Political Commentary or Chiefly Wisdom?

Political Commentary or Chiefly Wisdom?
I THINK THIS OLD ARTICLE WRITTEN BY ”
Thakur Ranjit Singh” sometime back in 2007 sums up this debate.

Chiefs who abandon the chiefly abode and sanctuary to seek glory, power and employment in politics should not expect or deserve chiefly respect when posing as politicians.

Perhaps that is where Fiji’s democracy has been muddled by Chiefs who expect chiefly respect in the competitive and rough and tumble political arena.

I therefore take the lecture, as reported in local papers, from deposed Education minister and Rewa chief Ro Teimumu Kepa on good governance as a political commentary rather than chiefly wisdom.

Her talk about values, policies and respected leader to have the right focus, and her implication that Qarase had these qualities sound hollow when seen in the light of reality.

Her former boss failed Fiji and its people by projecting himself as a leader and Prime Minister for only indigenous race rather than the whole of Fiji’s population. That is why the 44 % of Indo Fijian were marginalized and ethnically cleansed by her government’s racist policies.

She had compromised her credibility, as Education Minister, to grant credence to misplaced affirmative action that once granted form seven scholarship to indigenous Fijians only.
Under this draconian and race-based rule, an executive Fijian couple with income of $200,000 could qualify for free form 7 education for their child while a displaced destitute Indo Fijian squatter with barely $2,000 per annum was not granted this right that was based purely on accident of birth and race.

Under this draconian and race-based rule, an executive Fijian couple with income of $200,000 could qualify for free form 7 education for their child while a displaced destitute Indo Fijian squatter with barely $2,000 per annum was not granted this right that was based purely on accident of birth and race.

Where then were the legal eagles giving free advice on good governance and the NGOs making a dance, song and protest about loss of human rights and democracy? Certainly Fiji has an abundance of hypocrites.

Where then was the integrity of Pacific Centre for Public Integrity? Where then was the grandstanding Commissioner of FHRC, and where then were the napping executives of the Fiji Law Society?

As a deposed politician supporting ill-conceived and ill defined policies of a racist and corrupt regime, Ro Temumu Kepa has lost her right to lecture us on political correctness and good governance.

She had an opportunity to override her chiefly wisdom over the blatantly racist, narrow and divisive policies of a blinkered and failed banker politician, who failed the trust this nation placed on him to lead us.

In its wisdom, the Interim Prime Minister is wise not to give any of such failed SDL politicians a second opportunity to betray our trust and faith.

Democracy bereft of equality, fairplay and social justice is not worth defending!

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5 responses to “Political Commentary or Chiefly Wisdom?

  1. Fiji is not only abundant with hypocrites but are malignant at that.

  2. Rabuka destroyed the Fijian chiefly system. The greatest thing PM can do for Fijians is to abolish it completely.

  3. It was self-evident that an insistence upon power and pay from more than one source would lead to damaging, conflicting interests. Marrying this to overt racism and exclusion was a recipe for ‘failing-state-in-the-make’ status.

    What else could be expected? The consequence has been that all have suffered: excluding the grossly-over paid former Vice Chancellor of USP, invited to a tax-free remuneration when student facilities and courses were cut to accommodate it (paid for out of regional taxpayers’ funding). Was this leadership and governance in action. Who sanctioned such ridiculous excess? Who challenged it? And why was this acceded to so readily? A sure symptom of corruption in action. Assisted and abetted by failed leaders and those ‘who turn their backs on the people’.

  4. Philipstone

    Ului, you had listened to your Aunty then, please for all our sakes don’t allow her to be used to justify the stance you and the military have taken. The least you could do is protect her from being treated like a common criminal and give her the respect she is entitled to by your late mother’s people and the rest of us that care and love her deeply.

  5. suggestion: check out 1markt’s blog

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