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Reality check for interim PM

Reality check for interim PM
www.fijitimes.com - Tuesday, February 03, 2009
WHEN the military took control of the country on December 5, 2006, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama proclaimed that he was doing so to create a better Fiji for all her people.
Almost immediately the repercussions of his action were felt – not by him or his troops who still had their jobs – but by thousands of people who lost theirs as tourists fled our shores and investors thought twice about putting their money here.

Here we are, almost 26 months later, and what exactly has Bainimarama managed to create for the people of this country? Indeed the question that Bainimarama needs to answer is how many jobs has he created for the people of this country? And how many more has he destroyed?
Thousands of casual workers in the tourism and sugar industries have lost their jobs in a climate where no new ones are being created, nor will be created any time soon. The tourism industry continues to struggle to survive, last year slashing prices in an attempt to keep Australians and New Zealanders flocking to our shores.
But the millions that the industry spends marketing Fiji come to nought every time Bainimarama decides to have an outburst. Then there's the sugar industry – desperate for EU funds which will not be forthcoming because an unelected government is in power. With lower prices now the new sugar reality, we must reform our sugar industry. But Bainimarama continues to starve it of the funds it really needs to reform properly and survive. So more jobs will be lost in the sugar industry as a result.
Even in the civil service, where Bainimarama does have control, there is a job and salary freeze on. Sometimes it seems that the only department really thriving is the army where backpay, bonuses and job adverts abound. Now – not content with destroying thousands of private sector jobs earlier, Bainimarama's regime has decided to enforce a further inflationary measure, a major wage increase for the private sector to bear.
Thousands more jobs will be lost as businesses struggle to cope. Bainimarama cannot and will not be able to create the jobs that are needed to keep Fiji's families afloat. Bainimarama needs to wake up and see the macroeconomic picture. Wake up and smell the stench of thousands of dead jobs.
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7 comments:

  1. Please provide a link to my blog www.crosbiew.blogspot.com

    On a number of issues it adopts a slightly different viewpoint to Sai's.

    Best wishes,

    Crobie Walsh

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  2. Dear Mr Walsh,
    Your point is noted however, as Fiji people Sai Lealea is considered to be one of the Fiji 'Kaumautua(s)' for Fijians in Aoetearoa.

    We do respect the academic views such as yours of the Fiji saga, but that does not mean that it is the ultimate truth because living it is another story & can debunk theories or idealogical views by those outside this scope.

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  3. I make no special claim to the truth, and I'm sure Sai doesn't either. We both want a positive outcome for Fiji. My blog aims to restore the balance often lacking in the media. But on a personal plane I'm curious: why are the opinions of an academic who has "lived it" any less valid than anyone else's? I have lived and worked in Fiji and I have friends of all races and political persuasions who do not hestitate to let me know what they think.
    Best wishes, Crosbie

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  4. Vinaka Mr Walsh,

    Your point is noted & we thank you sincerely for your expert/academic view on whats happening in Fiji.

    At the outset after having read some of your articles, some of us felt that it was leaning more to favour the Fiji Indians forgetting all other segements more so the Indigenous Fijian people who have suffered the endless brutality of the current regime.

    At the time of posting we were not familiar with your having lived & taught in Fiji & regret this oversight.

    The point we made of Sai being an Indigenous Fijian, who once grew up in Fiji & still regularly visits Fiji at the village level makes us feel confident that he is very much in touch with the ordinary Native Fijians as well as other segments hence our comment.

    What we would like to see from experts & academics alike is a more balance approach to the Fiji situation as currently some bloggers & reporters alike tend to favour one over the other thus giving an impression that the 'power struggle' is between the First People or Indigenous Fijians v Fiji Indians.

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  5. Everything I write aims at "balance", the point made in your last paragraph. And I've never, in 1987 or later, thought Fiji's political crises are due to a power struggle between the races, though of course people have used race for their own ends.

    Have another look at my blog. It contains + - and o views on the situation -- and in this respect it must be unique.

    Let us all hope good will come of the Political Party Leaders' meeting and the PPDF, and that meantime both "sides" play it cool.

    For Fiji, the way it can be.

    Croz Walsh

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  7. Agree, ideally, that bloggers, reporters, academia(s), experts etc do 'strike a balamce'in whatever they are articulating about the Fiji saga.

    At the very least these views will bring not only an educated view but also a balance one which will then have a positive spin in ensuring a more harmonious existence for Fiji people as a whole.

    As you have indicated about the PPDF - theres very little confidence from the Indigenous Fijian in what Bainimarama is trying to achieve. If for anything there are rumours that he wants to reclaim land from the Indigenous Fijian or First people as well as those Europeans that own land in Fiji.

    Now this is scary and echoes Mugabe's mentality on what he did in South Africa. Nevertheless , at least theres the 61st UN Convention that will protect the Indigenous peoples' rights to their land etc and if this is the way to go than so be it.

    Last Mundy Thursday Court ruling results has thrown Bainimarama and his regime into another spin. They have cunnigly calculated a way to reclaim power via his puppet the President of Fiji.

    Where does all this lead to, your guess is as good as ours. What we do know there will be further sufferings to the Indigenous Fijians. One need only to look at events over the last three months to see who have been under the red zone of targets by Bainimarama & his regime - It is anyone Political and non that appears to prop up any Indigenous Fijian Interests.

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