Even Rabuka has caught on what Qarase was all about with investment creation

“Just as the profile and significance of the infantryman in the history of the Fiji Military Forces, shifted toward the engineers and the navy in the early 1970s before the advent of United Nations peacekeeping in Fiji, the profile of heroes in international and national considerations are shifting from military figures to industrialists, new inventors, successful businessmen and professional sportsmen and sportswomen. Many of these new-era heroes are very ordinary people who have done extraordinary things.

Many do not even get recognised by national awards or honours but their contributions are widely felt and appreciated by those whose lives were touched by their deeds and accomplishments, some materially and some emotionally. In Fiji, some of these men who could easily be labelled as heroes have been subjected to government ridicule and abuse.

A company that has become a national icon Fiji Water has been scrutinised and while under restrictive scrutiny, has been subjected to more examination in the name of transparency and conformity.

A successful businessman who sacrificed a lot of time and expertise to bring up a newly privatised government-owned enterprise was stripped of his position amid allegations of malpractice, even criminal practices.

Another had many barriers placed on him to curb his activities (and profits?) in the interest of consumers’.

Our country needs jobs in the private sector. Our business community in Fiji create jobs as they grow. The economy of the United States of America in the past 35 years created 57 million new jobs. At the same time, Europe, with a combined GDP similar to the US alone, created only four million.


Laws and regulations in Europe make investment costly. They have very few tax incentives and employment laws similar to the promulgated ones in Fiji make it very costly for companies to lay people off, even for non performance. they are even considering whether it will be worthwhile to employ people or reduce their labour force and increase mechanisation.

While people are crying out against increasing prices and loss of jobs, it would be a good time for the government to reassess its focus from cutting down tall poppies to job creation incentives rather than disincentives that seem to be their modus operandi”.

(Sitiveni L. Rabuka From todays Sunday Times)

Its a short clear message Vore and Snake. Go pick up a dictionary and read what the word  “enterprise” means or better still an MBA text on “enterprise”


14 Responses to “Even Rabuka has caught on what Qarase was all about with investment creation”

  1. Say True! Says:

    All the more reason for appropriately qualified and experienced people to fill the shoes of the Government. They just don’t get the big picture do they? Still operating like unionists and soldiers. So why doesn’t everyone just stick to what they do best.

  2. Save the Sheep Says:

    This is a really nice article and gets to a point that is often forgotten.

    The I.G. and the Military just seem to be full of people with a chip on their shoulder who would rather see Fiji destroyed than live on without them.

    Unfortunately this does reflect to some degree part of the deep seated Psyche of both Fijian and Indian Culture but in our modern case, the negative aspects of this Psyches are well and truly crushing the more positive aspects of our Psyche such as generosity, peace and non-materialism.

    I say again to the I.G. and the Military.

    If you are really sincere about your so called Mission, back off and let due process take its course.

    As Dinger says, there are some great people in Fiji.

    These people need to be allowed to rise above the weeds and flower.

  3. Mark Manning Says:

    The cream always rises to the top .

  4. Mark Manning Says:

    How to be the Boss : – ( Frank )
    When the Lord made man, all the parts of the body argued over who would be boss.

    The brain explained, “Since I control everything and do all the thinking, I should be the boss.”

    The feet suggested, “Since I carry man wherever he wants to go and get him in position to do what the brain wants, then I should be the boss.”

    The hands argued, “Since I must do all the work and earn all the money to keep the rest of you going, I should be the boss.”

    And so it went with the eyes, the heart, the lungs, and all the other parts of the body, each giving the reason why they should be the boss.

    Finally, the asshole spoke up and said it was going to be the boss.

    All the other parts laughed and laughed at the idea of the asshole being the boss. The asshole got so mad that he closed up and refused to function.

    After a few days, the brain grew feverish and could barely think, the feet felt like lead weights and were too weak to drag the body anywhere, the eyes got crossed and couldn’t see, and the hands hung useless at the sides. They all conceded and made the asshole boss.

    And so it happened; all the other parts did all the work and the asshole just bossed and passed out a lot of crap.

    THE MORAL: You don’t have to be a brain to be a boss, just an asshole.

    Alternate moral: No matter how well things are going, it can all be shut down by a single asshole.

  5. natewaprince Says:

    For once ,the man responsible for Fiji’s coup culture is saying something sensible instead of his constant dribble about the antics his children and grandchildren.

    He was starting to sound like like Seona Smiles or whoever the lady is who shares the same page with him.

  6. nabkid Says:

    ha can u imagine fb reading and MBA text on enterprise?
    his eyes would go crossed after the first WORD lols
    good article @ last some sense from that wannabee rambo

  7. Mark Manning Says:

    Rabuka has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt , why coups are so disastrous for any country and why military personnel should stay out of politics . People with hidden agendas can whisper in the ears of Soldiers etc. until they start to believe their spin on things . Unfortunately , the reality is often that they only want to use the military until they get what they themselves wanted in the 1st. place . Power and money .
    It’s time the military put down their arms and returned to barracks , but someone of authority has to ensure that those soldiers who do this , are not court martial or charged with mutiny !
    Who in Fiji , has the authority to do this and the balls ?

  8. Frida Says:

    Heard that Rabuka was in hospital over the weekend? True!

  9. natewaprince Says:

    Io Frida,heard it was STD.

  10. Mark Manning Says:

    What have telephone calls got to do with it ?

  11. Say True! Says:

    the telephone was the carrier!

  12. Jose Says:

    @Mark Manning
    They are just pulling your leg. STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease. Until the 1990’s it was commonly known as Venereal Disease or VD.
    You obviously thought it was STD as in interstate phone calls in Aussieland. So both NP and STS have one leg each to pull. Beware of this kind of jokes and give it right back. We Fijians love a good joke and a good laugh especially if the person is confused.

  13. Budhau Says:

    Hey Jose, we all love a good joke and good laugh especially if the person is confused – the Manning dude and I also.

  14. Jose Says:

    Good on you Bhudau.

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