Which Minister?

Ni sa bula!  

A regular contributor to our daily “Letters to the Editor” column have had a bit of a dry spell lately as his hard hitting comments gets a too hot sometimes for our newspaper publishers to handle.  

Well that is their call as they try to practice self censorship on themselves but we shall not have our right to freedom of speech curbed by unelected morons. Below is one of those unpublished letters from regular ‘Letters to the Editor” writer Tui Savu.

We will be publishing more of his unpublished letters in the days to come and we hope that it gets the necessary coverage it deserves as our daily hits now average the 2,000 mark.   

Since Victor Lal’s article in the Fiji Sun concerning a certain interim Minister who may have evaded tax, so much has been said with the most recent call from Hari Pal, Director of Transparency International (Fiji) imploring Bainimarama to investigate the serious allegation.

Political leaders, NGO’s and certain members of the public have in the past asked the same of Bainimarama, but he steadfastly refuses to do so.  Yet, when I read the various blog sites, I am bewildered to find, that the bloggers blog as if they already know the true identity of this interim Minister.

I would like to cut to the chase and ask Mahendra Chaudary whether he is the interim Minister, Victor Lal alleges may have evaded tax?  

If, he unconditionally denies this allegation, then I request the various blog administrators to apologize to Mahendra Chaudary; act more responsibly in your role as administrators and to the bloggers, to please curtail your defamatory comments forthwith.  

However, if no comment is forthcoming or it is unsatisfactory, then I ask Victor Lal to kindly reveal his/her true identity and put this issue to rest once and for all.    

Tui Savu.

Townsville. QLD.


35 Responses to “Which Minister?”

  1. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    chaudhry’s reply:-

    ” I aah can neither confirm nor deny these silly comments. Besides it is all taken out of context; I’m entitled to have $2 million in an Australian bank to help my people when I identify who they are. Anyhow it is that Quases fault as he made me do it. What money? When I catch the public servants who have leaked my tax files, I’ll……. get bananasinpyjamas to have his green goons bash them. Just because 200 people have resigned from FLP, there is no split. Everyone loves me. What was the question again?”

  2. Not your teeny bopper Says:

    An unconditional denial does not equate with being innocent… it’s a presumption that can be rebutted.

    Mr. Savu could save his ‘lecture’ since the world can see that unlike the bloggers in Fiji, he has the luxury of speaking from the safe confines of a civilized democratic country & is safely out of reach from the clutches of the lunatic goons in Fiji!

  3. Mark Manning Says:

    I would suggest simply this , where there is smoke , there is fire !

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  5. Not your teeny bopper Says:

    Thnx 4 the link Manning, that was a good laugh!

  6. Taxwatcher Says:

    India link to minister’s $2m depsoit

    By Victor Lal, Fiji SUN, 16/2/07

    The Government of India’s Consulate General in Sydney acted as a conduit to secretly channel more than $700,000 into an interim Cabinet minister’s private bank account in Australia in 2002.
    The money had been collected by political sympathisers in India, according to the minister’s tax file.
    The same political sympathisers also, separately, on two different occasions, in 2000 and 2001, transacted $1million into the minister’s same bank account in Australia.
    The transaction linking the consulate to the movement of funds from India to Australia was confirmed by the minister’s own delegated tax agent, a Suva based chartered accountancy firm, who notified the Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority, on November 15, 2004 that: “The taxpayer (the minister) received funds amounting to A$514,148.50 on 15 April 2002 from Consulate General which was deposited in a cash management call account maintained by him with the Commonwealth Bank, Australia (Refer statement 31 in attached Schedule 4).”
    An Indian parliamentarian of a leading political party also confirmed the role of the Indian Consulate-General in a letter to the minister on 9 September 2004, in response to the minister’s letter of enquiry about “the details of the funds”.
    The Indian parliamentarian had written to the minister in Hindi (later translated for FIRCA into English): “The total amounting to nearly AUD fifteen lakhs was sent to you with the help of the Government of India through its Consulate General in Sydney. We sent AUD 503,000 as first instalment in the year 2000. In 2001, AUD 486,890 was sent and then in 2002 AUD 514,148 was sent”.
    The statements provided by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia do confirm that $503,000 was deposited into the minister’s private bank account on November 1, 2000; $486,890 on February 22, 2001; and $514,148.50 by the Indian Consulate-General on April 15, 2002.
    The funds had been collected, according to the Indian parliamentarian’s letter, for the minister’s settlement in Australia. A committee formed on his behalf by the parliamentarian and others in India had wanted the minister to leave Fiji because it was not safe for him (the minister) in the country.
    FIRCA, therefore, found there was no evidence that the money was intended for the minister’s community in Fiji, and he was therefore told to pay his tax. The minister had claimed that the money was kept for his community. He could not also furnish a trust deed to back up his claim, and the bank account was solely held in his name.
    In 2004, FIRCA found that the minister had not submitted his tax returns for the years 2001, 2002, and 2003. He was later assessed and slapped with a $120,000 tax bill. He was also found not to have disclosed interest of $A25,233 that he had earned on his Australian bank balance.
    In the course of its investigation, FIRCA’s Income Matching Unit (IMU) became aware of his bank accounts in Australia and New Zealand and, on May 11, 2004, wrote to him advising him that they had received information from surveys and banks and financial institutions that he was in receipt of income, which had either not been declared or under declared.
    In accordance with the provisions of Section 50(5) of the Income Tax Act Cap 201, he was asked to furnish details of:
    (a) interest earned on all private bank accounts operated by him and his family both in Fiji and overseas from the year ending December 31, 1998 up until December 31, 2002;
    (b) copies of rental agreement from year 1998 to 2002;
    (c) copies of any certificate of dividends received from 1998 to 2002;
    (d) a copy of the trust deed.
    He was given 14 days to make representation to FIRCA on receipt of the letter.
    On May 18, 2004, the minister wrote to IMU informing that interest on bank accounts earned in Fiji had been declared in his tax returns.
    Members of his family who were taxpayers filed their own returns and he invited FIRCA to enquire from them.
    He said he did not have any rental agreements with any person or organisation that earned him any income.
    He did not receive any dividends as he was not a shareholder in any company and he did not hold any trust deeds.
    What about the monies abroad? The Minister replied: “In so far as interest from monies held in accounts abroad are concerned, please be advised that these have not been brought to Fiji but remain re-invested in the accounts there.”
    On June 3, 2004, the IMU pointed out to the minister that he had amassed interest and dividends for the year ending 2002 of $29,606.84 and there was a discrepancy of the same amount.
    On the margins of the minister’s May 18, 2004 letter, certain questions were raised, and the same were later repeated in a letter to the minister on June 15, 2004.
    The letter re-iterated that he was required to clarify queries with copies of documentary evidence:
    (a) the source of funds invested offshore;
    (b) when did he first invest these monies; (c) details of interest earned from when he first invested;
    (d) copies of bank statements and documentary evidences of any tax deducted at source.
    The next day, June 16, the minister wrote asking for an extension of time to provide the information because “old records will need to be looked up to obtain the details”, and that the banks had requested more time be given.
    He also disclosed that he had some commitments and therefore asked if he could be given until August 15, 2004 to furnish the details. FIRCA granted him the requested extension.
    On August 14, the chartered accountancy firm wrote to FIRCA notifying it that the minister had appointed the firm to act as his tax agent.
    The firm asked for further extension till September 15, 2004, which was granted.
    On September 3, 2004, representatives from the accountancy firm visited FIRCA and wanted to know the information that was needed by the tax organisation.
    They were referred to the letter of June 16, and informed that FIRCA was after the most important detail, and that was “the source of the income”.
    The accountancy firm stated that the information would be submitted by September 15, 2004.
    But on September 13, it again wrote to FIRCA asking for further extension until October 15, prompting FIRCA to warn the firm that no further extension would be granted.
    However, considering that the firm was still awaiting confirmations from the minister, it agreed to the extension but stressed that, “Please be advised that information gathered and “on hand” by your client should be submitted by that date”.
    On 4 October, 2004 the accountancy firm wrote to FIRCA enclosing details of the income earned by the minister for the periods based on the documents provided by the banks together with summary of income and withholding taxes deducted at source including:
    (a) dividend income from Perpetual Investments, Australia;
    (b) interest income from ANZ, New Zealand:
    (c) income received from Commonwealth Balanced Fund:
    (d) interest income from Commonwealth Bank, Australia;
    (e) income from Colonial First State Investments Limited.
    On behalf of the Minister, they stated that, “We advise that above income was not included in the tax returns as these contributions and income therefrom were sourced and earned overseas and the relevant withholding taxes on the income are deducted at source”.
    The capital contributions being the deposits in the bank account in the form of donations, they argued, were received from non-residents and attached were the relevant confirmations – the Indian parliamentarian’s letter to the minister about the transfer of funds.
    On October 5, 2004, FIRCA officials met with one of the accountants and according to FIRCA’s office memo they identified details of bank accounts, confirmation of the letter from the parliamentarian that the money was raised in India for the minister, and the A$500,000 that was transacted through the Indian Consulate-General in Sydney.
    One FIRCA officer observed on the office memo: “Transmitted to Australia – How?” and regarding the parliamentarian’s letter: “More substantive evidence to support the lttr.”
    On October 22, 2004, FIRCA wrote to the accountancy firm regarding the October 5 meeting and for the submission of information the firm had “on hand” at the meeting.
    FIRCA informed them that they (FIRCA) had examined the documents and would amend the income tax returns for the respective years. However, they would not allow the tax credits due to lack of documentary evidence.
    FIRCA also emphasised that despite it amending the returns, the tax organisation would still pursue the “source of the funds” issue.
    “The document submitted explaining the source of the funds is not sufficient enough for our purposes,” it stressed.
    It, therefore, requested the chartered accountancy firm to forward documentary evidences:
    (a) details of remittances from India to Australia;
    (b) details of withholding tax deducted;
    (c) as requested in our letter of 15 June 2004, the copies of bank statements. A copy of the letter was also forward to the minister.
    On November 10, 2004, he paid $86,069.02 in outstanding income tax for 2000.
    On November 22, 2004, one of the partners in the accountancy firm replied to the letter, confirming the payment of $86,069.02, noting that, “The tax paid by our client includes 2004 provisional tax amounting to F$34,962,”
    He also pointed out: “We note that credit for non-resident withholding tax deducted at source amounting to $22,858.03 has not been considered by Inland Revenue.”
    The accountant also enclosed summary details of the non-resident withholding tax deducted by banks and institutions in Australia and New Zealand together with copies of the bank statements evidencing the deduction of tax at sources for the years 2000 to 2003 in relation to investment companies etc.
    In the same letter, the accountant also admitted the payment by the Indian Consulate General of $514,148.50 into the minister’s cash management call account in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
    He also requested FIRCA to make the necessary amendments for the years 2000 to 2003 and the statement of tax account to include credits for the non-resident withholding tax amounting to $22,858.03.
    The documents provided by the accountancy firm to FIRCA reveal that the minister had opened the cash management call account in the Commonwealth Bank of Sydney branch at Ryde.
    On August 8, 1997, he had an opening balance of $A58.16 in his name. Three years later, on August 10, 2000, he made a deposit of $13,001into that account, and four days later, on August 12, $502.80.
    Between 2000 and 2003 he made further deposits as follows: $503,000 (fund from India), $486,890 (fund from India), $8,461.00 (possibly also fund from India for it has the same transfer code), $79,330.89, $10,000, $6,000, $514,148.50 (through Consulate-General), $378,978.18, $46,000, $50,000, $10,00 and $47,398.37.
    Naturally, between October 10, 2000 and March 20, 2003, the minister also made a series of small and large withdrawals towards property and other expenses such as spending money in camera, hardware, electrical, shoe and food shops, the purchase of airline tickets from Qantas and at Sydney’s international duty free shop.
    Between October 10, 2000 and March 20, 2003, he withdrew as follows: $6000, $6,800, $400,000, $400,00, $55,000, $10,000, $6,000, $7,266.10, $38,000, $100,000, $25,825.89, $30,030, $469,000, $380,000, $46,000, $50,000, $6,000, $8,000, and $5,000.
    In June 2001, the minister gave a home in Sydney as his contact address but in October 2001 he changed it to a relative’s address in another part of a Sydney suburb as his home and correspondence address.
    He also gave his daughter $50,000 as a gift, and it has also emerged that a relative of his also bought a house for $300,000, paying cash for the property.
    Meanwhile, on receipt of information from different sources, FIRCA’s investigating officers were instructed to verify the original sources of all investment deposits into the minister’s Australian bank account, details of bank withdrawals, a thorough analysis of some withdrawals below $5000, confirmation of all assets of the minister in Australia, a check to establish whether there were any violations of the Fiji Foreign Exchange Act, and finally to audit his tax file to ascertain the true financial wealth of the interim Cabinet minister.
    The December 5, 2006, coup carried out to stamp out rampant corruption, cut short FIRCA’s investigation into establishing the truth about the real financial worth of the minister.
    There is no evidence that the community in Fiji benefited from the money that was collected in India and secretly channelled into his private bank account through the Indian Consulate-General in Sydney.
    And in June 2007, the Interim Cabinet Minister had still owed $57,672.09 in taxes to FIRCA.

  7. BulaBula Says:

    Not your teeny bopper, we may have the luxury of speaking from the safe confines of a civilized democratic country but we have paid the price by our letters to F/T.

    We are known in Fiji and with our letters we are afraid to set foot at Nadi Airport in case we taken by the lunatic goons and demoralized. I however, will not give them that satisfaction and will stay away until I can trust the Judiciary.

    This man Chaudhry is beyond criticism.

    The tax offence is a sacred cow, excuse the pun!

    FICAC and George Langman will not hear of doing anything about it and will keep abandoning it.

    In India, followers of Hinduism consider cow’s sacred and do not eat them because they believe the animal contain the souls of dead persons! At some stage Chaudhry couldn’t resist the smell of a juicy medium rare BBQ steak, stole it and devoured it, like what he is doing to the people of this great country of ours. Chaudhry’s selfishness, greedy for money, thoughtlessness with no morales, feelings and integrity enables him to behave deceptively by sailing under false colours when we all know he is a swindler.

  8. Jak Says:

    Taxing questions raised by ousted FLP member

    17 Feb 2008 02:38:14

    A former senior member of the Fiji Labour PArty has raised concerns on the allegations, that a member of the interim cabinet may be involved in tax evasion.

    Following media reports, Vijay Prasad says the FLP, is obligated, to make a public statement on the matter to clear all doubts.

    The series of reports on alleged tax dodging by a particular interim minister has not gone unnoticed.

    Vijay Prasad who had a falling out with the Party at it’s National Council Meeting yesterday says one of the issues he wanted to raise was in relation to the tax evation claims.

    However, he never got the chance.

    Prasad says the reports even if they are false are casting a shadow on the integrity of the FLP and its supporters have a right to know.

    He adds the party executives should have no problems in answering to the allegations if they have nothing to hide.

    The Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority and the interim cabint have so far denied all allegations.

    The Finance Ministry earlier said it would investigate any civil servant leaking tax details.

  9. Jak Says:

    FICAC troubled by Impersonators

    17 Feb 2008 02:38:52

    They might be feared by some, but that still has not stopped others from trying to impersonate them for personal gain.

    The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption, FICAC, has found itself up against another major problem.

    In the last few months, FICAC has found that some people have been impersonating their officers, by posing as their investigators.

    Some have even gone to the point of instructing statutory organisations, to carry out certain functions, by posing as FICAC.

  10. Jak Says:

    An outspoken Fiji Labour Party official was today kicked out of the party for raising concerns over recent party policies.

    Vijay Prasad was prevented from taking part in the party’s National Council meeting held today in Ba.

    Prasad now says this heavy handed tactic by the party could herald what he describes as “the beginning of the end”.

    Vijay Prasad had been a member of the FLP for 10 years…a former senator until December 2006 and President of the Nadi branch.

    But that’s now history…he has severed all ties with the party after being asked to leave the National Council meeting this morning.

    Chaudhry, Lavenia padarath, lekh ram, general meeting shots…

    Not afraid to speak his mind, Prasad had spoken out against the party leadership and questioned what has been achieved in the past 14 months with the FLP’s involvement in the interim government.

    Questions he says the partys hierarchy did not like.

    Prasad adds he is not the first to leave the FLP, nor will he be the last over such tactics.

    The former Senator claims the FLP and its leader Mahendra Chaudhry has not adhered to the party manifesto of 2006.

    He has also condemned the handling of certain fijian institutions.

  11. natewaprince Says:

    Bera va levu o iko Tui,maybe if you sent your contributions to this site,you’de be kept in the loop.

    And what’s with the questions and the high and mighty attitude,we’re all on the same side and we’re just doing the same thing you’re doing,although on an underground forum.

    And even if the allegations were not true,(which we assure you they are),anyone low enough to suck up to the pig and his regime deserves all he gets from us bloggers.

    Have a nice week.

  12. Maqa a Leqa Says:

    I think that Tui has written his letter with a lot of sarcasm. He is a regular contributor to this site and the sarcasm is intended to flush out the name of Maiya Chodo in public through the editorial column of the Fiji Times. As Bloggers may have noticed Maiya Chodo’s name has not been revealed in public. The purpose of Tui’s letter is to do that!

    On another tangent, how absurd can one get when she is a High Court Judge and has already made a public statement supporting a political viewpoint and last but not least boarding in a house owned by a senior member of the Labour Party?

    Exactly-the Scutt missile lives in Lavenia Padarath’s house. It is not clear yet whether she pays rent or stays free! What can be more suggestive than that?

  13. murthi Says:

    The krishnamurti report DOES NOT know what it is talking about. It is native land that is NOT RESERVED that is leased for agriculture etc. Reserve land is that which is needed for the mataqali to live/farm on.

    How much dumber (or evil) is Chodo who knows that reserve land is where villages and teitei are located. Knowing this, the chorochoro still sent it to NLTB who were to reply in 4 days.

    Questionable too is who paid for the crap report. And what did Chodo do with it between 27 Nov 2007 when he received the crap report and 14 Feb when he sent it to NLTB.

    Well the group from Sorokoba in the Times today don\’t seem to know much more than Chodo. they are wiling to give up their reserve land. Where are they moving to – Kiuva?

    Thanks to Fijilive for putting the crap report online.

    What that the writer of the report really means that for sugar to revive, NLTB should be abolished and the native land held in trust by NLTB to be held individually by mataqali. Too bad he didn\’t read fiji\’s LAND LAW 101

  14. 4getsakthicane Says:

    How about the nuts from sorokoba who are willing to give up their reserve land in the Times today. Where are they moving to? KIUVA??? WAH HAHAHAHA!!!

    Just read the de-reserve report on fijilive.

    Its full of CRAP. It DOESNT know what its talking about.

    Reserve land is where villages and teitei sit. It cannot be leased because it is being used by the mataqali.

    Chodo should just propose the NLTB be abolished and mataqali be free to sell/lease their land. Instead Krishna didn’t understand the instruction from chodo and tried to read the native land law. He saw the reserve land section and thought a-ha! qai cala. Go back and study fiji native land law 101

    JDA is right in saying Chodo is the nationalists best friend. Stirring shit when he had 2 months to read the K report which was given on 27 Nov. Sent it to NLTB on 14 Jan, giving semi k 4 days to approve it and write back to him by 18 Jan. Did semi explain what reserve land is to chodo? ke sega, rau sa sota kei kena i ula.

    And who paid for the K report? Chodo gave the Terms of Ref which include: “solutions to maximise land use, especially native reserves”.

  15. 4getsakthicane Says:

    How about the nuts from sorokoba who are willing to give up their reserve land in the Times today. Where are they moving to? KIUVA??? WAH HAHAHAHA!!!

  16. info@sakthicane.com Says:

    Just read the de-reserve report on fijilive.

    Its full of CRAP. It DOESNT know what its talking about.

    Reserve land is villages and teitei. It cannot be leased because it is being used by the mataqali.

    Chodo should just propose the NLTB be abolished and mataqali be free to sell/lease their land. Instead Krishna didn’t understand the instruction from chodo and tried to read the native land law. He saw the reserve land section and thought a-ha! qai cala. Go back and study fiji native land law 101 or better, stick to being a cane chemist and come up with the new varieties.

    JDA is right in saying Chodo is the nationalists best friend. Stirring shit when he had 2 months to read the K report which was given on 27 Nov. Sent it to NLTB on 14 Jan, giving semi k 4 days to approve it and write back to him by 18 Jan. Did semi explain what reserve land is to chodo? ke sega, rau sa sota kei kena i ula.

    And who paid for the K report? Chodo gave the Terms of Ref which include: “solutions to maximise land use, especially native reserves”.

    strange that the sakthicane.com website is now DEAD. dou vuni???

  17. 4getsakthicane Says:

    But this is still online: the SAKTHI team:

    Project Head
    Dr. M. Krishnamurthi, B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., Ph.D. FFIAS hails from Fiji where he spent 30 years of which 18 years as Director of Sugarcane Researches and later Sri Lanka, Thailand and India in establishment of research centres, and implementation of highly profitable programmes. He started his career as Shift Chemist with CSR (Australia) in Fiji and later changed to sugarcane breeding followed by all aspects of sugarcane production supported by powerful researches. Coming from a sugarcane farming background Dr. Krishnamurthi obtained an Hons. and Masters degree in Zoology with Botany from Annamalai University with 1st class and rank followed by Ph.D. from University of the South Pacific. He revolutionalised sugarcane breeding by the development of intergeneric and interspecific hybrids and commercial canes therefrom. He developed many commercials in Fiji, Sri Lanka, Thailand and India (Parry) . He published more than 60 papers and supervised 5 Ph.D. students. His major achievements were sustaining the Fijian sugar industry after independence of Fiji, helping Cuba in overcoming rust diseases, and going back to six million mt of sugar, establishing breeding R&D for Sri Lanka as a UN consultant, and establishing a R&D for Mitr Phol Sugar Corp of Thailand and helping them to reach a peak of 1.1 million tones of sugar. During the past 12 years with Parry India he gave them a concept of maximum utilization of capital assets so that they could crush for 260 – 280 days thus increasing the capacity from 600,000 to 1.4 million tones of cane in Nellikuppam alone. With him he carries 2000 clones of germplasm. During his career with Parry he developed a number of new varieties, equipments for mechanization, changed agronomic practices with overall higher yields of cane and sugar, helped to develop bio-control systems, undertook technical and management training and implemented programme of farmer training technology transfer through Extension.

    Soils and Agronomy
    Jai Shree Gawander, B.Sc., M.Sc. Jai joined the Fiji Sugar Corporation in Fiji after completing his B.Sc. (Hon) Chemistry in India and later M.Sc. from the University of the South Pacific. Jai joined the Sugarcane Research Centre as an analytical chemist in charge of cane, tissue and soil analysis. Later on he changed to being a soil scientist devoting his time to soils and agronomic practices and crop production researches. His contribution to the Fijian sugar industry is large. He has been head of R&D for the past 10 years under most trying conditions.

    Crop Production
    Dr. Kasem Sooksathan, B.Sc. (Thailand), M.Sc. (India), Ph.D. (Philippines), Dr. Kasem served two functions for 40 years simultaneously i.e. sugarcane crop researches and crop production along with being a Professor of Agronomy at the Kassetsart University. His knowledge of sugarcane agronomy and technology transfer is vast. He has to his credit the sustenance of sugarcane crop in Thailand.

    (The name is withheld for time being. His services will be available from March 2008). Basic experiences are : human resources management, vast experiences in industrial relations, a dynamic career in turning round large low profit companies into high fliers. As CEO he improved the staff and workers’ environment unique to the company he is serving.

    Data Systems
    Murali Krishnamurthi, B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. Physics, Macquaries University (Sydney), Head of IT company with experiences in Insurance, banking and general software development for 10 years in New Zealand. His resume is given below

    Siva Krishnamurthi, B.E. Aeronautical, Manchester U.K. 20 years experience in IT and finance management, trained in UK and Switzerland. Managed IT sector for large IT Companies in New Zealand and Australia.

  18. Lau Lass Says:

    Everyone knows that the concerned minister is none other than the choroman – Mahendra P Chaudhry- all his wealth is ALL STOLEN FROM THE PEOPLE HE CLAIMS TO HELP- all the FICAC Bullshit is just to cover your A** & your supporters & the PIG himself.

  19. Osooso Says:

    If chodo has solicit support of a foreign power directly as a person like he did as per Fiji Sun article above, is’nt that a crime called treason. Isn’t there a law in Fiji that bars people from negotiating directly with foreign powers/countries like it is in the US, I read somewhere??? That means only Government can liase directly with foreign governments and no one else. I believe. chaudary was contemplating a coup de tat from the day he was released from Parlaiment…and his travelling around the globe after that was to solicit support from GOPIO & India for an overthrow of LQ’s administration & his reinstatement as he told Victor Lal in that posh London Hotel. beleive we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg and this deserves a thorough investigation & clean up. The clean up should be from all those in the interim cabinet and the PM down to all those they have appointed. It appears that the coup was executed to save these people from being arrested…. as they say, corruption is a threat to national security… the situation in Fiji is a vivid example.

  20. BulaBula Says:

    I agree Maqa a Leqa, Tui’s letter was full of sarcasm and all he was trying to do was flush out the swindler’s name in public.

    Sometimes it is the only way one can have their letters published. You will have to read between the lines.

    Isireli Tawake if you are reading this, Fiji is a less friendly enviroment and heading towards a tin pot dictatorship.

    You and the Regime’s clean up campaign has not delivered.

  21. Fiji Democracy Now Says:

    Despite his obvious ambivalence to the downright illegality of Fiji’s current regime
    and notwithstanding his holier than thou approach to the bloggers’ focus on the
    manipulative CHODOPU$$, we have to admit that Tui Savu has a point: In a fair
    world it certainly would be time to name names.

    And if that name happened to be the CHODOPU$$ it would come as now surprise
    to us.

    We at Fiji Democracy Now, on the basis of our own investigations and analysis,
    have no doubt whatsoever that that the tax-evading illegal interim minister in
    question is no figment of bloggers’ imaginations.

    And we are skeptical as to the way “ministerial responsibility” for the very people
    who have responsibility for the nation’s tax matters – the Fiji Islands Revenue and
    Customs Authority (FIRCA) – has been exercised to date.

    We ask ourselves: which illegal interim minister had a hand in the laying off of 10
    FIRCA officers for having the temerity to open a certain tax file, as revealed by the
    FIRCA Staff Association’s Kenneth Zinkon 11 February?

    Tuia Savu, if anyone deserves an apology it is those 10 FIRCA officers.

    But in Fiji today it is definitely not a fair world.

    For example, the media do not have the freedom that they enjoyed under
    previous democratically elected governments. Instead, we know from our
    contacts in Fiji’s media that, on a daily basis, they are being forced, coerced even,
    to tread a very fine line.

    However, despite this nasty reality, FDN believes that, under the circumstances,
    Fiji’s mainstream media has nevertheless managed very well. As a mainstream
    media of a country ruled by the gun, Fiji’s media has performed admirably.

    In recent weeks we have seen that the Fiji media, both print and electronic,
    produce editorials, carry reports, print opinion and give space to letters to the
    editor, the like of which we would not have been able to read, listen to or watch
    this time lasdt year.

    However, ifTui Savu expects Victor Lal to name names in his usual mainstream
    outlet, the Fiji Sun, he (Savu) is being unrealistic. Tui, just put yourself in the
    shoes of the Fiji Sun’s editor and you might see what we mean.

    So that leaves us with a burning question: just how could Victor Lal take the next
    step and name names?

    The answer is simple: We seriously and sincerely suggest that its time Victor Lal
    joined the freedom bloggers.

    Victor, if you are reading this, why not email Solivakasama with the full story?
    Or, if you wish, email it to admin@www.fiiidemocracynow.com and we’ll splash
    it on our front page!

  22. Tui Says:

    Yadra bloggers. Tui Savu is my tauvu writing from Australia. Not sure if it’s the same falla in the Solomons. Anyway I hope this will clear the air out on which Tui NP is referring to. Rest assured NP, I’m sure Mr. Savu was only trying to avoid any legal challenge from chodo puss. By the way we did get some publicity on mainstream media. Keep on blogging people, they are breaking apart as we predicted. FLP in disarray, pig having his surgery in India and covering it up with some bullshit about this tour of facilities! What stupidity! A Prime Minister travels half way around the world to check up on the medical facilities of it’s military personnel! More prove that this idiot does not care for the tax payers and majority of Fiji’s citizens. I mean when was the last time you heard of a PM doing such a thing. ” Oh this tour only concerns RFMF personnel. Maybe next time I will make another trip for the IG. And next year I will make a trip for the rest of Fiji. What a bleary fool dick-head.
    (The Original Tui!)

  23. Waitovu Grannie Says:

    Hey Tui the above letter is published in today’s Fiji Times.

    Good for you, we have to keep trying to have our letters published.

    Readers, sometimes the letters are not straight forward as we would like to write it. A touch of sarcasm and wit is needed to have our letters published.

    Please try and read between the lines.

    Tui is a staunch supporter of our cause.

    Save your energies and focus on the central issue.

    If you want to knock anyone knock those lunatics!

  24. Tui Says:

    Maka leqa WG! Toso tiko ga na blog gang.

  25. Corruption Fighter Says:

    Don’t Ignore Dr Krishnamurhti – he’s onto something.

    Sugar expert Dr Krishnamurthi is in the news at present for his de-reserve
    recommendation, but he has flushed out something very interesting. One of his
    recommendations highlighted a fact that has been ignored by the Interim Government -ie rents for native land are far too low.

    Dr Krishnamurthi has recommended that “Thirty per cent of the proceeds
    from the farm would be for the landowners while 60 per cent would be
    for the tenant.” He may not have realized that this would provide an
    enormous rent increase for Fijian landowners if it was implemented in
    Fiji. Professor John Davies, a Canadian economist, calculated that
    rent payments in Fiji represented only 2.4% of the value of gross farm
    production in Fiji. He compared this with 50% in India, 20% in the
    USA and less than 10% in Australia. My quick calculation indicates
    that an increase to 30% of proceeds would give landowners on cane
    land an income of $85 million instead of $6.8 million (in year 2000
    rent levels)! Someone in the media should be asking the Chodopu$$
    to comment on this recommendation and to admit the low percentage
    of sugar receipts that go to landowners.

  26. Woilei Says:

    Woilei doesn’t anyone get it? Sugar is over , man ! Go ethanol and get with the programme! It’s a dying industry – the sooner everyone realises that the better – we have to get planting now to survive. Get our own water tanks, make our own bread , and go solar – very very tough times are upon us now. We as a people need to stop relying on OTHER people and vulagi to give us our daily bread.

  27. Adi Kaila Says:

    Hey Tui Savu, Bulabula & Mark Manning –

    If you reside in Australia why don’t you copy & paste the article by Victor Lal & send it to the Australian Tax Office – the ATO will fix the bastard chod if he can’t explain why he has so much money in his bank a/c there. I hear the ATO is very thorough.

  28. Adi Kaila Says:

    You’re absolutely spot on Woilei.

    For those of you who do not have an oven or electricity to bake your lovely cakes, pies & bani lolo you need two pots – a large one to boil water in & a smaller one that fits into the large pot but with a bit of room of course – you put your bread, cake or pie tins or your buns into the smaller pot, cover it with the lid cover the large pot with its lid & let your bread etc bake away – scrumptious!

    Those bombay pots are the best – cheap & roomy – easy to setup anywhere – even on an open fire next to the lovo (so you can be with your special valentine) – but remember to keep little children away from the heat.

  29. Peace Pipe Says:

    The dr krishna report talks of dereserving and leasing out the native reserve land. Why don’t they make a proposal to get the landowners to be shareholders/ partners in these projects. They just talk of leasing only and extending the period to 75 years. Thats one full life time which the landowners won’t be able to touch his dear land for the rest of his living days. The only merit in this is the 30+% share for the landowner. What this amounts to in proceeds is small compared to other industries like livestock farming or tourism facilities or other cash crops. Sugar is a dead horse and should not be flogged anymore. Everyone should know this and yet this is the trump card chodo is refusing to let go of. It has served him very well to date. The snake is better of being removed permanently.

  30. Mark Manning Says:

    Frank and family at home during dinner !

  31. Woilei Says:

    Haha Manning – ssooooooo trrrrruuuuuue ! But guess what ? !

    Its like that EVERYDAY here ! Check out Bubu’s take on the same issue : http://discombobulatedbubu.blogspot.com/2008/02/mad-cow-disease-rampant-in-fiji.html

  32. Lau Lass Says:

    Why is it that the govt is always helping the sugar industry with mills,research labs,tramlines et,etc,, when it cost only $50. per tonne??? What about yaqona, it costs about $100,000. per tonne & copra about $20,000. per tonne??? Is it because majority of sugar farmers are Indians??? Banana & cocoa were two of our first exports & yet not enough help was given to the Fijian farmers, when a disease wiped out all our banana plants & cocoa, they were never to survive again!!! So why do we support an industry that brings peanuts to the country, OR are we in reality supporting the Indians who farm sugar!!!! the Indians will never ever want us to excel in anything we do !!! are we going to sit back & allow that to happen ?? NEVER !!!

  33. Mark Manning Says:

    If there are crops which pay more than sugar , and there is a market for them , then why don’t the fijians , landowners and other interested parties , join forces and grow , market , ship and sell them .

  34. model Says:

    well chodo, if u point fingers to those who are evading tax in thius beloved country of mine then think again!

    3 fingers are pointing bak @ you ….so dont b a coward and so owe up…..

    well it is known now who the minister is……

    thank you Transparency International and SDL in bringing this issue into the limelight. Well dat cud also b one reason of so called ‘clean up’ campaign by ur IG…..As it is said ….’in your face’ or in Fijian…’matamu’…

  35. rosh Says:

    Sakthicane is a con. Family run business con with M Krishnamurthi and his sons out to fleece vulnerable people. All 3 and their associates are humbug, low life conmen. All 3 are wanted in India for fraud. And you guys commission these conmen to write you a report? De-reserve land for sugar? of course they soay so, they are out to swindle Fiji you dopes.

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