Letters to the Editor – August 19

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum picks the first taxi permit winner in Lautoka this year. Picture: SUPPLIED/DEPTINFO

Taxi permits

I have received visitation from new taxi permit winners in Lautoka seeking advice on how to buy a car when struggling to feed themselves.

Dan Urai, Lautoka

Software issue

I believe Mr Saneem (SOE) said NADRA will provide the software so that they can know how many ballot papers to print and how many ballot boxes to make etc.

I am just wondering how they used to do it before .

Sukha Singh, Labasa

Political teaching

I’ve often wondered why some politicians negatively criticise and demonise anything and everything, ramping up their party’s position using every available means just before an election.

Yet they’re hardly heard from during the rest of the time.

Is this just the nature of politics or is it a point-scoring ploy just before an election hoping they’ll sneak a few seats by hoodwinking the public?

Perhaps, some of our pollies might learn a thing or two from Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau’s political philosophy: “I am a Teacher. It’s how I define myself.

“A good teacher isn’t someone who gives answers out to their kids but is understanding of needs and challenges and gives tools to help other people succeed.

“That’s the way I see myself, so whatever it is that I will do eventually after politics, it’ll have a lot to do with teaching!”

If only more politicians took on a similar vision of teaching, mentoring and coaching, we would have a country where more and more people are achieving their best rather than the same old divide and rule rhetoric that seems to be a leftover residue of the colonial era keeping many of us at odds with each other.

Yes, it seems we learned it well rather than breaking the pattern and forging ahead along a more positive route of working together for the betterment of the country.

Remember, “Art, Freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics!” Victor Pinchuk

Colin Deoki, Australia

Concrete evidence

Political parties should stop the accusations against the Elections Commission immediately unless they come up with concrete evidence of their claims.

Personally I have no doubt that the 2014 elections were free and fair.

All I would ask the Electoral Commission to do is ensure that the international election observers are drawn from those countries that conduct credible elections themselves.

This would rule out most other Pacific nations, together with most Asian and African nations.

Observers should be drawn from Australia, NZ, EU countries, and other states that can conclusively prove their elections are above board.

If the observers are drawn from dubious countries then our election’s credibility will be in doubt.

Allan Loosley, Tavua

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