13 Mar 2007

Fiji political veteran strongly back military coup

4:51 pm on 13 March 2007

A former Fiji finance minister, Sir James Ah Koy, has publicly thanked the military commander for the great service he has done for his country by sacking the Qarase government.

Sir James had told the Daily Post in an interview that if Commodore Frank Bainimarama had not done this, people would not have known about the massive corruption in the Fiji National Provident Fund exposed in the media recently.

Sir James says no one in his right mind would agree with the coup but according to Commodore Bainimarama there was no other way after he had given Laisenia Qarase years of notice to clean up the government and bring coup perpetrators to justice.

He says if the SDL government has not been replaced, the Provident Fund saga and many others that are being ferreted out would not have seen the light of day.

Sir James says the previous bunch of SDL directors were all feeding from the trough and if the government had carried on, they would have covered it all up.

He says Commodore Bainimarama did a great service to the country by removing the government and starting his clean-up.

Sir James says all the directors of the Provident Fund should be investigated and if found culpable, they should be charged with malfeasance, abuse of office and criminal negligence.

He says suspect investments by the Provident Fund should also be investigated.

The Provident Fund is Fiji's biggest financial institution with assets in excess of 2-billion US dollars.