Letters to the Editor – Thursday, September 5, 2019

Fiji Times Pte Ltd middle managers cut the 150th birthday cake in Suva. Picture: ATU RASEA

A loyal reader

The words of editor Fred Wesley in yesterday’s The Fiji Times stood out.

“Today is a very special day for The Fiji Times. We celebrate a milestone, and once again we have an opportunity to remind ourselves about the important role we play in the mechanics of life in our beautiful nation. We turn 150 years old today.”

As a loyal reader, I thank my newspaper The Fiji Times for being an excellent watchdog and for not swaying despite the turbulence.

As a loyal reader I have witnessed my newspaper The Fiji Times growing and gaining popularity.

As a loyal reader I have seen the struggles my newspaper The Fiji Times has gone through but has remained steadfast to bring the best in terms of local and overseas news, articles, opinions, and letters from the public.

As a loyal reader I commend my newspaper The Fiji Times for standing up to the truth and reporting in an unbiased and objective manner.

Our year 12 students are taught newspaper reporting in register study and I’m proud that my newspaper The Fiji Times is exemplary and is a classic example of the features provided in language of newspaper reporting to our youth and the future of this nation.

As a loyal reader I thank my newspaper The Fiji Times to be the voice of thousands of people and to be the brand that is trustworthy and reliable.

The editor has summed up my newspaper The Fiji Times with these lines, “We value our place in society, and the role we can play to move our nation forward. We will continue to strive for fair, balanced and credible news with emphasis on integrity.”

As I conclude, I can confidently say that my newspaper The Fiji Times has a special place in the hearts of its readers and that its position as Fiji’s number one newspaper can never be disputed!

Trust me!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Get the feeling

It’s great that many have responded to my letters regarding the issue between our Prime Minister and Opposition MP Pio Tikoduadua.

Some are surprised and some think I’m a fool to be voicing my opinion on the matter.

The fact of that matter is that if Pio Tikoduadua hadn’t directed that personal verbal attack at our PM in parliament nothing would have happened.

And here I am not even talking about you or a member of your family.

How would it feel if I picked and directed an issue at you regarding a close family member of yours?

Your son or daughter for that matter?

And after you’ve done your best to resolve and make things better for your son or daughter and family?

From your responses to my letters I guess you’d be pretty angry.

I’m sure if I was standing next to you I would most probably have got a push or shove or even a punch.

Get the feeling?

Simon Hazelman, Rava Estate, Savusavu

Two questions

Two important questions were asked by two writers in this column 04/09; one by Dan Urai, “Why homelessness is increasing?”; and the other by Imraz Janif — “Why do we have so many issues in a prospering Fiji?”

I believe these are important questions to ponder on and discuss openly, especially in parliamentary sittings for they give important indications to where we are heading as a nation.

Nevertheless, allow me to attempt to these questions from my personal point of view.

I sincerely believe that the many issues arising in our so-called “Prospering Fiji” homeless included are caused by the economic system that we are adopting as a nation where growth is only measured financially and the social implications are many.

This is a global movement in terms of the so-called “modern society”, where life is centred around wealth/money, hence I believe people are becoming very greedy and egoistic without a sense of caring and sharing, but only consuming accumulating.

Therefore, many nations in the world today have only a few rich people while many are poor and Fiji is no exception, and I believe this is why many issues are arising and many people homeless.

Can there be a solution?

Yes I believe there are solutions to every issues/problems.

To be able to address the root cause of all these, I believe we need to adopt an economic system as a nation that put human dignity at the centre of all its activities/developments so we can rebuild a culture of caring and sharing that our fathers and forefathers used to live.

Kositatino Tikomaibolatagane, Vuninokonoko Rd, Navua

Traffic jam

Traffic jam in Lautoka yesterday AM was from Lautoka Muslim College to the Red Cross office in the city.

Suddenly a man gets off a van in front of me, runs to the shop, opposite the Lautoka Muslim College, and the traffic moves on.

There we were snailing our way up towards Indus Place and I see the same man run up and get on the van.

He had three loaves of bread in his hands and a packet of BH 10.

How about that.

Because of the traffic jam I wonder how many new-born babies travelling from Nausori to Suva, (with their mum) are ready to go to Year 1 when they reach Suva.

Anyway, I just found what that guy did fantastic — gets off slow moving van buys three loaves of bread and a packet of cigarettes and gets back on about 10 metres from where he got off.

Made my day saraga.

I’ll have an early mix for that.

Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Heartiest congratulations

Simply awesome.

150 down, 150 x 150 yet to go.

Take a bow!

Taki mada.

Bilo levu.

Ronnie Chang, Mountainview, Martintar, Nadi

Patriotism issue

I believe this is nurtured with good governance.

Dan Urai, Lautoka

Road patches

We refer to Narayan Reddy’s letter “Road patches” dated 30/08/19.

The FRA is just as concerned about the incomplete works around Lautoka City that have been carried out by the non-FRA contractors.

They must comply with the specifications, type of materials used and the standards of workmanship.

Our teams will continue to monitor all reinstatement works carried out around the country.

Jonathan Moore, CEO – Fiji Roads Authority

Why boycott

Donald it’s part of human rights.

Dan Urai, Lautoka

Speed cameras

I am wondering who is responsible for the allocation of speed cameras and its purpose?

I do not agree with the minister responsible where he stated in Parliament that speed cameras are allocated at accident-prone areas.

One only has to drive around the country and see for themselves that speed cameras are allocated mostly where there is a speed limit zone.

I believe the purpose is to collect more revenue through fines rather than minimise accidents around the country.

I would be happy if the minister responsible provided us a data to justify his claims that speed cameras are located at accident-prone areas.

And also it has contributed to the reduction in accidents to serve its purposes.

Otherwise I believe speed cameras are there for revenue collection purpose only.

Pita Soroaqali, Nadarivatu

Questions issue

Just wondering what would the responses be like in Parliament if the oral and written questions were offhand?

Mohammed Imraz Janif, Natabua, Lautoka

The Fiji Times

The cover page of The Fiji Times (04/09) revealed one of my earlier queries, the price of its first publication.

The memorable journalism journey from maiden six pence has been priceless.

The Fiji Times has stood by the words of George Littleton Griffiths.

It has witnessed the highs and lows of Fiji and the world for one and a half century.

Despite the challenges, it has remained unmoved from its original course.

The 150th birthday is indeed a momentous occasion.

As a benchmark, not only for The Fiji Times family over the generations but the media industry of this nation.

The first newspaper published in the world every day is first in many attributes of journalism.

Utmost, it is neutral, courageous and ethical.

It is therefore befitting that the first word of the first article of the first publication is “First”.

My heartiest congratulations.

Mohammed Imraz Janif, Natabua, Lautoka

Final 31

I felt for Leeroy Atalifo who was axed from the 31-member team travelling to the Land of the Rising Sun but I’m sure that our prop will shower his support to the boys who will fly our flag.

The team presented their itatau to the president and I hope that Ilaitia Bose’s letter (FT 04/09) will be taken into consideration by the top brass.

Furthermore, our boys were farewelled at a special dinner at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Nadi and will be leaving our shores with high hopes.

The Flying Fijians looked elegant in their attire and this definitely will make the buildup to the RWC phenomenal.

Furthermore, our own rugby artists will be writing pieces on their opinions about our national team.

My newspaper The Fiji Times has been bringing updates and coining information on the background of our players which I find so informative.

As we count days to the RWC pool matches against Australia, Georgia, Uruguay and Wales, I am confident of a good outing and I wish our boys a safe journey and I hope that the epic scenes from 2007 will find their way in The Fiji Times.

Toso Viti!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Recession threat

Speaking at the opening of the new Land Transport Authority Nadi office, A-G Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum shared thoughts on the consequence of a recession affecting Fiji (FT 01/09).

He stressed the impact of the current trade war between the US and China and how it might affect the Australian economy and then by association, affect Fiji.

I was disappointed he did not go on to explain about government’s solution to addressing the problem.

I believe he is breeding fear rather than finding solution.

There’s a lot going on in the world economy besides the US-China trade war and its punitive tariff increases by both sides that could affect the whole global finance.

With the global financial system teetering on collapse, the consequence on Fiji of a global recession will be immense.

Businesses will close down and people will lose their livelihoods.

It is, therefore, important that there be full and open discussion on the impending recession and government’s steps to mitigate and respond to the disaster when it occurs.

The question raised by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, “What can we do to ensure that we continue to be attractive?” I believe he is here talking about the desire to be attractive to tourists.

What in my view is the reality question is what will be the far–reaching effect on people’s livelihood.

So it’s time to share ideas across the political divide.

Rev Akuila Yabaki, Colo-i-Suva, Suva

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