Letters to the Editor – October 29

Fiji Airways Fiji Drua charges against Queensland Country during the NRC Final over the weekend. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Great entertainers

“THE great entertainers of 2018 and now they are the champions. The Fijian Drua win the National Rugby Championship and what a moment for this small island nation.” This is what rugby commentator Andrew Swain had to say after the magic from the Drua shut out a clustered Queensland Country outfit. When PM Bainimarama negotiated for a spot in the NRC, he had a vision, but he may have not thought that it would just take two years for our Drua to sail into the history books. The excitement machines put up a spectacular effort in the Sugar City and the home crowd rallied behind our super heroes who not only defended the Horan-Little Shield in an emphatic manner, but also snatched the NRC title from the grasp of the defending champs. Our forwards stole the limelight and almost stood head-to-head when it came to the set-pieces. Watching Dolokoto run in full stride brought the fans to the edge of their seats while the likes of Tuisue, Voka, Jo, Makutu, Naulago, Navori and Radrodro laid the foundation for our backs to showcase their skills and footwork. Those who came off the bench — Navuma, Mawi, Tagi, Naqali and Dyer — were equally superb. Our backs deserve a pat for playing gallantly and led by Lomani, Vereti, Apo, Vota, Reece, Kurumudu and Api, they were ferocious in defence and attack. The subs — Matawalu, Enele and Daveta also played their part. While I commend the home fans for making all the noise and spurring our boys to this historic win, I compliment the coaching panel – Seruvakula and Fuli. Finally, I congratulate Lomani for becoming the first Fijian player to walk away with the Phil Waugh medal and hats off to Veitokani for the man-of-the-tournament performance. Wananavu Drua! If there was someone who was jumping for joy it was my dad who got his perfect birthday gift! Vinaka vakalevu boys for the win! RAJNESH ISHWAR LINGAM Nadawa, Nasinu

Termite threat

I TOTALLY agree with the views expressed by Mohammed Imraz Janif and Azeem Ud Dean (FT 27/10) regarding the seriousness of the termite issue in Lautoka. Indeed it is very disturbing to note that there seems to be no sense of urgency on the part of the authorities concerned to address this crisis facing the people of Lautoka. All our pleas are falling on deaf ears. If they lack the technical capacity then they should bring in the experts from overseas who have invented more effective and innovative methods of containing these pests. They need to come out of the inertia and get their acts together before the situation gets totally out of control. Quick action was taken to douse the Vunato dump fire after the intervention from the Minister for Environment. But I fail to understand why less importance is being given to eradicate the spread of termite. Surprisingly, none of the political parties have identified it as a critical issue in their manifestos and what they intend to do about it when they form the next government. I would urge the public to pose this question to the candidates contesting the general election if they come around for your votes. In some countries they have enacted laws whereby the authorities can be sued for such negligence. Recently a group of kiwifruit growers in New Zealand had successfully sued the Ministry for Primary Industries for what they allege was negligence in allowing the bacterial kiwifruit vine disease PSA-V into the country. The judgment is being appealed by MPI. We should have a similar protection for losses arising from damages to our properties since they are not covered under the building insurance. I believe it’s time our concerns were elevated to the highest level. SELWA NANDAN Lautoka

All Blacks rule

I WATCHED in vain as my Canterbury side lost to the Alama Ieremaia-coached Auckland side in extra spell at Eden Park. This ended Canterbury’s three-in-a-row winning streak and hopes of a fourth crown. However, I commend Auckland for ending an 11-year barren run in the NZ Provincial Championship. On the other hand, my despair was short lived as I watched the All Blacks put up a gallant show to dismantle the Wallabies in Yokohama, Japan. The dominant All Blacks outscored the Wallabies five tries to two and took control of the match, while the loss added salt to Cheika’s wounds. After the demolition, the All Blacks prepare to face Six Nations giants England and Ireland and I wish the darling of rugby all the best. Toso All Blacks! RAJNESH ISHWAR LINGAM Nadawa, Nasinu

I want Ana’s job

I WANT The Fiji Times reporter Ana Madigibuli’s job. Yes – want! She gets to travel all over Fiji and visit the out of the way villages and to me it’s like stepping back in time. She gets to see places where the people of old once walked on before Christianity. She gets to sit with the elders and listen to stories handed down from father to son. She gets to see historical sites. Fiji is rich in history and one of them is about the Masa clan of Nabukebuke in Namosi. The story (ST 28/10) is really intriguing and makes me want to travel with The Fiji Times team just to walk the places steeped in history. I bet I will get many stories that I can bring back and fascinate my mates with. I am a camera freak and will take photos of places not seen by many people. I would love to go to the highest villages in Fiji and just stand there and close my eyes and envision I am back there some 200 years ago. But I love your work Ana, keep it up. You have the best job in Fiji. ALLEN LOCKINGTON Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Victoria Cross hope

THE award of a posthumous VC to our famous and forgotten fallen hero — the late Sgt Talaiasi Labalaba BEM, would I believe deservedly be the ultimate official recognition by Queen and country for the ultimate sacrifice made 46 years ago in Mirbat. While public and official recognition is not an expected outcome for the line of work undertaken by the group in Hereford, I would imagine that after a long campaign they will be immensely proud if the VC was finally awarded to their fallen comrade. It will be the icing on the cake after the posthumous Mentioned in Despatches as well as the two statues in Hereford and here in Fiji. We wait in anticipation for that day. Edward Blakelock Admiral Circle, Pacific Harbour

Maturity and respect

RESPECT is earned, honesty is appreciated. Trust is gained. Loyalty is returned! Whether you’re an iTaukei, of chiefly status, of another ethnicity, of the opposition, or a highly educated individual, it doesn’t mean that you deserve respect. Respect is earned Dan Urai and not just given. Our Prime Minister is not being hateful, he just lost respect for those who continue to show him disrespect. He is our Prime Minister for goodness sake. The majority of Fijians not only voted him in but are behind him. Disrespect for our PM is disrespect to the majority of Fijians. First understand and respect that fact before making any comments about him. Respect is only for those who deserve it and not for those who demand it. Unbelievable! SIMON HAZELMAN, Savusavu

Russia’s joy

OUR loss will be Russia’s gain if the king of sevens and our own maestro and 7s legend Waisale Serevi is appointed the head coach of the Russian 7s team. Serevi’s record speaks volumes of his success and if he can weave his magic in Russia, then the Russians will be a force in the near future. My best wishes to Serevi on his new appointment. Perhaps a day will come when we will value our own 7s star and gem who sacrificed so much to bring many victories for our 7s team. All the best Sir-Revi and God bless! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Fiji elections

If we are all fighting for a common course, I suggest in future we have only two parties. Winner forms government… loser opposition. Maximum four-year rule. Out both go… never to be seen again. Go and have a life and let us all to have some too. The present trend will never ever change. Our kids will go through all this pain as we did. SHARIFF SHAH Savusavu

My vote

I WILL now change my vote for the better of tomorrow as we have been trying to make ends meet week in week out for the past four years. The wind of change is blowing and change for the better it brings. Naca Nabukavou Nadi

Duchess or princess

I READ that some reports are referring to Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, as a princess. If you are making reference endearingly, then that’s fine. Otherwise she is the Duchess of Sussex, not a princess. I hope I don’t offend anyone. Mere Lagilagi Lovu, Lautoka

Role model

Dan asks the person who is advising the PM on public TV appearance should tell him to speak with maturity and respect his opponents. But Dan, he is the PM, he should be the role model. Gulp! Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Wage rate

I would like to commend the NFP for their $5 national minimum wage rate. I think it would give workers a better standard of living in this ever increasing cost of living. Brilliant move Professor Biman! RAYNAV CHAND, Nakasi

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