THE decision by the government to change the current Fiji flag has resulted in mixed reaction from some of the country's public figures.
Former parliamentarian Adi Finau Tabakaucoro told this newspaper that it was a good move by the government in order for the State to accomplish its aim to create a form of identity for Fiji.
"They have changed the coins and there has been talk about a Fijian identity and in order to achieve that, you need to start with the basics," Adi Finau said.
"If they're serious about creating an identity for Fiji this is the way of doing so and this change will reflect what's in the draft constitution."
Contrary to her thoughts were those of former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry who said the decision was one that should be made by the people.
"There is nothing wrong with the current flag and plus this decision must be made through the people of Fiji.
"I don't see it as being necessary and has anyone even asked the people if they want it changed?
"If people are happy with it, why change it?"
Of a similar opinion was the paramount chief of Rewa, Ro Teimumu Kepa, who noted that the historical significance of the flag must be acknowledged.
"It's another of those major decisions being made by the government in terms of changing things without much thought considering our history," Ro Teimumu said.
"All of the items on the flag are meaningful. They should consider the history we've come through and the history we'd love to teach our children â€¦ it's just one consideration they need to think about before making this decision."
It was confirmed earlier this week that a new Fiji flag would be designed this year; one which would foster unity among Fijians.