The Times of Israel reported that Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has rejected a US evacuation offer, saying that “the fight is here” and that he needed anti-tank ammunition, “not a ride.”
Kyiv's officials were warning residents that street fighting was underway against Russian forces, and urged people to seek shelter.
PM Bainimarama has been in Australia for a heart operation, and it was announced that he is recuperating, but weeks later, there is still no update on his condition or whereabouts. As if it's a state secret! But the silence does suggest that Fiji's most non-essential worker and PM may not be needed at all, because everything is continuing to run without him.
Meanwhile, the megalomaniac AG Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who appointed himself Acting PM in Bainimarama's absence, over the designated Acting PM Inia Seruiratu, is enjoying his newly found freedom of not having the moronic PM hanging around, and having to be told what to say, think and do each day. It must be a great relief to Khaiyum and an even greater boost to his ego, especially when he gets to act as the PM without the actual PM hanging around. This may well be his objective and dream, to one day be the actual PM, but so far his record over the past 16 years has shown that he is corrupt, incompetent, a damn good liar, and a failure in every aspect of the economy, governance, management, leadership, human rights and the rule of law.
FijiVillage.com reported (by Semi Turaga, 10 Feb., 2020) that Fiji's self-appointed Acting PM, AG Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, piously explained in Parliament that academic freedom means that an academic can comment on anything whether they support government policies or not. Wow! This statement is correct.
Khaiyum also alleged that we have publicly lamented the fact that in Fiji not only academics but professionals like accountants and lawyers don't have a culture where they can come out and say this bill has come out and we agree with 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, but we don't agree with these because of these reasons. This statement gives the false impression to anyone new to Fiji, hearing this for the first time, that Fiji has a progressive liberal Government that wants to encourage a culture of critical thinking and public debate among academics and professionals. This is all bullshit!
Only a few years ago, the corrupt Bainimarama Government withheld its financial liability to the University of the South Pacific to try to force it to get rid of its VC Pal Ahluwalia, who had been uncovering irregularities at USP under the previous VC Chandra. Khaiyum's evil plot failed, so VC Ahluwalia and his wife were brutally deported from Fiji in the dead of night.
The Bainimarama Government and AG Khaiyum, years earlier, also put financial pressure on USP to get rid of its Professor of Economics Wadan Narsey who was then publicly disagreeing with the Bainimarama Government's illegal plan to slash existing FNPF pensions. Prof Brig Lal was also booted out of Fiji and not allowed to return for speaking out against Bainimarama's illegal coup.
This is what happens when any dissident academic disagrees with the policies of the dictator PM Bainimarama and his megalomaniac AG Sayed-Khaiyum.
But not just university academics, lawyers and accountants also struggled for freedom of
expression, despite the many vital issues requiring public debate in their areas of expertise.
The CEO of the Fiji Bureau of Statistics, Kemueli Naiqama was sacked for revealing the truth about ethnicity and religion. The Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma's employment was terminated following a complaint by the incompetent and corrupt Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem, who had lost another case in court.
This is hypocrisy!
It's utterly astonishing that the very person who created Fiji's oppressive era of
intimidation after the 2006 coup, is today lamenting that Fiji's academics, accountants and lawyers are failing in their duty to the public to engage in public debate.
It's also utterly astonishing that the leading and most conniving Minister in Bainimarama's Government accuses the Opposition parliamentarians of lasulasu and jooth. Especially when the public can readily see that not just economics professors, but university vice chancellors, solicitor generals, government statisticians, military and career police officers, public enterprise board members, and many others, can be sent packing with the stroke of a pen.
This hypocrisy would not be surprising to any decent historian who knows the role of
Hitler's most powerful henchmen in Nazi Germany like Heinrich Himmler, Herman Goring,
Joseph Goebbels and Martin Bormann who all conspired to "disappear" thousands of
dissident intellectuals and six million Jews.
In Fiji today, Hitler's powerful henchmen are all rolled into one megalomaniac and lying, lasu lasu, jhooth champion Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
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Another Fiji "military qualified" officer Inia Batikoto Seruiratu who is a member of the FijiFirst dictatorship and Minister for Rural, Maritime Development and Disaster Management and Minister for Defence, National Security and Policing, demands that the NGO F.R.I.E.N.D., which is distributing rations to needy families during COVID and the floods, redirect all their humanitarian services through his office.
Fijivillage.com reported Seruiratu saying that if the CEO of F.R.I.E.N.D. Fiji Sashi Kiran wants to do humanitarian work, then everything must go through his office. Remember, his FFP government is broke [from over 15 years of mismanagement, theft, lies and corruption] so government agencies are under resourced and unable to help the people in their time of need. Kiran responded that every assistance that the NGO had given, had gone through the District Office, Provincial Administrator and Advisory Councillors.
NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad also said that he had been told that in the West [Sigatoka to Rakiraki] people who had moved into evacuation centres [under minister Seruiratu's control] had not had any food support for more than four days during the recent cyclone.
Seruiratu said that in the recent flooding in the West, FRIEND had informed the District Officer in Ba that they would look after 8 evacuation centres and this was consistent with the Act, but after that, FRIEND was also seen in other areas distributing humanitarian rations and this was a targeted hand out and had to stop. Wow!
How pathetic is that, when NGO's carry out humanitarian work to fill the gap left by the broke and corrupt FijiFirst Bainimarama government, they are told to go through Government.
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Bainimarama and Khaiyum's spending spree using taxpayers' money over the last sixteen years has left the sinking Fijian canoe with a massive Public Debt (the steel ball), which the future generations are going to struggle to pay while Bainimarama and Khaiyum enjoy the high life with their massive salaries and per diems amounting to a million dollars a year.
Most of the massive expenditure has been wasted because Fiji's GDP (income) has failed to grow as it should have. The average Public Debt to GDP ratio has grown massively, rising from 24% under Rabuka to 29% under Qarase, to 44% under Bainimarama and Khaiyum even before COVID, and now an average of 78% for the last two years.
All because Khaiyum and Bainimarama have refused to economize, choosing to pass the repayment burden on to the future generations.
Remember, the Public Debt Charges (principal and interest) MUST be paid before the government can allocate a single penny to other items such as education, health or social welfare.
Sadly, Loan Repayments as a percentage of Government Revenue has shot up from a mere 22% (under Qarase) to 36% for the last two years under Bainimarama and Khaiyum.
This means that the balance left out of Government Revenue to pay for health, education, social welfare etc., has fallen from 78% of Revenue under Qarase to 64% for these last two years under Bainimarama and Khaiyum.
Government services to people have been squeezed and will be squeezed even more for the next ten years, even if a new government comes in after the next election.
This is why "we the people" are having to take our own bedsheets, toilet paper, pillows, medicines and meals when we go to Fiji's filthy hospitals which lack basic equipment and medicines.
While, Bainimarama and Khaiyum use your taxpayers' money for special charter flights to fly to hospitals in Australia and Singapore. No Fiji hospitals for them.
One thing for sure, Fiji's corporate giants who have their PR in Australia, NZ and Canada will not pay a single penny towards reducing Fiji's Public Debt.
Neither will Bainimarama and Khaiyum and all their family and mates suffer: they will cut loose the ropes from the sinking Fijian canoe and motor away over the horizon, as have many evil African, Arab and Asian dictators have done before them.
Click HERE to read more at Prof Narsey's blog site to see who will pay for Fiji's massive Public Debt and who will not and why the Bainimarama/Khaiyum Government, supported by the RFMF and Police, is the worst Fiji has ever had.
The only bullshit that Khaiyum can do is allege that Professor Narsey's figures are "cooked up" when the data is all from the Reserve Bank of Fiji, whose cowardly Governor has wisely remained quiet to keep his cushy job.
In today's Fiji Times [14 February 2022], Fiji Women's Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali said, "I was merely stating a fact that every time they fall ill, government ministers, including the Prime Minister [Bainimarama] and attorney general [Sayed-Khaiyum], hop on an aeroplane and head abroad to get treatment at the best medical facilities available", while "They [the people of Fiji] are not afforded the same luxury: they have to contend with broken equipment, lack of medicines, and run-down facilities staffed by tired and disillusioned medical personnel"...the people were suffering in silence because they had nowhere else to go and on one to turn to.
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