Letters to the Editor – September 7, 2018

Fiji's striker Saula Waqa in action against Solomon Islands in their international friendly match at the ANZ Stadium. Picture: ATU RASEA

International friendly

Fans may have returned home disappointed with Fiji’s draw against the Solomon Islands, I am glad that at least our national side had an opportunity to play an international friendly.

Dubbed as Pacific’s Brazilians the Solomon Islands were skilful and were hard to contain but hats off to our defenders who did well.

I enjoyed their dribbling and one touch passing skills.

A huge crowd had turned to witness the international friendly although we did not see the excitement that we see when districts play each other and when our rugby teams play.

But one thing was for sure — fans on the embankment enjoyed their kava and savouries as the battle on the field continued.

With regards to the match, I was happy to see our boys control possession as they showed the fighting spirit and character to come from behind and grab the equaliser.

I also believe that our Bula Boys would have gained experience playing with Roy and Wara and against a quality opposition.

Young guns in Buke, Sami and Rao the national team did not let fans down and stood to the occasion.

On the other hand, the ability of our strikers and midfielders to score goals continues to haunt our national team as Fiji missed numerous sitters.

Critics will have their own version but I feel that we need to support our national soccer side.

Before the match Fiji was ranked 165th while the boys from Solomon Islands were ranked 143rd.

Finally, my concern is the lack of preparation before the international friendlies.

It’s high time that FFA takes these friendlies seriously especially when fans pour in big numbers to support the team although I must admit that the support from the Solomon Islands community was great.

As we look forward to the Singapore clash, I thank Gamel and the Bula Boys for their effort.

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Times’ response to attack

I am not surprised to read the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum issued a long statement castigating The Fiji Times for an error in reporting in Tuesday’s edition and also devoted six paragraphs to personal attacks on the owners of the newspaper and trade unionists and others who took a different view to his idea of reforms (FT 5/9).

Notwithstanding the error The Fiji Times will inevitably make from time to time (even the world’s best newspapers do that from time to time) The Fiji Times remains the single most important link for Fijians living abroad with their home country.

It’s Fiji’s number one newspaper for a good reason.

Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia

Admitting fault

I read both daily papers every day.

What an amazing news you have!

The stories in the issue I picked up regarding Fiji’s elections and backroom politics were fascinating, educational and disturbing at the same time.

I love the way you admit your fault when you are wrong.

I question myself, what happens to those who never admit fault, who never accept corrections?

(Proverbs 29:1) He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck shall suddenly be destroyed, and without remedy!

I was so impressed with your newspaper that I decided to write you this.

Your respect for all people makes your newspaper shine in my eyes, and is the reason that I would like to continue reading it.

Peni Mateiwai, Nabua, Suva

A lesson or two

A lesson or two in humanity can be learnt whenever we read or listen to a eulogy.

Many recently eulogised the late Republican US Senator John McCain but one in particular needs mention.

A former US vice president simply said “My name is Joe Biden. I am a democrat. And I love John McCain”.

His first few words were simple yet profound.

So a Democrat loved a Republican.

Both would have been at loggerheads whole of their lives because political ideologies they subscribed to differed.

Those who choose to differ with us are not necessarily our enemies.

When we begin to see our political opponents simply as people, our every thought and word is altered.

Eulogies provide opportunity to bear our soul and embrace common humanity.

Sachida Nath, Nadi

Suva weather

The Suva weather seems to be making “headlines” again judging from the number of umbrellas I counted on Friday morning.

The weather for this weekend is expected to be a wet and cold one accordingly to the latest forecast, therefore, our umbrellas that have been put aside at home will be useful to embrace the rain and drizzle.

Moreover, businesses will anticipate an increase in the sale of umbrellas during the weekend.

Overall, stay safe and have a blessed weekend.

Spencer Robsinson, Suva

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day is used to celebrate by lots of people on September 8 to make the people aware about literacy in every country and to make them the need and importance for literacy.

Literacy rate in every country is very different and they may be a big or small difference in the literacy rate as compared with every country.

Schools in Fiji also celebrate Library Week; to encourage and promote literacy so students can improve reading and writing skills.

Every student wants to make a possible goal for their own future to make it successful for their bright future.

Students are able to do every task with accuracy and they are used to manage and handle every task properly.

It is not good enough for the country’s benefit without proper education by every child of the country.

So it is much more important for people to take proper education.

This year’s theme is “Literacy and skills development”.

Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, and at the same time the demands for skills required for work evolve rapidly.

This year’s theme explores integrated approaches that simultaneously support the development of literacy and skills, to ultimately improve people’s lives and work and contribute to equitable and sustainable societies.

The day focuses on skills and competencies required for employment, careers, and livelihoods, particularly technical and vocational skills, along with transferable skills and digital skills.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Teachers and students

THANKFUL they didn’t introduce the new law during our school days where teachers were not allowed to throw their hands on students.

Then it helped mould a lot of people to become what they became including Allen and Wise.

Dan URai, Lautoka

Academic progress

THIS week saw parents from all over the country go for their children’s parents, teacher’s day to check on the academic progress of their children.

One such child in a prominent school in the West is left somewhat puzzled with the comment she received in her Math’s report.

It stated needs to “focus on basic mathematics”, the child is puzzled because she received a mark of 96 in the subject.

Nigel Fiu, Owls Perch, Lautoka

Reader’s opinion matters

I WAS delighted to read the opinion of letter writers as our number one newspaper celebrates 149 years of existence.

I said to myself that these writers’ opinions about The Fiji Times matter despite criticism levelled against the newspaper.

Our writers Raynav, Allen, Lagilagi, Dhiren, Dan, Jesoni and Manoj had their say but I say Loosley and Sahai’s letters made me smile.

Sahai compared The Fiji Times with the consistency of the All Blacks (well said bro) while Loosley mentioned the banner which should read “The only paper worth reading in the world today”.


We have ardent readers of The Fiji Times among us and I am glad that I am part of this patriotic team.

Cheers Fiji!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Bonus issue

I BELIEVE EFL just gave $1.9 million bonus to the workers and I thank EFL for doing that.

Since EFL can afford a bonus can it also reduce the electricity tariffs to its customers, since many are shareholders?

Narayan Reddy, Lautoka

Grand achievement

CONGRATULATIONS The Fiji Times on your grand achievement.

Nigel Fiu, Owls Perch, Lautoka

Tall building

READING in the FT on 06/09 about that tower and admiring the style and shape, one thought entered my mind: how much renewable electricity this building will provide to cope with power usage.

I can’t see any solar panels but then one can’t see the rooftop either.

Newly-constructed high-rise buildings should at least contribute to electricity production for their own usage.

Looking fancy is not good enough anymore.

Han B. Boernke, Savusavu

Household chores

YESTERDAY’S edition reported on questions being raised on what may amount to child labour.

I told my colleagues at work that at home, I teach my 12-year-old son and daughter to plant cassava, yams, water the vegetables, feed the pigs, etc.

I tell my children that this is part of my teaching them life skills.

I submit that this is not child labour.

In fact, I told my son, if we had more coconuts, I would teach him how to cut copra too; with all its embellishments of drying and selling!

He and his sister have been selling dalo, cassava, kumala, meleni, cabbage, tubua, cucumbers, tomatoes and the occasional pig or cow for some years now.

We look forward to next year when selling yams and Hawaiian pawpaws will be added to their list of farm products to sell!

Child labour?

No life skills!

By the way, it’s not all chores, learning and teaching and no fun.

They also find the time to hit the heavy bag now and again!

Kiniviliame Keteca, Nausori

Termite season

IT’S termite season again.

Some of my friends and family talk in hushed tone “its termites again” as if some devil is back again to haunt them.

I myself have spent thousands repairing my house over the years, without any help from anywhere.

I wish the Government could help the likes of us also like the recent flood victims.

Ajay Singh, Natabua, Lautoka

Thank you

A BIG thank you to the Accident Compensation Commission Fiji.

This is extremely fast, I remember many previous accidents that involved the third-party policy and sometimes it took years to get compensation.

Now that three families have gotten compensation I look forward to the others getting the same, in that and quoting CEO ACCF Parvez Akbar, all lives are the same in their perspective.

But I salute the ACCF for the quick payout.

While no amount of money can bring back the dead, it’s some relief from the loss of life, it’s something.

Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Constitution Day

AS we celebrate Constitution Day, let’s pay a thought to the relevance and importance of this public holiday and if people truly understand Fiji’s Constitution.

It may also be relevant to carry out a survey to find out what per cent of our population takes part in the nationwide celebrations.

I guess for many it will be another working day as supermarkets, restaurants and cinema halls will be open so they will have to report to work.

On the other hand, some will use this opportunity to spend valuable family time near the sea if weather permits.

Whatever the outcome, I wish Fijians a happy Constitution Day as I eagerly await the announcement for election date!

Wonder why the suspense!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

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