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Please don’t isolate us pleads Maharaj…I say your own actions have isolated you!

September 11, 2009

Bloggers, here we see selfish businessman looking after for their own interests with total disregard to Fiji’s political quandary. One thing I find disturbing from this article is people like Swami Maharaj and Dixon Seeto have discarded their principles and willingly tarnished their own reputations to become a willing conduit of the illegal regime as they benefit from Frank’s coup as well.This has been one of the major obstacles in Fiji’s returning to democracy is that people who were being relied upon to take up the struggle, have rather settled to eating off the crumbs from Franks table.
How dare Maharaj and Seeto try and play the ‘innocent victim’ game and seek Sir Paul Reeve’s sympathy, when he can look right through these imbeciles! Maharaj and Seeto, you have made your stand with Frank’s illegal junta and you will pay the price not only now with the failure of your industries, but also in the future after the dust has settled.

Tui Savu.
President.
Publish date/time: 10/09/2009 [17:18]

 

Prominent members of the business community have called on Commonwealth Special Envoy Sir Paul Reeves not to allow Fiji to be isolated from

The members of the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Fiji Employers Federation met with the Commonwealth delegation in the last hour.

Chamber of Commerce President Swami Maharaj said they have urged the Commonwealth to remain engaged with Fiji.

Maharaj said they have also stressed that the Commonwealth must not be swayed by the stance taken against Fiji by Australia and New Zealand.

Fiji Employers Federation President Dixon Seeto said from the list of people meeting Sir Paul and his delegation, they will get a wide range of views from all sectors of the community on how the Commonwealth can assist Fiji.

Seeto said the delegation have also assured that they stand ready to help in the electoral processes in Fiji to help return the country to democratic rule.

Sir Paul and his delegation also met with former members of the Electoral Commission this morning and senior academics from the FIT and USP this afternoon.

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  1. far and wide permalink
    September 11, 2009 2:20 AM

    right on, nice story,
    thanks neighbour,

    http://www.matangitonga.to/article/20090911_1017_fiji.shtml#top

    Matangi Tonga (www.matangitonga.to)

    Press Releases
    Are Paris, Brad and Barack boosting Bainimarama?
    11 Sep 2009, 10:17

    Suva, Fiji:

    BRAD PITT drinks it, Barack Obama has been photographed with it and Paris Hilton sips it through a straw to save her lipstick.

    Fiji Water is one of the world’s top selling bottled aqua brands, recognised as the epitome of chic by the rich and famous.

    Americans and Europeans consumed 240 million litres of the Pacific product last year to get their taste of paradise.

    But the famous product, drawn from an aquifer in Fiji’s remote Yaqara Valley, has come under fire for helping to legitimise the Pacific nation’s repressive military regime.

    The radical US magazine Mother Jones has claimed that while not actually abetting the dictatorship, the US company allows the junta, in control since a 2006 coup, to use the Fiji Water image for positive PR spin.

    The country’s self-appointed prime minister Frank Bainimarama and his ministers have fallen heavily out of favour with world powers in recent months for breaches of human rights and refusal to hold elections any sooner than 2014.

    In the magazine, journalist Anna Lenzer says she believes “Fiji Water is a major source of global recognition and legitimacy” for the junta at this time.

    At the heart of her argument is that the bottle brand has positioned itself “squarely at the nexus of pop-culture glamour and progressive politics”, even closely aligning itself with the Democrats in the US.

    But “nowhere in Fiji Water’s glossy marketing materials will you find reference to the typhoid outbreaks that plague Fijians because of the island’s faulty water supplies; the corporate entities that Fiji Water has set up in tax havens like the Cayman Islands and Luxembourg; or the fact that its signature bottle is made from Chinese plastic in a diesel-fuelled plant and hauled thousands of miles to its eco-conscious consumers”.

    To this barrage of criticism, the company responded that it was working in the best interest of Fijians, employing 350 locals and paying royalties to help build schools.

    On top of that, when Californians Stewart and Lynda Resnick bought the company back in November 2004, Fiji was governed by a democratically-elected government.

    But the issue has captured the media’s attention in the US and Europe, probably because, as one writer put it, Fiji Water has become the “world’s most hyped drink”.

    This sexy uber-cool image was initially the product of incredibly smart placement in hit TV shows like Ally McBeal, The Sopranos, Desperate Housewives and The West Wing.

    It has also had a huge boost from co-owner and marketing genius Lynda Resnick, who told Britain’s Observer in 2005: “Of course I know everyone in the world. Every mogul, every movie star.”

    Thanks to Resnick’s political connections, Fiji Water was given away in box loads at last year’s US Democratic Convention, and these days everyone from Al Gore and Maria Sharapova to Tom Cruise and Scarlett Johansson are seen drinking it.

    It costs more than most other brands but that didn’t stop it from knocking French brand Evian from the top spot as America’s leading imported water.

    But Fiji Water has started feeling the heat as countries thousands of kilometres from the source question the ludicrousness of importing water when the local product is cheap, clean and easy to access.

    In Scotland, World Wildlife Fund director Dr Richard Dixon told the local Sunday Herald it was “simply bonkers” to be importing Fiji Water.

    “This is a prime example of an unnecessary luxury with an unacceptable cost to the planet,” he said.

    But Dr Dixon was also uncomfortable about the political situation, saying: “It is particularly sad that this supposed epitome of cool helps prop up a repressive military dictatorship.”

    This too is Lenzer’s problem. In her article she writes that a UN official, in a recent commentary on why Obama should stop drinking the product, “singled out Fiji Water as the one company with enough leverage to force the junta to budge”.

    Fiji expert Dr Steven Ratuva, a University of Auckland academic formerly based in Suva, said it was a “big ask” to expect a large corporation to pull rank to force political change.

    But he said Fiji Water did have responsibilities to the people of Fiji that many locals felt it wasn’t fulfilling, largely because it has a long-standing arrangement under which it avoids paying taxes.

    The company paid $US1.3 million ($1.5 million) in royalties last year to support schools, health clinics and the provision of clean water.

    But Ratuva said there was a feeling that it got a good deal, and was not paying nearly enough for the product, probably because it suited the government interests to have the company there.

    “I would say the two entities are making use of each other,” Ratuva said.

    “The government lets Fiji Water stay and get a pretty cushy deal because it’s great for Fiji’s public profile at a time when the regime could do with help.

    “It’s a matter of mutual exploitation of each other while the Fijians themselves lose out on both counts.”

    But Fiji Water fiercely argues against any suggestion that it should take any responsibility for the political situation just because it does business in Fiji.

    “We cannot and will not speak for the government but we will not back down from our commitment to the people, development, and communities of Fiji,” the company spokesman said in response to the Mother Jones article.

    “We consider Fiji our home and as such, we have dramatically increased our investment and resources over the past five years to play a valuable role in the advancement of Fiji.” Sydney Morning Herald Online/AAP/Pacific Media, Watch, 11/09/09.

    Copyright © Vava’u Press Ltd. 2005. Permissions apply vapress@matangitonga.to or fax (676) 24749

  2. Peace Pipe permalink
    September 11, 2009 5:29 AM

    What pray tell me is Sir Paul’s terms of reference of his visit to Fiji. Was it to discuss inclusively the return to democracy or talk about the failing Commerce and Tourism sectors which is the direct result of Cranky Franky’s criminal actions and lies. Those who have shamelessly shown their worthless siding with the criminal coupsters will be forever stigmatised with their act of opportunism in place of the rule of law.

    What I am amused about is why in heaven’s sake did the USP, Uni of Fiji and FIT have to discuss with Sir Paul. All I know is that all the heads of these institutions are beneficiaries of the coup and are putting in a word or two in Franks favor. I am sure Sir Paul did not come to help the economy or education in Fiji. He was sent by the commonwealth to work out a way to get Fiji back on track to democracy. But these IG idiots keeps averting and diverting the issue even if makes a mokery out of them.

  3. Mark Manning permalink
    September 11, 2009 5:47 AM

    Peace pipe
    i believe you have hit the nail on the head !

  4. tikotikokina permalink
    September 11, 2009 6:39 AM

    $150m Islamic fund planned for Fiji

    The Shariah-compliant fund is to be launched within three months and will make six to seven investments with an average equity of $25m each in mid-size, family-owned companies.It will bring in more employment opportunities for young muslims migarting to Fiji according Head of Islamic league of Nations.

    more later.

  5. Peace Pipe permalink
    September 11, 2009 8:07 AM

    Wow thats very dangerous tikokina. What about the $200m loan from Malaysia also a muslim country. Frank is making himself a prostitute to whoever has the money to bail him out of the mess he created. But all these comes with certain conditions which could be detrimental and disastrous in the long run. Money that would have been available in the normal channel is no longer there so someone had to fill the vacuum left behind. No wonder we cannot have quick resolution to our problems because not everyone is working in tandam in isolating the culprits but instead some ill conceived countries jump in to support these IG bastards even though the IG had commited something illegal and continue to act against the rule of law.

  6. Mark Manning permalink
    September 11, 2009 10:00 AM

    Come on guys, don’t make me keep reposting this !

    Take a look at the replies to my comment in the fiji Times Online in February 2007 .
    Can’t you work out yet that all this was planned from the beginning.
    Frank doesn’t give a shit about Fiji or Fijians, so why are the soldiers still protecting this terrorist ?
    ===============================================
    Mark Manning of Sydney,Australia (38 minutes ago)
    It matters not what anyone thinks , this regime decided years ago just exactly what it had in mind and how it would achieve it’s goals . Anyone who believes otherwise , is deluding themselves ! The processes this regime have put into place , are merely a smokescreen to hide their real intent . And one can only assume that that is total dominance over all facets of fijian society . Hasn’t anyone in Fiji understood yet , that Fiji is being sold out to the asians from under your feet , by your own countrymen ?

    Indian of India (29 minutes ago)
    To Mar Manning of Sydney Australia-#34
    These silly Fijians do not know- ha!ha!ha!ha!ha! We are controlling their Military now. We will do it slowly until we destroy all the Fijian Institutions and the their land rights. The silly Fijians including the selfish Ganilau and Bai do not know and do not bother. GENOCIDE is the MISSION. It can achieved politically.

    GO INDIA GO.
    Crash Stock Exchange of United States (14 minutes ago)
    To India and Manning
    hahahaha…yeah lets start with crashing the South Pacific Exchange dominated by India and the banks! Maybe the Fijians can start thinking about the 6 billion deal now…hehehehe Take your pick!
    Fijians are lousy merchants anyway because their eyes have always been to big for their stomach(traditionally) thus the need to have a corporate body(GCC new look) to curb the crooks that take advantage of the Natadola projects etc. I say Code of conduct is necessary because no chief should be above the law neither are accountants!

  7. far and wide permalink
    September 11, 2009 9:33 PM

    Islamic fund?

    Shariah-compliant ?

    young muslims migarting,
    what about …islamic terrorist cells,

    spreading their base across the world,

    all it takes is more dictators.
    Groups Al-Kaida like to do business with corrupt regimes.
    Like bainipuka.

  8. Mark Manning permalink
    September 12, 2009 2:12 AM

    City spa busted
    Edmonton Sun
    They allege the women, one originally from China and two from Fiji, were lured to Edmonton from other Canadian cities with the promise of jobs as masseuses, …
    City’s first human trafficking case
    http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/columnists/andrew_hanon/2009/09/11/10834036-sun.html

    Commonwealth envoy refused Fiji meeting
    http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/commonwealth-envoy-refused-fiji-meeting-20090911-fkvv.html

    Island Properties – An Inherently Ecological Land Form
    http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS111977+11-Sep-2009+PRN20090911

  9. Mark Manning permalink
    September 13, 2009 1:00 AM

    Fiji Will Not Be Able to Compete in Tournament No One Watches
    http://www.glossynews.com/artman/publish/fiji-unable-to-compete-globally-2051.shtml

    Tribal tourism Fiji
    http://www.eturbonews.com/11630/tribal-tourism-fiji

    ‘Lost seabird’ returns to ocean
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8250000/8250215.stm

    Fiji duo lured by Ad in local daily
    http://www.radiofiji.com.fj/fullstory.php?id=22430

    Commonwealth special envoy ends two-day visit to Fiji
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/11/content_12034662.htm

  10. Free Fiji permalink*
    September 14, 2009 11:38 AM

    DoThe Angry Arab News Servicehas this to say, don’t drink Fiji water
    http://angryarab.net/2009/09/13/dont-drink-fiji-water/

    The slogan on Fiji Water’s website—”And remember this—we saved you a trip to Fiji”—suddenly felt like a dark joke. Every day, more soldiers showed up on the streets. When I called the courthouse, not a single official would give me his name. Even tour guides were running scared—one told me that one of his colleagues had been picked up and beaten for talking politics with tourists. When I later asked Fiji Water spokesman Rob Six what the company thought of all this, he said the policy was not to comment on the government “unless something really affects us.”” (thanks Sultan)

  11. September 14, 2009 12:18 PM

    Even the commonwealth is bowing to the dictator by following his agenda.
    Shame on you Sir Paul Reeves get your priorities right then met these corrupt goons.

  12. lastpolarbear permalink
    September 14, 2009 2:47 PM

    Food more important than democracy in Fiji
    http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/2525231/

    Fiji duo were conned
    http://www.radiofiji.com.fj/fullstory.php?id=22437

    Commonwealth discussions with Fiji continuing
    http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/200909/s2684702.htm

    Fiji netball coach faces being sacked again
    http://australianetworknews.com/stories/200909/2684671.htm?desktop

  13. Peace Pipe permalink
    September 14, 2009 4:11 PM

    According to RFN the tin-pot dictator is featured in todays Fiji Sun which I no longer read, with his urghh picture posing with ex-PM Mahatir to show all that Malaysia is ok with Frank. But Mahatir is an ex-PM and that means jack shit about the Malaysian govt having formal and cordial relationship with Fiji. In fact its the opposite here as the report says that Malaysian govt actually snubbed Frank and refused to meet him. What a big turn down for the tin head dictator. He is even stupid enough to give another idiotic interview with an NZ TV crew – story in Coup Four and a Half blogsite.

  14. Mark Manning permalink
    September 15, 2009 10:07 AM

    Who’d have thought ?
    http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/business/afghan-tots-being-trained-to-use-ak-47s_10079605.html
    That’s right, is this Fiji’s future and who’d have thought that Fiji would be in the mess it’s in now ?

  15. Mark Manning permalink
    September 15, 2009 12:22 PM

    Reeves disappointed with Fiji visit
    http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/200909/s2685611.htm

    Fiji: Bloggers debate Amnesty International findings
    http://globalvoicesonline.org/2009/09/14/fiji-bloggers-debate-amnesty-international-findings/

    Fiji’s interim government outlines commitment to improving telecommunications
    http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=49095

  16. Mark Manning permalink
    September 15, 2009 12:23 PM

    Drop sanctions, and let Fiji fend for itself
    http://www.indiannewslink.co.nz/index.php/fijilink/3574.html

    Netball Fiji made wrong choice: Kuruleca
    http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=1509093d813406154ae5615499a8d1

    Fiji police suspect P-smuggling ring
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/stories/2009/09/15/1245c7db736e

  17. lastpolarbear permalink
    September 15, 2009 12:35 PM

  18. September 15, 2009 6:27 PM

    Wailei!!!! Sensationalising the visit as if it was the real deal…..via con taki cei tu, Vuaka? Too bad you had to settle for second best…Pote!!!!

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