not but they are sceptical.
The letter that prompted the letter from a reader:
Here in Fiji we have to be careful too as we have a Muslim Acting Prime Minister/A-G who is on a mission - who married the daughter of a very prominent devote Christian man and the daughter is not converting to Islam. We have a prominent wealthy Muslim business man who is personally funding the opening of 5 Muslim schools this next year, and has plans to open more. We have Muslim foreign Judges being employed in great numbers. We have a devout Muslim in the top military ranks and police ranks ‘calling the shots.’
This is “communists under the bed” stuff and really so ridiculous it’s hard to know how to answer. There is ONE Muslim in the senior ranks of the army, and he’s been there for years. All other officers are Christian. Should we see this as a Christian takeover?
Do you really think Aiyaz is on a mission to muslimize Fiji? If he can’t even convert Eli his wife to Islam, he’s not doing a particularly good job.
I don’t know why a wealthy Muslim is funding five schools, if indeed he is, but the Indian and Muslim populations have been FALLING for years due to emigration and Muslim schools such as Muslim College in Suva have been enrolling non-Muslims and non-Indians to fill the empty desks. Muslims would not be emigrating if they wished to take over Fiji.
What Muslim foreign judges in “great numbers”? The Chief Justice is English and Paul Madigan and Chris Pryde are Kiwis. Sri Lankan magistrates have been recruited on short term contracts to fill gaps? Those who are Tamil are likely to be Hindus and the others Buddhist or Christian. Rebuffed by its traditional friends, Fiji has developed its “North” policy which has seen it engaged in new relationships with Muslim states such as Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, but also with Singapore, Brazil and China that are not Muslim.
Anti-Aiyaz accusations started three or four years ago and were spread by the anti-government blogs. He was allegedly providing sanctuary and channelling money to the Taliban, and siphoning money into his own pockets from the the public purse. He is a convenient target for the ethnic Fijian nationalists, the same people who had supported the Speight Coup because a Hindu, Chaudhry, had deprived them of their perks and abuses of power. And then, and for many years earlier, it was the Indians who were taking over Fiji!
Such people continue to make unsubstantiated personal attacks on everyone who they see as supporting the Bainimarama government. See what they write about Graham Davis and me, and were are not a Muslim.
A favourite story is that Bainimarama is Aiyaz’s puppet (see cartoon). Some in the military, such as Ratu Mara and Pita Driti, held this view because they had been sidelined in the Military Council. They tried to persuade Bainimarama to dismiss him. Bainimarama did not, because he is too valuable a worker. Who else could he find who would be as efficient and work as hard?
Aiyaz has power. His portfolios involve him in many activities and keep him in the public eye. He has trodden on may toes and he sometimes does not have the most winsome manner. It is inevitable that such a person will have enemies, whatever his religion or ethnicity but, in his case, enemies of the Bainimarama government have played to ethnic and religious intolerances, and they seem to have been successful in some quarters.
Do I believe he is muslimising Fiji? Yes. Just as much as I believe in fairies and Father Christmas. It is mischievous, divisive nonsense, deliberately aimed at winning support away from the Bainimarama government. The uninformed, the misinformed and the chronically prejudiced will believe it, along with other stories they wish to believe. It has always been so.