Letters to the Editor: September 6, 2019

Motibhai group of companies directors, Jinesh Patel, right, and Rajesh Patel, second right, look on as The Fiji Times editor Fred Wesley places a wreath on the grave of the late George Littleton Griffiths at the Suva Cemetery. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FILE

Paying homage to founder

I salute the team from Fiji Times PTE Ltd that paid a courtesy visit to the grave site of its founder George Littleton Griffiths at Lovonilase. Yesterday’s The Fiji Times showed Editor Fred Wesley placing a wreath on the grave of the late Mr Griffiths just as his son did it on September 6, 1969. It is great to honour the late Mr Griffiths for his sight and vision in creating a legacy that lives on. It was also interesting to note that the late Mr Griffiths was just 26 when he established The Fiji Times newspaper in Levuka and 150 years down memory lane our newspaper has grown tremendously. One must not forget his roots for it motivates the current generation to look at the standards set by our forefathers and to do something that recognises their hard work. The late Mr Griffiths deserves accolades for his vision in starting a brand that has a proud record and a rich history! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Keeping us informed

The Fiji Times is 150 years old. It has brought us the news and kept us informed. It has carried our messages, our invitations, our birthday and wedding messages. It has gone from strength to strength and weathered forces that frowned on some of the truths that it told us. For me, The Fiji Times is the best archive and I am privileged to be a part of their team. I have travelled back in time just by looking through old copies and saw pictures of places in Fiji that hadn’t been developed. It has political news I got to read the many promises made by the then governments. I read about projects that were offered and the people benefited. A few years ago, I decided to voice my opinions on subject that mattered — it’s been more than 20 years. I even saw several pictures of myself when I was fully involved in sport — it brought back memories of six packs and fitness. The Fiji Times is like an encyclopedia and the best all around. I have the privilege to refer to issues that are happening today that were printed when I was not born. The Fiji Times is 150 years old and will be here long after we are gone. There is no other company or organisation that is older than The Fiji Times. Happy birthday The Fiji Times. Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

150 years on

The Fiji Times has been around for 150 years. That is because it’s the backbone of news dissemination in Fiji. It hasn’t always been perfect but let’s be clear on one thing. Fiji would be the poorer without The Fiji Times. Can anyone imagine a Fiji without The Fiji Times hitting the streets or the Internet? Many Fijians living abroad start the day with The Fiji Times! Now if that doesn’t tell you something about how indispensable The Fiji Times is in the life of the Fijian people both at home and abroad, I don’t know what is. Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia

Fiji Time(s)

In the 50-plus years of my life in Fiji, I have experienced and witnessed what we locals call our very own Fiji time! With our decent past and troubled present creating havoc in our daily lives, this uniquely Fijian quality has kept us, its residents sane to a degree. And in pitching with the times, the one constant that has kept up with our nation’s journey for the past 150 years is the affordable and exclusive media paper — The Fiji Times! Recent media laws enacted to stifle the integrity of this media icon in Fiji have never stopped this newspaper. And it has never wavered to continually allow its readers, contributors, publishers and editors to interpose their thoughts and ideas nationwide and to the world. In upholding the values of liberty and independence to its mass audience in the English and vernacular languages, The Fiji Times, continues to be a beacon of hope in a country, I believe where each and everyday the autonomy of the Fijian people’s statements and utterances are being curtailed. Congratulations The Fiji Times! You are ‘freedom’ allowing us the Fijian people to express ourselves on your pages for the past 150 years and for the next 150 years. Go big, stay strong. And may God bless Fiji and The Fiji Times. EPELI RABUA, Tamavua, Suva.

Day for charity

I have just learnt that annually 5th September is marked as the United Nation’s (UN) International Day for Charity. This special day commemorates and promotes the charitable efforts made to alleviate poverty around the world or simply helping others through volunteerism and philanthropic activities. According to the UN website, “the date of 5 September was selected in order to honour the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Noble Peace Prize in 1979 for work carried out in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace”. The later Mother Teresa once said, “it’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving”. SPENCER ROBINSON Suva

Our incredible body

Far too many of us Fijians are suffering from non-communicable diseases and many of us continue to nurture the same lifestyle that brought about the sickness or sicknesses they have which only worsens the situation. What is amazing about the human body is that it was designed to heal itself. The power that made our body heals our body. If you cut your finger or toe it bleeds, a scab forms and it heals. One should never lose hope by accepting the bad situation one is in but instead change ones lifestyle in order for ones body to rejuvenate and heal. Get rid of the stress, eat good, balanced healthy foods only, eat in moderation and at specific times, do some light work like gardening and house chores and sleep at least eight hours every night. Rest when the body needs to is critical and most importantly, keep the water going. The functions of good clean water in your body is vital as the body depends on water to function. Water is life and it is precious as it delivers important nutrients to all our cells. There can be no life without water. Without water one’s body will slowly but surely start to shut down. Stop the alcohol, stop the kava, stop the tobacco, stop the sugar and salt, stop carbonated beverages, stop processed foods and snacks, and stop stressing out. Change and discipline oneself with a healthy lifestyle and one can have a great chance of recovering from any sickness. Our body is amazing and it will heal itself if we treat and feed it right. Do not wait but start now as it will take as much time to heal as it took for you to get sick! Simon Hazelman Rava Estate, Savusavu

Times’ 150th anniversary

One hundred and fifty years anniversary! Wow! Congratulations The Fiji Times! May I be allowed to add here some of my observations about The Fiji Times that was printed about three years ago, May 4, 2016. This is what I said then: “Despite the many challenges, you have remained steadfast in your calling. You have been the voice of the voiceless on countless occasions. You have stood up to regimes and critics who wished that you be silenced. You have highlighted the plight of many, the underprivileged, the poor, the disenfranchised and many more. “You have spoken out when it was so easy to look the other way and not report at all. You brought to the fore and raised questions when some of our citizens suffered at the hands of those who should be protecting them. You chose not to look the other way. You also celebrated the success stories of many. You shared the dreams of our sportspeople and administrators. You shared the achievements of farmers, fishermen and entrepreneurs. You reported on the devastation of cyclones and floods. This meant that your reporters were out in the cold when they could have remained indoors in the comforts of their beds. You continuously spoke out against littering and the need to protect our fragile environment. You stood for the protection of “kawakawa” and other species in the seas. You reported on crimes. You reported on the functioning criminal justice system and how perpetrators of crimes accounted for their misdeeds. You also highlighted the successes and achievements of governments and their officials. You did not shirk in your duties to question government expenditure of public funds. You promoted racial equality when some quarters of our society sought elitism. As I’ve said before, above all, you had the courage to speak out and demonstrated your freedom from fear! I’m reminded of some passages from your first editorial; more than 148 (150) years ago. It went like this: “We make no pretensions of greatness and remember that little boats, to be safe, must keep near the shore. “We shall maintain the liberty of the press and the rights to all men. “Many subjects of vital importance need ventilating, and for the lovers of the country, of industry, commerce, morals and humanity, there is a vast field of usefulness. “There is plenty of room for us all, for our pens, for our purses, for our efforts! Let us put our shoulders to the wheel and heave together for the general good.” Last year, I said this: “I’m a firm believer in fairness; honesty too. As an avid reader of your paper for some decades now, I submit that The Fiji Times has indeed remained true to its original goals of “maintaining the liberty of the press and the rights of all men”. I further submit that you have done more. You have not remained close to shore; you are no longer a “little boat”. You have ventured afar and beyond the boundaries of your small beginnings. Paraphrasing your first editorial: I firmly believe that — “The Fiji Times is now a public good; a practical, useful and honest medium for the support of honour, truth and right”. May I add: Today, like no other time in the past, much is expected of The Fiji Times. Fiji is at a crossroads that we have not found ourselves in before. Much is being asked of our parliamentarians. They are supposed to be our leaders. Sadly, I believe evidence says otherwise. Some parliamentarians are being sworn at. Another parliamentarian was allegedly assaulted. We the people of this country deserve better. Thank you The Fiji Times for highlighting what I believe was alleged appalling behaviour by our PM. So today, having checked your bearings, I again wish you well. May you continue to give us a newspaper “that holds true to the ideals of good journalism!” Once again, congratulations and best wishes to The Fiji Times. KINIVILIAME KETECA, Nausori

Do you get the point

Bro Simon, what would happen if everybody starts to claim justification for their actions because they were provoked? What if everybody starts to push their cases based on validity of reasons? Unlike your support for our Prime Minister’s alleged reaction, no one has come out to support the Opposition member of Parliament’s action. I think you have personalised this. My friend, do you get the point? Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Retirement age

The Government has reduced the retirement age to 55 and there should be a lot of benefits that the pensioners are happy about. The benefits should be free on certain things or discount on certain things. Maybe free on medical and dental, discount certain goods, entertainment, tours and airlines tickets. At the moment once a person has retired they are mostly at home and happen to pass away so quickly. This trend should stop. Retirement should be an enjoyable occasion and should be provided with lots of incentives to keep them going. Hopefully the Government has some initiative for the pensioners to enjoy. Tomasi Boginiso Nasinu

Street talk

With reference to Street Talk (FT 05/09), I think Leon Waqa and Lusiana Sivo of Ba have raised valid points. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Game of politics

I believe for the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to claim the honourable Pio Tikoduadua personally attacked him in a parliamentary speech which led to his alleged inappropriate action is unjustifiable. I again would like to remind our politicians that if you choose to be a politician please be prepared to be criticised on matters be of state or personal. That is the game of politics and if you cannot cope then quit, otherwise you will do more harm for yourself than others. Kositatino Tikomaibolatagane Vuninokonoko Rd, Navua

Boycott and human rights

Dan Urai, it’s called abuse of human rights. Donald Singh Lautoka

That road

Can someone from the relevant authorities clarify whether Southern Cross Rd is still a public road or is it part of Parliament precinct? Pita Soroaqali Nadarivatu

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