Today’s Fiji Times letters to the editor has PramASS Chand’s reply to the FT Editorial of 18 July. You can read that editorial in “Fiji Times: Hole Gets Deeper”.
His reply titled “Bleak Overview” reads:-
Your editorial (FT 18/7) is pessimistic and an unnecessarily alarmist overview of Fiji’s situation.
The tone and content are deliberately pitched to paint a bleak and negative assessment of our situation and which can only lead to mislead and misinform the people.
The situation is not all gloom and doom as you appear to surmise.
Indeed, the interim government has a clear mandate from the President to take the country forward socially, economically and governance wise. Over the past six months, the interim Government has been committed and focused on achieving elements of this mandate, including stabilising the national economy, fighting widespread corruption, developing programs to uplift the living standards of the poor and disadvantaged, upholding the Constitution and preparing for a return to parliamentary governance through democratic elections.
Other objectives are to restructure the Native Land Trust Board to ensure more benefits to the landowners, improve foreign relations and give paramountcy to national security and the territorial integrity of Fiji.
And the report card for the past six months has been enlightening in terms of the work and tasks achieved by the interim Government in fulfiling the President’s mandate.
These achievements include:
Revising the 2007 Budget and thereby securing financial and economic stability;
removing 2.5 per cent VAT;
promulgation of anti-corruption legislation;
inclusiveness: discrimination being removed at all levels;
reviving the sugar industry to ensure its long term viability;
reorganisation of State owned entities and civil service reforms; and
the promulgation of 30 decrees.
The interim Government is committed to a roadmap for returning Fiji to parliamentary democracy. This roadmap requires that a national census is convened in September this year and consequential actions to follow include the determination of new electoral boundaries, establishing voter registration systems, conducting national voter education and awareness programs and the agreement in principle for the convening of a general election by March 2009 at the earliest.
From this brief elaboration, you will no doubt agree that the interim Government has achieved a number of positive and beneficial milestones in a short period of time.
It will remain committed and focused to fully implementing the mandate of the President, thus ensuring the orderly return to elected parliamentary governance and providing a sustainable basis for our future development as a nation.
Your editorial alludes to the appointment of Manasa Baravilala, the son of an interim Government minister, as you put it as chairman of Air Terminal Services Limited.
In fact, Mr Baravilala well merits his appointment having had extensive experience in the airline and travel industry.
He possesses graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Business Management and Business Administration from the University of California, in Los Angeles, and a post-graduate diploma in senior airline management from the International Aviation Management Institute in Montreal, Canada.
Mr Baravilala’s previous work experience includes stints as deputy CEO and director of marketing with Air Fiji Limited, regional director for the Americas with the Fiji Visitors Bureau and manager, passenger sales USA with Air Pacific Limited.
Mr Baravilala is therefore well positioned to take on the appointment of ATS chairman and should not be penalised by virtue of his parentage as your editorial suggests.
In summary, your editorial unfairly penalises the interim Government with a selection of subjective and mostly negative reports without a recourse to balance and accuracy.
Prime Minister’s Office
Immigration And Information
Yeah Yeah Yeah. PramASS who are you trying to kid?
Sometimes I wonder whether you actually believe the garbage coming out of your own mouth.
I wonder whether you sometimes think to yourself in mid-speech - shit am I actually saying all this stuff?
Everything you wrote above is PRO-COUP PROPOGANDA in its purest form - ie. straight from the horse’s mouth.
Clearly, PramASS had a very very big part to play in the planning of the 5/12 coup. The justifications are the same as what Baini was trying to say before he took over.
Of course, Baini needs PramASS to articulate all that for him because if Baini were to attempt and explain his own coup propoganda, the message would probably end up sounding less like it came from the horse’s mouth and more like it came from the horse’s ass!
As for the FT Editorial, HnC says this.
Sorry PramASS, the doom and gloom portrayed in yesterday’s editorial is the TRUTH.
The media should not have to paint a rosy picture of Fiji’s situation just because you and your looney boss want to make it like you’re doing a good job running this country - because you’re not!
You’re failing miserably at that and the world should be allowed to hear about it!
As a wise cook once said “If you can’t stand the HEAT, get out of the frakkin kitchen… and why the frak did you go into the kitchen in the first place?”