AGM Cancelled After Argument
The Fiji Taxi Association’s Annual General Meeting was abandoned yesterday in a heated fiasco with two factions arguing to be the legal office bearers and branding the other side as “power hungry.”
This came shortly after Attorney General, Minister for Economy and Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, had officially opened the meeting at Fun World in Nadi and had by then left the premises.
Current officials, Sayed Nabi, acting president, and Rishi Ram said they have been advised by the FTA trustees and legal representatives Abhay Nand and Mohammed A Khan that what had transpired where a new acting president was elected was illegal.
Darrel Raj Charan said he was appointed a trustee at the meeting yesterday by the FTA officials but he was later attacked by the same officials for his decision to call for an interim president.
FTA General Secretary Rishi Ram, later said he did not know how Mr Charan was appointed and “how come he got hold of the microphone to speak.”
Mr Charan, after the meeting was declared cancelled by the acting chairman Azim Khan, then on the persistence from the majority of members called for a nomination for interim president and Regent Taxi proprietor Harish Chandra’s name was proposed and this brought a loud cheer from the members.
Following this, Mr Nabi confronted Mr Charan over his actions and a shouting match began between Mr Nabi and association members with the Fiji Police Force watching over the proceedings.
Prior to this, there was shouting and finger pointing between some members and association officials over registration rules and this triggered the whole situation.
Mr Charan said he paid $800 before the meeting started as requested by the FTA officials but later decided to call the meeting off.
Edited by Rusiate Mataika