28 October, 2016, 12:00 am
The great thing about our new political system is that it brings people together.
Is Dawasamu and surrounding areas devoid of ill people?
Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka
It is difficult to control child labour as legislated — while many parents out there in Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston affected areas may be obliged to use their children to help them to put food on the table, there is an urgent need for a lot of awareness on child labour. Child labour workshop held in Labasa (FT 25/10) had lots of valuable messages for all who care for the welfare of children at heart.
Hamilton, New Zealand
I wish our Hindu brothers and sisters a very blessed and prosperous Diwali. This Diwali, may all be blessed with good fortune, wealth and prosperity, happiness and may your troubles be small. Remember Lord Ganesha is known as the Conqueror of Obstacles (Vighnaharta) so, let this be an occasion to celebrate victory over defeat, light over darkness, awareness over ignorance, an occasion to celebrate life. Happy Diwali once again to all.
The acting CEO of Road Safety Authority wrote a very interesting letter regarding illegal taxi operators. I believe the taxi business in Lautoka is a dying industry just like our sugar industry. There are many reasons for that. I believe some taxi owners demand between $300/$400 a week from the drivers. A time will come when the taxi owners will not find any drivers for that simple reason. The reason private illegal cars thrive is simple. Mathematically speaking, a second-hand Japanese car may be bought for $20,000, repayment could be about $600 a month over three to four years. I believe a lot of people can buy one of those second-hand Japanese vehicles with a $3000/$4000 deposit and I believe most banks will give you a soft loan of $3000. So, I believe a driver could buy a second-hand Japanese vehicle and start his illegal taxi and the vehicle becomes an asset and he saves more money than driving a legal taxi.
I believe three million tourists visit Thailand from Australia annually. I believe Fiji can’t attract one million tourists from Australia annually.