From Noob Saibot
With reference to the planned march at Hyde Park in Sydney, I wish to express my views in this article.
The march by the ex-Fiji residents is one which will be in futility. I do not foresee any changed being brought about from this march which will have a direct bearing on any person living in Fiji nor do I foresee any possible changes to the current clean-up being conducted by Military Forces of Fiji. In fact, I firmly believe that the ringleaders of this instigation are merely using this opportunity to further their political and financial positions. I find it rather difficult to understand why people such as Pramod Rae and Ted Young believe that their voices will achieve absolutely no victory as it is being echoed on foreign soil. If these people are as genuine as they claim to be about Fiji, then why do they not hold protest marches here in the capital instead of abroad? If they truly believe in their ideas and can rouse enough support to march through the capital, then it is somewhat questionable as to why this is not the case? I have often heard and was told early in life that if you believe strongly in something, then you should be prepared to go through the most strenuous challenges inflicted upon you for your beliefs. Obviously these gentlemen have little or belief in their ideals which has resulted in them running to Australia where they crow about democracy and freedom of speech – ideals which they could easily have voiced in Fiji by using the appropriate channels and mediums.
The second issue of contention which intrigues me is the fact that former Fiji citizens are also taking part in this march. I am dumbfounded that these people who chose to leave Fiji on their own accord are now taking an interest in the very nation they abandoned. They talk about democracy and organize protest marches in a country which has little bearing on our political and democratic processes. If anything, the only factor in our relationship with countries such as Australia is our trade relations. This should not be seen as an excuse to assume that Fiji now belongs to Australia. In fact, the reality of the situation is that Australia and New Zealand stand to lose more from this trade relations should it go sour – Fiji can turn its back and begin trading with Asian countries with greater vigour and better financial returns. The question we must ask here is do we really need such countries which claim to be our neighbours and “big-brothers” when all Fiji is getting in return is bullying tactics and constant dictations from the Prime Ministers who falsely believe that Fiji should listen to them. One can only wonder why such is the belief when the world knows that Fiji is a democratic state and has a Prime Minister, Ministers and state officials who have the necessary skills to decide the fate of this nation without the interference of such countries. We are not, as far as knowledge serves me, a dominion of any country and according to the articles of diplomacy, should Fiji not be left to resolve its problems the “Fijian” way?
I have been following the events surrounding the Hyde Park march closely and can only ask the protestors to consider their actions carefully – is it not in vain that you march in a foreign country which cares little about its citizens from the Pacific? Is it not a well known fact that Pacific islanders have always been considered second class citizens in such countries? What will your march achieve? The world already knows about the coup in Fiji. The world already knows about media censorship. The world already knows about the abrogation of the constitution. And yet it has done nothing expect express concern which is of little use to us as we go about our daily lives solving our problems our way. Will the voice of a corrupt, failed politician and unionist change the way we perceive things?
If these people were genuine about their cause, they would be here in Fiji helping take the country forward and working beside the people who have been toiling and tilling the land here for many years. These are the true patriots of this country because they didn’t turn their back on the nation when it needed them. Let these foreigners who claim to have Fiji at heart march – their voices shall not be heard.