Letters to the Editor: Sunday March 29, 2020

Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum . Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FILE

Support FijiFirst

LET’S get behind FijiFirst to support their effort in overcoming this deadly virus.

Everyone please be reminded every human is on the edge of life and death and there are glaring examples all around the world.

reminded again it’s not bad weather which has a very small life span. We are all equally vulnerable and anyone of us or our loved one could succumb to death with minimal prior notice. If you still have enemies, take the first step checking on their wellbeing.

Once done, you will work with head held high here and there.

Life is too short now than ever before.

Let’s not justify right or wrong and work together.



Solution please

WHY doesn’t your respected newspaper and the TV stations please ask Sitiveni Rabuka, Biman Prasad, Pio Tikoduadua, Bill Gavoka, Niko Nawaikula and Filipe Tuisawau to give us a solution to this crisis?

They should have done that in their contribution in Parliament but chose not to. So please give them an opportunity to provide their solution. I am sure the people of Fiji are keen to hear their answer to this problem.

JAN NISSAR Carlton, NSW, Australia


COVID-19 budget

THIS is no time to make the COVID-19 Response Budget a political football game.

The poor attitude of the Opposition in such a challenging time is not only childish but rather irresponsible and reckless.

What the Opposition can’t seem to realise is that we are dealing with a matter of life and death here.

They sure seem blinded to the fact that urgency is first and foremost at this present time.

Get on with scrutinising this budget with whatever time you have and with the best of your ability. Cut the excuses and do your job!

SIMON HAZELMAN Rava Estate, Savusavu


Question time

IF the first COVID-19 case allegedly defied strict Fiji Airways instructions while in San Francisco (FT 28/03), why was he then scheduled to fly on the Nadi-NZ and back flights the very next day? Why was he not given the day off?

Why was he not quarantined on his arrival at Nadi from San Francisco? I believe Fiji Airways needs to answer to this!



Just a thought

I WAS thinking – what if there was no FNPF?



The home

THE home has always been a living space for a family, person or group.

However, with the advent of COVID-19, it has in response, taken on a much wider role, akin to becoming a microcosm of society. It has now become a quarantine facility, for those in the household who are required to self-quarantine and self-isolate.

It has become a lockdown facility, for those in a lockdown or restricted zone.

It’s a safe sanctuary from the ravages of COVID-19 outside the home. It has become a school and play centre for children and students since their closure. It has also become a workplace for those who cannot now go to their workplaces.

It is also a mini-church and religious sanctuary, because churches are now also closed. It has also become a mini entertainment centre and movie theatre for the household. It is now an important hub in the social media network for all in the household. It’s like a permanent homestay and 24/7 bed and breakfast, for all at home.

However, for some in the household, it feels like prison for they crave to go out, but cannot.

For those wanting their own social and physical space, there is an overwhelming feeling of claustrophobia and frustration.

Furthermore, 24/7 social distancing for those in the household becomes frustratingly difficult. Despite the negative repercussions mentioned, the situation provides a “silver lining” for members of the household.

It has certainly helped — albeit forcibly — to bring families and members of the household together, for some real family time and talanoa sessions, after a very long time, and in some cases for the very first time. Otherwise, each person would be caught up in their own little world and doing their own thing, outside of the home.

At times this can be detrimental to the wellbeing and harmony in the household.

For some, as is always the case, they just cannot wait for the emergency to be over and the restrictions lifted, so that they can be free to go out of confinement and get back to their lives outside of the home.

The sad thing is that we have indirectly been given the choice to make the wrongs right at home, but some prefer to return ti ‘as you were’.

EDWARD BLAKELOCK  Admiral Cir, Pacific Harbour

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