Letters to the Editor – September 27

Overall champion Navitalai Vakaruru with sponsors representative Pritam Singh at the Lautoka Golf Club last Saturday. Picture: SUPPLIED

Well done Navi
Despite his hearing and speech disability, Lautoka golfer Navitalai Vakaruru’s baptism of fire and passion for the game was rewarded as he recorded the best net score of 61 on Saturday’s Gangas Spices sponsored 18 holes individual stroke event. According to stalwart golfer Raymond Singh, who must be acknowledged as he assisted Navi to become a full financial member, Navi was emotional and excited to be crowned the top golfer of the day. Well done Navi! You have showed Fijians that disability should not be used as an excuse for non-performance and that those with disabilities also have the ability to excel and represent Fiji overseas just like Iliesa Delana did some years back when he won gold medal at the Paralympics. They just need motivation. On the other hand, I felt that Mike could have done a little bit more write-up about Navi, but I guess he was ‘pressed for time’. Lol! Anyway thank you Mike for sharing the success of our local golfer — Navi! The article made my day! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Fijian divisions
THE headline in the other paper of September 26, 2018 (“No more division here”), is as much a wish for the current government as it is for all Fijians. I believe the truth is, we are as further apart as we ever could be in all of Fiji’s history. And to tarnish and disrespect the great Nelson Mandela’s legacy is a new low for the current government. That they burned the constitution which included Mandela’s ethics of tolerance, reconciliation and kindness by the constitution expert Yash Ghai is something we all remember. They have enforced upon the citizens of Fiji a constitution which to this day has special protective conditions for a section of Fijians. And yet we talk about equality! As we watch this spiel of ‘no divisions in Fiji’, being shared with an almost empty United Nations auditorium, it is not a surprise that even the countries in the United Nations assembly think otherwise. All they can think of is when will we have a Fiji that is truthfully the way the world should be? Epeli Rabua Tamavua, Suva

Double standards

I was sending money from a renowned supermarket when suddenly the cashier serving me decided to put me on hold to serve a former citizen of our country who was buying an expensive liquor. When she came back I asked her what was the difference between me and the other customer? The cashier just smiled and continued processing my money transfer form. She was trying to convince me with another smile when I told her that is double standard and it’s not funny! Memu! Pita Soroaqali Nadarivatu

Civil service reforms

It’s interesting to read the views of political party leaders regarding their thoughts and solutions on the States’ civil service reforms (FT 22/09). As an ordinary citizen who regularly requires government services, I would also like to state my thoughts! Firstly, the fact remains that we have never ever had an efficient reliant civil service since we became an independent sovereign state in 1970. While some civil servants must be commended, the majority are ineffective and a downfall to the way in which government has been operating. Any government or ruling party is only as good as the quality of its civil servants! We can give all the excuses under the sun for our lacklustre service since 1970 but the problem is real and the solution is simple. Our level of quality is not only deficient but insufficient. We think we know everything but our actions show otherwise. Instead of being servants to the nation, I believe the majority of civil servants have taken the tendency of being served first before declaring their service. We simply don’t cut into it! Current leadership is nothing more than positions and titles. We require good quality leadership throughout our civil service divisions and departments. We need people with unquestionable integrity, honesty and accountability, confidence, commitment with a passion to serve, and be good communicators who have the ability to make the right decisions. Academic qualifications does not necessarily qualify one as a good leader, and neither does practical experience. A good leader is one with good character who leads by example and whose leadership is defined by results and not attributes. There are people with such great characters among us and government simply needs to identify these individuals and urgently make the necessary changes. The current reformation of the civil service by the current administration is not only too casual but is hardly making a progressive difference. Get those who can do the job and kick out those who cannot! Simple! Simon Hazelman Rava Estate, Savusavu

Mandela and Fiji

INTERESTING to read an article on The Fiji Times (26/09) by Aqela Susu titled ‘Inspiration to all’, where the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama pays tribute to Mandela saying that the life of Mandela had been an inspiration to Fijians and everyone who wished to live in a world of peace, tolerance
and understanding. While on one hand I agree with the PM on the above statement, however, on the other hand I am baffled with the comparison he
made saying “Like South Africa, Fiji and the Fijian people suffered for decades under a political culture that fostered ethnic division, promoted hatred and fostered disunity between communities.” I have lived in Fiji long enough to boldly say that never have Fiji and the Fijians experienced what South Africa and its people encountered during the era of apartheid I know that Fiji has gone through some difficult past regarding its political culture, but nowhere closer to that of what South Africa and its people experienced, therefore, how then can he compare South Africa with
Fiji in terms of our political situations in the past? I sincerely believe comparing Fiji with South Africa is uncalled for, however, that does not mean that we do not have anything to learn from the great man Mandela and the great sacrifice he made that brought an end to apartheid in South Africa. KOSITATINO TIKOMAIBOLATAGANE Vuninokonoko Rd, Navua

Buzz slang

The slang “I’m pressed for time” has become the buzz word. Isa, talk about the attitude of some of our journalists. It saddens me to see there are some who forget their duties, roles and responsibilities and the ethics and principles of good journalism. The end result: they embarrass themselves publicly. My humble plea to all journalists is to please respect all and fear none. Cheers! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Tips for show

They could have asked for a few tips from veteran journalists such as Anish Chand, Samisoni Pareti or Stanley Simpson, unfortunately no, they are probably too “pressed for time”. Ben Daveta Suva

Never forget the day

It’s refreshing to watch the type of interview that was aired last Sunday that many have commented on. From the body language of the two hosts, you could tell that they were psyched to do battle. Unbeknownst to them, that when you do battle with an accomplished person such as Prof Biman, an aged intellect, you’ll only expect to be schooled. I hope that the two hosts, to keep them grounded for the rest of their journalistic life, will not forget the day they interviewed Prof Biman Prasad. Sailosi Naewe Naduru Rd, Nausori

A professional attitude

I totally agree with the views of Bill Kunavatu (FT 26/09) “pressed for time”. The attitude displayed by the female co-host on the “4 The Record” talk back show of Sunday (23/09/18) was just unprofessional and unethical, in fact pathetic level of journalism skills. Her behaviour was absolutely trying to refuse to accept the facts and the clarity by Prof Biman Prasad to the nation over statements that were made on behalf of the NFP. Such acts should totally be condemned and a disciplinary action be taken as they mislead the nation by asking questions where the answers lie in the interest of the country and the public. But hats off to Prof Biman Prasad, who really demonstrated his professionalism as a doctorate holder and a politician and made a very clear point of coming to this show if there is any further clarification required. Vinesh Kumar Maharaj Suva

All for the record

Quick view headlines of FT 26/09. Not in exact order but apt. The obtuse duo who are TV hosts on that television show “4 The Record”, hopefully are not poll hopefuls and never will be ideal candidates should they choose to be. Yes, Nigel Fiu; there should be a new/television show. It should be a Sunday program where many issues can be discussed, for on Sundays we are really not pressed for time. Hopefully the vote results will be announced on that show but that can only happen if and when the poll dates are announced. What if the results are like Woods’ victory? Against all odds. Oh, yes! Congrats Mr Wesley. Awesome! MANOJ LAL PATEL Drasa Avenue, Lautoka

In a hurry

Now if someone tried to stop and talk to me in town I will tell him or her, “sorry I am pressed for time!” Chat later. Pita Soroaqali Nadarivatu

About the press

Here’s my advice to all politicians: Don’t worry about how you’re doing with the press. Only worry about doing your job. If you’re doing a good job, bad press won’t hurt you. If you’re doing a bad job, good press won’t save you. Apenisa Yabakitini Vatuniveivuke Lautoka

Term 3 sports
The FMF Chow Games is held in Term 3 every year, which of course is the most important term. I believe it is the worst time of the year to have the event as it is a disturbance to the primary school students in their exam preparations. The students devote more time towards training and therefore they lose focus on studies. Thus, I would recommend the organising committee to shift the event away from Term 3 like the Coke Games, which is held at the end of the first term. Raynav Chand Nakasi

Last comment

My only last comment to those who are planning on committing suicide is that you are only shifting the problems or worries that you are committing suicide for to your loved ones! So don’t be stupid! Pramesh Sharma Matanikorovatu Rd, Makoi, Nasinu

The minibus

With the ‘Bus’ in the Flying Fijians team, I wonder what will they call his younger brother. ‘Minibus’? Edward Kumar Lautoka

Power cut

Just a thought. Hope our friendly EFL will not be contemplating a power cut this weekend the same time WAF is changing its Vanessa valves as they did last time at Martintar. Norman Yee Mehrotra Place, Martintar, Nadi

Street people

In response to Narayan Reddy (FT 26/9), those so-called street people who are mostly iTaukei have the option of going to their villages and toiling the land. So what sort of help do they need? Fare to the village? Wise Muavono Balawa, Lautoka

Retirement age
While we boast to be the most progressive nation in the Pacific, I take my hat off for French Polynesia for increasing the retirement age from 60 to 62. They go for the wiser, matured and experienced workforce. Way to go. Pita Soroaqali Nadarivatu

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