Letters to the Editor: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Deaf Consultancy Pacific managing director and consultant Krishneer Sen. WANSHIKA KUMAR.

Child sexual exploitation

The Fiji Times is that reservoir that never tires of publishing inspirational and motivational stories that refreshes the day –– stories from all over Fiji that show the resilience and passion of ordinary Fijians.

In the People’s column (FT 30/9), Wanshika Kumar shared the story of Krishneer Sen, a person with hearing impairment and the only one in his family who is deaf, so he uses sign language to communicate with his loved ones.

As a young man with big dreams and ambitions, Krishneer moved from the Coral Coast to Suva to gain better education and work opportunities and he succeeded at last.

The founder of the Deaf Consultancy Pacific (DCP), Krishneer works to provide quality consultancy services to improve the lives of deaf people. He also acquired his Masters degree in Human Rights from University College London in the UK.

Sen shared how his mother believed that people with hearing impairment could do anything if they were motivated to achieve their goals.

The work that Krishneer is doing to help the deaf deserves huge accolades and public recognition.

Krishneer has set the platform as we say goodbye to September and welcome October.

Thank you The Fiji Times and Wanshika for the inspiration in the form of Krishneer! RAJNESH ISHWAR LINGAM Nadawa, Nasinu


Those letters

I am not usually required to work on Saturdays, however, on 26/9 I had to fill in for a colleague.

This meant I would start at 9.30am and it was highly likely that I would work the entire day. Luckily for me I was done by 1.30pm.

While gladly making my way home I had mentally put together the order of tasks I was going to do as soon as I got home. While on my way home I saw a sign pointing me to a coffee shop that had quite recently opened.

I decided to up my energy levels for the task that awaited me at home. I pulled up to the shop, ordered a cappuccino with a slice of a truly delightful carrot cake and a brownie. I thought that would have been the best part of my working Saturday.

It was not. Alone in that coffee shop I pulled The Fiji Times from the counter.

May I say, Arvind Mani (FT 26/9) although seated alone I chuckled as I read your letter. I absolutely love how you inject humour with a hint of sarcasm and spoonfuls of seasoning to your letters.

I would now like to know more about poology, botany and chemistry. Please keep having a “couple” glasses of wine before you write. On the subject of letters; this forum is made up of contributors from all walks of life giving other readers a piece of their mind.

But what is a letter? Well, simply stated it is something written and sent. Therefore, being that this column is made up of “Letters to the Editor” it may be just two words or one sentence

Mohammed Imraz Janif (FT 26/9). Those two words and one sentence letters were sufficient to get the message behind the letters.

Thank you Mohammed. I am now setting time aside to watch Pursuit of Happyness next Saturday (FT 27/9). So, to all the contributors of this column please continue writing with your own unique sense and style of writing.

That’s what makes you, you. And you are amazing! Anyway, what was supposed to have been a half hour stop at the coffee shop turned to an hour. Thereafter two friends walked in and just like that, the tasks I was mentally putting together on my way home had to be postponed to the following day.

That coffee shop with a copy of FT might just become a Saturday thing now.

Well, after I complete my Saturday tasks of course. V. DIROIROI Nadi


Listening to people

The prime minister says he likes to be on the ground and listen to the people and do what they tell him. I would request the PM to listen also to the Opposition members.

They get dejected every time when their suggestions are ignored. SUKHA SINGH Labasa


Torocake Vou

Your feature in the FT 30/09 by Ana Madigibuli of the epic launch of the Torocake Vou by the Lovoni villagers in 1969 was very interesting.

Just three years later, Robert Langdon in the August edition of Pacific Islands Monthly was to write “his boat in fact, was moored in the Bureta river just outside the village.

“It was an Ovalaun version of the African Queen –– a long narrow, decrepit flat bottomed, unseaworthy looking craft with the name, Torocake Vou (The new era) inscribed in fading paint and much unconscious irony on its side.” TERRY HULME Eastwood, Australia.


Village bridge

The Nasolo villagers and youth built a bridge on their own. If I heard the news item right, it said they used about $18,000.

Well if a contractor had made this bridge I don’t know how much it would have cost.

Thank you Nasolo villagers of Bua. You made the bridge without any external help. Sukha Singh Labasa


Yes or no

It is difficult to comprehend the necessity of a yes or no question in the ongoing voter survey:

“Will you vote in the next election?” On the other hand, this would have been the ideal opportunity to include: “Do you prefer elections in municipal councils?” MOHAMMED IMRAZ JANIF Natabua, Lautoka


Donor issue

Could the Supervisor of Elections screen all donations made to the political parties over the past two elections.

Could he come down hard on those donors and recipient parties who have broken the rules.



Taxi change

With the modern world progressively evolving into a cashless society, I believe our local taxidrivers should accept and adapt to this inevitable change as well (FT 30/10).

We are no longer living in the “Girmit” era. NISHANT SINGH Lautoka


Tuna price

The most loved can of tuna now costs $3.15.

Can the Mineral Resources Department please investigate what expensive metal is being used to can this product making it cost that much?

At that price, I’ll eat the tuna and even the can. WISE MUAVONO Balawa, Lautoka


Kava issue

In regard to the front page news about kava being a legal drug (FT 27/09), I believe MEHA is rational to impose restrictions on legal drugs.

Usage of drugs by anyone is a harmful to a nation as well as young ones. Schoolchildren imitate their peers, parents, relatives and the media.

They smoke under peer pressure for fun and that develops addiction.

We need to make policies that work at the ground level to keep a strict check on these illegal practices.

The usage of kava for ceremonial purposes should be explained to students so that they are aware of legal implications. DR SAKUL KUNDRA Lautoka



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