Khaiyum needs to explain what his plan to ban non-residents from buying freehold land or leasing state land for residential purposes means. They can still lease native land i-Taukei land for residential purposes or only purchase strata title properties, so why rule out freehold property? He says he tabled a bill before parliament last Friday for an amendment to the act, which he hopes will be passed on December 12 but we are also told the legislation was gazetted early this year to regulate non-resident dealings in land so they will require prior ministerial consent before dealing in land in Fiji. Then Fiji Live tells us, Khaiyum has “assured potential investors and concerned landowners that taking out a lease on itaukei land with up to a 99-year lease is equally secure as taking out a lease on crown or freehold land”. So is he boasting about the reach of his Land Use Decree? He’s saying he can hand out leases that are equivalent to freehold but he feels a need to ban non-residents from buying freehold?