Archive for the ‘Restore democracy’ Category

Why have investors got cold feet?

September 9, 2014

 

Frank has turned up with his shovel but the building is on hold and we don’t really know why

An $18 million renovation and rebuilding of Paradise beverages’ brewery has been delayed at the last minute by major shareholder Coca Cola Amatil putting it on hold. No real explanation has been given for the 3 months delay but investors are probably waiting for a new Government to solve what they call “a building problem”. In Frank’s Fiji who knows what’s going on?

Fiji Sun 8 September 2014 Brewhouse delayed

Flawed election better than no election

June 25, 2014

NFP President Tupou Draunidalao has appealed to all Fijians living in New Zealand to make sure they vote and not to be put off by the the flaws in the elections process.  It’s the only chance we have to return to democracy she says. We did not elect this Government.  We did not get a chance to have any say in the constitution.  But we do have a chance to vote and show Bainimarama that we reject him and his dictatorial ways.  A vote for Bainimarama is a vote for dictatorship.

Fijilive June 24, 2014   Election the only way: Draunidalo

The big question answered

June 19, 2014

PIDF – A party we all pay for

 

For all of you who have been asking: why do we need Frank’s Own Forum, otherwise known as the PIDF, here is the answer from the interim secretary general, Feleti Teo: PIDF is “a multi-stakeholder platform that allows Pacific Island communities to benefit from integrated approaches spanning multiple sectors and combining different interests”.  You got that? It looks like Feleti has swallowed a Thesaurus.  We suggest for his next course he tries a dictionary, may be then we might get something with some meaning.  The funny thing is Jyoti Pratibha thinks the Fiji Sun is doing Bainimarama a service by publishing this gobbledygook.

Fiji Sun June 17, 2014 Partnership Deals on PIDF Agenda

Will the Electoral Commission have any say?

June 18, 2014

The Fiji Police Force have been told their services are not needed at polling stations and they are still waiting to be told if they are needed to protect the ballot boxes.  The issue has been raised by Police Commissioner Bernadus Groenevald but he is still waiting for an answer from the Supervisor of Elections.  Like all decisions about the elections it looks like Saneem is waiting to be told what is to happen, but the question is: is he waiting for the Commission to decide key policy issues or is he waiting for Khaiyum?  Only the Commission has the power to direct him.

Radio Fiji 16 June 2014 Tudravu comments on security of ballot boxes

Has Usamate read the National Essential Industries Decree?

June 18, 2014

Bainimarama sent his Labour Minister Jone Usamate to talk to the International Labour Organisation and tell them that Fiji is committed to the principles of decent and productive work – the hallmark of the ILO.  The way things work in the crazy world of Bainikhaiyum, Usamate probably hasn’t even read 2011 Decree, which took away all the basic rights that the ILO stands for.  When industries are designated as national essential industries: “No job actions, strikes, sick outs, slowdowns or other financially or operationally harmful activities shall be permitted at any time for any reason”. Unionism as we know it is banned.  The employer on the other hand may lock out any striking workers and “unilaterally impose terms and conditions of employment”.  And as always with the law under Bainimarama, no union can have access to courts to challenge actions under this dictatorial decree.  Just check out the full details of the decree on Wikipedia and ask yourself if Usamate could have read this before he faced the ILO and told them how committed his government was to respecting the rights of trade unions.

Fiji Times June 16, 2014 Minister assures labour body

Latest FSC stuff-up is unbelieveable

June 11, 2014

The regime run FSC has been promising the quality payment system for cane for years and this year was supposed to be THE year for introduction. But at the last moment they’ve been forced to admit it won’t go ahead.  Have they forgotten they said the system was “on hold” in 2012?  According to Abdul Khan, FSC has done tests in Labasa to determine the quality of the cane and the results have “been good and looks positive for us”.  Does he really expect us to believe this? Yields have been going down for years as farmers have cut back on fertiliser due to high prices and doubts about whether their investment will be safe with FSC in the hands of a regime that has lied for years about the management of FSC.

Fiji Times June 11 2014 New pay system on hold

Fiji Times 23 May 2012 New Formula on hold

A victory for truth

June 10, 2014

 

The restoration of Tamanirarama Jone’s scholarship is a victory for truth. The explanation from the TSLB, the regime scholarship factory, is a pack of half truths but we know the truth has won out.  The TSLB claims it became aware of “certain information” but doesn’t say what that information was. They’ve backed down because they fear the voters.  The election has at last given us a chance to take on the dictatorial regime and demand answers.  The regime which has never down has been forced to back down.  And to the bloggers who say a vote for Roshika Deo is a wasted vote because she will not get 5% and it will only take votes from anti regime parties, FDN says: voters should make up their minds at the end of the campaign, not the start.  Keep campaigning.  Roshika has won one victory over the regime.  Who knows how many more she will win.

Fiji Times June 09, 2014 Scholarship back

Who are these viles abusers

June 4, 2014

Who are these viles abusers

Who me? Am I really a threat to Fiji Fist

Who would believe that someone would attack Roshika Deo with vile unspeakable words posted on the internet. We won’t bother to repeat them but she should take it as a sign that she’s a threat to someone if they react in this way. We can’t really tell who wrote these messages and the Police may not be able to prove who is responsible either, but the first suspect has to be the same people who cancelled the scholarship of one of her young volunteer supporters – ie the regime of Frank Bainimarama. If he wants to remove all suspicion he should promptly restore the scholarship and apologise. Vile personal abuse has no place in Fiji.

Fiji Times June 03, 2014 Stalked, scared

Digging for votes

June 4, 2014

The Ag Ministry which has been sitting on its bum for 7 years watching production of everything fail has out nowhere produced a digger and a ten wheel truck ready to find land to improve for crop production. Have they got any priorities? Just wait for the regime propaganda machine to produce photos of happy farmers with the machines working on their land and heaping praise on Bainimarama for thinking of them. That’s how they’ll work out their priorities. Like the brushcutters, it’s Agscam all over again. If it deludes Bainimarama into thinking he’s popular, that’s OK. People will remember that it took an election for them to get any attention. What they write on their voting paper is the only thing that matters.

Radio Fiji June 03, 2014 Farms revival in Central Division

It’s party time in the Pacific again

June 4, 2014

It’s Frank’s Pacific Island Party time again at the PIDF disco. Can we assume that Frank is funding all this, including airfares for all these countries, even if they’re nowhere near the pacific and want to join the party? Feleti Teo, the PIDF’s interim secretary general, said that PIDF would provide a “necessary, holistic and inclusive mechanism for the Pacific to discuss and create direct partnerships”. Frank loves talk, listening and consulting, except when it means listening to landowners, cane farmers or even citizens wanting to have their views about the constitution taken into account before he hands down his decisions carved in rock.

Fiji Sun June 4, 2014 PIDF BOOSTED