For someone who masterminded and single-handedly devised homemade bombs with the aim of  blowing up several public buildings in Suva at the height of the 1987 coup, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has done well for himself.

Really, from a home-grown terrorist to acting Prime Minister of Fiji this month, Khaiyum has  achieved what any can only dream of.

When then Lieutenant-Colonel Sitiveni Rabuka walked into Fijis old parliament chamber at 10am on May 14, 1987 to hold Prime Minister Dr Timoci Bavadra and his cabinet ministers hostage, Khaiyum was poised for a promising career in television.

He was then a trainee producer, with Carol Jalal at the Kerry Packer Channel Nine owned Television Fiji office on Gordon Street.

The guy, son of a National Federation Party politician was full of hope.  After training in Australia in acting and drama, a career in television had just opened up. The sky, it seemed, would be the limit for this young man.

Alas, fate had something else in store for him when Rabuka staged his coup that fateful Friday.

Little is known about how Khaiyum learnt the trade of bomb making.  But hedivised them in a little shed at his family home, then located at 10 Bakshi Street, off Moti Street in Suva.

Yes, that family house was later sold and the Khaiyums moved to their new home at 40 Lovoni Road in Tamavua.  You can’t miss the new house now – it’s where the police tent is erected.

And guess who is he current occupant and owner of 10 Bakshi Street?  None other than Dr Neil Sharma, Bainimaramas Health Minister.

Small world isn’t it.

However,  the young Khaiyum learnt how to devise home-made explosives, he was able to produce a carton full.  And in no time, bomb runners were recruited; all young educated Indo-Fijians, and all studying that year at the Laucala Campus of the University of the South Pacific.

This information is by the way all public knowledge.  Just ask Esala Teleni’s latest stooge Waisea Tabakau about the 18 students of the USP who were arrestd for bomb-related charges in 1987.

Or perhaps your query would be promptly answered by Bainimarama’s yes-man, Pita Driti.

As a second-lieutenant then, he was head of the joint command centre and played a big role in the arrest and assault of the 18 students.

Interestingly, of the 18, only one was a yound woman.  She is today the sister in law of none other than the bomb-maker Khaiyum.

Of the group, only two were charged and made to appear in court. Charges ranged from being in possession of explosives and of planning to cause grievous harm through the use of such explosives.

The two men were released six months into custody after they were both granted amnesty.

What happened to the Bakshi Street terrorist?

Well, he made a dash for freedom to Australia.  After recruiting and training his runners, he abandoned them when the army came snooping and fled with his tail under his legs. Showing the callous streak in him, he had removed the carton of explosives from his home and asked an old lady, a mother of a friend to keep it for him.

To save face, Khaiyum returned some months later and got the honour of being arrested during the first anniversary of Rabukas coup on May 14, 1988.

He had joined the real champions of democracy when they staged a silent protest at Sukuna Park that day, and all ended up at the Central Police Station.

So from a home-grown terrorist to acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has come full circle. Or has he? – fiji uncensored.




  1. Budhau Says:

    You dumbass – there is no evidence of this guy being involved in some bomb making.
    BTW – while I disagree with all coups, one thing about the Rabuka coup was that those guys were very efficient in doing what they did. If there was some bomb maker, I am sure they would have nailed him – if nothing, they would have beaten the crap out those in custody and got the information – like they did to many in custody back then.

    As for the silent protests and going to jail for it – Learn something from this.
    That here was a dictatorship that was even more ruthless than Frank’s and these guys had the ball to do protests and go to jail.

    When are we going to see that kinda protest form some of you idiots, who think that you are doing your share by posting these sillyass messages on various blogs.

  2. AQuila Says:

    Hi Bud.

    Whose the dumbass making bombs there in Fiji?

    Round the bastard up and execute him.

  3. Budhau Says:

    I thinks the folks back in 1987 were pretty restrained in their reaction to the coup, I think there is a lesson in that…that this thing will blow over and we will get our parliamentary democracy back.

    We have some idiots that advocate violence, and if the firing begins, than we get ourselves in a different league – welcome to CNN prime time.

    As for the bomb story, that is a load of crap – the author thinks that by giving the guys home address etc, the story would look like some sort of investigative journalism.

    “When then Lieutenant-Colonel Sitiveni Rabuka walked into Fijis old parliament chamber at 10am on May 14, 1987 to hold Prime Minister Dr Timoci Bavadra and his cabinet ministers hostage..” so where did you copy this line from? you fricken idiot.

  4. Beenie Says:

    He has’nt come full circle yet, one slice of the pizza is missing, “PRISON”

  5. AQuila Says:

    Hi Bud

    Dont much like CNN I prefer Fox News.

    So who is the bomb makers there in Fiji?

  6. Budhau Says:

    Whoever wrote the story above, sounding like some journalist doing investigative work, with all the details – his old address and the new address and all that and the acting career.

    How about some some mention of the guys undergraduate degree, the law degree, the post graduate diploma, the Masters Degree, practicing law in Australia, his law experience in Fiji.

    Aquila, I think Fox news sucks – just the the Fiji Times and The Australian.

    The problem here is that these idiots, they come up with this stories which then end up doing more harm than good for the pro democracy movement. A while back, after the censorship and all that, even the main stream media folks were reading these blogs, very soon they also realized the fiction that we see in here.

  7. Jone Biutiviti Says:

    E cava tiko mada na nona vei degree boi dada ra tukuni tiko mai qo mai vei Budau? Vaka saraga me na veisautaka na veika ca e sa mai vakayacora tu e Viti. O Budau me tarai Khaiyum madaga me rau qai tango!!!

  8. Jone Biutiviti Says:

    Sa vakatabui beka na volavoal vakaviti e loma qo? Se vakacava Solivakasama?

  9. Jone Biutiviti Says:

    Au kila ni dou sega ni via tabaka na ka au a tukuna e liu e na nona via tukuna cake tiko mai o Bhudau na vei degree e tiko vei Khaiyum. E cava e so ga na nanuma e vakatarai e loma qo ka so na nanuma e tabu? Dou sa censor-taka tale tikoga na neimami comments?

  10. this is navoha Says:

    wow, very hard to believe that ….maybe Steve Ratuva & Lecturer Anirud Singh(tortured in Colo i suva) would be best to give an account of what transpired at that campus in 1987 & enlightened us more…they were the radical element that time.

  11. kaiveicoco Says:

    interesting,the article says Khaiyum was poised for a career in television.Thats funny, television did not reach Fiji till 1991.

  12. Jean d'Ark Says:


    It’s not difficult to see through your criteria for what is a rag, vs. what is credible – any time any story paints the Regime in a poor (or should I say, accurate) light, you call it that paper a rag.

    Murdoch’s papers may not tickle your fancy, but they are FAR, FAR superior to the Fiji Sun for example. Now that is a REAL rag which is nothing but a thinly disguised (and now poorly-selling) propaganda mouthpiece for the Regime.

    Meanwhile, the momentum and indicators just keep building up against the Regime.

    How about this story for example?


    Or is Radio Australia also a subversive underminer of the “journalism of hope?”

  13. Tomasi Says:

    While I enjoy reading this blogsite as a source of information in the absense of media in Fiji, it irritates me if bloggers respond to contributions from the a represenative of the junta. Perhaps we should just ignore the rantings of Mr But and get on with exchanging valuable information.

    I have to add a piece of news: Continental Airways has just canned a plan to connect Guam with Nadi. Originally this was seen as a means to allow tourists to combine visits to the North and South Pacific. Citing political insatbility and a hostile climate against investors, the airline decided to cancel its plans to put on such flights.

    Good luck guys in Fiji. Perhaps one day, you will decide to do something about your dictator. I still believe that the Nicolai Caeucescu solution would be the best for all (remember, this dictator was disposed off by mass protests, court marshalled and shot together with his wife the same day. Even your miserable tin pot dictator holding the world record in cassava patch running would be better off when put out of his misery.

  14. Budhau Says:

    Come on Jean, I told you long time ago about Chaudhary – when they pulled the coup, Chaudary was against the coup – it being illegal and all that.
    When they ripped up the constitution, Chaudary said it was wrong.
    When the move the election date to 2014, Chadary said it was too far out.
    And now when they have the PER, Chaudary says that is wrong.

    Of course when Cahudary said these things, you never noticed. Now you do because it fits into you hypothesis.

    Now, does that translate into Chaudary, anytime soon joining Qarase in opposing this regime – I think not. So there goes your momentum theory against the regime.

  15. Jean d'Ark Says:


    You’ve obviously never heard of “crocodile tears”. Or else you don’t think Mahen is capable of them.

    Never mind – nobody is fooled.

    People often tell the story of the scorpion and the frog in relation to Mahen. But now when the roles are reversed and Frank is the scorpion, Mahen is not liking it one bit! And just like Graham Leung and certain other coup opponents, he does not have to join Qarase to oppose the coup.

    You need to wake up sooner or later and see where the wind is blowing in this. If nothing else, it means your funding from the FLP is about to dry up. Then we will find exactly who is paying the piper here.

  16. kemudou Says:

    @ Bud, Amazing how you ignored his participation in becoming a minister. Chodo is a political prostitute. He sleeps with anything that he thinks fit will give him an advantage! Just because he got kicked out by his Boss (VB) does not mean his one of the good guys. Your:

    “Chaudary was against the coup – it being illegal and all that.
    When they ripped up the constitution, Chaudary said it was wrong.
    When the move the election date to 2014, Chadary said it was too far out.
    And now when they have the PER, Chaudary says that is wrong.”

    How can we believe him when he slept with VB. He has lost credibility. He should have stood by his guns and his principals pre-2006 coup to current time. Why all of a sudden his saying all this was wrong? We heard wat he said, but there is a big difference between what’s coming out of his mouth which I believe is for show than what is in the heart .. Please stop your preaching about chodo…

    @ the article regarding Khaiyum regarding TV. Jinkies tv was only introduced to Fiji in the early 1990’s… This article does not give any credit to this website. why do I bother reading this garbage,,, must be really bored! lolz.

  17. Budhau Says:

    No Jean,,, Mahen has disagreed with some of what the regime is doing, as I have stated above. However, just because he disagrees with some policies or issues, that does not mean that Chaudary is ready to join the folks opposed to the regime.

    Chaudary will continue with his agenda, which now has to do with a new constitution, a more equitable electoral system and an election date that is earlier that the proposed 2014.

    Some of you always seem to suggest that you have the monopoly on knowing “where the wind is blowing”. People may have different politics and may disagree – you don’t win some argument by suggesting that the other guy has no idea what is going on.

    As for my funding from FLP is concerned, I have a contract till 2014 – and the money comes from a foreign bank account – and there is lot more there. Besides, I am independently wealthy, so even if the money is cut off, I can still afford my current standard of living, including the vacation property in Fiji. (how do you like that response.)

  18. kaiveicoco Says:

    can yourself and Chaudhary give us a guarantee that a new constitution and a new set of electoral guidelines will forever solve all our one million and one complex problems ?

  19. Bauhaus. Says:

    Budhau reads very much like yet another stateless Indian – unbelievable.

  20. dugong Says:


  21. FF Says:

    Budhau is Rajendra Chaudhary use to work for railcorp whistle in mouth and white flag in hand to signal train to close door and move on b4 becoming a big mouth in FJ just in case you all did not know

  22. Nostradamus Says:

    Chaudhry was amongst the conspiritors who instigated the coup, those who got Frank’s bi-polar brain all riled up over nothing and tintilated his ego to become hero for a day or two. But after Frank discovered his power and that he no longer needs Indians, he dumped Chaudhry, and at the same time Chaudhry could see that his political future was waning working for the goons. At the same time Chaudhry has no real power and has disgraced himself with his selfish ethnic behavior. Why would Frank want an auditor in his MOF when he is trying to fleece the treasury? No question that Chaudhry, and Bune, for that matter were involved in the 2006 coup, but a troika with three power mongors never works. Ultimately Frank has the guns, so he prevailed. At the same time, Frank is downplaying MC and Bune because he knows that they were insiders and could spill the beans any time. Of course Andrew Hughes and the Australians know all of this too, but they have to wait the opportunity to act, when there is an independent police and justice system in Fiji.

  23. Corruption Fighter Says:

    @Budhau and J’d

    The Chodopu$$ strategy is now starting to become clearer.

    He is gradually turning up the heat of his protests, but they’re still luke-warm. The old Chaudhry fire is missing.

    He seems to be hoping that his gradually increasing protests will encourage the Dictator to re-admit him to the ranks of the dictatorship.

    Poor old Chodopu$$ just doesn’t get it. The Dictator doesn’t need him now. Once the constitution was abrogated he didn’t need the pretence of the Charter and the services of fellow-travellers like Chaudhry.

    The Dictator’s strategy is to seek passive support from the Fijian community based on the certainty of his iron-fisted rule for the next five years. When he sees Provincial Councils like Tailevu roll over like a tame little puppy he
    probably thinks his strategy is working.

    Meanwhile the sugar industry is going down the shitter while Chaudhry stands by and watches because he still thinks his enemy is Qarase.

  24. Jean d'Ark Says:

    Could be Bud!

    But why the hell would you want to waste your time on the Freedom Blogs?

    You are doing the opposite of preaching to the choir here.

    You may have been able to come up with some interesting arguments against certain posts, but you have not been able to convince anyone except the military ghost-bloggers.

    So I ask again -why waste you time? (Unless you have some kind of masochistic obsession, that is)

    As for the so-called “more equitable Constitution” that is supposedly worth all this cost and trouble, but still would not be able to hand an electoral victory to the Indian minority, why don’t you download and read Brij Lal’s FIA speech from the following address:


  25. Budhau Says:

    FF – me admiting or denying that I am not R. Chaudary is not going to do anything would it – BTW, that guys with the flag in hand, is a lawyer now. I am sure most Fiji law students have done odd jobs while going through law school.

    Nostra – you are an idiot. All Hughes had said that here were others involved in the coup. Look at the facts, the military, unlike Speight, did not need any outside help to pull the coup. If that is the case, than why would others get involved in the conspiracy, a crime in itself. As Bune and Chaudary – they had a falling apart well before the coup and there is some record that Bune had visited the military barracks before the coup.
    Even if they were aware of the coup, do you think that they have a legal duty to complain to the police. The police already knew that there was going to be a coup. Hughes had told Downer weeks before that there would be a coup.

    CF – you are wrong, what Frank is depending on is that the masses would not rise to oppose him. As long as they are indifferent about this, he can deal with issues like the economy, the methodist leadership etc.
    Since the political wing of this regime would need Chaudary’s support, and Chaudary knows it, they will deal with each other in a reasonable manner – it seem that at this point it makes more political sense for Chaudary to deal with the regime at arms length. So Chaudary has no desire to get into the cabinet, and it does not make any political sense for him to do so.

    Jean, thanks for the psycho-analysis, I will mention that to my therapist during the next session.

    As for the “more equitable constitution” – no, I don’t think it was worth the coup to achieve that goal. Actually, the more equitable constitution, the clean.anti corruption etc were not the real goal of the coup. However, now that we have had the coup, it is now extremely important that we do get a more equitable constitution.
    So shit has happened, what we are looking at is where do we go from here.

    As for the electoral victory for the Indian minority – you have a incorrect assumption here. The Indians know that with almost 60% Fijian population, the Fijians will always have the numbers in the parliament.
    I don’t have to read Brij Lal, but I will after I post this.
    So the issue is that there was a small group of chiefs in the GCC that was able to endorse the Alliance, the SVT and SDL and through that the chiefs had political control. Now what will happen is that those chiefs may not have that control. It would be easier for some progressive Fijian parties to form coalitions with Indians and fight election on a non-racial basis.

    I am sure that Brig Lal probably said something along those lines. As far as Indians are concerned, the old constitution guaranteed them a bigger number of seats than they would get now with the proposed changes.

    Thanks for link to Brij Lal’s speech – you have to take his stuff with a grain of salt also. Brij Lal is a NFP guy, he was put on that committee by Jai Reddy that did the old constitution. And he, like many other Indians involved in the Pro-Democracy movement have their own personal agenda, mostly to do with there intense dislike of Chaudary.

  26. this is navoha Says:

    budhau just fuck off mada …..im seek & tide of reading your crap….you just confused & full of shit ….wannbe historian…have u any other job apart from injecting rubbish here?

  27. AQuila Says:

    Hi Bud:

    So what was the aim of the coup?

  28. Bauhaus. Says:

    @ Budhau.

    Please stop interfering in matters you know nothing about.

    Sell your ‘vacation property’ – use your vaunted ‘monetary wealth’ and try to ASSIMILATE into your latest country of settlement?

    Leave Fiji alone – reality that you will not face is you are not a Fijian – you & all your bretheren never will be a Kai Viti – you are simply just another Indian born in a faraway group of Islands known as Fiji.


  29. Asgrocky Says:

    Democracy Fijian style or is it the fact of life. To be or not to be

  30. Corruption Fighter Says:

    @Budhau. I’m not sure why I waste my time trying to reason with you, but I’m sure, despite your dog-like devotion to MPC, you still have the faculty of reason.

    If you read (and I know you do) the FLP website you’ll see that MPC wrote to the UN trying to find out whether the Presidential Political Dialogue Forum was still alive. Reading between the lines it’s clear that the response from the UN told him the PPDF is dead.

    He knows how to interpret that. One thing I’m sure you and I agree on is that he’s not stupid, or lazy, or easily cowed. He just hasn’t yet come to terms with the fact that he has no alternative but to deal with old adversaries like the NFP or Qarase.

    Chaudhry has a preference for dealing with crooks. He feels instinctively he can use them and then easily cast them aside and attack them. Why else did he throw his support behind Rabuka rather than Jo Kamikamica back in 1992? (Well I know he was jealous of JK’s integrity, not to mention his superior intellect and education, but apart from that).

    Poor old MPC is going to have to embrace a new paradigm – honest dealings with honest leaders. Who knows he could turn out to be good at it? The fact is we don’t know because he’s never given it a try.

  31. Budhau Says:

    CF – My “dog-like devotion to MPC’, was that supposed to be some sort of an insult?

    By writing to the UN, MC is establishing his independence from the regime. Showing that he would rather hear it from the horses mouth and that he does not have the option to just picking up the phone and calling Frank.

    I think you should know MC by now – that the dude would never ask a question if he did not know the answer in advance – sort of like a good lawyer. It would be very naive for you to assume that Chaudary really did not know that the Dialogue Forum was dead when he sent that letter.

    As far as dealing with old adversaries, you know your history, Chaudary would deal with anyone, if that makes political sense and is in the best interest of his constituents – be it NFP, Qarase, the nationalists, the military, the new Alliance or whoever.

    So the issue then remains is that why is he dealing with whoever he is dealing with right now, and why not with Qarase?

    As far as your remark that “Chaudary has a preference for dealing with crooks” Now, at a intellectual level, you really did not expect me to address that did you? That was just a “feel good” remark that sometimes frustrated people make. Anyway, if that is good therapy, you go for it.

    Now, since you brought up the issue of why did Chaudary throw his support behind Rabuka over Jo Kamikamica in 1992.

    Well let me attempt to reason with you:
    In 1992, the Indians were split and so was the Fijian group. Kamikamica and Rabuka both wanted to be the PM but neither had the numbers.

    Kamikamica had already began negotiations with NFP, and some from the Rabuka group approached the FLP/Chaudary for their support.

    Chaudary knew that with his support, he could make Rabuka the PM, and his support was going to be conditional – things that Rabuka would do that Cahudary wanted.

    Furthermore, Kamikamica was perceived by the left leaning FLP as rightwinger, anti-worker who had imposed wage freeze when he was minister of finance, he had also introduced VAT which FLP was opposed to and which they claimed had hit the poor the hardest.

    The conditions for Rabuka to get FLP support was, review of the 1990 constitution, remove VAT, address some labour and land related issues.

    This was put on paper, it was not a legal contract. When Rabuka became the PM, he did not keep his part of the bargain, and the FLP with others within Rabuka’s party brought down the Rabuka government.

    Now let us look at your reasoning – that Chaudary did not support Kamikamica because Chaudary was jealous of JK’s integrity – not to mention his superior intellect and education.

    Now, read the above and compare the reasoning, yours and mine and than tell me about the superior intellect.

    The rest of your rhetoric, come on guy, I thought you were above all this crap – the personal attacks.

  32. Jean d'Ark Says:


    Your justification of Mahen’s duplicity in 1992 sounds all fine and dandy until you put it into context of his subsequent acts of duplicity circa 1999 and beyond.

    For instance VAT – on neither occasion when Mahen himself had the power to reverse the VAT legislation, did he even attempt to do so.

    Although it would not have been an easy thing to do anyway, it nonetheless points us to the realization that Mahen’s VAT grandstanding was more about winning kudos in his political constituency, than it was about actually finding a solution. It also came off the back of his complete back-flip that he was not going to contest the 1992 elections under the clearly unfair and unrepresentative electoral system at the time.

    In that regard, WE CAN view his dalliance with Rabuka as primarily an act of realpolitik done primarily for the intricacies of politics, rather than the dictates of principle. (Looks like he still hasn’t learned that you should never lend any comfort or support to coup-makers)

    This kind of intrigue should not come as too much of a surprise though since we are talking about the murky world of politics here. So we know there are no real innocents on any side there.

    But the point is that at the very least, politicians should be able to avail themselves of any one of the full gamut of options available to them, when conditions require. That includes – shock, horror – the occasional reliance on good faith negotiations and keeping your promises.

    But Mahen’s overwhelming track record of realpolitik throughout his career, is more than enough evidence to made a judgement call that the smoke here really is from a fire. The trail of back-stabbed rivals that litter his career rise in the FPSA, NFU and FTUC. The liu muri of the FA re voting preferences at the ’99 elections. The bad-mouthing of the 1997 Constitution that saw him elected PM. The spurning of the Korolevu Declaration of that vistory. The relentless pursuit of revenge over democracy in the FLP Cabinet and Management committee over the multi-party Cabinet issue. These are just a few of many cases demonstrating that political expediency and elimination of rivals has almost always come before principle or promises in Mahen’s political dealings.

    So CF’s point is still basically valid. Because when we see example after example of this kind of behaviour from leaders, we should not be surprised that genuine Obama-moments for real change will pass us by on a regular basis.

    The current Regime is still well and truly in that mode – nothing is genuine! Everything is facade and propaganda!

    Mahen on the other hand seems to be at a bit of a loss that nothing he has tried recently is working. He only seems to have one playbook though, so there’s not too much hope that he might try something else (although no-one would shed a tear if he were somehow able to bring Frank down).

    Nonetheless, there is alway reason to hope. Despite Mahen’s pretty cheerless track record of political chicanery, he must at least have been able to accomplish some kind of sincerity and genuineness in consultations over the formulation of the 1997 Constitution.

    He also has the lessons of the karma of all his bad faith clearly in front of him after a life of politics. His political ruthlessness may have served him well in climbing to the top. But both times he got to the pinnacle, the thing he needed more than anything, was the good faith of the people.

    But there was just way too much baggage of bad faith in his own career for that to ever happen – despite his extravagant, desperate and indignant appeals to get it both times.

  33. Corruption Fighter Says:


    I apologize without reservation for smart cracks. They don’t help. -Td said what I wanted to say without being a smart arse.

    I hope MPC can find it in himself to discover a new approach to the unprecedented challenges that face our nation. It’s obvious to everyone that Frank Bainimarama stands for nothing other than naked self-interest. We are headed for a Zimbabwe scenario if Frank remains in power. All leaders
    should search for the means to work together to rid the nation of this scourge.

    BTW – “dog-like’ was not meant to be an insult. Dogs are wonderful loyal creatures that will lay down their lives for their masters.

    But no more smart cracks from me. “Sa Yala Eke”

  34. Na Koro Boy Says:

    Hey Bhudau why you defending the low down son of a dog Khaiyum for??? unless you blogging out of his office!! the asshole should be shot immedietly!! common Driti what you waiting for?? he’s leading your Commander astray!! shoot the bas… why has he got Police guarding his house for?? two bodyguards for what??? insignificant shit!!

  35. Budhau Says:

    Jean, let me first quote you so that we are on the same page, and than, as usual, I will show you why you are wrong.
    So here we go, in my earlier statement I explained why Chaudary was opposed to Kamikamica’s impostion of VAT and other anti-poor stand.
    You responded, “Your justification of Mahen’s duplicity in 1992 sounds all fine and dandy until you put it into context of his subsequent acts of duplicity circa 1999 and beyond. For instance VAT – on neither occasion when Mahen himself had the power to reverse the VAT legislation, did he even attempt to do so.”

    Here are the FACTS related to what Chaudary government did for the poor, post 1999.
    It removed VAT and Customs duty on basic food items which translated into a significant price reduction on these items.
    Electricity charges were reduced by 16.5%, water rates were down 10%, and International phone call charges were down 10%, interest rates on Housing Authority Loans went down from 11% to 6% for low income earners, it also allocated more money for welfare payments.

    Now, do you see I deal with facts, you with rhetoric, you come up with stuff like, “Although it would not have been an easy thing to do anyway, it nonetheless points us to the realization that Mahen’s VAT grandstanding was more about winning kudos in his political constituency, than it was about actually finding a solution. It also came off the back of his complete back-flip that he was not going to contest the 1992 elections under the clearly unfair and unrepresentative electoral system at the time.”

    OK….. so now let me address that “Chaudary back-flip” about the boycott of the 1992 election.

    The 1990 racist constitution was promulgated by a presidential decree. Both NFP and FLP had rejected this constitution; the two parties had produced a joint critique of the constitution and the two parties had agreed to boycott the 1992 election under this constitution. Both parties got the Indians to register for the election, so the boycott could be measured – that if there was a very low Indian voter turnout, that would show that the boycott was successful. NFP, mostly under pressure of the Indo business community who wanted stability rather than putting up a fight, changed its position and decided to contest the election. Mr Reddy made the announcement in a news magazine story without any consultation with the FLP. FLP first attempted to get NFP to change its mind, and when that failed, FLP still wanted the NFP to agree to certain conditions of what they wanted NFP to do when it entered parliament and FLP would continue boycotting the elections and let NFP contest the election– but NFP did not agree to any of the conditions.

    FLP decided to enter the election contest two weeks before the elections were to take place, it still managed to win 13 seats to NFP 14.

    So you see, how I systematically rip apart all this crap that you bring up, should I even bother to continue to explain the rest of what you had to say.

    Next time, do your homework before you come up with this crap if you expect to have a rational exchange, otherwise we can do some others do in here – mudslinging.

    Sometimes it might be a better idea to tell the truth and then let the people make up their minds instead of making up these lies and half truths.

  36. Jean d'Ark Says:

    Thanks for the insider insights, Bud! Interesting reading up to a point.

    However, you are giving me the reasons for the backflip, whereas I was talking about the fact of it.

    Same with the VAT comment – sure Mahen made some concessions for the poor. But the point is, he could not make THE concession (of removing VAT) that he expected Rabuka to make, which he effectively “forgave” him for the 1997 coup over.

    So these all still speak of expediency being seen as more important than principle.

    But like CF, I am not too cynical to rule out hoping for a change. And as far as that goes, there’s no time like the present.

  37. Laisa Kaukiono Says:

    Looks like Budhau really soiled his dhoti with this post.

  38. Corruption Fighter Says:


    Fijilive has reported that Mahendra Chaudhry has written two letters to the dictator about the sugar industry but he is yet to get a reply.

    This looks to me like a jilted lover who can’t accept that the affair is over.

    He’s gone back to his wife, so get over it.

    Se vavei?

    Can you enlighten us.

  39. ForFijiEverFiji Says:

    please stop taking shots at each other.
    lets just be bigger people and step aside from fighting over which politician is right or wrong.
    LQ, MPC, SR all had their stints as heads of govt – they did some good things and some things which werent so good…depending on where you look from. The point is, its over and done with – lets put our energy into working out a path for the future.
    We arent perfect, but we have the capacity to be better.

    The indian vs fijian stance will only lead to the downfall of the country.

    Please lets be bigger people – lets rise above the past issues and work together.

    Granted there are people in power who shouldnt be there – but all that is wrong will be dealt with accordingly by the higher powers.

    Lets not cast the stone at the ones who we think are doing wrong, instead lets ask ourselves how we can do things better. Adversities, no matter how majestic, will never stand a chance against the united strength of people who want to do good.

    Keep your faith in God, love thy neighbour and please lets rebuild Fiji together.

    For Fiji…ever Fiji

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