Showing posts from July 14, 2013

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

            Good Investment

Since buying a sugar cane farm in 2010, this year has been the best for an investor farmer from NZ.

Faiyaz Khan, an ASP of Prisons in NZ and my former Customs work mate, said the best thing he did was invest some of his savings in Fiji which is holiday money for him and his family and helps the poor of the area by providing work and at the same time helps the sugar industry.

Faiyaz said that he would like to thank the Government, the Cane Growers council and FSC for all this and he is ready to invest more in the sugar

industry. He will be harvesting 300 tons this year but wants to expand to 600 in the next few years. He  advises farmers to make the most of this good price which the government is paying.

                    Dirty Money

How interesting is the following report on Dirty Money. "An estimated $200 to $300million in dirty money has been circulating in the country for the past three years, the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority revealed. This, th…

News and Comments Wednesday 17 July 2013

ANOTHER COUP4.5 OGRE STORY. Coup4.5 is at it again mischievously "interpreting" news events to put their own spin on what is supposed to be happening, based on the most slender of evidence, and Michael Field is worse for repeating these dubious stories. As a professional journalist he needs to distinguish carefully between his outbursts on Facebook and his responsibilities to Fairfax NZ. 

This time the heading reads "Fiji regime bullies Fiji TV into appointing media censor 'news manager.' Click  here for full report.  The "evidence",they say,  is based on "monitoring posts and speaking to our sources" and is based on two threads: the dismissal a month ago of a TV sports announcer and the return from Beijing  of  Major Neumi Leweni.  Put these two unconnected events together with rumours that Fiji TV is about to undertake major organizational changes and  Coup4.5 has its story.   It is evident, they claim, that "the regime is firmly on a…

The Ethnic Composition of the RFMF

NEW RECRUITS FOR RFMF. The Prime Minister has announced that 318 RFMF troops and 10 staff officers - who are currently undergoing training - are expected to deploy to the Golan Heights on July 22nd. He also announced that Cabinet has approved a Basic Recruit Course this year with the aim to add 450 personnel to the ranks of the RFMF, followed by another two recruitments of 450 personnel next year.

 Land Force Commander Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga says currently there are around 1,200 personnel on peace keeping missions in Iraq, Sinai and the Golan Heights. Because of Fiji’s reputation in peace keeping duties, soldiers are on demand, and according to Colonel Tikoitoga, the RFMF are starting to feel the pinch. “To have 1,200 soldiers overseas, you need to have in Fiji, roughly three to four times more than the amount. So that when you bring one back, he can come and stay for four years, after everybody has made their rounds then he can go back. But with the current numbers tha…

FLP Risks Deregistration

The Fiji Labour Party (FLP) has refused to comply with a key financial requirement of the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Decree 2013, (Decree) and has been temporarily suspended for its failure to comply.
The FLP was required to submit a payment of $6375.60 to the registrar’s office to pay for the cost of the publication of its declaration of assets and liabilities, due on July 15th, but failed to do so.
“The financial responsibilities of the political parties and possible repercussions set out in the Decree have been clear all along. All the parties must follow the same set of rules,” said Mohammed Saneem, The Registrar for Political Parties.
The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) and the National Federation Party (NFP) met the payment deadline.
“Unfortunately, this seems to have been a deliberate decision by FLP leadership to not abide by the D…

A Personal Note and Commentary

By Crosbie Walsh
Readers will have noticed a reduction of postings over the past two weeks. This was due to a trip to Singapore for a family wedding and a short holiday in Java. Both events were memorable and instructive.
There were three wedding ceremonies, civil, Hindu (bride's immediate family) and Sikh (groom's family) and all were celebrated by family, friends, and neighbours from as far back as 40 years ago— Indians, Chinese, Europeans, Malays by race and ethnicity, and Hindus, Sikhs, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Buddhists, skeptics and non-believers by  belief. I was reminded of the first Diwali gathering I attended in Suva in the 1970s when almost all races, ethnicities and religious beliefs were present. A microcosm of Fiji the Way the World Could Be.
The holiday in Java included visits to the incredible seventh to ninth century Buddhist temple complex at Borobudur and the contemporaneous Hindu temple complex at Prambanan, both of which reverted to jungle wi…

Government Defends Ba Squatters

Government has made a dramatic intervention on behalf of hundreds of people living in a squatter settlement in Ba who are questioning the Special Administrator's plans to move them and sell off the land.

The Attorney General and Acting Minister for Local Government, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and his team made two visits to the Clopcott Subdivision in 24 hours to assess the resident’s complaints. He said that he had been deeply disturbed by the way in which they had been treated.

“ I cannot believe the insensitive way in which the Ba Council and its Special Administrator have treated the legitimate concerns of these poor and vulnerable Fijian families. It is very upsetting that this was allowed to happen”, he said.

 The AG said he had spoken to the Special Administrator, Arun Prasad, and told him to stop harassing local residents, some of whom have lived in Clopcott for up to 50 years.

He said that he had been disturbed to learn that the Special Administrator …