Letters to the Editor- April 23


IT would have been ideal for the new joint card (FNPF and TIN) to also include date of birth. Similar to a driving licence and voter’s card.
Carrying a birth certificate as proof of identification is a thing of the past. The year is 2018, not 1980.

Wise Muavono
Balawa, Lautoka

Roundabout question

IN Parliament, Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa asked my favourite Minister (for Transport), Parveen Kumar how will the minister fit in bicycle lanes with the number of second-hand cars being imported right now.
And that there are already so many cars on the road and there are many waiting to come on the road.
The reply from the honourable minister was that the Opposition was very much against cars being brought into the country. And that government has allocated millions of dollars to Fiji Roads Authority to create four lanes.
Four lanes for bicycles? What was the question again? By the way I love roundabouts they ease traffic flow.

Allen Lockington
Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Success breeds success

Twenty one years seems quite a long time, but as the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and hungrier I might add.
That hunger drove RKS to victory at the 2018 secondary schools athletics meet in Suva. RKS’s success was built on their all-conquering rugby teams which achieved a rare clean sweep in all grades in 2017.
And the recent success of their under-19 rugby league team this year was a sign of things to come.
What they have is success being driven by success. And when the Lodoni brigade from the hills of Delainakaikai is on the roll, they are going to take some stopping.

Samu Railoa


THERE are so many writers in the daily papers. I believe it makes the dailies interesting, wanted and a must to go for every day especially on Saturdays.
The day is not the same without it. I believe the biggest issue here is no one cares to reply or even attend to what the letter suggests. Shame indeed.




THE Coca-Cola Games 2018 on the closing day became a comical affair. Sad, eh?

Wise Muavono
Balawa, Lautoka

Sports and

Please don’t mix sports with religion or vice versa.
If students/players can wake up at 4am, dedicate their lives, goals to spiritually prepare for “war” (games) and win, they thank God first.
I just wonder what can they achieve if they do the same towards education or the work front?
Be reminded that there will be only one winner in every sport.
I believe God’s treats everyone equally. Or is it that he doesn’t like losers?
I believe 7s rugby has set a very bad trend.
Win and all praise to the Almighty. Lose and we blame the ref.
I remember our greatest 7s player, during his playing days, he closes his eyes, says a little prayer before every conversion.
He converted some and missed some.
He won some and lost some.
Please compare with international teams.
The answer is crystal clear.
I believe if God is only ours, we should win all.
I believe we don’t own God alone. God is for anyone …. everyone.



With no competitors around, how can one compete to get a good time for his run?
This is absurd and stupidity at its highest level.
For a win, people can do anything.
When Shane was given another chance, this did not mean that he was still guilty of the break start.
He had been cleared. So the onus on the part of other runners was to face him on the tracks.
Come on managers, this is not the way athletes should be treated especially at this age of their life and in front of such a large crowd.
Just the other day some experts were talking about retention of athletes after this event! With such attitude against champions, I am sorry retention would only be a dream.
What a jury and what a set of sportspeople our young athletes would remember for the rest of their lives. And here we are talking about making a good society through sports.

Dhirendra Prasad


Your Sunday Times (22/04) headline Mai Lodoni Mai is spot on to describe the emotion, passion and celebration in Tailevu that will go on for weeks after a sensational comeback victory in the boys’ division of the Coke Games.
How appropriate to have achieved this feat on the 21st day of the month as well.
The giants of Tailevu who clean-sweeped the Deans rugby competition last year had only the Coke title eluding them and now their cabinet is complete.
After a long time Tailevu/Nausori region will hold high the boys’ and girls’ title for a year and the delta boys and girls will surely start mapping out a game plan already to retain the titles and make it their own.
Mai Lodoni Mai is lingering in the lips and minds of all at Delanakaikai. Joka kece!

Shalwyn Prasad
Mukta Ben Place, Nabua, Suva

Overseas exposure has helped little nations’ athletes excel.
That may be the missing development link for our failure in track and field events.
Dan Urai

What a waste of resources and money!
Personally, I have not read my booklet nor do I have any interest to open it.
Hopefully there will be no invalid votes in the coming election after the distribution of the so-called booklet.
If not then as I have said, what a waste.
Including candidates’ photos as an option to voters in the ballot papers is more meaningful and less expensive.
Just a thought.

Pita Soroaqali

Flashback 1997 – RKS scooped the Coke Games title!
Forward to 2018 – RKS broke a 21 year drought to snatch the boy’s division title from defending champions Natabua and the boys from Flagstaff, the once kings of the Coke Games.
The brigade from Delainakaikai put aside the disappointment from last year’s 4x400m senior boys relay loss to Natabua to solidify their position on the medal tally.
The 4x400m inter quartet brought the vocal RKS supporters to a standstill and reduced many to tears as they smashed their way to the tape.
I had earmarked the senior RKS 4x400m quartet to break Marist and Natabua hearts but the race had little impact on the medal tally.
Shane Tuvusa, who proved the nemesis for RKS in last year’s final event, also gave up as sensation Sauduadua dashed to the tape.
The RKS inter and senior boys set a new record in the process. After the Tailevu giants made a clean sweep in the Deans finals last year, I wrote a letter titled “RKS conquers Deans” on 14/08 and I quote this line “RKS definitely deserves this piece of cake and I can foresee the 2018 Coke Games boys title heading to Lodoni!”
I was confident that their four-year development plan was going to bear fruits. Administrator Walesi ‘Mama’ Soqoiwasa was emotional and having worked with him at John Wesley, I could sense what the win meant to him, the RKS community and old scholars.
Ironically the no-nonsense coach Moape Vu, who was a member of the RKS senior boys’ 4x400m quartet alongside Napo, Kinijoji and Samu, was the last batch of athletes who tasted victory in Laucala Bay in 1997.
Their motto “One Team, One Win, One Mission” brought out the best from the Lodoni boys who sacrificed to train in the morning and afternoon so they could run their hearts out to recapture their status in athletics.
I congratulate the RKS athletes, team management, officials, parents and the former scholars especially Toloi Kolinisau and my beautiful sister Lice Kavika. On the other hand, the girls from Sawani had won the title even before the start of the 4x400m relays.
The chanting “Waimanu Kui” echoed in the stadium as ACS delivered the killer blow with a scintillating finish on day two and three.
Ironically ACS coach, former Jasper mentor Tony Raboiliku and my junior at FCAE in 2002 was also part of the 1997 RKS winning team. He took part in discus.
Hearty congratulations to the ACS athletes, the extended ACS family and the old scholars! As the curtains closed to a fantastic event, hats off to all those who made the Coke Games a success and I congratulate the athletes who broke records and those who won the best athlete awards.
Finally, I thank The Fiji Times for all the coverage and stories right from the schools inter-house to the zone meets.
The coverage enabled ardent readers to learn about the background of our athletes and their sacrifices.
Vinaka vakalevu!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam
Nadawa, Nasi

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