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Letters To The Editor 18th June 2017

Letters To The Editor 18th June 2017
June 19
11:00 2017

Eligibility rules

Sukha Singh, Labasa

On a talk back show I asked the Supervisor of Elections why a person who has served a one year sentence cannot stand for the elections. He answered: “I am here to follow the law, why don’t you write to the Parliament”.

We talk a lot about rehabilitation of prisoners and also have a yellow ribbon initiative for the prisoners and yet they are not eligible to stand for elections if they were locked up for a year or more.

Could the Supervisor of Elections tell me who in Parliament I write to?


Care for the aged

Chandra Prakash Singh,  Suva

Our elderly population have made immense contributions towards the development of this country, immediate /extended family members, neighbours and anyone else needing their assistance.

They showed utmost respect towards everyone’s tradition/culture, rites/rituals, people of all races, various religions, home-made rules/regulations, laws enacted by government and were always mindful of words uttered and actions that followed.

It is time for all of us to reciprocate that kindness, pay back financially/physically and treat aged people of all races affectionately and with respect.

Never refer aged people as “that old man/that old lady” instead use a friendlier word “senior citizens” and make them feel being a part of this society since they have sacrificed a lot for this homeland and for everyone.

The word complaint was rarely heard from them while rendering any services towards their employers and without any problems they provided food, clothing and shelter for families. They even gave a helping hand towards other family members especially those who requested their help and all was done without any financial gain.

Aged people have performed a number of tasks in Fiji as government workers, doctors. nurses, private sector employees, academics, sugarcane farmers/cane cutters, vegetable farmers, cleaners, heavy goods drivers, grass cutters, market vendors, handyman, mill workers, fishermen, shopkeepers, gardeners, road maintenance workers, builders, security officers and many other tasks that needed skills, proper planning, careful thinking, strength and job satisfaction.


Assembly permit

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa,  Suva

My Nadali Seventh-day Adventist Church members in Nausori are planning to run three weeks evangelistic/health program beginning on Sunday July 2, 2017 in the compound of a church member.

I was tasked to first get a permit or approval from the Police Department or the Commissioner Central’s Office in Nausori.

From Suva, I went to the Commissioner Central Office in Nausori, where I was told that they only deal with permits which involved fund raising and I was told to see the Police Department at the second floor of the Vinod Patel building near Suva.

The two lady officers there were very helpful, explaining to me that a new decree has been issued and that Fijians do not need a permit to conduct or have an assembly in their own private property.

Permits should be sought only if what is planned is to be held in public areas.

How many Fijians out there know of this new decree?

It seems that even government employees are not aware of this change as I would have been told up front of the change when I inquired with the Commissioner Central’s Office in Nausori.

Now that we all know, I am inviting all who live near Nadali in Nausori to come out on Sunday 2nd July at 7pm, to listen to health professionals and hear the word of God.




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