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Written By : Kenneth Zinck . Allow me to make some observations on Commodore Bainimarama’s 2009 New Year message. He mentioned: “To become a mature nation we must be realistic,
02 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : Kenneth Zinck . Allow me to make some observations on Commodore Bainimarama’s 2009 New Year message. He mentioned: “To become a mature nation we must be realistic, we must be honest, we must be united, we must be treated with dignity and we must be proud of our country”.
May I ask the Commodore was he honest to his call as a leader of an army when he carried out the coup of 2006? Did he treat all civilians including myself with dignity when we were taken up to the the army camp for disagreeing with his coup? In the light of international condemnation of the coup what is there to be proud of with this interim regime?
The Commodore continued with his address saying that detractors must realise that “the rule of law requires the adherence, acceptance and compliance with the rulings and decisions of an independent judiciary” I beg to differ here.
He continued saying “contrary to what has been reported by some in the mainstream media , I have received tremendous support and positive feedback from business houses, the banks, accounting firms, welfare organisations as well as foreign investors following the announcement of the 2009 Budget” My comment here is, regardless of who is in power legal or otherwise, you will always receive support from these private sector groups mainly for the survival of their businesses, so their support for the interim regime here is no big deal.
The Commodore continued his address and talked about the infamous People’s Charter and the Bose Ni Turaga. The world knows my opinion on these two issues and I need not repeat them. Suffice to say that the processes and the results of the People’s Charter campaign are yet to be verified by an independent body for the statistics to carry some weight.
The Commodore concluded by saying “ Don’t pay heed to the merchants of gloom and doom and misinformation. They will come and go but we as a people must forge ahead with a sense of realism, positivity and pride” To this I say, yes we all come and go and so do dictators. I do not believe that we are a voice of doom and gloom rather we believe that we are a voice of hope, common sense, justice, equal rights and the voice of the crying and wounded, silent majority in our beloved nation of Fiji.
Perhaps in the future the Commodore needs to vet his speech prior to releasing it to the nation.



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