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Pray for them
AS mentioned by our men, it was an emotional time for members of the al-Nusra Front when they released them.
Some members of the al-Nusra group actually cried when they said goodbye to our soldiers.
What a touching moment.
The rebels strictly guarded their area but later the Fijians were left on their own.
It was also mentioned that they were well fed and no harm was done to them.
If there is a way we could thank the al-Nusra group, I believe that we should pray for them and beg the Almighty to grant them what they are fighting for.
TOMASI BOGINISO, Nasinu
Faith and evil
RAJEND Naidu is absolutely correct when he said that God had nothing to do with the beheading or slaughter of innocent lives by evil men (FT 17/9).
From a biblical perspective, we should understand that when mankind chose to obey the created instead of the Creator, we have been in the middle of a battle between good and evil, in which good, through what Christ has done on our behalf wins, in this battle for people's minds.
God answers prayers by immediately granting the request or delaying the answer to a later date or allows evil to take its course.
Believers have a personal conviction in the existence of God in the transformation of their lives through the Lordship of Jesus Christ and Bible truths.
While the prayer of faith could move mountains, God is still in control and even though our prayers are not all answered in the affirmative, we trust in His will to be done.
That is why Christians have been entrusted to preach the transforming power of the gospel which gives the believer a calm assurance of eternity with his Lord and Saviour, when evil men claim their lives despite the prayers of deliverance from self and other believers.
SAVENACA VAKALIWALIWA, Nasinu
WE learn from a BBC Asia news report (16/9) that a group of irate passengers prevented a top Pakistani politician, former Interior Minister Rehman Malik, and another politician from boarding a flight after they were kept on board for two hours until he arrived.
Footage shows Mr Malik confronted by jeering passengers who shouted: "You should be ashamed of yourself, 150 passengers have put out because of you" they continued, demanding an apology and bemoaning the state of the nation. Now this is what you call people power and democracy outside parliament. Every citizen must be treated with equal respect regardless of their status.
You don't mess around with the people because you are a politician.
RAJEND NAIDU, Sydney, Australia
AT last, the Narere community in Nasinu has an EFTPOS machine, thanks to the Westpac Bank for leading the way.
For so long, we have been neglected with this bank service despite having a majority of working people, four schools, one tertiary institution, six Methodist churches, one SDA church, other religious organisations and a police post to name a few.
At least you have eased part of the burden of our community and we would like to say thank you.
We hope that other banks will follow suit.
PITA SOROAQALI, Suva
Cost of living
AT this moment quite a number of us are on the brink of starvation.
Some are malnourished simply because they could not afford the high prices of food, even the prices of basic protein like eggs and milk have skyrocketed.
Many of us just could not afford the nice things for their families anymore.
In Fiji there is so much resources and we should think of starvation as exceptional. It is not anymore; more than half of the population of this nation live under the poverty line and a quarter on the verge of starvation and malnourishment .
Can these people reclaim back a good life of nourished diet, jobs and employment for their children. We have so much muscle and machines yet our price of foodstuff keeps increasing.
Life has become a constant struggle to find a job and provide decent food to keep family members energised to carry on living.
If we can tap on to cheaper sources of energy such wind, water, and sunlight which can be cheaply distributed in Fiji, the cost of producing food will be greatly reduced thus affordability.
We have a huge population of cows everywhere to turn dry grass into milk and butter yet dairy products are just unaffordable by the average person because it's imported from Fontera NZ. The same goes for flour with wheat imported from Australia.
We have to find cheaper ways of producing food than the current expensive production system that makes them unaffordable. If we can do that Fiji food would become so cheap that every person would be certain of enough food to eat, enough water to drink and air to breathe.
AMENTAVE YACONISAU, Lami
IT has been eight long years of waiting for a democratically-elected government.
Less than a month from the day of election, 45 of our soldiers were captured by the Syrian rebels in Golan.
News of their capture was absolutely astounding as it happened at a very critical time for our country.
Strangely, it has never occurred in the many decades of Fiji engagements with the UN peacekeeping duties.
And with the radical nature of the captors as we have witnessed in the past months, any glimpse of hope for their safety seemingly eluded us.
But amid all these, the nation took a bold step as we united as one, from all walks of life, to seek the hands of the Almighty in prayer for his deliverance.
Exactly two weeks after, the al-Nusra Front had no choice but to release all the 45 warriors demands. What prompted them to take this stance is unthinkable and has amazed our nation and the world over.
This turn of event came at no better time and has no doubt taught everyone a valuable and a timely lesson.
In spite of all the uncertainties leading up to this election, our united prayers as a nation will surely bring about the unthinkable for our beloved Fiji.
DELAI ISIKELI, Suva
Hand of God
IN reply to Rajend Naidu (FT 17/9), the hand of God is not the issue that needs scrutinising.
I personally believe that the Great God of Abraham, and mine, answers prayers in three simple forms. 1. Yes, 2. No or 3. Wait for the right time (God's appointed time ).
What needs to be scrutinised here is the faith of those who offer prayers, or if any was offered at all.
I figured that God answered with number one in this case, and with the other as you pointed, you can deduce that one easy.
I acknowledge the support, in prayers, for the release of the 45 peacekeepers. Vinaka vakalevu to you all.
SIMI CAGILABA, Queensland, Australia
JUST be considerate when you are on your way up the ladder because we will meet again on your way down.
AREKI DAWAI, Suva Point
Now I wait
A BIG thank you to the Fijian Elections Office for the huge effort put in. It's not an easy task running a general election. To the extra staff, vinaka vakalevu, excuse the people if we may have been impatient or rude. Now we await the counting. I hope all will accept the result.
ALLEN LOCKINGTON, Nadi
TICK, circle or cross the decision was yours. I hope the politician I voted for will be a servant and not a master. God bless our beloved Fiji.
BEV RATUKULA, Suva
LEADERS are mostly remembered for their values and examples. Would someone who called you a leader remember respect, decency, caring, kindness and integrity whenever your name is mentioned" Did you make that someone dream more, learn more and become more. Everyone is a leader. This is not a choice. The choice comes in what kind of leader are you.
FINAU NAIGULEVU TURAGA, Nadi
SOCCER is no more interesting to follow in Fiji. Very few games were played at venues such as Lautoka, a top soccer ground in Fiji. Tournaments played over two weekends, players playing 90-minute soccer over very short breaks are killing the game. Please go back to the old format of 60-minute games and 10 teams in the national league.
AJAY SINGH, Lautoka
RAJEND Naidu's letter (FT 14/9) raises an interesting point. People in Fiji prayed and our 45 soldiers were released. Americans prayed and the beheadings went ahead as scheduled by the rebels. The million-dollar question is, why did God Jehovah allow one answer to prayer and not the other? This is a question only He can answer adequately to the bereaved families in the US. Our prayers are with them.
KORINA WAIBUTA, Suva
UNDER the Bainimarama government, leisure fishing for your personal use is illegal. If one is caught by the navy fishing with no license they confiscate your catch. The new government needs to review this so that leisure fishing for home use is allowed and we can go out fishing on weekends without looking out for the navy patrol.
DAN URAI, Lautoka
Let it shine
THE RFMF can shine to its former glory if it stays out of committing itself to the political state. As we are a community, don't look at or class civilians as your enemy because at the end of the day we are all humans.
AREKI DAWAI, Suva Point
OUR entire family voted in this year's election at the Andrews Primary School in Nadi.
We all arrived at 9.30am and at 10am we left after peacefully casting our votes. As a voter I found this polling station quite well organised and efficient. There was no panic and rush at all.
My children, who like many others voted for the first time, excitingly experienced the entire poll proceedings and enjoyed it.
My children are included in the first batch of eighteen years age group to vote in a general election in Fiji. They have become a part of election history in this country.
History was written as it was our first general election with new-look ballot papers and conducted in one day. I hope the large contingent of multinational observer group who are here to oversee our entire election proceedings would be glad with the overall calm atmosphere across all polling stations in the country.
Now we all eagerly await the election results. God bless us all.
SURESH CHAND, Nadi
What of a by-election
WHAT would happen if an elected member of parliament, because of some obvious reasons vacated his/her parliamentary seat?
Does the whole of Fiji go through the same process again for a by-election considering the fact that it is a single constituency?
Just curious and looking forward to the Fijian Elections Office and the Electoral Commission's response.
ILAITIA BOSE, Suva
I WAS at my designated polling station (Lautoka Methodist Primary School) at 6.40am on 17/9.
The gate opened at 7.30am only to be told at 7.45am that I have to go and cast my vote at Lautoka Andhra Primary School. I got there at 8.10am and finally got to cast my vote at 10.10am.
I believe that I'm not the only one whose polling station was changed without being notified.
This is totally unacceptable.
The total time I wasted standing in the queue could have been better utilised sitting under a tree with Allen and his namesake the tanoa.
WISE MUAVONO, Lautoka
Power of democracy
IT is the name given to the people whenever they are needed, the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
Under democracy, one party always devotes its energies trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule -and both commonly succeed, and are right.
It is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. It consists of choosing dictators, after they have told you what you think it is you want to hear.
The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois. It means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.
The idea of an election is much more interesting than the election itself. The act of voting is in itself the defining moment.
To make democracy work we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.
The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later, in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.
Intriguingly, dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
True democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
The poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them; and the will of the majority is supreme.
PETER RACOLO, Suva