Letters to the Editor – May 19

Deadpool 2 – More crazier, hilarious and naughty

DEADPOOL 2 is in town and screening at local cinemas.
Compared with Deadpool 1 — Deadpool 2 is crazier, it’s hilarious and it’s naughty.
It gets emotional.
It gets controversial.
It’s hard to explain in words apart from actually watching the movie.
Some of the scenes are unbelievable making viewers wonder how producers could come up with such imagination.
At times, I believe some viewers might want to jump into the movie and squeeze the ears of the main characters.
Other times, viewers might want to laugh and then suddenly slap them. There are times when the language goes off course, with language becoming a little uncharacteristic or vulgar.
One may dub this as the movie in which part two only gets crazier.
Now you can imagine what Deadpool 3 will be like.
Only time will tell but for now, Deadpool 2 is one of the most talked about movies.


Online law question

WE are told that irresponsible social media users could be paying up to $20,000 in fine and face an imprisonment sentence of up to five years if investigated by the Online Safety Commission and found guilty by the courts. We all know of the Member of Parliament’s privileges and the Speaker reminded MPs that whatever is said in Parliament cannot be challenged in a court of law. My question is, “What if an MP says something which impinges on the privacy and dignity of another person?'” From what we know, since MPs are covered under the law when spoken in Parliament — no action can be taken. Yet, what if the dailies, radio stations, TV news share what was said in Parliament to the public? What if the Opposition forces use the social media as the platform to discredit or destroy the person using the very exact words spoken in Parliament to impinge on the privacy and dignity of the affected person? Are the above deemed as irresponsible media and social media users or are they innocent because they are just reiterating what was said in Parliament? Could someone answer this question please!


English test

IN a country where more than 50 per cent of the population are iTaukei, why do we need an English test to become a Member of Parliament (MP) (FT/17/5/18). What we should really be encouraging under the freedom of expression is to allow members of Parliament to express themselves in the mother tongue so their views can be well understood because English is their second language. I believe members of Parliament and rugby players are unable to express themselves well on TV when speaking the second language and should not be discriminated against.

DAN URAI, Lautoka

Insightful article

PLEASE allow me to compliment Dr Sushil K Sharma on his insightful article “Cost of English” (FT 24/4) in which he pointed out that we use English for education, government and business largely as a result of a historical accident. If France had not been in such political disarray in the mid-nineteenth century, we could well have been using French now for such purposes, as is the case in our closest neighbour, Wallis and Futuna. Another point tellingly made by the author was how we have come to denigrate our own languages, mistakenly believing that they are of no use in education or other “serious” endeavours, resulting in the absurd situation of our vernaculars now being prohibited in our own Parliament. I have every sympathy with those who advocate that people should not be discriminated against because of their race, gender, age or sexual orientation, but it saddens me that so many people seem happy to accept that people who do not speak a certain foreign language fluently should be denied the right to participate in the political life of our nation — a colonial hangover we could well do without.


Changing times

VIEWING the news lately, it is obvious that we are living in a time of continuous changes. Locally, out of the 79 new recruits in the Fiji Navy, six are female. A new beginning it will be in the navy and these females are part of history. In terms of foreign relations, interestingly, the Russians have had a navy vessel visiting Papua New Guinea. Geopolitics in the Pacific appears to have shifted with super powers such as Russia, China and US having a greater interest in our region. Walking past Kadavu House the other day, one noticed a colour rainbow flag flying high. International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) it was. Meanwhile, one looks forward to the much anticipated match between the Highlanders and Chiefs but this time around the host team will be the Highlanders. Sitting at the bus stand waiting formy bus, I could not help but notice the generally disappointing behaviour of our primary and secondary school children. Like it or not, changing times s a reality we have to live with.


Royal wedding

ANNE Kent (SMH, letters 18/5) asks “Can someone please tell me how I can avoid it (Watching the royal wedding) totally?” Me too! But I don’t think I’ll be waiting. I’d instead be re-reading Tom Wolfe’s The New Journalism. I think I’ll get a whole lot more out of that.

RAJEND NAIDU, Sydney, Australia

State handouts

YOU can call it handout or freebie but one thing that boggles my mind is the number of people who turned up to receive the e-ticketing cards, it was just too many. Sometimes back, I believe the FijiFirst Government said that they would stop the freebies just because of corruption. Well, that was then.

JOHN BROWN, Drasa Vitogo, Lautoka

Classic standards

THE bus company that services the Sukanaivalu Rd and the Tomuka route has a slogan on the rear windscreen of almost every bus that reads “Choose Classic 2 B Classic”. Wouldn’t it be nice if some of your buses are up to classic standards? Oh, and by the way, some of your drivers have very poor people skills!!


7s team

ADD Aviva Premiership Rugby player of the year Vereniki Goneva and Europe player of the year Leone Nakarawa to the current 7s team. With their current form it shouldn’t be a difficult choice.

HENRY SAKOPO, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Sporting tourney

A TOURIST went past Prince Charles Park on Thursday and when seeing the thousands of people, thought that a sporting tournament was on.

WISE MUAVONO, Hedstrom Pl, Balawa, Lautoka

I totally agree

THANK you Richard Naidu for your letter in Wednesday’s edition. I totally agree with you. I’ll go a step further and suggest that even if there’s a change in government, we should retain the Speaker. Vinaka.

Online culture

WAY to go Fiji. The Online Safety Bill should be enacted without delay before unruly online behaviour becomes part of our culture. Oomph! And your cartoon (FT 17/5/2018) couldn’t be more succinct.


Police recruit

INSTEAD of requiring a driving licence as a prerequisite for applicants, I believe the Fiji Police Force should include driving/defensive driving as part of their training program. Most applicants who were turned away were school leavers and even students mostly from poor backgrounds.


Jones and mates

WE were drinking kava at Kava Place when I served Desmond Jones’ food (Jones is our pet dog). He ate his fill and some was left-over. Soon the neighbours’ dogs came over and I let them eat the rest. One of the boys said, “Man, Al you gonna feed all the dogs in the neighbourhood.” Just then the neighbours dogs started fighting over the food and one of them bit the container and ran away with it and what was left. My mate said, “Chi, chi, they also takeaway.” Then one of the boys added, “Jones should have asked them, May I trouble you with a cuppa tea also?”

ALLEN LOCKINGTON, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Water samples

DIFFERENT liquid refuse flow into the filtration tank at the Navua Hospital. I am wondering whether water samples are collected from that filtration tank so we may know it is or is not toxic. Explain it well to the neighbouring people. What about the liquid refuse from the septic tank of the hospital? Where does the overflow from the septic tank and the soak pit end up? I believe it will surely find its way down to the river system.


Best wishes

END of first semester is approaching and the students are full swing catching up with their revisions. The struggle for some is real. The hard work will surely get paid off. Carry on with full dedication. My best wishes are with all the students who will be sitting for their exams. While I sit for mine, will surely pray for all.


Times does it best

NOTHING beat the feeling of reading our No.1 newspaper yesterday. Goneva’s picture with the Aviva Premiership’s best player trophy, the picture of the staff members of Tavarua Island Resort with the Webb Ellis Cup and then the picture of Fijiana Mereula Toroti stole the show. Not to mention the front page picture and the news, stories and moments from our Parliament House. For genuine news and the truth, I stick to The Fiji Times. By the way, congratulations to Goneva for grabbing the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Year award! To the staff members of Tavarua, you guys are so lucky to have touched the Webb Ellis Cup. Finally, my best wishes to Lautoka as the Sugar City Blues prepare to defend their home turf against Team Wellington. If you can’t score boys, please defend well. Kaise baat!


Yellow markings

THERE has been an increase in yellow markings along the streets of Lautoka City. Parking metres have been removed and replaced with yellow marks. Because of the continuous increase in the number of vehicles, motorists are bound to park on these marks which is illegal. LTA officials, police officers and city rangers don’t spare a second to give out infringement notices to these motorists. Furthermore, taxidrivers do not use base allocated to them in Lautoka City. They look for passengers while making rounds within the city main. I humbly request Lautoka City Council to solve these issues by removing the yellow markings from certain areas where parking is always a necessity for example alongside hardware shops, supermarkets and Village 4 Cinemas. I also request the council to investigate on cabbies who don’t require base which could instead be allocated for those drivers who have difficulty going without.

DAVID SUSHIL LAL Malolo St, Lautoka

Suva bus station

RECENTLY, the Suva City I believe seems to have fallen into its old lazy ways with the Suva bus station without anyone around at all. Starting of with the bean sellers, they used to wear a reflector waistcoat but now hardly any of them wear these waistcoats. But I still notice them on the wheelbarrow boys. This week, especially after school hours, there were hardly any station marshals around to direct the buses and the public. It seems to be do whatever that pleases you. Schoolchildren running around as if it’s a playing ground. I also notice that there are no police officers to be seen at these times. The Shore Buses end is the most dangerous during these times because there are no railings at this end and when buses turn, it is so close to the pavement where most schoolchildren are usually standing around. The public is also seen crossing the main terminal which is usually forbidden when the marshals are around. Come on Suva City Council, get your acts together before a mishap happens. These are issues to be looked into. Firstly, the number of young boys roaming around asking for money and cigarettes to whoever is around. Secondly, the “Turn off engine” signs seem not to work, Thirdly, seats need to be checked because I believe some are insecure. Fourthly, smokers have no respect at all for the public and it’s the bus drivers and checkers who smoke a lot and just throw cigarette butts everywhere. The Suva bus terminal is one place you need to get out of very quickly, you will be hassled by boys or beggars, inhale smoke from buses or smokers or you will surely be disturbed by schoolchildren running around.

Home ownership

EARLIER this week, one of the media outlets’ website published Minister for Economy comment regarding homeowning initiatives available to first home buyers. RBF’s housing facility was mentioned and the minister advised that further initiatives were in the pipeline. While the first home buyer initiative is welcomed, I believe the Government has completely missed the mark when trying to encourage home ownership because sadly no one seems to be paying attention to the elephant in the room. In my view, the conspicuous problem facing the housing market is unaffordability, and it remains to be addressed by our parliamentarians. Can the minister please talk about this and advise the nation his plans to counter our severely unaffordable housing costs? Apart from placating the low-income earners, beaming on low interest rates and offering home buying initiatives otherwise don’t help get housing costs down but rather exacerbate unaffordability!

BIMAL PRASAD Newtown Rd, Wailoaloa, Nadi

Superb initiative

IT is really pleasing to note that our champion athletes as well as our 7s heroes received bonus cheques from the Sports Ministry for their accomplishments at the Commonwealth Games. And I just can’t help but admire this superb initiative by the Government to reward these sports personalities. Indeed, this kind gesture would strengthen their resolve and reinforce their boldness and their courage to do well and accomplish more in future competitions. To all our sports personalities, go forth and conquer wherever in the world you compete in. And good luck!

JOELI NALECA, Natabua, Lautoka

Breaking the Silence

BREAKING the Silence is a professional learning initiative in Australia for principals and teachers who provide foundational knowledge, tools and strategies to implement respectful relationships and domestic violence education programs in schools. The program supports schools to bring about a commitment to stop violence against women. It builds on existing initiatives to strengthen a culture of respect and equality at all levels of the school community — through curriculum, role modelling from staff members, policies and procedures, domestic violence education programs and strengthened family and community partnerships. Through the program, students learn and experience respectful relationships, gender equality and how to challenge attitudes which support violence. The aim is to create real generational change to stop violence against women. Schools that complete Breaking the Silence are recognised as White Ribbon Schools, becoming a strong symbol of a safe, equitable workplace and vehicle for community change. From a young age, young people are exposed to information, messaging and behaviours that condone violence against women. Young people are also exposed to, and influenced by, domestic violence at home. During this critical life stage, young people are already forming ideas about men, women and their relationships. Exposure to harmful messaging and gender stereotyping can lead to attitudes that support inequality and disrespect towards women. Exposure to violence against women also has a clear and negative impact on children and young people’s behaviour, mental health, and social development. Schools should play a pivotal role in breaking the cycle of violence by teaching young people how to recognise and challenge violence against women and build respectful relationships. Breaking the Silence engages the wider school community to promote and role model gender equality and create a safe, inclusive school culture to stop violence against women. This is what a White Ribbon School student has to say, “I want to represent myself as a role model and show the people around me, my peers, friends, family, everyone in the community, how women should be treated and make them feel safe.” The program has a proven capacity to result in long-term positive cultural change. Some benefits of the program are practical knowledge, tools, and strategies to embed respectful relationships, increased understanding of men’s violence against women and principals of gender equality, strengthened community partnerships, safer, more respectful, and inclusive schools, calmer classrooms and more productive schools, reduction in violence supportive attitudes and positive changes in behaviour. Upon completion, schools join a cohort of White Ribbon Schools across Australia and receive ongoing support. Becoming a White Ribbon School is an overt symbol of a school’s commitment to building safer, more respectful and productive schools and communities. Given the high incidence of domestic violence and a shocking lack of respect for women in Fiji, the Ministry of Education should seriously consider implementing a similar program here. It would serve the students and the community a lot better than some of the subjects in the curriculum that hardly have any lasting benefit or impact.


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