News and Comments Friday June 1, 2014
|Pathetic Coup4.5 attacks Prof Yash Ghai|
WEEKEND READING. • Allen Lockington Column
• What to Do About Poverty and Destitution -Croz Walsh
• What We Need to Grow the Economy - Biman Prasad
• On Leadership Qualities and Ratu Sukuna - Masi
DISCREDIT THE MAN AND DISCREDIT THE PROCESS: ANOTHER COUP 4.5 ATTEMPT. They always assume people whose opinions or actions with which they disagree are motivated by personal advancement or monetary gain, and never, of course, reflect on whether these could be their own motivations.
His own governance body, inferring something underhand? This is absolute nonsense. UNDP is not Prof Ghai or anyone else's governing body. He is an independent consultant who may, as with all consultants, be hired for one-off independent consultancies. He does not work for UNDP.
But he is also, they say (and I quote) "a qualified lawyer who presumably cherishes the rule of law and respects legal decisions of the nation’s courts... Why is he so determined to add another notch to his already impressive CV at the expense of legality in Fiji? It's obvious (they claim) that in his pursuit to obtain a hefty consultancy fee from the UNDP, Ghai is willing to ignore the Fiji Court of Appeal ruling and embark on the illegal mission of drafting a new Constitution. Isn't it time he told us what he is charging to help legitimise a process that is clearly illegal?"
Nonsense again. Prof Ghai is fully aware of the Fiji situation. What he is hoping to do is find a way out that is acceptable to the majority of Fijians. Could Coup4.5's fear of the Constitution process be because they could be the minority and Fiji may not be returned to the way it was under Qarase in 2006?
FORMER PM QARASE REPLIES to my criticism.
ANOTHER "DEMOCRACY" FAN. "Croz, You continue to amaze us Fijians at how shallow and naive is your appreciation of what the real situation is in Fiji! Liu Muri is spot on to say it says all about you in that you write in support of a dictatorship in Fiji with no thought as to the impact of their rule on the Fijians. The human rights abuse and thuggery plus the corruption and rule without transparency
I for one will be keen to meet up with you in Fiji if you dare set foot here on return of democracy because you are no friend of democracy but of totalitarianism and mob rule like Bainimarama has been. You are a bitter and discredited palagi who just doesn't want to accept wrong when it stares you in the face. Leave Fiji to us Fijians and try to retire in peace in Levin or wherever you are in NZ. on Fiji's "New" Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Take your Pick."
The irony and double standard seems to escape him. Thuggery is wrong unless he's the thug?
GOVERNMENT DISAPPOINTED BY QANTAS ACTIONS. Government cut Qantas board members in Air Pacific from four to three and Qantas withdrew all four, accusing Government of trying to take over the national airline. Government categorically denied that it has any intention of taking control of the airline, and said the recent Civil Aviation Decree was designed to ensure that Fiji complies with the Chicago Convention and Bilateral
Agreements that require national airlines that fly to other countries to be “owned and effectively controlled” by the citizens of that country.
Interestingly, this very point was made by Qantas earlier in the year when they themselves argued to the Australian International Air Services Commission that Virgin Australia was not under the “effective control” of Australian citizens and hence ineligible to transfer capacity on the Indonesian route as Virgin had requested.
Fiji’s laws regarding the ownership and control of its national carrier are now the same or similar to those that exist in many other countries,including the EU countries, UK, Canada, Australia, NZ and the USA.
Government reiterates it has no interest or intention to nationalise any company in Fiji, and that Qantas will enjoy the same rights as a normal minority shareholder.-- Based on MOI release.
VOTER REGISTRATION AND CONSTITUTION CONSULTATIONS. Listen to the A-G.
PROVINCIAL COUNCILS AND TIKINA (DISTRICT) REPRESENTATIVES.The Ministry of iTaukei Affairs confirmed that the only people who can appoint or remove tikina representatives are the villagers who elected them, not Provincial Councils.
BOLLYWOOD FILMING IN SUVA. This is the first time a high level Bollywood film has been filmed in Fiji.
FNU DECLARED SMOKE-FREE ZONE. Fiji National University students and staff found smoking in any Fiji National University premises now face a spot fine of $200.
NADI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. A multi-million dollar upgrade is planned.