22 May 2009

Former consultant says emergency regulations may be needed to stop Fiji society collapsing

2:15 pm on 22 May 2009

A former consultant to Fiji's interim government says the public emergency regulations may be needed to prevent a collapse of Fijian society.

John Samy, who last year headed the support team for the National Council for Building a Better Fiji, says the interim regime has allowed basic freedoms since the 2006 coup.

But he says these freedoms have been abused by some media who have been actively working to see a breakdown in Fiji.

"These emergency regulations, maybe they're needed temporarily. But they will not just be lifted for now. Maybe they are reading all these signals about people trying to bring about a total collapse."

John Samy says some NGOs have also not been constructive as they have stayed out of the charter process and taken potshots at it.

He is also critical of the Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, saying he has been urging people in Fiji to rise up.