Bloggers, in line with Tobonalasu’s article posted below is an article from Lawyer Tui Savu which was sent to the newspapers in Fiji today. At least on this site, his article will not be edited. Bloggers, Tui Savu mentions our blog site!!! We anticipate greater interest in the coming days. SV wishes to acknowledge Natewa Prince for bringing it to our attention and keep blogging ragone!!!
I reflect back to early 2007 when Bainimarama introduced Mahendra Chaudary, as his new interim Finance Minister and likening him to ‘Robin Hood’.
Bainimarama used ‘Robin Hood’ to symbolize Chaudary as a unionist, who will be taking from the rich to help the poor.
Growing up in Raiwaqa during the 70’s, we used to idolise Robin Hood as our hero and champion of the poor, but as we grew older, we also learnt an awful truth, that Robin Hood was actually a common thief.
The unlawful leave pay of $184,740 paid to Bainimarama calculated on his current Commander’s position then backed dated to 1978, which was approved by Mahendra ‘Robin Hood’ Chaudary plus similar undisclosed sums paid to his merry men at the expense of the poor taxpayers of Fiji, reeks of corruption, nepotism, bad governance and abuse of office.
It’s despicable when you consider what the rest of Fiji have to put up with: serious economic downturn; significant drop in investor confidence; high inflation rates; steady growing levels of unemployment; wage cuts and astronomical hardships because of their illegal coup.
Robin Hood according to folklore stole from the rich to help alleviate the everyday hardships faced by the poor, due to the unquenchable greed of the wealthy ruling class.
However, in this case, we have Mahendra ‘Robin Hood’ Chaudary stealing from the poor taxpayers of Fiji to unjustly, unethically, immorally and unlawfully enrich the privileged ruling class of the Military hierarchy to maintain their support.
Oddly enough, the ‘solivakasama’ blog site, with nearly 600,000 hits already knew of this unlawful back pay several weeks ago and its bloggers have been extensively discussing it on their site!
The total number of Robin Hood’s merry men according to Agni Deo Singh could be as high as 40
This is totally unacceptable and highway robbery, which incidentally was punishable by death during Robin Hood’s era.
The problem for Mahendra ‘Robin Hood’ Chaudary is that the poor have very limited resources, which is quickly depleting, but ‘his merry men’ whom have become accustomed to being fattened through their avarice for unearned material wealth will turn on him, when he can no longer maintain their status quo.
This unfortunately is the curse of the Robin Hood syndrome.