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Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Make the right choice

SUVA City Council special administrator Chandu Umaria had some advice for the Hibiscus contestants.

This was one of them "whatever the judges' decision as to who will wear the crowns of the various category contests, I know that this week will be of tremendous benefit to all of you and remain among your happiest memories".

Judges will have a hard time choosing the winners. I just hope they pick the best people.

ALLEN LOCKINGTON, Lautoka

Food abuse

WHEN I was small, growing up, my parents would always remind me not to play with food, not to throw food at others and try and finish my food at any meal time and share with unfortunate ones around us and never say no if someone asks to have a share of my food.

They always reminded us of the many unfortunate people around the world who have no food to eat, no water to drink and living in countries which are at war and parents who are very poor who cannot afford to have a decent meal like we do.

Here in our beloved country, some people, and mostly unemployed youths, are changing it to attract people and make money during festivals and other events.

Aren't these boys and girls taught at home about the importance of respecting food?

I hope that something is done to stop such antics at some of these stalls and people who abuse privileges to attract customers and earn money.

TAGI VONOLAGI, Nausori

Face of savagery

ALLOW me to add to Ifireimi W Soata's excellent letter on hate speech (FT 16/8).

Human savagery is the same everywhere whatever the reason for the human slaughter - race hatred, religious intolerance, or political and ideological fanaticism or even economic conquest.

And the number of people who are brutally slaughtered makes no real difference to this fact although the images out of the Rwanda slaughter are more captivating.

The phenomenon is the same whether it's five in Fiji, 50 indigenous people in the Amazon or West Papua, 298 in Ukraine, 2000 in Gaza or nearly a million in Rwanda.

We should be appalled and horrified wherever and whenever such slaughter occurs and for whatever reason.

It's an indictment on the human race that we are prepared to slaughter one another because of superficial social constructions.

RAJEND NAIDU, Sydney, Australia

Football pride

IT'S an achievement that one can't express.

I too felt the same when we got promoted defeating Labasa. The team did the unexpected. Now the time comes for a different taste of competition.

As stated by Allen Jasoni (FT 19/8) getting reinforcements in my opinion is not district pride. England fell in World Cup because having foreign players in their EPL. Having high-profiled players is a burden to any district.

I urge the management and the coach to, please, stick to your players and expose their skills.

These players are loyal today and shall carry the pride of Tailevu Naitasiri a long way.

Keep up the good performance. Hats off again to the team.

PRAVEEN KUMAR, Nausori

What's good for the goose

IF I was a Fijian I would be very concerned about the government's continued refusal to disclose the real state of national finances prior to the September 17 election (Street talk FT 12/8).

Surely it's every Fijian's right to know the state of the national finances before casting their vote, especially when one reads that four schools will lose their grants if they don't submit an audited financial report (FT 16/8), to the Education Ministry.

In the seven years I have been coming to Fiji on holiday, I've noticed that Mr Bainimarama and his ministers have called for accountability, honesty and transparency nationwide, so why isn't government being accountable, honest and transparent by disclosing its audited national finance report for the past seven years.

After all, as the saying goes: "What's good for the goose, is good for the gander".

And that really would be a big step towards democracy.

FREDERICK WILLIAM TURNER, Savusavu

Restore pensions

IN a recent campaign address, Mr Bainimarama indicated he would look into the plight of senior citizens to improve the quality of life for them.

As a generous pre-election gesture to them, it will be good in their interest if he can restore the FNPF pensions that were reduced a couple of years back through a decree.

This would greatly ease the pressure of living and enable him to harness support at the forthcoming general elections.

It is sincerely hoped that action will be taken by the PM.

HASSAN ALI, Lautoka

Dirty sugar

WITH reference to Mathew Robinson's letter (FT 19/8), I have noticed something a few years ago regarding the sugar that we in Fiji buy for our consumption at home.

Fiji is buying lower quality sugar from Asian countries for about $US0.30, which is about $F0.60 per kilogram.

I presume they do this because the Fiji sugar industry has dropped its production and that it is barely meeting the quota required for the EU Agreement (Lome Convention).

We understand that Fiji gains a lot from that trade agreement because it sells its sugar above world market prices (preferential prices) at around EU1.10 which is about $F2.30).

So, they'd rather sell our higher quality sugar to someone else at a higher price and buy lower quality sugar at cheaper prices for domestic consumption.

The hardest part to understand is, why are they selling C-Grade sugar to us at A-Grade prices ($F2.30 per kg).

In other words, they are selling C-Grade sugar for Fiji and A-Grade sugar for EU at the same price.

We ask the Fiji Sugar Corporation and relevant authorities to stop the rip-off.

UTIKO NABUNOBUNO, Suva

Letter of the week ending 11/8-17/08

Liberal mind

WHILE they were known to be mellow, some politicians are now becoming troppo.

What spring of tide has changed them, jumping the fence to be genuinely liberal.

AREKI DAWAI, Suva

Join us

THERE will be a lot of unsuccessful candidates before and after the 2014 Election. People should understand that if you want to do something for your country, you don't necessarily have to be in Parliament. You can just join the letter writers.

SUKHA SINGH, Labasa

Decree

IT seems that some parts of the Electoral Decree are aimed at candidates who have a high number of supporters. The Electoral Decree has been amended in a way that affects specific individuals. This is not only unfair but unjust.

NORM WAQA, Nasinu

In memory

BEFORE casting my vote at the ballot box I will take a minute's silence for the ten thousand odd FNPF pensioners who lost their livelihood overnight by a stroke of the decree pen.

RICHARD BROWN, Suva

Israel support

BREAKING Christian News showed 20,000 Indians in Calcutta, India, take to the streets in support of Israel. It could only happen during Narendra Modi's term as Prime Minister of India.

20,000 may be a small figure given India's population but this pro-Israel and anti-terrorist rally was the biggest in recent history.

The Christian community expects the Keeper Of Israel (Jehovah) to reward Narendra Modi and India for their courage to stand up and be counted amidst anti-Semitism.

KORINA WAIBUTA, Suva

Not suitable

ON the ballot papers we should have the option of choosing "None of the above." Which will mean that none of the candidates is suitable enough to get my vote. Would be funny if it did.

WISE MUAVONO, Lautoka

Fire truck

DURING a campaign by a party some years ago, a politician asked villagers on the delta as to what they wanted if he won the seat. A villager requested for a fire truck.

Surprised and shocked, the politician asked him why a fire truck and the answer: "Warai, me boko kina na yameyame qai tiko mai gusumu ni (to put out the flame coming from your mouth)."

The politician won that seat but the villagers are still waiting for their fire truck. All the best in the campaigns.

MOHAMMED KASIM, Guangzhou City, China

Election battle

ALL candidates whose candidature has been approved by the Supervisor of Elections this week, have high hopes of winning a seat.

In total, 50 seats are at stake. Their success in the polls, however, will be determined by their public work and credibility.

Our experienced voters know the calibre of people they want to lead the country democratically.

Many youths who will be voting for the first time also understand the importance of choosing the right people to parliament.

When light at the end of the tunnel shines after September 17, full parliamentary democracy will have been restored for the country's brighter future.

International acceptance and recognition of the final poll results attained through free and fair election will come by automatically.

Once parliament sits, parliamentarians must leave behind dirty politics and tactics outside and concentrate in building the country.

Their parliamentary work should be such that pleases all Fijians alike.

But first their conduct and behaviour during polling must be of high standard throughout. An interesting tough election battle looms.

Let democracy be the winner at the end of the day.

Suresh Chand, Nadi

God's will

THANK you Brother J Nakarawa for your letter and I believe other readers may have the same opinion. (FT 18/8)

When asked in my interview as to why I chose FijiFirst, I replied: "As a Christian, I believe that this current government has followed Christ's method of mingling with the people and visiting them where they live, having compassion on the people, meeting their needs and now, you are inviting them to follow you.

I want to be part of this movement, to put God first, others second and self last." Readers will look highly at the elected person, think about all the money he will earn and the good life he will enjoy, but I thank God that

He looks at the heart and believe me, if elected; it is all about meeting the needs of the people and showing them God's love, the very essence of God's government.

SAVENACA VAKALIWALIWA, Nasinu

Laws in Fiji

LAWS are being established for some reason.

In Fiji, indeed there are many laws and systems that do not seem to make sense and some are not being taken seriously.

Now we all know what is happening to the e-ticketing system and what a failure it's turning out to be.

After all, how many buses are using this system.

I have never used my e-ticketing card and on the same note am still waiting for the refund.

Laws on litter just seem to be of no value now as we still see rubbish scattered at most of the places every now and then. As for civil pride, not many seem to have it.

There are people who try to do the right thing which goes down the drain by those inconsiderate and selfish people with less courtesy.

Another rule for jaywalking also seems to be a downfall. Jaywalking is common and, if I am not mistaken, there was once laws for spitting as well but everywhere we see people spitting in public places.

Where is the fear of the law? What is the point of making rules when hardly anyone monitors them?

We cannot have a clean Fiji if we don't abide by the law.

Let's make our Fiji the way the world should be by giving some strict values to the laws and regulations.

KIRTI PATEL, Lautoka


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