And we’re back with a bang

Welcome to 2009 and we sure hope for a year long period of action as we fight for the restoration of democracy on our homeland. The other alternative is tough times ahead if we are going to continue to allow the inmates to run the asylum. Get rid of failed politicians, imaginary politicians and armed thugs in order to enable our best qualified to run our government and set us back on an even keel.

Tough times ahead (Fiji Times Editorial)

Wednesday, December 31, 2008
THE true impact of the interim regime’s economic and fiscal policies will hit home when people flock to the shops at the start of the new school year.
From January 1, we can expect school books, uniforms, footwear and bags to cost more.
Food for school lunch and general consumption will also cost more from the first day of 2009.
The increased costs will become effective as soon as new taxes come into effect.
In November, interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama neglected to tell the people in his Budget address that the average citizen would pay up to 5 per cent more on basic items.
These price increases were hidden in an increase in the tax 27 per cent tariff band.
Bainimarama made a mere mention of the fact that items within that band would cost 5 per cent more.
This newspaper identified those items — more than 1000 in total — and highlighted them on the front page the next day.
Cleverly hidden in that list was flour, sanitary pads, soap and countless other family necessities.
The interim administration has made no mention of this increase despite the effect it will have on ordinary people.
Until this point, many of our people have remained oblivious to how they will be affected come January 1.
They have concentrated on taxes raise on luxury goods — alcohol, cigarettes, vehicles, white goods.
Over the month civil servants have received more money in their pay packets as the regime rolls back salary cuts enforced upon the public service after the takeover of December 2006.
This will be of little relief to the civil servants and their families.
Nor will it in any way affect the lives of the people who lost their jobs or portions of their salaries after the military’s actions.
Once again we must call on the administration to look at schemes which will ensure higher levels of employment.
Unless large amounts of money are quickly invested in new business, 2009 will be a year in which the ordinary people suffer the most.
Next year, we can expect the fallout from the US and European financial collapses to shake our economy.
It is necessary to create more business opportunities, attract investment, increase tourism arrivals and become more self-sufficient.
We have made these suggestions and reiterate them again today.
Our leadership must provide for the people if it wants to increase taxes.
After two years in power we have seen little generation of investment or a push for self-sufficiency from the interim government.
If it does not take immediate steps, we can expect poverty and crime to increase over the next 12 months.


34 Responses to “And we’re back with a bang”

  1. Mark Manning Says:

    Time to ram home the notion that those responsible for this and previous coups , must be brought to Justice , including the illegally appointed Judges , Lawyers and those who advised the Military before this coup began , also the people behind Frank and Co.

  2. Nostradamus Says:

    Is the tax rate on sharps the same as flour?
    This would be a good way of giving “people of merit” a break while taxing the scheduled classes and junglee.
    What about mutton vs. tin fish? Items which are a religious and cultural necessity for “people of merit” should not be taxed, otherwise you have “racism” against perrenial victims.

  3. freedomfighter Says:

    We must not give up – lets hope that coup lover reverend yabaki will have sobered up in 2009

  4. Peace Pipe Says:

    So can we say it will be a happy new year considering what we see lies ahead of us in the form of this monstrous military dictatorship. As FT rightly puts it the pig never mentioned much of the increased tax on some 1000 basic items just to earn more money to cater for the increased military budget. Two evils confronts us as we journey into a new year one is the higher cost of living and two the dire prospect of no elections which will have these freeloaders continuing eat more of the tresury trough while we will have to endure more suffering. Thats why we need to band together and solivakasama (share ideas) to implement strategic plans early in the year.

  5. Mark Manning Says:

    I still think abandoning your loved ones who continue to support this regime will have the most impact , is the fastest way to get the desired results and will break this regime in two !

  6. Cakau Says:

    I agree Mark M.

    I am sick of this “Isa Vakaloloma Thing” and taking no responsibility for anything.

    I haven’t got rid of my relatives and friends – they have got rid of me! That is the ridiculous pathetic attitude that exists in Fiji.

    We have Rabuka, Tuivaga, Fatiaki, the children etc etc enjoying the posh lifestyle that the coup nation can offer when they should be accounted for their actions.

  7. Mark Manning Says:

    There must be a way your society can shame these thieves into submission . As you say , they are living a luxurious lifestyle , having stolen that money from the treasury in Fiji .
    I wonder if they are frightened of meeting their maker !
    God will not ask !

  8. Mark Manning Says:

  9. Mark Manning Says:

    For those of you who are humble , patient and struggling :-

  10. Cakau Says:

    I meant to say Mara children!

    Mark that is the problem in Fiji – they say they are being bullied by OZ and NZ but allow to be bullied by dictators like Franik every time there is a coup.

    Coups happened in Fiji because the people have allowed the coup culture to exist.

    Coup perparators are scumbags and validating their actions will never rid of the coup culture.

    If you had a count of the corrupt and not corrupt in Fiji, you will only find only a handful of not corrupt people. That simple Mark.

    We are not going to go there because the first thing we need to do is get our democracy back. It will be slow agonising process!

  11. IslandBoy Says:

    After the presentation of the budget at the Tradewinds Convention Centre none of the talking heads got this one right, not until Wadan Narsey in his analysis a couple of days later in the print media.

    All of the fake NGOs like ECREA and CCF that pretend to be look after the interests of the disadvantaged yet support the NCBBF process should be called to account.

    And with regard to the NCBBF, now that it’s been accepted by the President what next? Die a natural death of dust collection on some shelf at GH? Was it a gigantic waste of time and money?

    Wasn’t there also a lot of noise and false claims about a pro-poor budget?

    How exactly does this budget translate into being pro-poor, when all of us, relatives, friends and neighbours will be hardest hit!

  12. Cakau Says:

    Mark had to copy and paste – yes sit and wait and others fight for you so that you can’t be blamed for anything when all the time you were right in there when the rot started. Problem in Fiji!

    Look at them now they are the only ones living a lavish lifestyle in Fiji – Maras, Judges, the Evelis etc etc

    Footprints in the Sand

    One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
    Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
    In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
    Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
    other times there were one set of footprints.

    This bothered me because I noticed
    that during the low periods of my life,
    when I was suffering from
    anguish, sorrow or defeat,
    I could see only one set of footprints.

    So I said to the Lord,
    “You promised me Lord,
    that if I followed you,
    you would walk with me always.
    But I have noticed that during
    the most trying periods of my life
    there have only been one
    set of footprints in the sand.
    Why, when I needed you most,
    you have not been there for me?”

    The Lord replied,
    “The times when you have
    seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
    is when I carried you.”
    Mary Stevenson

  13. Mark Manning Says:

    If only the Indians with their stupid cast system could grasp and understand this concept :-

  14. Cakau Says:

    Nothing will change in 2009 – the illegals will carry on with their bullshit!

    We will keep blogging exchanging words!

    The poor will suffer more!

    The Mara, Evelis, Retired Judges, Rabuka etc etc will still be part of the social cocktail scene at those embassies!

    Let us all be Pacifists, live in denial and try and live happily together!

    I DON’T WANT TO BE PART OF ALL THAT! I DON’T WANT TO BE IN DENIAL! 2009 for is no more “Isa Vakaloloma” for me!

    I am out of here for the day! Take It Or Leave It! Thanks Mark for the chat!

  15. Tash Says:

    Re posting because it should have been here in the first place. Still recovering – partying too much and today have to go back to work.

    Tash Says:

    January 2, 2009 at 11:47 am
    It saddens me and my heart goes out to those children and the struggling parents.

    Please SV can we please sponser just one child – say a scholarship or something to make me feel I am doing something instead of just talking!

    I posted this in another thread!

    Tash Says:

    December 31, 2008 at 11:10 am
    Thanks Mark will take note.

    Gosh couldn’t get over this when I read it in the F/T.

    “Boarders who have more needs such as mattresses, linen and so on will have to pay more.”

    I can just see those poor boarders carrying their mattresses on boats, buses on their way to and fro to the hostel. This is unbelievable, here we have a government who spends money trying to justify their misdeeds and no mattresses in the boarding house. All that money spent on the charter could have been used to buy mattresses for the poor kids.

    Filipe Bola please get your act together. Buy mattresses for the boarding houses in all Government schools and get the kids to bring in mattress covers that can be washed now and again for clean hygiene.

    If these poor kids cannot afford the mattresses now, I hate to think the cheap line mattresses that they are going to buy – it won’t be inner spring but poor quality chinese foam which will not do their backs any good.

    Oh what a mess and my relative the one that has 6 children said; “this illegal Government has no impact?????

  16. Fiji Democracy Now Says:

    The problem with this otherwise excellent editorial in the Fiji Times is that it appears to be based on a lingering expectation that the shambles of an interim government led by Frank Bainimarama might actually behave like a government.

    But as we have seen so often over the past two years, the so-called interim government has no agenda beyond the dictator’s personal agenda, which is to remain in power and silence anyone with the audacity to oppose him.

    The 5% tax hike on the one hand and the over-spending by the military and the over-allocation of revenues to the military on the other, is proof of the fact that Bainimarama’s “vision”is all about hos own position and does not extend to the welfare of the people of Fiji.

    His intransigent attitude towards holding elections and towards our long-standing regional friends and neighbors who are trying to help Fiji return to democracy is only compounding the negative economic situation that he has landed us in.

    As Prof. Brij Lal is quoted in the Fiji Times as saying, Fiji’s moral authority is “sadly tarnished” and we have become a laughing stock in the region.

  17. Tash Says:

    Thank you Fiji Democracy Now – it makes good sense!

    The people of Fiji must get out of being in denial and realize that the first thing that needs to be done is a return to Democracy!

    OK they are the Government of the day (illegal) but still no talk of any Elections!

    We can all analyse as much as we like but the bottom line in all this is a return to Democracy through a parliamentary election.

  18. Cakau Says:

    SV & Tash

    I welcome the scholarship! At least we will be doing something concrete, talk talk blah blah rave rave!

    Just anything to show we are not all talk and no action in the year 2009

  19. Peace Pipe Says:

    @FDN, I agree with you in that it would be over optimistic to think that there would be a change of attitude by the pig and his piglets this year. I guess the FT is using reverse psychology back on them and hope for a miracle to happen. All we want is an elected civilian govt that is recognised and who have the mandate of the people to rule and to have these army incompetent goons out of our faces asap. If he does announce elections this year it will come as a pleasant surprise. He has not even mentioned a tentaive deadline on a possible election date since he just wants to extend his tyranical rule as long as he possibly can. In his New Year speech the pig talks about respect as if it is his right alone. Can’t he get it through his thick head that respect is two way thing and is earned and not demanded.

  20. F.I.R.M Says:

    Peace Pipe Your all good thanks .

  21. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    @ Tash,

    how do we return Fiji back to Parliamentary democracy with Vore and the Military still in control?

    Do we give them amnesty, pardon or what?

    What happens after an elected democratic government is in power and Vore and/or the Military executes another coup because they dislike or are threatened by its proposed Bill or policy?

    It is one thing to be in ‘denial’, but another thing to want to be ‘positive’ and want Fiji to return to Parliamentary democracy, but I ask at what price and on what terms?

    If Fiji’s return to Parliamentary democracy is brought too cheaply, then Fiji is doomed to further turbulent times and if these illegal junta’s record is anything to go by, then it will be much worse then and are we to be blamed for this?

    We all want Fiji to return to Parliamentary democracy, but it is the ‘how’ that we seem to disagree on, so maybe SV should put up a post on this issue, then we can all put forward ideas.

    Blog on ragone and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  22. Tash Says:


    I understand what you are saying and that would be a good idea to post on the issue.

    At the moment we have no choice so the next best thing is elections. It is what the neighbouring countries are asking for and every sensible human being. It is a start – and all this needs to be done by good honest experts, those that have the people and the nation at heart.

    The GCC needs to be involved and Jai Ram Reddy can be asked to represent the Indian people and with the other experts sit down work out a plan – give it to the Regime.

    If everyone had the people and the nation at heart they would easily come to a solution.

    If the Regime disagrees – nothing anyone can do about it because they have the guns. So stop the charade and Fiji is a dictatorship.

    Otherwise we wait until they self destruct! Bankrupt the country and then maybe everyone will come to their senses.

    Hard lesson but the only way! Experts will then come in and deal for the power hungry lunatics.

    I am no expert just a blogger with very simple thoughts!

  23. Tash Says:

    The people have no choice so have to allow them to govern but it does not mean that we have to accept the Regime for peace sake!

    In no way we should accept them not like my relative in Fiji who has 6 children, a job and says just accept them because there is no impact!

    What about those suffering?

  24. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    @ Tash,

    yes, I agree with you that we do not accept this illegal regime for the sake of peace.

    BTW, even though they have the guns, they can still be brought to their knees through ‘smart strategies’ and I am very excited with SV ‘smart strategies’ for this year because once these ‘opportunist’ return to their home countries, implosion will surely follow in their heels.

    Let’s keep up the faith and share ideas because remember as Mao said ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.’ Thoughts precede action and that is exactly what ‘solivakasama’ means!

    Blog on ragone!

  25. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    And so it’s January 2nd. Already people are forking out the extra $$. If they don’t like it then my guess is they will be doing something about it. Time to rally. Push this regime back. Blood will be shed. This is inevitable just as the world over have shown us. It is either that and get back to normalcy quicker OR stay submerged another 13 years. I say 13 because they have been @ it 2 years. Dictators have a track record of a 15-year run before they see defeat.

    Defeated by the very people the Dictators suppressed. And blood had been spilled in each case as history have shown.

    My point is spill the blood now. And get back control of your people’s progress sooner rather than a decade and a half later.

    Chiefs need to do more.
    Enough lazying around expecting Australia, NZ, USA and other countries to do all the hard work for us.
    Gather your people.
    Do something.

  26. Tash Says:

    Correct Jese – please lets use “smart strategies” to bring the illegal junta to their knees!

    Na boci ga na boci! Must go!

  27. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Dictators are not people one would “negotiate” with. There is no such word in their vocabulary. Everyone who knows enough to operate a keyboard knows this. Sooner we stop dreaming of a magic solution that will somehow fall down from the clear blue skies the better off we are.

  28. Peace Pipe Says:

    JW and Tash. You made very pertinent comments indeed. That is why it was so easy for the pig to carry out the coup without fear of dire consequences to himself since the power of the gun is one that cannot be negotiated with. Only someone with a criminal mind would go to the extent the pig has gone in conducting the coup without any fear or impunity. But the question of having him give in to process of the law or thrash out a deal in exchange for his immunity is the most testing one and in this he has the upper hand. So if people fail to forgive him and his crime he will continue holding the country to ransom. That leaves very little option, except of course ….. and the sanctions to bite really hard including further UN boycott of the Fiji Military. Another hard hitting measure is to strangle the economy so that less money gets to them and they will just have to give it up. Although this has a lot of colletoral damage on the ordinary citizens it will move the culprits out faster and the damage will be shortlived.

  29. Tash Says:

    Must go after this!

    Peace Pipe

    Yes! Yes! SV must start lobbying. It only takes a few people to be seen taking action for others to follow suite.

    Make 2009 a year for action and less talking!

  30. Budhau Says:

    Do we really want to return to parliamentary democracy as JW has suggested…. and what will happen if a FLP coalition wins the next general election and puts the evil one in the running for the PM.

    I think we will be OK if the SDL wins, and it is very likely that SDL will win and therefore we hear this crap about parliamentary democracy.
    The moment we hear about the possibility of the “evil one” or one of those other “foreigners” getting in line for the PM post… this parliamentary democracy crap goes out the window.

    Blog on ragone

  31. Dauvavana Says:

    Buhdau the idiot not knowing where to stand and fence sitting again licking his own balls like his dog

    should bare the same label as Baini “Na boci ga na boci”

  32. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    @ Budhau,

    FLP winning the next General Elections seems quite far fetched and will need the new Constituency Boundaries Commission to come to its aid to even come close to winning.

    However, even if the FLP wins, Fijians will accept it; albeit grudgingly, so long as we have a Royal Commission of Enquiry into Fiji’s coups beginning with Rabuka’s May and October 1987 coups, Speight’s 2000 coup and Bainimarama’s 2006 coup.

    So you see Budhau, it does not matter who wins, so long as we permanently eradicate the coup culture in Fiji and hold all those responsible for the coups accountable and brought to justice when people feel the great wrongs corrected.

    Fijians have learnt from their mistakes in blindly following Ratu Mara and Rabuka in 1987, so when Bainimarama executed his 2006 coup with Eveli Ganilau, Eveli Nailatikau and the Mara children, all expecting Fijians to blindly follow them as their birth right, were greatly disappointed to find out for themselves, Fijians showing great political astuteness when they followed their own minds rather than their emotions like in 1987.

    More disappointing were the Indians who always presumed were more superior to Fijians, who rightfully rejected the 1987 & 2000 coups, but showed great immaturity in blindly accepting and supporting the 2006 coup and blindly following Chodo Snr.

    However something tells me Budhau, that if FLP wins, there will be no Commission of Enquiry because you guys are in deep shit already as you will abuse ‘parliamentary democracy’ by using ‘parliamentary privilege’ to circumvent truth and justice.

    FLP will enter the Elections only to protect themselves from investigations, which is really not in the true spirit of ‘democracy’ and that is why the people of Fiji will see through them and not vote for them.

    You will however concede Budhau, that Chodo Snr created history as not only being the 1st Indian to be elected PM in Fiji, but he also created history by being the 1st convicted criminal to become PM in Fiji.

    Now that is democracy at work and only in Fiji!

    Blog on ragone!

  33. Cakau Says:

    Isa Jese W Vinaka Vakalevu! Vinaka na vakamacala!

    Thank you, couldn’t say it any better.

    Music to my ears!

    Budhau what are you going to say to that? Yeah twist it around so that you sound like you care when we know you don’t. The typical illegal junta style.

    Vosa na Vuku!

  34. Judas Says:

    Bula ragone..Happy New Year to you all

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