Letters to the Editor – Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London. Photo: AFP

Farewell your majesty!

Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest today at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle. After days of mourning, she will finally be laid to rest. Her Majesty visited Fiji six times, as she enjoyed the Fijian hospitality and was touched by the warmth and bula spirit. She left behind golden sands of footprint and now as we prepare to bid her the final good byes, those memories will bring tears to the eye. Her majesty touched hearts and her down to earth and humble nature and pleasant personality touched many hearts. Indeed, no words can fully describe the extent of her loss. Ni moce mada madam! Rajnesh Ishwar LingamNadawa, Nasinu

Special relationship

The people of our island nation,especially the older generation,seem to have a residual admiration,for the British monarchy, its tradition,culture and institutions.Moreso, the pomp and pageantryand all things associated with British royalty.Especially here in Fiji,because of its indelible and significant influence,in our island’s early history.There is a unique and endearing relationship,that will never ever tire,between the British royal familyand the chiefs and people of Fiji.Although, the sun may have already set,on the former British Empire,that very warm and close relationship,will never ever be extinguished or expire.Edward BlakelockAdmiral Circle, Pacific Harbour

World leaders

Some 500 world leaders ascended on Westminster Abbey, London to attend the state funeral and offer their final salute and farewell to HRM Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away peacefully on September 8, 2022 at the age of 96.Millions of people around the world also tuned in to catch a glimpse of what has been billed the biggest funeral gathering the world has seen, and probably will ever see.On September 19, 2022, the voices of dissent and those demanding an apology from the monarchy for the exploits of the British Empire in the colonies were caught in the euphoria of the ceremony and the colours of the red, white and blue, because that was the day they came to bury their most cherised, most affectionate sovereign.Samu Railoa, Nadi

Goodbye, our Queen

Queen Elizabeth II has eventually reached her final resting place, after 10 days of national mourning, at the grounds of Windsor Castle, one of the late queen’s favourite homes and where many royals have been laid to rest before her. She has been the world’s longest-serving monarch who reigned from February 6, 1952 until her passing away on September 8, 2022. Her coronation was June 2, 1953. People will remember Queen Elizabeth II in their own ways. I will remember her as the queen who granted independence to our beloved Fiji and many other nations that were held British colonies by her predecessors. I grew up watching the picture of Queen Elizabeth II on our notes and coins. Being colonised or independent, we have always admired the British monarchy but the ways of Queen Elizabeth II definitely outshines. Sincere condolences to the royal family. It would take an enormous effort from King Charles III to fill the void space left by his mother. He is the oldest person to assume the British throne. God bless him. DINESH KUMAR Ba

Special administrators

Just recently, I believe, a new team of special administrators has been appointed to look after Nadi/Sigatoka municipalities. I think the team announced by the Minister for Local Government comprises of three members whom you might know. One of them is a former town councilor and mayor, another is a lawyer, and third is a civil engineer, if I am not wrong. The make-up of the team seems to have the right ingredients needed to forge the towns ahead provided they are committed and focused on delivering the goods in a professional and efficient manner. We, the ratepayers, would like to see our towns progressing with time. Hence, it is important that you do what is lacking and required to be done. I believe meetings are good but to make it meaningful you need to put the decisions into action and reality. You have to work as closely as possible with all stakeholders and the employees of the council. Ratepayers’ interests should always be of paramount interest to the council administration because they are the backbone. Without their financial backup, the council will not be able to function. I believe the team is blessed to have as a member a former mayor whose experience and knowledge will undoubtedly come in handy as you move on. Try lifting the image of our town to make it look like a tourist centre in its true meaning. I take this opportunity in wishing the newly appointed team all the best. Thank you. Suresh Chand Nadi

Election time

I believe the mood of the country is to change government. Dan Urai Lautoka

Saqamoli money

A total of $53 million has now been paid out in saqamoli money’ in the last two weeks and counting. I wonder what Professor Biman Prasad has to say about this. I also wonder what all the unfunny and financially illiterate proud grog dopeys who laughed at that joke think now? Jan Nissar NSW, Australia

Old flavours

Bula, I was impressed the other day when I went shopping for groceries at my usual jet point Nadi grocer, and I came across one of my favourite sauce, Pick Me Up Worcestershire sauce. It suddenly it reminded me of my grandmother’s egg fried rice. Umm, I was so hungry, so bought 250ml. And back at home when I cooked the fried rice, it brought back those good old happy memories. My hats off to Goodman Fielder for an excellent product. More than 20 years in the market but still one of the best Fiji made sauce. PS I hope Goodman Fielder, can revive few of the old snacks, such as Chickadees, Spiderman, I remember that one… Thank you. M I Hussien Nadi Bay

Fiji Airways banking

In the recent past, people were asked to go to Companies Office if they wanted a copy of the airline’s annual report. Now it is reporting its monthly banking in the daily newspapers (Sunday Times 18/9) and boasting above average bookings. Which company in Fiji voluntarily reports its monthly banking in the newspapers for public consumption. I believe it must be something to do with election time. Ajai Kumar Nadi

FNPF incentive

Why can the Fiji National Provident Fund not pay interest to its members based on the following example? If members, say, have between $50,000 to $70,000, the interest would be 6 per cent, if between $80,000 to $100,000 then the interest rate would be 7 per cent and so on. Food for thought. Asish Vinay Prasad Park Rd, Raiwasa, Suva

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