SUVA MONITORS NEW ASIAN-RUN BUSINESSES

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SUVA, Fiji islands (January 29, 2002 - Radio Fiji/PINA Nius Online)---Suva City Council inspectors will be closely monitoring business operations in the new Asian community following allegations of gambling, drugs and prostitution.

Lord Mayor Chandu Umaria said several Asians applied for business licenses to open restaurants and shops but after opening their establishments they changed the types of businesses they were operating.

The Lord Mayor said the council, police and Fiji Islands Trade and Investment Bureau will now be screening investors from Asia.

And he said council inspectors will be doing regular follow up checks on what businesses are being operated.

Fiji’s newspapers, especially the Sun, have recently carried a series of reports alleging Chinese "'Mafia Queen" and Chinese Triad operations in Suva's fast-growing Chinese community.

** Radio Australia reports that some media reports in Fiji have claimed that some Asian businesspeople are using their premises for gambling, drug sales and prostitution.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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