The Chinese – Dirty, Rotten Scoundrel
By Rei Tanotsuka, 23 May 2019
My take on the Fiji Island situation
So on May 19th 2019, 60 Minutes Australia released a YouTube segment “Fight to protect Fiji reef from Chinese developer“ about the recent Fiji Island spat between 2 Australian guys, Narvin Fox and Woody Jack and a Chinese company.
Narvin and Woody are both fair dinkum Aussie blokes, people who you will see strolling in Woolies buying a coupla Fosters on a late night shopping evening. Perfectly normal guys with an Island Resort dream married to an unapologetic surfing passion, and what better way to combine these 2 loves, than to get a little block of land on Fiji Island…….Then they met Goliath. A big nasty brute with a mammoth size bank account, bad attitude and a Herculean ego to challenge these 2 innocent surfies from NSW…….oh did I mention, Goliath is Chinese?
So, this is where I stand. To date, there haven’t been any successful interviews with Free soul (regarding this incident), the Chinese company that is set to build a $100 million Casino in Fiji, so I don’t have a lot to go off on except mainly from the 60 Minute interview with Narvin and Woody (NW).
I do not think NW are lying. I do think that there could be a possibility of a misunderstanding, but at this point I am not arguing for one. Like I said before, there’s no rebuttal from the Chinese ‘Goliath’ so I will work on the assumption that the 2 friends bought the land first, then Free soul came and bought out a bigger land parcel which bordered NW’s property.
This is what I have gathered from another source, FIJI SUN, regarding this story.
Free soul did issue a statement – ‘Upon the invitation of Prime Minister Bainimarama to business houses including Free soul on one of his visits to China, he told investors, “Come. Come and invest in Fiji”‘.
NW bought their land in 2015, Free soul officially registered in Fiji on 20 February 2017 after receiving the approval of Investment Fiji. The following 3 activities were approved:
- Integrated Tourism Development
- Real Estate Development
- Real Estate Management.
The local iTaukei and qoliqoli groups received FJ$1m in advance for development assistance. Free soul spent an additional FJ$11m in readying the construction project, the benefactors included Malolo, Gau and Taveuni (local groups) . It is estimated that this project will provide jobs for around 1000 people when construction begins. This article concludes with Free soul thanking the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB), the Executive Management and Tourism department in Nadi for their unequivocal support.
So what is my issue? This…….
I am a nerd, so when watch a YouTube video, especially anything non fiction, I will read the description box. 60 Minutes gave a brief outline of the story but ended it like this: “…..far from being wiped out, the Aussie surfers refused to let the dirty rotten scoundrels get away with it”.
Why, when it comes to any negative report on China or the Chinese, must the actions be laced with a negative moral/ethical slant (PUN!)??? Why not report the actual events and not season everything with the punitive, western moral compass? OR, if you insist on garnishing everything with a moral angle why not do it for everyone equally? Why only the Chinese?
Now, there are those who will say, “Well the Chinese did behave like scoundrels” but is it only a Chinese characteristic? Who, when committing any egregious act is NOT ACTING like a scoundrel? If it’s a universal trait when people act unconscionably WHY CONFINE IT TO THE CHINESE??? Isn’t that blatant sinophobism?
I then proceeded to look up past 60 Minute YouTube videos to see if they used such vitriol in other cases which did not involve Chinese people, and lo ‘n’ behold, even paedophiles are given greater clemency.
Defining SCOUNDREL: “a person, especially a man, who treats other people very badly and has no moral principles”. Cambridge Dictionary
“Impact on Boeing reputation after 737 Max scandal“, released May 7th 2019. We should all be familiar with this gem now where Boeing deemed safety as an ‘option’ rather than a standard feature…..YA THINK?????? Total deaths resulting from this, 346 people. That’s somebody’s son, daughter, mother, father, aunt, uncle….need I go on? In the description box of this video, were there any incriminating terms relating to morality of the Boeing staff? None. The description was just recanting the HIGHLY FORESEEABLE ACCIDENT. On a side note, Trump had no recourse but to ground the planes after much consternation, he did not willingly do so. Profits over life, is that not the choice of a scoundrel? Imagine if Boeing was a Chinese company and Xi made the same belated decision………I can imagine the headlines and it will involve the words human rights, scoundrel and for kicks, neo colonialism.
“Inside the depraved world of David and Louise Turpin“, released April 22nd 2019. This is the infamous domestic child abuse drama, involving 13 children who were tortured, confined and starved. You would think such diabolical proclivities towards ones own progeny would earn the title SCOUNDREL but did it? Nope. 60 Minutes once again just outlined the events with no moral condemnation of the perpetrators.
“Inside the twisted mind of a firebug“, released April 19th 2019. A ”professional arsonist”, that’s right, Australia’s own little fire starter! You would think taking countless lives, destroying natural flora and fauna INTENTIONALLY surely would earn you, even fleetingly, the moniker of scoundrel!!??!! Apparently even that won’t do it, if you are not Chinese.
“Exposing secretive cult-like Truth Church”, released April 21st 2019. The Truth Church scandal that shocked the nation. Known paedophiles were welcomed into the church where sexual abuse of minors were perpetrated and kept clandestine. Surely, wilful, premeditated child sexual abuse warrants the label SCOUNDREL???? Nope. Not if you are not CHINESE!!! Once again in the description box you will find a rudimentary explanation of the story with no rhetoric about anyone’s moral value.
This is my biggest gripe with our world currently. It is completely devoid of logic even by the so called well educated public ‘intellectuals’ who proffer their expertise on everything that occupies any bandwidth in our mind. The ridiculous reasons they give to justify their prejudice against a certain demographic is bewildering. They may dress it up with a suit, nice haircut and a benign grin that says “Trust me I am very smart. I read a lot of books……(psst how I chose those books was from my biased point of view.) I won’t read anything that runs contra to my personal narrative” but make no mistake, they are not willing to see things from any other angle than from a point of their own prejudice.
Even though I have pointed out and provided evidence of the double standards of the portrayal of Chinese people, there will still be those who will read this and just opine, she’s just paranoid. Others will lament and say, what’s the big deal?
The big deal is your immediate reality. It’s an Australia that profited from China’s spending spree that allowed it to buffer against the Lehman snowstorm without so much as a sniffle but is now sodomising China along with the world’s biggest bully, the US.
It’s a Japan who was at the brunt of these American unilateral belligerent threats in the 80’s who now turn around and chastise China and would do anything to see it fall, rather than deliberate an experienced truth. Japan wasn’t unscrupulous then, anymore than China is unscrupulous now.
Every country must see that it succeeds. Terms of any agreement are to be discussed with a mutual agreement reached, not unilateral decisions made by one side holding an entire deck of cards and demanding that the other side try to play and win on that condition. Serfdom is dead just in case anyone was wondering……..No one should have to bow down to anyone else!