Letters to the Editor – October 30

Alivereti Veitokani scores for Fiji Airways Drua side against the Queensland Country side during the NRC final clash at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Rising star

After making headlines in the NRC, former Stallion and Rewa star and current Namosi kingpin Alivereti Veitokani is getting ready for the northern tour. We saw the quality of player Vereti is with the way he steered the Drua to our first NRC title. I’d love to see this crafty player make the Dubai 7s team as he is no stranger to 7s and could cover the playmaker’s position well. Veitokani topped the most clean breaks (26), most off-loads (19), most try assists (9) and most run metres (921m). Now what else does Baber need from the rising star? I hope that Vereti is nurtured well so that he stays in contention for a place in our 7s star. He is sure to add strength and flair to our back line. But for now I wish Vereti all the best for the northern tour. Go Vereti, show them that Fiji is capable of producing talented rugby stars! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Australian rugby

The Drua participation in the NRC competition should also benefit Australian rugby through eligibility rules for Drua players. I believe players representing the Drua must not represent the Flying Fijians, but other teams such as national age group or development teams. This is to give an option for Australian rugby to pick talented players for Super Rugby contracts and even options for the green and gold jersey. Drua players also benefit given a chance to make it into Super Rugby with its perks. For the standout player for the NRC competition Veitokani would make a good Brumbies and even Wallabies fly half, watching him reminds us of one of the great Wallabies No. 10 Stephen Larkham. Maciu Rika Suva

Sponsorship and rugby

The success of our Fiji Drua side in defeating Queensland Country over the weekend will have raised much attention among fans and is perhaps an agenda item over the tanoa. While fans, players, officials and their families have much to celebrate, there are bigger questions for our rugby officials. Will they take advantage of this success to advance marketing opportunities securing major sponsors for the Drua come 2019? One only has to reflect on our Olympic champions? What has changed since and have we managed to secure a major sponsor for our national sevens side? Let us celebrate for now but hope that rugby officials maximise on this opportunity by luring major sponsors. This is a reality with professional rugby and all top teams enjoying the backing of some major sponsors. Floyd Robinson Nasinu

Awareness fails

It was quite a disappointing experience entering Nadi Town yesterday morning and not knowing where exactly to turn to get to my destination. While the trials are sensible and a welcome move, Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) should have had the kind courtesy to inform the public duly and accordingly to disseminate the information up-front to affected road users. During a crosscheck phone call, I was informed by FRA that necessary public notices were sent. However, it appears FRA’s publications probably failed to reach the public as almost everyone I encountered appeared confused! Bimal Prasad Newtown Rd, Wailoaloa, Nadi

Political advert

I wonder if candidate 596 understands what he is trying to highlight in his paid political advertisement that specifically targets our Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum? (FT:29/10). He points out that Mr Sayed-Khaiyum earns $235,000 per annum! First and foremost candidate 596 should also highlight the number of important portfolios Mr Sayed-Khaiyum is managing, and with distinction must I say. There are many in the private sector earning wages in the millions. I believe there are personnel in the tourism industry earning much more than our A-G by far! As a matter of fact I am well aware of resort managers, general managers, even executive chefs earning wages as high as $300-400,000+ per annum. When one considers the enormity and responsibilities of the position Mr Sayed-Khaiyum holds, I believe he sure deserves more than the $235,000 he is currently earning. For candidate 596 to compare Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s earnings with that of an unskilled low wage individual is absolutely ridiculous and unwarranted. Indeed an offensive and insulting advert! Simon Hazelman Savusavu

Not workable

Because of a big change in traffic moving direction affecting almost all major routes, a huge traffic blockade was experienced by motorists and travellers in Nadi Town yesterday morning. Frustration and anger were visible on the faces of motorists but they could do nothing but wait. Authorities may have all the good intentions altering and bringing the change but did they see the catastrophic atmosphere created in the morning. The system is simply not workable. I tell you the situation was very tense as workers, students, carriers and taxis were stuck not knowing when they will reach their destination. Please reverse the situation and hereby we follow the old system just put roundabouts and traffic police where needed. In my view, the old system moves traffic faster than the newly implemented one. Until more roads are built which off-loads traffic from the existing routes, don’t make any changes. You also need to study the whole situation before making such drastic changes. OMG. I nearly fainted yesterday. Suresh Chand Nadi

Interesting scenario

Yesterday’s The Fiji Times (29/10) is really interesting. We have a picture of a family washing tavioka to be sent to a factory in Ra and the headlines. And guess where they are washing the root crop? Anyhow the many people trying to make ends meet are suddenly the focus. Many of them affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston, some 970 days later, are the politicians’ best bet. They are now what would be termed “prime target”, so to speak. And how to win their votes is to go and rebuild their homes. Isa, we are part of the people who struggle, I do my best to feed our family and put my children through school. We put aside a bit of money to go and watch rugby, it’s one of the perks that I allow. During festivals I take my children only on the last day. My children know why. They have accepted it. One thing I have to tell you is that I never went and stood in line to receive handouts. Our home was damaged a bit during the cyclone. My sons and I repaired it, and we have never cheated by going to receive any aid even though I saw many well-to-do people standing in lines. I saw them drive up in nice big cars. I am raising my children to be resilient, not to put on long faces to win people’s mercy, it’s not us. My plea to the political parties is to do what is best for everyone, do not put emphasis on the weak or the poor and the struggling, do it in your stride, it is your duty. Do not say, I will do this if I win. Do not say you will raise the minimum wage so you can win votes. Do not lower your standards and squabble in public, because you lose face with me. And in the words of the song by Helen Reddy I am woman. I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore And I know too much to go back an’ pretend ‘Cause I’ve heard it all before And I’ve been down there on the floor No one’s ever gonna keep me down again. An advice to Health Minister Rosy Akbar and National Federation Party candidate Sandhya Bajpai on the poor condition of Fiji’s health sector, don’t squabble in public, we are women we are strong. Mere Lagilagi Lovu, Lautoka

Closing meter boxes

An issue I’d like to raise is in regards to how some meter reading attendants close the electricity meter box door after noting down used electricity units. On Saturday, I was shocked after hearing a slamming noise and as I ran towards the front, I saw an electricity meter attendant making his way out. While having a review of CCTV cameras, I could clearly see the attendant slamming the electricity meter box door. Now slamming of the meter box door can have quite a few impact on the electricity meter. The electricity meter consists of mechanisms such as the use of the wheel-and-disk integrator concept to calculate the amount of energy used by a home. It also has other mechanisms such as gears and counter wheels which rely on each other for normal and accurate operations and readings. Now slamming the meter box door can damage the sensitive components inside the meter box, and thus may lead to providing inaccurate and defective unit reading. It may read more or less units. Well if it reads more, the company benefits as more will be paid by the customer. But if it starts to read less, I reckon an investigation will be conducted and the customer will be nailed with hefty penalties by stating that the meter was “altered”. It would be much appreciated if meter reading attendants are briefed accordingly in regards to the closing of meter box doors after reading and let’s hope our next bill also have stickers that we can paste on meter box doors which reads out “please close slowly” just as a reminder to attendants. It’s agreeable that the meter box is the company’s property but nevertheless the meter box belongs to customers. SHAMAL CHAND, Kuku Bau Rd, Nausori

Winds of change

The winds of change is gently blowing across the nation and we have to stand up and vote for the party that deep down we know can deliver the best for the next four years to the people of Fiji. Naca Nabukavou Nadi

Wage rate

If the National Federation Party advertisement in yesterday’s (FT 29/10) paper is factual, an ordinary Fijian working at a rate of $2.68 per hour will have to work 87,687 hours or 3653 days or 521 weeks or 120 months or 10 years to make the salary that the Minister for Economy makes in a year. If you think creating equality between races is an issue, how about creating equality between the ordinary and extraordinary Fijians. Sailosi Naewe Naduru Rd, Nausori

Duchess or princess

WHO cares? (FT 29/10). Nishant Singh Lautoka

Choosing leaders

Pick a leader who will make citizens proud. One who will stir the hearts of the people, so that the sons and daughters of a given nation strive to emulate their leader’s greatness. Only then will a nation be truly great, when a leader inspires and produces citizens worthy of becoming future leaders, honourable decision- makers and peacemakers. And in these times, a great leader must be extremely brave. Their leadership must be steered only by their conscience. Wise Muavono Balawa, Lautoka

Debate advertisement

When I saw the advertisement where brother Biman says “Debated Aiyaz, where’s his boss”, I said “Sobo Biman don’t be rough”. Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Bright and original

Sad to read that a particular political leader is still going on about racism in a recent political party fun day rally over the weekend. All the other current political party leaders are so busy on other issues that matter. These parties and also the public do not have the time for petty issues such as racism but which unfortunately is still being highlighted by the party and bandied also by certain media outlets too. Definitely a lost cause. Come up with something intelligent, bright and original please! William Rosa Tavua

 

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