Letters to the Editor – May 13, 2019

Eileen Cikamatana performs the traditional 'cobo' as a mark of respect after receiving her gold medal. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Eileen Cikamatana performs the traditional 'cobo' as a mark of respect after receiving her gold medal. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU/FILE

Weightlifting’s story

Very respectfully, rightly or wrongly, and with much tact, diplomacy and understanding, please humbly allow me to say, “Brownie points” were scored for and against, our very own fellow Fijian, in the innocent person of Eileen Cikamatana. She was unfortunately caught up in uncomfortable and unenviable positions by influential person/s and authorities, well beyond her own youthful years of extremely limited comprehension and consequence. In true iTaukei tolerance, understanding, reconciliatory pathways, wisdom and forgiveness, I pray for a way forward. I beg for this sad impasse to be brought to an amicable conclusion. I am always reminded by the words of wisdom by my chemistry teacher, many many youthful years ago in 1969, that “Success is failure turned inside out”. Will some kind person of authority and much arbitrary wisdom please rise to this occasion? Two wrongs are not equal to one right. Thank you in earnest anticipation. Ronnie Chang Nadi

History lessons

Professor Wadan Narsey’s article ‘Workers and lessons of history’ ( FT 11/05 ) is brilliant, insightful and inspirational. He reminds us of our failure to draw lessons from history to guide our conduct in contemporary Fiji politics and society. But it’s never too late to learn provided we bring an open mind and a critical eye to examine the issues that impact on the people and the country. The prosperity of the country depends on that. Ignoring the lessons mean repeating the mistakes of the past. That’s hardly a sensible thing to do. Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia

Police presence

During the ADB meet in Nadi, police officers were almost everywhere. Almost daily we would see or hear police escort a dignitary with police motorbikes and vehicle sirens going full blast. Then a motorcade would zoom past at breakneck speed. Everyone else had to stop. Police on motorbikes would be stationed at intersection traffic lights and the roundabouts to stop traffic if a motorcade was coming. More than 2000 plus delegates were here in Fiji and I guess Fiji will benefit. As many as 400 police officers were deployed to Nadi to make sure it was safe for them. With 400 officers in Nadi, I wonder if some stations were working with the bare minimum staff. Then we read about a man who was returning from work getting mugged in Suva. Here is a man who went to earn an honest dollar to feed his family only to be set upon by thugs. His protection? Furthermore, there are times when people call a police station and are informed that there is no transport and some people go and get the officer, if one is available or hire a taxi. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against the safety of the delegates, my point is if only that much care could also be given to the people of Fiji. If only we could get police to a crime scene in the blink of an eye. If only we could see police officers on foot patrol while we sit on our verandahs late at night drinking grog and invite them in to have a cold or warm drink. If only we could see them at places where roadside drinking parties are happening. I can fill the whole of The Fiji Times with if onlys. Now I wait to see what benefit Fiji will get from the ADB meeting. I hope you understand what I’m talking about. Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

School bullies

The buck is being passed around. All sorts of solutions are being thrown in. Sending a student who bullies to another school, teachers, parents or the police. Who or what will stop this? I’d suggest, we have to find this out. Exactly when did students’ behaviour start to become a problem in and out of school? Answer this correctly for the solution. Looking at the magnitude of the problem, beating around the bush is not an option. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Reece form

Vina du riki na waqe kaikai i South Africa na saravou ni Nadi, o Sevu Reece. What an awesome display of good hard running rugby early this morning, Saturday, May 11, in South Africa as the Crusaders walloped hosts, the Bulls 45-13. Our very own local ever-improving gutsy Nadi lad, Sevu Reece contributing a hat-trick — one in the first 40 minutes and two in the second half. Simply awe-inspiring and an excellent role model to many of our aspiring saravou. Every good luck and wish as you follow your life’s dreams. You make Nadi and Fiji proud — and your loving parents, the proudest! Cheers! Vina du leqwa, Sevu. Ronnie Chang Martintar, Nadi

Too hot to handle

Reece and the Crusaders taught the Bulls some valuable lessons on Saturday morning and what a cracker it was. The Crusaders boasting power, speed and experience in Moody, Taylor, Alaalatoa, Barrett, Taufua, Todd, Read, Hall, Mo’unga, Bridge, Crotty, Goodhue, Reece and Havili with a strong bench in Makalio, Romano, Douglas, Drummond, Hunt and Ennor thrashed the Bulls.
On the other hand, the home side with the likes of Gqoboka, Brits, Nyakane, Staden, Todd, Warner, Pollard, Specman, Kotze and Hendricks failed to contain the opposition’s onslaught. It was a must win for the Crusaders who are chased by the second seeded Hurricanes and the defending champs did not let their fans down! Once again Reece showed why he is too hot to handle
as he showed great defence and attacking armoury. Finally, congratulations to the Stallions for bouncing back with a bonus point win against Northland while powerhouses Suva and Naitasiri continued their dominance in round 3! RAJNESH ISHWAR LINGAM Nadawa, Nasinu

Question time

During parliamentary sittings, there is a special allocation for question time. Members of the Opposition are given opportunities to pose questions. During debates, members of the Parliament are able to quiz each other about proceedings and issues which concern our nation. Through press conferences and interviews, journalists question and gather responses. Talkback shows and public consultations provide opportunities for the public to put across their views and queries. These talkback shows and public consultations rely on time. Because of time constraints, many members of the public are unable to utilise these opportunities. Is there a possibility for creation of a question bank where members of the public can “deposit” their questions? These questions can be independently screened and raised in Parliament. After all, the issues concern the nation and its people. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Age factor

Trues up Simon Hazelman, a 69-year-old man is suing to be recognised as 49? Now that’s a new one and I hope he gets it. But it’s true that with man’s modern technological know-how, humans are living longer. Here in Fiji we cut short the working span of some people because we have many unemployed graduates. Unfortunately many of the 55ers, still in the prime of their life and could go another 55 years, have to pay the price. We should be increasing the retiring age to 73, and make it voluntary for people to retire when they say, “That’s it, I’ve worked enough and now the young ones can take over.” Mind you we can rope in these experienced people to form a think tank in the field of their expertise and advise new teachers, engineers, doctors, managers, CEOs, town planners, vets etc. And like I told my friend Hirday Lakhan — 60 is the new 40. Life begins at 60. As for me I’m 19. Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

International Nurses Day

The tireless efforts of nurses all over the world are celebrated every year on May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth in 1820. International Nurses Day is a day which is celebrated annually all over the world. The purpose of this is to mark contributions made to society by nurses all over the world and to honour them as they do a job that is often unappreciated. Nurses celebrate this event aiming to increase awareness about nursing and nurses contribution towards health care innovation. Nurses are the fast and first point of contacting for health services. Nurses innovatively practised to provide free health checkup to the industries indicating their willingness of improving the health of staffs, to meet all the local needs, to improve the physical, mental and wellbeing of the patients and etc. Why Nurses Day is important? Serving humanity is one of the great professions. Nurses are doing this. I am not going to over emphasise the profession but for mankind, nurses are playing an important role in society. Public awareness to raise the health care system, the nursing profession is being raised by the celebration of International Nurses Day. There is a proverb that says, “Great minds think alike”. People are encouraged to take time to thank a nurse who has been there for them or their loved ones during days of sickness. Hats off to all the nurses in Fiji for their hard work and efforts and wishing all the best on this day. Vinaka. Neelz Singh Lami

ADB host

Hosting the ADB seemed more important to a letter writer (FT 11/05) than 2000 families at WAF losing their ability to buy bread. What a time to be alive, indeed? Dan Urai Lautoka


I refer to the issue of poor restaurant standards raised by Simon Hazelman and commented on by Consumer Council of Fiji as being a common complaint (FT 11/05). It’s not uncommon to come across restaurants like that even in Sydney. We went to one such overrated, one purporting to serve authentic Chinese cuisine for Mother’s Day. They couldn’t even do a decent fried rice! I am no chef but with my trusted The Complete Chinese Cookbook by Kenneth Lo (1974), I can do a better job than the Chinese served at some restaurants. I suspect the problem nowadays is that it’s more about making money than serving decent food to paying customers. Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia

Routine query

I read with utmost interest that about $74.5 million in the last budget went for salaries of RFMF personnel. This as stated was for their normal routine. Out of simple curiosity, what is their normal routine? This is just a normal routine query. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Politics and all

A mate just told me that with the Israel Folau saga, it’s going to be dangerous to quote from the Bible. Just in case it offends a section of society. For me I don’t mix religion with anything else. Brings to mind a memorable quote about mixing politics and poultry. Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Karan issue

You are a true gem my friend. There is no category, be it A B or C, that can take away the truth that is present when it comes to the timing that you have set. Forget about what the selectors are saying. I never read any FB negative comment on you. Almost all of the Fijians support you. It’s only the champs who have different views for you. I mean the selectors who did much better than you in their earlier days. Did they ever? Ashis Kumar Ba

Job scheme

Before the election the present Government came up with so many initiatives like home care business grants, $50 free bus fare recharge and free Walesi. I hope during this term they can come up with employment schemes whereby unemployed people like myself can earn some money. Sukha Singh Labasa || may13lekap9 || I refer to the issue of poor restaurant standards

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