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Frog eaten horse

Simon Hazelman, Savusavu
Thursday, December 07, 2017

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is absolutely correct in stating that there is a culture in Fiji whereby people comment on rumours without first verifying the facts (FT:06/12).

His analogy of the frog eating the horse, in that if someone says a frog has eaten a horse, people will start saying "oh my God what colour was the frog?" instead of first checking out the facts if the frog had eaten the horse or not certainly portrays the people we are.

The term we use up north Mr A-G is "coconut wireless", and unfortunately eight out of every 10 people here suffer from it!

As rumours spread from one to another, a pinch of salt and pepper is added to make it even more dramatic.

Many would even throw in the whole salt and pepper container for that matter.

Gossip and rumour is simply shared around by misinformed people who go about creating ongoing drama and disorder that is easily accepted by idiots.

As the saying goes, if you didn't hear it with your own ears, or see it with your own eyes … don't invent it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth!

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