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Letters To The Editor, September 7 2017

Letters To The Editor, September 7 2017
Hindu devotees gathered in numbers at My Suva Park in Suva for the final prayer of Ganesh Utsav –Ganpati Visarjan on September 05, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
September 07
15:56 2017

Fiji shows the way

Dr Miriam Sau, New Zealand

Fiji has come a really long way. Sitting in New Zealand I am really proud seeing pictures of Government ministers of different faith gathering for a Hindu religious festival. Last year it was the Prime Minister who was the chief guest at the same event.

This is amazing. It also reminds me of the Sunday ban which was introduced under Sitiveni Rabuka in the late 1980s. The Fiji now is so far removed from the one where Government Ministers picked and chose where to be seen.

This is the Fiji that the world should aspire to be.


Real face of Team Fiji

Daya Wati, Nausori

I shed tears of joy at My Suva Park seeing the respectful manner in which the Attorney-General spoke at Ganesha Utsav. This gives me hope for Fiji and for my grandchildren. This is the real face of Team Fiji, not one where race and religion are used as political drawcards.


Constitution day

Spencer Robinson, Suva

Today is a public holiday commemorating Constitution Day!

If we look back at history, Fiji has had four separate constitutions over the years in 1970, 1990, 1997 and the current 2013 constitution.

A lot has happened in the past, especially, if one reflects on the impacts of coups in 1987, 2000 and in 2006.

We cannot change what has happened in the past, however, our future depends on what we do today.

As we celebrate this special day to mark Constitution Day, let us all continue to work together as Fijians to make our beloved home “the way the world should be” always having faith in the Almighty for His blessings and unconditional love.


Honest Naiqama

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa,  Suva

Fijians will be proud of Amelia Naiqama’s honesty as reported in your edition of September 3, 2017.

The mindset of ordinary citizens would be: “The bank has plenty of money and if the bank itself said at first that they did not make any mistake, then this extra US$900 is a gift from heaven!”

But not Amelia Naiqama, whose honesty has made headlines in the United States which made her family in Naweni in Savusavu proud, including all relatives in Fiji and abroad.

From a cousin’s perspective, I found her to be loyal, dedicated, honest and a true Christian when she spent a few weeks with me in the 1980’s at Kalabu Housing in Nasinu.

I was baffled at first when people who knew her called her by the name “Radini” as she was just a young woman back then.

I learnt later that she was married to a Vakatawa, (Methodist Catechist) who was serving in Lebanon or Sinai back then.

Her elder brother Ovini Naiqama also known as Sawa, was an Evangelist and Bible Teacher, who was one of the founders of the Service Street Methodist Church in Suva.

Amelia Naiqama’s other brother Pio Naiqama, is a comedian of the “Lasu Lasa” fame.

Vinaka Tavale, you have made us all proud by walking the Christian talk in your daily life.


Game of thrones

Sailesh Singh, Nasinu

It seems like it was only a moment ago when the Auditor General’s office cautioned everyone not to jump to conclusions. Yet, only a handful listened. The caution flag was out there but they all ignored it. When the dust settled well, what do you know! There were errors in the Auditor General’s report.

Reminds me of a brilliant chess move.


International Literacy Day

Neelz Singh, Lami

On September 8, International Literacy Day is celebrated. It’s an opportunity for civil society, Government and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world’s remaining literacy challenges and how it can be addressed by the education system.

The theme of this year’s International Literacy Day is ‘Literacy in a Digital World’. Digital Literacy will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers, Internet, and the Web. What kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies and to explore effective literacy policies and programmes that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 4, has as one of its targets ensuring all young people achieve literacy and numeracy and that individuals who lack these skills are given the opportunity to acquire them. Learning never stops and it’s never too late to learn.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi.



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