April 15, 2009
Article from: Australian Associated Press
FIJI’S coup leader Frank Bainimarama believes freedom of speech causes trouble and must be curbed to allow the military government to do its work.
In an attempt to justify tough restrictions on local and international media reporting of recent political upheaval in the island nation, Commodore Bainimarama said he did not like to hear opposition to his plans.
“We want to come up with these reforms and the last thing we want to do is have opposition to these reforms throughout,” he told Radio New Zealand today.
“So that is the reason we’ve come up with the emergency regulations.”
His comments follow Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s rejection of Australia’s criticism of the purge of Fiji’s judiciary.
“The new judges will be just as independent as the old judges,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum told The Australian.
Commodore Bainimarama has assumed greater power in recent days after the abrogation of the constitution following a Court of Appeal ruling that his Government was illegal.
An information vacuum exists after he imposed severe coverage restrictions on local media and expelled all Australian and New Zealand journalists from the country.
Asked about every country’s need to have open and free discussions, Commodore Bainimarama said: “Not in Fiji”.
“The circumstances have changed,” he said.
“We (the government) now decide what needs to be done for our country.”
He said freedom of speech had caused trouble in the past and was the reason for the political upheaval in the past few days.
“That was how we came up with what has happened in the last few days,” he said.
One of three Australian judges who last week ruled Fiji’s military Government was illegal said Commodore Bainimarama was not worried about making the nation a pariah state.
Ian Lloyd, who has returned to Australia, said the state of affairs boded ill for ordinary Fijians.
“We’re very, very sad that these actions have occurred now and it beckons very badly for the people of Fiji,” he told ABC TV.
***There he goes again, just because the self appointed illegal pm cannot string a sentence together he has to gag the rest of us, oh man, ole piggy should sit mada on that finger he’s forever pointing (norchi) and spin va’a lailai, it may rearrange whatever brain cells (huh) he may have and allow the cloud to lift then maybe, just maybe (we could be so damn lucky) a bit of reasoning, yes reasoning, not seasoning cebo, we’re not making a junglee kari here, to register so he can realise (?) the folly of his recalcitrant, demonic ways & restore Fiji to the way it used to be, a wonderful democratically governed Island Nation where love of family, peace and prosperity for everyone was paramount in our lives.
Give one bipolar pig a bit of responsibility and the whole scheme of things is shot to hell. This is what happens when a two bit piece of shit is allowed power, he thinks he is a big time wheeler dealer captain of industry, bloody ignorant potentate, iye mai aso!