No rise in electricity charges: Chaudhry

People, the snake hisses again. His ‘robin hood’ economic planning strategies have come to nought and all his claim as someone with fiscal finesse is now crumbling for all to see. FEA makes substantive submissions based on facts before the Commerce Commission appoves a hike in price, notwithstanding the rising of cost of living in Fiji. FEA still uses fuel to generate some of its power and with the rise of fuel costs wordwide, it has no option but to pass on this cost to consumers. Chaudary’s stunt to ‘waive’ this price rise is just a political mimick because he fears the backlash from the people as they all will blame the illegal regime for their woes. Mark my words, Chaudary’s ‘waiving’ the price hike is only a short term political stunt, as he knows full well that the increase is inevitable, otherwise FEA will go bankrupt causing much more devastation on Fiji’s economy and bring it to a complete halt.

SV Team.

 

 

04 JUN 2008


The Finance Minister has waved away the decision of the Commerce Commission to increase electricity charges on June 12.

In a statement today, Mahendra Chaudhry said the final decision on whether to implement any increase in fuel surcharge granted by the competition watchdog rests with Government.

The increases have to be considered by Cabinet and so far it had not been notified of any hike in fuel surcharge granted by the Commission, he said.

The Commission is reported to have increased the fuel surcharge on electricity from 2.83 cents a unit to 5.53 cents a unit, to come into effect from 12 June 2008.

Chaudhry said government would very carefully consider the ramifications of such an increase in electricity costs at this time of rising prices.

“Government is mindful of the hardship to ordinary people posed by the increasing cost of fuel and food prices. We do not wish to burden them with additional expenditure, if it can be avoided,” he said.

“We will definitely take into consideration the impact of such an increase on the economy, industrial, commercial and domestic consumers and, in particular, people in the lower income groups.”

He gave an assurance that no hasty decision would be taken to increase the cost of electricity at this stage.   

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47 Responses to “No rise in electricity charges: Chaudhry”

  1. Tomasi Says:

    Egyptian Blogger Released From Prison

    Cairo, Egypt (AHN) – Karim El Beheiri, the Egyptian blogger who gained notoriety for his coverage of protests in April and his subsequent arrest, was released from prison on Monday. Activists welcomed the former employee of the government-owned Misr Spinning and Weaving company in Mahalla – the site of mass demonstrations against rising prices and low wages.

    The April protests, which turned into street demonstrations and riots, left at least three people dead and hundreds more injured and detained.

    El Beheiri had been an employee of the company, but was fired by management who argued he failed to show up for his work while he was imprisoned.

    The blogger used the social networking Web site Facebook to disseminate calls for support of what was supposed to have been a nationwide general strike against government inaction towards rising costs of living.

    In an interview with AFP, Beheiri accused police of “torture” during his detention.

    “We were subjected to electric shocks, to beatings and there was no food and or drink for the first few days,” he said.

    The Ministry of Interior denied the activist had been mistreated during his detainment.

    “He was treated properly and there was no ill treatment towards him,” an official from the ministry told AHN Media Corporation.

    Beheiri and two other bloggers were arrested and accused with “inciting unrest, damage to property and demonstrating.”

    International rights groups condemned the arrest of the blogger and had called on the Egyptian government to release him and others for their participation in demonstrations against the state.

  2. kuku Says:

    I don’t know why anyone would want to listen to what this macafaka chodo has to say? As i have previously said, this macafaka is mentally deranged, the same as Bainisona, and need to be forced into a mental institution for a total mental check-up! Like GDEV says, Chodo is doing his best to destroy Fiji and the Fijians by any means necessary and Bainisona is following along because he’s afraid to go to jail.Lets just pay someone to vana mada na nodrau sona?

  3. BL Says:

    Vinaka SV. I suggest we refer to ‘robin hood’ economic planning strategies as CHODONOMICS. Mai vei ulukau ta sukulu = bavulu = Chodulu….

  4. Wailei! Says:

    BL = Modulu

  5. Wailei! Says:

    sorry @ BL also include the above ….

    = modulu

  6. NobleBannerBlue Says:

    BIGGEST PESTS ARE THE ONES IN THE IG ….

    Share knowledge about pests
    Wednesday, June 04, 2008

    Update: 5:28PM The Ministry of Primary Industries feels it is important for trading countries to share information about the pest and diseases found in the country.

    Ministry of Primary Industries with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) today held a seminar to create awareness on its Pest and Disease List Database (PLD) in Nabua.

    According to Moti Lal Autar, the Principal Plant Protection Officer of the Ministry, the information is needed for the establishment of trade agreement and to facilitate trade of fresh produce. This is also a requirement by International Plant Protection Convention for trading countries, Mr Autar said.

    He added that the convention clearly stipulates that contracting parties shall to the best of their ability establish and update list of regulated pests, using scientific names. Such list should also be made available to SPC which will make the information available to all the member countries, Mr Autar said.

    The Pest List Database is an Information System that records the pest occurrence within a country and provides a list of all pests found on a crop together with records and reports on interception at the ports.

  7. natewaprince Says:

    NBB, na pests lelevu ga e kabita tiko na soresore nei Vore.

  8. natewaprince Says:

    Scientific name: Pestilis kuturis.

  9. Groggymaster Says:

    The additional costs will need to be met sometime- it will be by way of tax transfers hidden from public view. So all of us pay indirectly eventually.

    I have a question with regards to fuel.

    If excise taxes on fuel are based on value, then the increasing cost of landing fuel could be generating a windfall in taxes for the govt – and perhaps explains the record revenue collections.

    So whilst prentending to be generous in giving modest income tax/excise/duty concessions on certain lines of goods on the one hand, the govt is actually fleecing us, and some with the other hand..

    The fairest way to have dealt with taxes on fuel import would have been to convert the taxes so that it is based on volume at an appropriate rate (and still collect the same amount prior to te steep rises). This means the cost passed on to the consumer is just the price increase, and not the cost inflated by the percentage tax associated with the increased costs.

  10. Peace Pipe Says:

    Thanks groggymaster, you have expained something which had puzzled me for a while and that is how come the revenue is going up when the economy is going down. So its from fuel taxes. See the way he makes the statement about stopping the fuel surcharge increase like he is the overall boss of everything. We can thank out lucky star he is no longer the PM or else he would just bulldoze his way through everything. He is just a power hungry maniac. This act is just a superficial one to connive the people into thinking what a benevolent person he is. Anyway whatever he does is illegal and he has no right since he was not put there by the people this time around.

  11. Gryphon Says:

    From what I’ve heard from FEA insiders is that they will begin power sharing soon which means blackouts since the govt. didnt give them the increase!!!

  12. Augustus Says:

    BL:
    …CHODONOMICS, even CHORONOMICS both aptly apply…

  13. at least Says:

    hey it is very much clear that Australia is third cheapest petrol/oil supplier in the world and this illegal bocis are still buying from expensive oils supplier..Australia is cheapest and is closer to us which means low transport cost as well…They want to avoid Australia and buy from other countries..Laurai ga ike na no school..O Cuba se o Venezuela ni sona ratou saga o Australia e voleka toka ga qo…sa kua ga na vakamacala yani vei ira nai lala boci no school qori …

  14. Budhau Says:

    Come on guys, you took a serious subject and reduce down to what you want to call this – Chodonomics and that other smart ass with his Pestilis kuturis.

    Keeping price control on some necessities – is a routine economic policy. Some other countries, such as India also have such policies. (now you idiots can go off on you “the Indian are coming mantra).

    As for using diesel for power generation- didn’t those those buggers tell us long time ago that we will have the hydro for the bulk of power generation.

    That is when your Fijian administration paid $400/acre for land land that was worth $40/acre – whatNOMICS was that?

    ..as far as what Chaudary has done – why don’t you idiots figure it out – after the coup and boycott that followed – any minister of Finanace would have had an uphill battle keeping things together. Now combine that with the current global situation of rising energy prices and food prices – even under normal circumstances – SDL or any other government would have had a hard time.

    So try and look at the bigger picture – just because you hate Chaudary – you guys come up with some real sad reasoning.

  15. LUVfiji Says:

    @Budhau. You always seem to have good reasoning to backup yr arguments.. but why do you spoil it by continuously calling us “idiots”. OK, we may not be as smart as you, but I simply dont understand why u like using the word. Are we really idiots ?

  16. natewaprince Says:

    HHhhhmmmmm…..,da qai yadra ga mai,sa boi korakora tu na vuravura.Na tamata qo e moce se sega.

    Hey ”idiot asshole”,there you go again defending the tax-evading snake.It now seems obvious that you are the illegitimate son of Chodo living in Aussie.

    Your papa has bitten off more than he could chew.If this is the only type financial management that he is capable of,were’nt we lucky his govt. was kicked out in ’87 and 2000.Otherwise the economic mess we are headed for would surely have happened 21 years ago.

    You really are and idiot for supporting an asshole like your biological father.

  17. Jose Says:

    MAHENDRA PAL CHAUDARY. The TAX EVADER. STOLE $2MILLION and KEPT IN AN ACCOUNT IN SYDNEY AUSTRALIA. MAHENDRA PAL CHAUDRY- ILLEGAL FINANCE MINISTER IN FIJI, FATHER OF BHUDAU THE $18/hr IDIOT.

  18. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Cuba and Venezuela because Voreqe is very proud of his DESPOT status and he does have a lot in common with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. Always has body guards and running scared from democracy.

  19. Jose Says:

    SDL or any other govt having a hard time is better then an illegal govt holding the population at bay with guns. An illegal govt ho has a cheapline crook as a Finance Minister,for years evaded paying his taxes and hoarding $2million stolen from the people.MAHENDRA PAL CHAUDRY famously known in Fiji as the CONNIVING, SCHEMING SNAKE.In partnership with the illegal paraim mininste famously known as THE IDIOT. Bhudau’s godfather and namesake.

  20. Budhau Says:

    NatewaPrince, you idiot – you did not get the point – a usual.

    So here we go again – at a 6th grade level – so you can understand.

    Any minister of finance after any coup, with the international boycott would have a uphill battle handling the finances of Fiji. Here, the problem is compounded by the sudden worldwide increase in food and energy cost.

    So regardless of who the minister for Finance was, or who had done the coup – the country economically would have been up sh*t creek – regardless.

    So do not blame the current situation on the Minister for Finance.

    A proper analysis might show that the present minister – completely opposite of what you idiots are suggesting – that is, under the current circumstances – Chaudary has done a good job.

    aubatinuku-N – what do you have against Mr Chavez?

    Luvfiji – No Luv – most of you ain’t idiots – I just do that to piss some of these bugger off – sort of create a hostile environment to get the worst of them – that way we know where they are coming from. For example that Idiots islandboy came out yesterday with the line the all the MSG leaders and countries hate Indians and Rabuka is their hero – well at least now I know who hates Indians and whose hero is Rabuka.

    NP – do you know who your biological father is? – with the way those chiefs go around sowing the oats – you might wanna do a DNA test – who knows, you might turn out to be a real prince after all – a real blue blood – you sure none of them chief boys used to hang around your mum back then – hahahaha – the prince – you might have been conceived in some golf club bathroom.

    BTW – that asshole remark, that has been somewhat overused in this forum (I see that “ci” guy is gone) – may I suggest next you discuss the size of my penis, of if you wanna look more mature you should diagnose me with some mental problem.

  21. FijiGirl Says:

    @ Noble Banner Blue. Here’s some real Pests…

    Share knowledge about pests
    Wednesday, June 04, 2008
    Update: 5:28PM The Ministry of Primary Industries feels it is important for trading countries to share information about the pest and diseases found in the country.

    CHODOUS HORRIBILUS – This pest attacks members of the media, inflames racial tensions, brainwashes the ignorant, halts productivity, and if allowed to thrive, can cause economic disaster. Offspring are too weak and insignificant to survive on their own, and thus are nursery-reared for their entire lives. Chodous Horribilus tries to disguise itself as a DEMOCRATUS SUPPORTUS but is easily distinguished by its massive ego, huge undeclared foreign bank accounts, an inability to listen and constant habit of suddenly dropping everything to fly to India. It is a dangerous threat to native land, indigenous self-determination, precious metals, natural resources, economic viability, national sovereignty and indigenous rights.

    Ideal Pesticide – Racial harmony, enlightenment, journalistic freedom, good common sense, and the rule of law. Research shows that strikes, boycotts, protest marches and support of the international community can work to inhibit it. To permanently eradicate this pest, introduce free and fair elections.

    FRANKUS CRAZIUS – This beast was introduced in the hope of eradicating COUP-COUP, but, like the cactoblastis moth in Australia, has become a pest in its own right. Its preferred form of attack is to have drones commit the actual attacking while it runs in the opposite direction and hides. Its scrawny body is not suited to physical combat, but it survives thanks to hidden weaponry and the support of its drones. It has a symbiotic relationship with Chodous Horribilus. Frankus Crazius survives off ill-gotten gains from innocent taxpayers and imported cash from India and China. Identifiable by unintelligible rants and constant self-contradiction, it is attracted to money and power which, on contact, causes it to transform into its altered state of DICTATOR VULGARIS.

    Ideal Pesticide – Cannot survive in the presence of free and fair elections. When confronted by its natural enemy, Democracy, Frankus Crazius will sometimes attack rather than retreat. Will retreat when challenged by a larger aggressor with more sophisticated weaponry, or when instructed to do so by Chodous Horribilus. Fears public protest marches.

    LAWRIS ANARSUS – This pest has never fully emerged from its pupae state. A threat to the rule of law and the Constitution, Lawris Anarsus invades habitats of REPRESENTUS LEGALUS, ejects the incumbent resident and proceeds to defecate all over the premises and immediate surrounds. It defends the habitats of Chodous Horribilus and Frankus Crazius, including when it enters its altered state, Dictator Vulgaris and other minor pests, FHRC Shiteus, Militarus Freeloaders, Cheapus Chiefs, and Detritus Foreignus Suckus Dry.

    Ideal Pesticide – Shuns free and fair elections. Will not survive in any freely elected government.

    God bless Fiji

  22. Budhau Says:

    FijiGirl – very funny. I guess you are not taking any summer classes this summer.

    So have contacted a fumigation company yet.

  23. Observer Says:

    Chaudree is cunning. Check your latest electricity bill for the “charges” FEA is sneaking in.

    Buddhau – no worries, there are people both inside and outside the military watching and waiting to strike. Just a question of time and how bloody it will all get.

  24. gryphon Says:

    The recent state of events unfolding in Fiji has made me somewhat worried as to the future of the country. After hearing that there was to have been a fuel surcharge which would impact our electricity bills, I began to wonder where we were headed. In fact, while I have been an ardent fan of the Interim Regime, recent events have made me seriously consider my position and my support for this government.

    For starters, we have the so called Finance Minister who is anything but skilled in the area of Finance. By hiking the duty on specific core raw materials, Chaudary has done anything but save the poor from the brink of extinction. Perhaps what compounds the matter further is that the minister seems to think that he’s Robin Hood. Unfortunately, he seems to have forgotten that the idea is to provide relief for the poor instead of hiking duty on core materials such as fuel. Instead of doing something which would benefit the nation as a whole, the minister seems busy trying to prove to the world how much money he’s managed to save and collect as opposed to be previous government.

    Then we have a Prime Minister who seems to spend more time sitting in the chair of an airplane and inside the offices of other people in distant lands instead of sitting in his chair in his office here in Fiji. It is highly unorthodox for a PM to be sailing off into the sunset as soon as he touches base in Fiji. Bainimarama’s recent stint from the MSG meeting and straight onto Europe almost seems like the PM never even left the airport when he arrived from the MSG meeting. It is disappointing that a man who holds such a position leaves all the real work to be done by a finance minister who doesn’t seem to have any understanding of economics and finance considering his recent spate of unforgivable errors.

    Finally we have an Attorney General who has become the talk of the town amongst those people who live life in fashion and have expensive tastes. The AG seems to spend more time trying to make a fashion statement with his suits and silk ties instead of reining in his PM and bumbling finance minister who are now spiraling out of control as the situation of economic woes further compound and wreak havoc in this country.

    The creation of FICAC has been a disaster with the institution yet to successfully prosecute a single person despite having changed the CJ to someone of FICAC and the government’s preference. FICAC has become a lame duck and has lost the ability to shield itself from the public criticism now being labeled at it by the very public that initially applauded its formation. The organization which was heralded as the perfect solution for curbing corruption now walks blindly while ministers who have direct conflicts of interest in many organizations and boards secure hefty loans from Home Finance and other lending bodies because they have “friends” who sit on the boards of these bodies.

    Between the three of the people mentioned above, the country is now nearing a stage where it faces the risk of collapsing into itself. The fact that an uprising or a civilian revolt is almost imminent as people become desperate is being ignored by the government who claim that these are merely rumors. It is ironic to learn that this view is loudly trumpeted in the media by the trio and yet they have taken every precaution to ensure that in the event such an incident were to occur, they would be whisked away from danger and to safe outposts where they would be surrounded by fully armed soldiers with enough firepower to sink half the island of Viti Levu. While I sit here and write this out of frustration, I know the murmurs of dissent are growing louder and the winds of change are blowing harder. The days of the giant stone are numbered as the winds and rain will wear it down inch by inch until it finally crumbles in a heap of dust to the ground, only to be swept up in the howling wind and churned to the heavens in all directions.

    Wake up, people of Fiji – your country will soon lie in ruins around you and your children will be deprived of their carefree lives to work and toil the land which has been made barren through the actions of three people.

  25. FijiGirl Says:

    Sorry buddy! Didn’t mean to leave you out…

    MORONUS IDIOTUS – This minor pest lives on the North American West Coast, suffers from Internet Addiction Disorder and the delusion that it is intelligent. Moronus Idiotus is a threat to productive discussion and debate, preferring to distract with inane comment and insults rather than contribute, enlighten or engage in the synthesis of new thought.

    Ideal Pesticide – Does not respond to negative feedback or normal social rebuff, probably due to trauma sustained in its larval stage. It will absent itself on occasion, to be called to its Master (Chodous Horribilus), go on holiday, or need to give itself a rest from typing because its hand is exhausted by a recurring condition brought about by Aunty Lima (Wankus Furious). Will not endure for long after free and fair elections.

    God bless Fiji

  26. soro Says:

    Well done Gryphon – 10 points for yr powers of observation – you are only 17 months late into your realization but welcome to the world of reality in Fiji.

    If you have any lingering doubts this interview should put paid to the idiocy & rampant madness in Fiji : http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=90994

    Classic example of mental instability, illogic and plain despotic ego talk.

    Go figure !!

  27. lauan boy Says:

    while we still debate here….these arseholes in the military (yes the sotia ni kaidia @QEB, Sukunaivalu, ATG, Drasa Avenue, etc) keep saying they remain for their bread & butter of their family becoz life is tough now.

    dou veicai…mai nei tamamu dou na matanitu me dou lewa. dou veivutusona kei nomudou koma-da.

    these soldiers have betrayed their oath…they are not protecting fijis interest they are destroying fiji – the economy & its ppl.

    io keda na qai sota tiko…ona lesu mai na koro. nanuma tiko ga!! DOU NA MATE.

  28. Peace Pipe Says:

    Great one gryphon. It was all a coverup right from the beginning from something more sinister that their false accusation of corruption, bad governance and economic mismanagement. We all know there was no real threat to the country that warranted the coup. But the conspirators got together planned everything out and executed the coup. Now they are throwing in everything else to justify their treasonous crime and topped off with the charter farter – their ultimate escape plan.

    But we must not let them get off lightly for the pain and suffering the country went through. They must all be brought to justice.

    And FijiGirl I also like your rendition on the pests in the iIG.

  29. Budhau Says:

    gryphon – now there is a guy who has something intelligent to say.

    If you other idiots just stop for a while talking about people’s penis size or assholes -may be the likes of gryphon will becomes regulars on this site.

    Who know, SV might give a regular column to him/her.

  30. natewaprince Says:

    Right on Fiji Girl,but I think you got the last one wrong.That pest is known by a few names depending on which variety you are talking about.

    Here are a few scientific names it is known by:

    1) Buddas Idioticus: This one is described as being as stupid as a stone but is known to spew a deadly venom.

    Solution:The best thing to do when it is spotted is to ignore it .

    2) Buddas Suckapenis: Similar to Pestilis Kuturis,this one tends to get violent when it’s host body is under attack. It can usually be found on the testicles of the other major pest Chodous Horribilus.

    Solution: Keep attacking it and it will eventually tire and fall off the host body’s testicle.

    3) Buddas Bocikulinus: This is thought to be the worst of them all because of the awful smell that follows it around.This smell is likened to the foreskin of uncircumcised humans.

    Solution: Spray the pest directly with disinfectant as this pest has no way of ridding itself of its offensive odour.

    4) Buddas Anus Giganticus: This is the most common type and can be found in most parts of the world.The ones seen in Fiji is distinguishable from the other types because of the huge hole between its hindmost legs.

    Solution: The best solution is to squash it immediatelly as it breeds like rabbits and can be a real niusance since it appears everywhere.

  31. Striker Says:

    Thank you Budhau; yes, since December 06, the intelligent have been deserting this illegal regime in droves. Speaks a lot of its ignorant leaders and supporters doesn’t it?

  32. Pusiloa Says:

    NP,
    Buddas Anus Giganticus can also be identified with shits stored in their head like prawns.Huge hole between its hindmost legs is for some other purpose.

  33. Sky Pilot Says:

    Groggymaser’s point is an excellent one actually. The issue isn’t limited to Fiji as Governments world wide fleece their populous by not controlling the taxes and excise on volatile commodities such as Fuel.

    Fuel drives inflation so Chaudhrey probably feels compelled to soften the blow a little. But you cannot blame the cynics for questioning his motives. His sincerity on anything has yet to be proven, beyond benefiting himself and his family of course.

  34. Sky Pilot Says:

    Why am I being blocked????

  35. Sky Pilot Says:

    Chaudhrey is doing what many other Governments should be doing but his motives are indeed questionable.

    We wait with bated breath for him to say and do something that truly benefits Fiji and is not just aimed at himself or his family

  36. Keep The Faith Says:

    It’s confounding really that while the whole wide world is at crisis point because of the sudden fuel price hikes and many of the more developed countries (compared to us) have stated that they CANNOT subsidise fuel costs anymore, we have a wanna-be Economics genius who believes this bankrupt Govt can afford to subsidise it “for the people”….yeah — pull the other one Ma’chaud!!

    But then again knowing this slimy piece of work he’s just going to use the imminent savings (or at least peg these subsidies against the soon-to-be-seen savings) from civil servants who will be out jobs soon because of down-sizing AND even then the subsidies will only last 4 weeks max.

  37. Mark Manning Says:

    The fuel crisis was created by the American Government because of it’s illegal invasion of Iraq . They have so far spent 500,000,000,000 and counting , that’s around $7 per week per person in North America . The increase in fuel prices is probably a set up by the Saudis and the Yanks to retrieve all the money they’ve already spent on this invasion .

  38. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Mark, it’s more complex than simply just that!

  39. LUVfiji Says:

    mmm.. “the illegal invasion of Iraq” endorsed by the US Senate which cost Hillary the party nomination for Presidential candidate; or so they say! Qaqa tu na kai Kenya.

  40. aubatinuku-N Says:

    US$5.03 for diesel, highest ever, slight drop this week, boat owners hit worst because of other surcharges, there is also a high increase in scooter and bicycle sales. More people are now carbon footprint aware compared to this time last year.

  41. S.Tolotu Says:

    FEA is a microcosm of a failed State suffocating under the weight of a coup.

    Dean’s admission of FEA trading whilst insolvent should serve as a dose of reality to Mahen and his die hard misguided supporters. As a corporate sole the entity serves as somewhat of an ideal barometer for the junta in measuring the negative dual impact of their coup and rising global oil prices on consumers in the market. Fluctuating oil prices are the normal consideration in the budgets of every business and household but coups are not and invariably one (oil) generates light but the other literally darkness. The two cannot coexist and according to the law of physics the latter has a greater density. As this coup winds its way down the tunnel of darkness it is apparent that the lights of FEA has been reduced to a flicker and the future looks grim.

    In effect FEA is surviving on the life support system of taxpayer funds which in reality has dried up and is placing Dean at a point of literally pulling the plug in the emergency ward. Maintaining or increasing supplier concessions will make not change its definition as an added cost to the bills of consumer. How long can ordinary citizens be asked to bear the cost?

    At the end of the day the damage bill of the coup will consistently appear as an irrecoverable cost on the balance sheets of future governments for many years to come. It is the citizens who will eventually bear the burden long after the traitors are dealt with by the law. Bainimarama alluded to the possibility of citizens running around in grass skirts under a SDL led democratic government but the possibility of doing that and reverting totally to the “buka” is becoming a reality for every household insofar as his coup is concerned and which poses a far more serious threat.

    Mahen should remove the VAT content from all utility bills and fuel prices at the pump. He should probably go further and remove it totally from the system because VAT is a cash cow of economic growth. In a coup, its effect on prices is likened to the hangman’s noose which consumers would rather sling around the necks of traitors than themselves.

    Oops, the notion of the noose is a probable recurring darkness in the mind of Mahen and his boss.

  42. S.Tolotu Says:

    FEA is a microcosm of a failed State suffocating under the weight of a coup.

    Dean’s admission of FEA trading whilst insolvent should serve as a dose of reality to Mahen and his die hard misguided supporters. As a corporate sole the entity also serves as somewhat of an ideal barometer for the junta in measuring the negative dual impact of their coup and rising global oil prices on consumers in the market. Fluctuating oil prices are the normal consideration in the budgets of every business and household but coups are not and invariably one (oil) generates light but the other literally darkness. The two cannot coexist and according to the law of physics the latter has a greater density.

    As this coup winds its way down the tunnel of darkness it is apparent that the lights of FEA has been reduced to a flicker and the future looks grim. In effect FEA is surviving on the life support system of taxpayer funds which in reality has dried up and is placing Dean at a point of literally pulling the plug in the emergency ward. Maintaining or increasing supplier concessions will make not change its definition as an added cost to the bills of consumer. How long can ordinary citizens be asked to bear the cost?

    At the end of the day the damage bill of the coup will consistently appear as an irrecoverable cost on the balance sheets of future governments for many years to come. It is the citizens who will eventually bear the burden long after the traitors are dealt with by the law.

    Bainimarama alluded to the possibility of citizens running around in grass skirts under a SDL led democratic government. But the possibility of doing that and reverting totally to the “buka” is becoming a reality for every household insofar as his coup is concerned and which poses a far more serious threat.

    Mahen should free up incomes and remove the VAT content from all utility bills and fuel prices at the pump. He should probably go further and remove it totally from the system because VAT is a cash cow of economic growth. In a coup, its effect on prices is likened to the hangman’s noose which consumers would rather sling around the necks of traitors than themselves.

    Oops, the notion of the noose is a probable recurring darkness in the mind of Mahen and his boss.

  43. Corruption Fighter Says:

    Typical Chodo – he cares about the poor when someone else is
    paying – in this case the FEA. What he doesn’t seem to understand
    is that the FEA will have to make power cuts because they cannot
    afford diesel generated power or they draw on their reserves and so
    face the certainty that they are unable to replace capital equipment
    when it is due for replacement. This is pure African dictatorship stuff.
    No doubt Chodo is filling his carpet bag and his off-shore accounts
    ready for the day when he has to cut and run. Let’s hope the media
    can make this clear to everybody in Fiji so they understand what is
    happening and don’t face a ruined country when the puppet dictator
    and his string puller are forced to leave.

  44. Mark Manning Says:

    Luvfiji
    since the intelligence units gave their appraisal of the so called weapons of mass destruction to the various agency and Governments of the western world , namely the USA , Australia and the United kingdom , it has since been established that those reports were wrong ! At the time the USA , Australia and the IK went into Iraq , the United nations had not authorised such an action as there were no weapons of mass destruction found then nor to date ! It was an invasion , not a war and John Howard is now under threat of investigation for crimes against humanity by one of the International organisations .

  45. Frida Says:

    Chodo is trying to buy friends so beware- remember March 2009 is drawing closer!!!

  46. Adi Kaila Says:

    me biu mada edua na electrical ciruit i butana me tavuteke na luveni suar dau butabutako.

    All rhetoric. Pre election bullshit.

  47. Glawyer Says:

    This is Chodo trying to pull one of his tricks to look like a hero….what an arse!! FEA is owned by Government and they have asked for a price increase from the commision which was approved…than they say we’re not going to increase the price. If thats the case why ask for it in the first place!?

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