You will see that this letter is sent to you in my name. Other than that you know absolutely nothing about me or my circumstances. In fact, I am quite sure that you know next to nothing about any FNPF pensioners – each is merely an FNPF ‘number’. The Nazis gave numbers to the inmates of concentration camps – they didn’t care about who those people were, either.
You are aware of the huge turnout at the latest hearings. You cannot have missed the fact that there was even a walk-out in Labasa. Your senior pensioner scapegoat is now invalid; because the ‘little pensioners’ are mad as hell, not at the big pensioners, but at you, the board. They see, all too clearly, that if you go for the big fish, the little fish have no hope. They know all too well that a thing done once can easily be done again.
This whole ‘reform’ saga has been a comedy of errors right from the start – a start which the members knew nothing of until they were called upon to offer submissions to the board concerning a necessary FNPF reform. Only, of course, that is not strictly correct, since for the past decade and more letters to the Editors of our daily rags plugged away consistently at the need for reform and those warnings, many of them penned by Mrs Talei Burness, were blatantly ignored – how ironic is that?
The initial call for submissions was a sham and that fact was blatantly obvious. Right from the start the FNPF knew where it was going and how to get there. Two sets of circumstances were manipulated to ensure that the fund would ultimately be wrested from its owners, that is, the members.
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