Letters to the Editor: September 10, 2019

Flying Fijians land in Japan

It’s pleasing to note that our boys have landed safely in Japan. However, the boys felt the impact of Typhoon Faxai, which hit the Japanese mainland on Sunday. The typhoon also delayed the arrival of the Wallabies from Sydney. I believe the typhoon was a sign of what fans could expect when the RWC kicks off next week but I am pleading with our boys to remain focused on the task ahead and not get carried away with the distractions in the Land of the Rising Sun. Our “pool of death” consists of Australia and Wales, who beat us during the 2015 RWC, Uruguay, and also Georgia, who beat Fiji in 2016 at the ANZ Stadium (14-3). Therefore, the last few remaining days must be spent on working on our mistakes from the previous matches, and our set-pieces, which will come handy against Georgia, the Wallabies and the Dragons. This year’s team selected by McKee is the best and a lot of hopes have been placed on this team to reach the RWC quarters since 2007. Toso Viti toso! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu Positional shift While we are into the final preparation phases, it is good to see the players are bonding well and absorbing the Japanese culture. Alongside discipline, fitness and set-pieces, I think we need to look at position switches as well. Have we been exposed at the crucial flyhalf position? Is there any harm in pairing Nayacalevu and Radradra in the centres? Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Children are not slaves

Suva City is filled with young boys selling food or worse “begging” for money. Just recently when I went to have dinner at a restaurant in Laucala Bay, there were two young boys who seemed to be pre-adolescents, in front of the Fatty’s Shop, where one of the boys reached out to me in desperate need for money to the extent where he followed me inside the restaurant for me to hand him money, while helping him get food and handing him money, I asked him “why are you selling roti parcels when you should be at home?” He replied: “We don’t have money and my mum is sick at home”. Children should not be out in the cold selling food in the streets. Irresponsible parents send their kids to go sell food at night while they should be doing their homework. Parents are not aware of their children begging on the streets for money. May I suggest that it is not the age for them to be working this hard while God knows what their parents are doing? Parents should be concerned about their kid’s whereabouts. We all face financial problems but sending kids to do their work is not on. Kajol Lakhan Korovou, Tailevu

Mystery deaths

There are many mystery deaths happening in Fiji lately. The Russian couple’s death in Natadola, another couple at most people’s favourite holiday destination in Denarau and just recently the Kumar family at the Nausori Highlands combined with the alleged killing of some females by their partners. Quite a lot of all these things are happening which is painting a very bad picture of our beloved country. How sick some people can get that they do not even realise that taking someone’s life is neither their right nor a solution to any problem. Killing is not a solution. What is happening in our country? Humanity seems to be fading to some extent. It is not funny at all and the suffering some people have to endure is unbearable. Sometimes we can say that we understand other’s pain but only the one’s going through it are the one’s who know the depth of that pain. Every single day by day, month by month and year by year people work, struggle and try to put their lives in order and just in one moment everything comes to a halt. The dreams are shattered and life goes upside down. I am not taking sides over here but not everything needs physical assault as the answer. As for the low thinking people who do not have the ability to think outside the square, may God give them some wisdom. Sometimes there’s more to life than what it actually seems like. Some people are good in talking and spreading rumours not realising the pain someone actually may be going through. Let’s hope such low thinking incidents come to a stop. People should learn to communicate, get hold of facts and see if solutions can be found, if not let go. A forceful relationship will never make any couple happy. Let’s hope justice prevails and the perpetrators are caught. Let’s pray that Fiji can become what it is really known for, the friendliest islands with friendly people. People please try to think outside he box to realise how most of the things can be curbed. Kirti Patel Lautoka

Local expatriates

WIKIPEDIA explains that expatriates are professionals or skilled workers taking up positions outside their home country. They are recruited for what is not present in the local workforce. Fiji, a relatively small developing country, has seen a growth of expatriates in private and public organisations. On the other side of the coin, hasn’t Fiji been struggling with labour migration to those same countries from which expatriates have been arriving? We hear, they are off to greener pastures. So which is more greener? Do those countries consider migrating Fijians as expatriates too? This is for the experts. MOHAMMED IMRAZ JANIF, Natabua, Lautoka.

Commercial rents

The Landlord and Tenant Act 2017, under the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission, governs the relationship between tenants and landlords. It ensures that both parties are protected and most importantly it protects tenants from getting exploited with unrealistically high rentals. As good as it sounds, I believe this law governs residential properties only. One wonders why there isn’t such a law governing commercial rental properties? I believe some businesses have been exploited to such an extreme that many have either shut up shop or passed the costs on to consumers by hiking up their price of goods and services. Commercial rental properties ought to be controlled the same as residential in order for businesses, especially small to medium sized businesses to be able to sustain themselves. What I cannot understand is why wasn’t “commercial rentals” covered in this Landlord and Tenant Act 2017? I don’t see any reason why it should not have been! Simon Hazelman Rava Estate, Savusavu

Drua fails at home

The Western Force made the Drua look amateurs as the visitors thrashed our boys (38-15) on Saturday at home. After maintaining a clean sheet at home last year, the Drua made too many uncharacteristic errors and basic mistakes which cost us dearly and resulted in the drubbing. Hence, a lot of work is needed to rectify these errors before the third round. On the brighter side Osea Waqa, Sivo, Nawaqadau, Raoba, Waqanibau, Narequva, Radaniva, and Nasova got the much needed break at international level after we lost big names like Rarawa, Voka, Makutu, Lomani, Naulago, Veitokani, Dolokoto, Mawi, Tuisue, Raidre, Vugakoto, and former captain John Stewart from last year’s winning team. Therefore, we are in the building stage and I’m sure that as the competition progresses we will have a formidable outfit and although we have lost the Horan/Little Shield hopes are high to retain the NRC title and the battle begins away from home against the NSW Country Eagles, who outclassed Melbourne Rising (29-19) in round two and Sydney Rays in round one (38-33). It’s going to be a mammoth task but I reckon it’s not impossible. Last year at home the Drua thrashed the NSW Country Eagles (48-7) and our boys need to play the basics right to bounce back. All the best to Seruvakula, Nauga and our Drua as they prepare to end the Eagles unbeaten run! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Recent debate

The recent debate by certain grown-ups reminds me of the Shakespearean play “Much Ado About Nothing”. Norman Yee Mehrotra Place, Martintar, Nadi

Uphold ethics

Many Parliamentarians need to be reminded that they need to uphold principles. Some have neglected moral principles because of their privileges. They are voted into Parliament to uphold principles of life. Mesake Sivoinavatu American Samoa

Productive ages

It has come from the national health adviser that many people are dying young at 40 and 45. These are productive ages. On the other side, at any given time, do we know who the oldest person in Fiji is? Once known, perhaps a lifetime target for the others? Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Diverse views

Interesting reading of diverse views. Mr Vakaliwaliwa and Mr Mani (FT/9/9/19). Sadly that is the topic covering our beloved Fiji and those living in other countries. The people must decide what type of leaders they expect to be leading them. Dan Urai Lautoka

State invite

Is it really true that The Fiji Times had invited members of government to the 150 year celebration but no one went? Wow! Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Longer queues

It seems as we get more technological advanced, the queues at our financial institutions, ministries etc becomes longer. Yawa eh! Wise Muavono Balawa, Lautoka

Snooker event

We the management board and snooker players from Labasa Club like to thank the Nausori Club president, management board and their snooker players who came over to Labasa Club for a wonderful snooker tournament. We thank them for bringing some of the top players and showing us what the sport of snooker really is. We are also very lucky to have a few very talented players like Yasin Khan, Krishneel Naikar, Tevita Tukania and his brother Jone Tukania. Some of you might know Tevita Tukania is an ex Fiji soccer and rugby rep. I hope the Fiji Billiards and Snooker association could in future organise a National Snooker Championship in Labasa. We also invite the Fiji Sports Council and the PS of the Ministry of Sports to visit Labasa Club whenever they are free. Sukha Singh Public Relations Officer Labasa Club Labasa



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