Muslim Network Stealing iTaukei Land: Targeting Racial and Religious Intolerance
|The misled Christian|
A recurring theme in the anti-blogs, and Coup4.5 in particular, is the Muslim threat to Fiji. And the local instrument of this Muslim penetration is the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum. Well! With a name like that, it's obvious, isn't it? Anti-blog readers already know that this Shaitan/Tevolo has his horns into Bainimarama, a misled but otherwise likable (see photo) Christian itaukei. Here's my take on their latest disinformation published on Friday (24/3/12) under the heading "Bainimarama makes merry while Khaiyum steals Fijian land."
Giving the landowners all of their money
Khaiyum's theft is apparently evident in the Cabinet decision to pay all land lease moneys equally to all landowners. This, according to Coup4.5, undermines the chiefs and the Native (now ITaukei)Trust Board that previously kept close to 90 percent of rentals.
At a Bose Vanua meeting in Naitasiri last week the chiefs asked Frank Bainimarama to restore the old system. After a quick mobile call to Aiyaz (and a check that no one was watching), Frank suggested the chiefs "ask every member of their landowning unit if they agree to give more money to the chiefs." Only the cunning Aiyaz could have come up with such a smart answer. Right?
Laughing all the way to the land bank
Aiyaz's horns can also be seen in the setting up of the land bank in which government, intent on bringing more land into productive use, acts as the go-between between companies wanting to lease land and the iTaukei owners. Mataqali that agree to lease unused land to Government for 99 years receive government-guaranteed rentals, with no deductions. Government then leases the land to investors.
According to Coup4.5, this all came about when Frank gave Aiyaz a "carte blanche to create the Land Bank, which quickly established a new system of rules to abolish the Native Land Trust Board and allow 'the State' exclusive proprietorship..." So now, "Khaiyum and his power circle ... have their eye on Fijian land. To achieve his goal, Khaiyum has had to remove the bureaucracy in the land tenure systems to allow more flexible provisions favouring foreign investments.(He) has now not only eliminated Native Title Rights but has empowered the Muslim Network considerable powers to legitimatise its actions to govern Fiji indefinitely."
Most of this, of course, is nonsense. The ILTB still exists, landowners volunteer their land for lease, and they have a guaranteed return of all the rent money. But there is sufficient truth to be believable. There is a land bank, ILTB has been bypassed on rents, the chiefs now miss out on the larger share, and all rent money goes equally to all owners. Foreign investors, including a mining company, have taken up some of the leases. All this is fact. The rest is Coup4.5 conjecture and disinformation.
But, not to deny Coup4.5 the last word:
In much of the recent information sighted by Coupfourpointfive, the Muslim Network is touted as a real threat to Fiji land ownership. Documents we have seen say the Network aims to control the mineral industry to further push landowners away by compensating them. (Huh?)
The instigator of it all of course is Khaiyum.