WEALTHY FIJI BUSINESSMAN JIM AH KOY PLANS TO QUIT THE COUNTRY

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (May 4, 2001 – Radio Australia)---A former Fiji finance minister and self-made millionaire, Jim Ah Koy, has announced he is quitting Fiji.

Mr. Ah Koy was a minister in the government of 1987 coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka and had, over three decades, set up 75 businesses, including Air Fiji, the top domestic airline, and an island resort.

Fifty-nine properties were listed for sale this week, which, according to Mr. Ah Koy, are worth about 40 million Australian dollars (US$ 20.82 million).

He has also negotiated the AUD$ 2 million (US$ 1.041 million) sale of shares in Air Fiji to the Tuvalu government.

Mr. Ah Koy said his four children all wanted out of Fiji because they were blamed for all its problems.

His links to the May 19, 2000 coup leader George Speight have also brought him under scrutiny.

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