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Time to face the music

February 4, 2009

IN the British army there is a saying that goes along the lines of it’s time to “face the music”. It refers to the fact that when someone is courtmarshalled, drums are sounded as they go through the process. But it has come to be known in civilian circles as having to face the truth.The truth that we all must now face is that life is Fiji is going to become harder and harder over the next few months and years if we continue to wallow along in this fashion.

Ironically, it’s our young that will suffer the most from the actions of their elders – just as it was the young in 1987 and in 2000 who had to suffer the repercussions of lost scholarships, reduced opportunities at home and abroad.

Today is now different. Hundreds of young hopefuls – some of our best and brightest – studied hard and trained hard over the past year or so, aiming to join around 2000 Fiji citizens who have carved new lives for themselves through the British Army.

These young people today have to face the music for something they have absolutely no control over – the fact that Fiji has not had a democratically elected government for two years.

The truth for them is that their dreams of living better lives, with secure jobs and high pay – and of providing for ageing parents and younger siblings – could now be shattered.

This as the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group prepares to meet in just over four weeks’ time to discuss Fiji’s continued violation of principles all Commonwealth Countries have agreed to.

Our international friends and neighbours are increasingly becoming frustrated with the excuses the interim regime issues on behalf of the people of Fiji.

The first excuse was that Laisenia Qarase needed to step down from power. That he did, if somewhat against his will and that of the elected members of parliament.

Then the excuse was that there had to be a clean-up campaign. That too has been given around 24 months to take place, to not much avail.

Then there was the excuse that Fiji was being discriminated against because interim ministers were not allowed to travel into a certain country for meetings.

So a special meeting was scheduled for a friendly neighbouring country – but that too was an opportunity that went begging with a no-show from the head of the military and the interim government.

Now the excuse is that we must amend our system of elections so that every person will have just one vote.

How many more excuses does the interim regime need to justify why it continues to stay in power while the people of Fiji continue to suffer needlessly?

The time is right for the interim Prime Minister to face up to the truth.

The truth is that the only person who can really say when we will have an elected government is Voreqe Bainimarama.

The truth is that political parties are still waiting on Bainimarama to tell them when they will next meet.

The truth is that some agreement on electoral reform is possible within the next two to three months if they are allowed to meet. The truth is that international donors could even pay for the cost of elections in order to help Fiji.

The truth is we have run out of excuses.

And now, it’s time for all of us to face the music.

FT Editorial today (4/2/09)

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark Manning permalink
    February 4, 2009 5:25 AM

    How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb ?

  2. HDQ permalink
    February 4, 2009 8:00 AM

    The truth is to start preparing now and when ready tell Bainimarama to chose immediate election or war.

    There may be a possibility that when he is told of those options he will step down or someone within will take him out – and damage to the economy is less. Even if its war we may be able to make savings

    On the other hand if we continue to remain silent and “accept” what they are doing then all that we will have left for our children is shit – Zimbabwe ???

    Its time to sacrifice to save the nation

  3. Bula permalink
    February 4, 2009 8:04 AM

    Toso toso tosotiko

    Ni vosa mai

  4. Mark Manning permalink
    February 4, 2009 11:07 PM

    None , it has to want to change itself !

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