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Tomas and ‘To be or not to be’!

March 18, 2010

For each and every Fiji citizen the surreal drama that has unfolded since  the coup of December 2006 and more so Cyclone Tomas will now be played out with a cataclysmal climax. Such a moment is upon us as in Shakespeare’s Hamlet epic soliloquy;

    To be, or not to be: that is the question:

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,

Cyclone Tomas is now history. In its wake no doubt the all powerful force of nature has left us stunned and suffering again like the great floods last year. Will another mother of a disaster really change the conscience of the illegal regime and its leader’s obsession for unbridled naked power?In the book of Exodus 14  such disasters did not register with Pharaoh! So keep at it Frank soon the red sea will open! Democracy Now!

 Kai Colo

www.solivakasama.org

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  1. EnufDictatorship permalink
    March 18, 2010 5:08 PM

    It’s time the Catholic hierarchy go to Voreqe and tell him that these disasters are of his doing!

    Would it register OR will it take the demise of one his own blood for this message from the Heavens to register? Like Kai Colo mentioned here..just like Pharaoh!

  2. epi permalink*
    March 19, 2010 7:32 AM

    The Ching gov donate $50.000 ..to the pig..when the Rud gov has provide over 1million dollars of assitance.Bainimarama can you read the the message that the Ching is telling you they wants you to fail and continue to face problems in your already fucked leadership.The Ching has no interest whatsoever in helping you..hahaha

  3. Rusi Varani permalink
    March 19, 2010 8:53 AM

    In my initial posting on various Fiji pro-democracy blogs, I put the case that, for the good of everyone, Bainimarama’s dictatorship over Fiji must be brought to a non-violent end as quickly as is humanly possible. I also sought suggestions from other bloggers as to how this could be achieved. And I reported that I had a few ideas myself and I pledged to develop them and report back. I have been disappointed by the response (only Keep The Faith from “Intelligensiya” got back to me). However I am not discouraged. And, after a great deal of hard thinking, I believe I have discovered the key to the door that could dislodge Bainimarama.
    In one word , the key is “honesty”, or, in Frank Bainimarama’s case that complete abscence thereof. Honesty is the one quality that Bainimarama has never exhibited in a convincing way. As reported by all the blogs, he has lied about everything from holding elections to returning to barracks. I would go so far as to say that FrankBainimarama is a congenital liar. It therefore follows that someone so dishonest has a criminal mind. And if you hold the degree of power that Frank Bainimara does, what does your criminal mind tell you to do? I think I know the answer to that question.
    It goes like this: Frank Bainimarama used the charge of corruption as the excuse for his coup, which threw out the Qarase SDL government and installed himself as the major domo over the Fdiji Islands. But the only real evidence of corruption subsequently uncovered was not in the former SDL Government, but in Bainimarama’s own regime.
    Back when we had a degree of relative meida freedom the story broke; about Bainimaram’s furtive attempt to secretly help himeself to more than $180,000 by calling it “salary owed in lieu of leave.” That act was nothing short of criminal corruption. Then Mahendra Chaudhry, the interim finance minister who had leapt to Bainimarama’s defence over the back pay scam, was revelled to have millions in donations stashed in his personal bacnk account in Australia. The other factor I have carefully considered is the complete lack of transparency and accountability in Frank Bainimarama’s so-called government. It would appear Bainimarama has gone out of his way to throw a heavy shroud of secrecy over every aspect of his administration, from the detailed provisions of decrees affecting business through to details of ministerial salaries. If this situation didn’t already stack the odds heavily in favour of anyone in power wanting to line their own pockets, what about the savage and total censorship of Fiji’s media? Incredible as it might sound, Bainimarama’s complete control of the nation means that he could literally conduct an armed robbery of a bank and not one word would ever be reported about it!
    Yes friends, I understand fully that Bainimarama appears untouchable and yet I was talking about finding the key to the door that could dislodge him. But, if we know where to look, the key is waiting for us. We are, after all the blogging community, are we not?
    That’s right, the key is out knowledge of Fiji, our sence of right and wrong and our ability to communicate with each other in a way that will widen our audience to include people and organisations outside Fiji that have an interest in Fiji. That’s how we turn the key in the lock. That’s how we expose Frank Bainimarama to the world.
    By our concerted efforts in monitoring, recording, documenting and reporting, in every details, the excesses of Frnk Bainimarama’s disgusting dictatorship, the total lack of honesty, we can build the dossier that regional and world leaders will, ultimately, find impossible to ignore.
    As I reported in my original posting a few weeks ago, I was back in Fiji for the first time in a few years and I was totally overwhelmed by the absolute probablility of economic and societal catastrophe that now hangs over Fiji. To me the situation is clear: Bainimarama is our cancer; the free world (Aust, Kiwi, US and EU) are our doctors.
    It’s time we started getting clever about getting the right medical help to treat the cancer!

  4. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    March 19, 2010 1:49 PM

    Hi Epi,

    Please clarify if it is 50 thousand or 5 hundred dollars ? thanks.

  5. Rosalind Pratt permalink
    March 19, 2010 3:27 PM

    Katalina this will answer your question and my suggestion to the NZ tourist is to skip Fiji as a tourist destination and go to Vanuvata, Samoa, Tahiti etc. Wait until Fiji has an elected democratic government before going there. All you are doing if you go there now is propping up an illegal regime.

    Fiji police report another fatality caused by Cylone Tomas
    Posted at 01:53 on 19 March, 2010 UTC

    As relief efforts continue in Fiji to help victims of Cyclone Tomas, a second body has been found.

    Police reports say the man, believed to be a Public Works Department driver, was attempting to cross the river near Labasa when he was pulled under by swift currents on Saturday.

    Fiji’s disaster management officials believe there may be more fatalities caused by Cyclone Tomas.

    The cyclone is believed to have blown away the homes of about 1,500 to 2,000 people in Fiji’s northern island, Taveuni.

    Damage reports are slowly trickling in after the category 4 storm battered Vanua Levu and the Lau Group at the weekend.

    Ratu Mikaele Radodro, who is originally from Taveuni but lives in Suva now, says most phone lines to his home island are down, but he managed to speak to his family.

    Ratu Mikaele says the storm has badly affected three villages and a few additional settlements.

    “Most of the houses have been blown off. The community is a farming community and the crops have been badly damaged. About 25 people were in the hospital when the roof was taken off, mostly from the maternity unit.”
    Ratu Mikaele says New Zealand and Australian air force staff have dropped supplies to the villagers, including tents, when they flew over the area to assess the destruction.

    The Chinese embassy has given the Fiji interim prime minister 25,000 US dollars follwoing Cyclone Tomas.

    Fijivillage reports that the Chinese Ambassador Dr Han Zhiqiang presented the donation at Government Buildings.

    The Chinese government has also given 50,000 US dollars for emergency humanitarian aid through the Red Cross Society of Fiji.

    Meanwhile, Tourism Fiji says despite the impact of Cyclone Tomas, it is business as usual in country’s western region.

    It says the storm had little impact in the west of Viti Levu where much of the country’s tourism infrastructure is located.

    The CEO of Tourism Fiji, Josefa Tuamoto, says only five per cent of the resorts are in the northern division, with the remainder in the Mamanuca, the Yasawas and western Viti Levu being unaffected.

    He says they have been fielding calls from travellers wanting to cancel bookings but there is no need.

    “Some of them, some of the Kiwis who were planning to travel in June are now considering cancelling. We are saying you don’t have to do that. As I have said 95 percent of the operations [are functioning]. And we are just trying to correct that perception in the market – that the whole of Fiji is devastated, which it’s not.”
    Josefa Tuamoto, the CEO of Tourism Fiji

    News Content © Radio New Zealand International
    PO Box 123, Wellington, New Zealand

  6. Koya na Man permalink
    March 19, 2010 7:29 PM

    Fiji will always remain Australias small bro, as history spells it clearly, when the Howard Govt…. frequently gives us wings to fly now and then in the past.

    China will always remain in the back stage, and this is what these peple don’t realise, when they stupidly attack the Aussie & NZ Govts.. using words like small kids fighting amongst each other.

  7. Tim permalink
    March 19, 2010 11:09 PM

    China will always remain in the “back stage”! Why yes, always ready and willing to exercise a presence with a hidden cost (usually something to do with exploitation of resources – not too unlike the exploitation that occured during the age of Empire well gone). And now UAE come ready to assist with new diplomatic initiatives.
    Which of course is code for the more dishonest in both nations scratching each others back – to the extent that each provides the other with a bolt hole for the rip-off merchants to lay up in till the heat wears off. A Doha collapse here, and a Fijian resort collapse there!
    Worry not though, as history has proven – its a road to nowhere, and for just those rip-off merchants it usually comes with a sticky end. Far better to just fess up and have the compassinate judge you fairly than to persist and have an entire population seething to the point they will eventually tear you apart. (Personally I think although the passivity of Fijians has tolerated this junta for as long as it has, there is one ruddy great festering boil that will eventually erupt if the tries to persist when failure is actually INEVITABLE – even if only through conditions economic. Yet, if there was a move to truely representative democracy now with elections within a year, Frank could well be perceived as a saviour).
    I get the impression the likes of the Shameens are having second thoughts about what they thought was a noble course (i.e. now that both their reputations are shot to pieces and they look like the absolute hypocrites they are).
    Whereas the likes of Bubba and Gates still haven’t managed to overcome their egos, all the self aggrandisement or the fact that the benefits of American Express Gold are strictly a short term escapist addiction.
    Then there is poor old Frank and Leweni – truly a couple of tragic specimens if ever there were. Not only haven’t they yet realised how some have taken advantage of them, AND that what they thought was well intended and noble, was in fact paternalistic, arrogant, dishonest, deceitful, greedy and pretty much every other negative personal quality there is known to man.
    I actually used to feel sorry for their offspring, till I realised they were old enough themselves to understand, and till I realised they were active participants in embouldening Frank on his mission (even if it was only because they stood to gain from all the trappings).
    Hey Frank – and your “poor wee” offspring that we supposedly shouldn’t try to involve in your mission – you’ve come a long way from Naenae aye cuz?
    Really – better to take the opportunities offered – REPEATEDLY offered!.
    Prove the little casava patch run wasn’t an exercise in cowardice; face up to all those leeches you have around propping your ego up and egging you on.
    Prove to the populace you are genuine (I know that’s an impossibility since you aren’t, but you’ve had no problem pretending so far).
    Easiest option really is to go for elections – even if you do have to figure out a face saving means of getting there.
    Perhaps a brief “roadmap reform”; a BEBCFF (building an EVEN better council for Fiji); a publicity campaign listing your achievements (doesn’t matter if its a list of lies); then the polls.
    Just THINK of how you could be perceived when, in FULL regalia, you are seen to be handing over to a duely elected govenment with the international press capturing the event!
    I hope (for his sake) that Gates has been busy during his overseas jaunts organising a retirement that doesn’t involve hanging round in Fiji too. Really Tony, time to give up on romanticising about your contribution to justice amongst the natives before you end up becoming the bitter old queen you’re fast becoming. Like a few Catholic priests, id you put it all away now and make plans for an exit stage right, you could just escape the wrath that will inevitably befall you.
    And there’s actually no amount of Walsh-washing or other crap that is sustainable long term – too much water under the bridge, too many loose ends, too many bad decisions, too many indiscretions, and generally just far too much arrogance – you and a number of others have come to believe your own fucking kaka when all things, when they’re delved into show otherwise!

  8. Rosalind Pratt permalink
    March 20, 2010 2:45 AM

    Tim

    Interesting reading! However, I think that these tyrants by now have calculated that they are safest remaining in power. They will hold on to power for as long as they can while destroying the country and prolonging the suffering.

    The people of Fiji will just have to realize that there are no peaceful transition and if these tyrants are not jailed for their actions they will be condemned to a life of oppression with no respite and a lesser chance of ever being free.

    I believe the only way out of this mess is outside intervention or a rebellion by the people.

    The Free World must commit themselves and have a policy of removing future dictators, it should be reform to introduce democracy or face removal.

  9. Tim permalink
    March 20, 2010 1:23 PM

    @ Rosalind – possibly you’re correct, and that’s what I used to think. On the other hand, Frank’s belligerent attitude also means that the guy sometimes just becomes too much of a hassle to deal with – even amongst his own supporters who he has to buy support from.
    I’ve had second thoughts about Gates too and his retirement plan. I suspect he might well find a place on the Kapiti Coast near Wellington – where he and a future host could play out their equally arrogant fantasies trawling around Queen Elizabeth Park – just so long as they keep away from those of us whose interests are more to do with technology and museums, as opposed to boys and bog crawling.

  10. Anon permalink
    March 20, 2010 3:02 PM

    Great comments and I agree that the Free World should commit themselves and have a policy of removing future Dictators. It is that simple! Dictators need a body higher than them, a body that can come in and do exactly what they have done to a civilian government with the use of guns if they have to.

    That will absofuckenlutely put a stop to little dumb pricks wanting to stage coups.

    Look at me still lamu to use my real identity, now if we had such a body we wouldn’t have to hide behind an alias name.

  11. ex Fiji tourist permalink
    March 21, 2010 12:15 AM

    If anyone has any doubts about the integrity of bananasinpyjamas, this story should support those fears.

    “”A government vessel will ship emergency relief supplies to Fiji’s northern division after Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama inspects what is on board once he returns from a visit to cyclone-hit areas in the region.””

    So a relief vessel sits idle in harbour whilst people elsewhere are desperately needing supplies.

    The ship is idle so that bananasinpyjamas can get his picture in the sun [ sorry comedy sheet ] tomorrow.

    Meanwhile a number of people will have serious repercussions because an egotistical maniac held up relief efforts from ANZ so that he could be noticed.

    Surely the assistance to the needy should be paramount; not a photo opportunity.

  12. Rosalind Pratt permalink
    March 21, 2010 11:14 AM

    The last few days we have had 2 cyclones, Tomas and Ului and wondered about the names used to name them.

    With some research I found out that names to cyclones are given by the country where they originated.

    In these two cases, Tomas originated in the Solomons and ended in Fiji causing a lot of damage. Cyclone Ului began in Fiji and struck Mackay, North Queensland 1am this morning – Sunday 21/03/10.

    I was intrigued at how close these countries are and how Australia is expected to provide aid when there is a naturual disaster on any of the
    Pacific Islands yet called “Bullies” when they try to help in other ways.

    At the moment Fiji has a very well educated, experienced, passionate, high chief and the former Vice President working in the Solomons trying to solve the country’s political problems while his country is being made a mess of by an illegal junta. It doesn’t make sense!

    I say again the Free World should be prepared to remove dictators and show people like Bainimarama that coups are never the way to go. The least they could do if there is a coup is get in there and make sure elections are held within a time limit.

  13. Rosalind Pratt permalink
    March 21, 2010 11:27 AM

    The last few days we have had 2 cyclones, Tomas and Ului and wondered about the names used to name them.

    With some research I found out that names to cyclones are given by the country where they originated.

    In these two cases, Tomas originated in the Solomons and ended in Fiji causing a lot of damage. Cyclone Ului began in Fiji and struck Mackay, North Queensland 1am this morning – Sunday 21/03/10.

    I was intrigued at how close these countries are and how Australia is expected to provide aid when there is a naturual disaster on any of the
    Pacific Islands yet called “Bullies” when they try to help in other ways.

    At the moment Fiji has a very well educated, experienced, passionate, high chief and the former Vice President working in the Solomons trying to solve the country’s political problems while his country is being made a mess of by an illegal junta. It doesn’t make sense!

    I say again the Free World should be prepared to remove dictators and show people like Bainimarama that coups are never the way to go. The least they could do if there is a coup is get in there and make sure elections are held within a time limit.

  14. Mark Manning permalink
    March 21, 2010 11:31 AM

    Frank needs more photos taken of himself while he enjoys his last days of Freedom !

  15. Annonymous permalink
    March 22, 2010 10:51 PM

    Hey is it true that the Ratu Sukuna Holiday has been scrapped? If so then that means according to this illegal regime future Fijians do not need to remember him.

  16. Soko permalink
    March 23, 2010 7:50 AM

    I believe in these trying times where most of our relatives are suffering lost of lives among other things their homes and belongings we ought to at the very least step back and unite with our fellow men/women in their hour of need.

    Their needs far outweigh our detestation of this poxy regime.

  17. senijiale permalink
    March 23, 2010 8:58 AM

    Good Lord, I may not be muslim but do I hve to be, to be insulted by the LIES peddled in that ‘real fiji news’ blog?

    What kind of people actually fall for that kind of see-thru rubbish penned by someone who seems to be going around the bend? Come to think of it, its kind similar to some of the ones being peddled in here by kaicolo…eh?

    OK OK! No need to lunge at my slender throat now, I’m only sharing my thoughts as in solivakasama 🙂

  18. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    March 25, 2010 1:25 PM

    To collapse the economy is the best medicine so Take advantage of this natural disaster and push it over the cliff.

  19. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    March 26, 2010 2:43 AM

    Australia and NZ interfered with that process. They should have left well enough alone to assist the country reach bankruptcy ; send these morons packing then we begin the rebuilding processes.

    People prayed and fasted for solutions and when God delivers we decide that BRAND of remedy is not exactly to our liking and so instead of capitalizing on the opportunity God provided we dropped the ball.

  20. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    March 31, 2010 2:37 PM

    Have been waiting for someone to say it’s because we are dependent on others to fix our problems .. like we have always done — relying on chiefs, church, and elders to make decisions big or small then we pray, fast, seek God’s graces expecting not to lift a finger because praying is easy. It does not involve actual labor, it does not entail sweating or getting out of our comfort zones.

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