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Letters To The Editor, 9th September 2017

Letters To The Editor, 9th September 2017
September 09
18:58 2017

Prem Singh a leader

Geeta Pillay, Suva

Did I see the National Federation Party’s Prem Singh as the only Opposition member at the Constitution Day celebrations?

Where was the Leader of the Party?

Mr Singh is no doubt displaying real leadership by putting the nation above politics. While it seems the NFP leader is busy playing politics, Mr Singh is quietly doing what is expected of a true leader- putting nation first. Kudos to you Mr Singh.

I hope one day you can lead the National Federation Party.

Koya showing the way

Liti Kini, Suva

The Lands Ministry would have been sorted out by now if Faiyaz Koya had been the Minister from before. He has done wonders turning the Ministry around and his ability to reach out to people and explain to them what the processes are is very well received. He is what we needed to turn around this Ministry.

2018 Election

Herleen Emily, Nadi

As a concerned youth of this country, I am curious about the 2018 General Election next year.

Some people in the country are not willing to vote in the 2018 election.

It is saddening to see that people take the election very lightly.

The “right of not voting” should be reconsidered by people.

While for some, it maybe a day for relaxation and for some it maybe a day of wasting time, but what they tend to forget is that, it is a day which decides a country’s future, the future of the ordinary Fijians including those who choose not to vote.

Later these are the same people rubbishing and mocking the elected government for not doing their part in something they expect them to do.

When the time was given for one to vote for their leader, they did not take the opportunity, so why make an issue later on.

People are so good in demanding for their rights but when it comes to fulfilling their responsibilities as a true Fijian, it becomes so hard for them.

Saying, I am proud to be a Fijian is an easy thing, but taking the responsibility of a good citizen is difficult for many.

An election plays a major role in our lives; it defines us as true Fijians.

The right of “not voting” should be eradicated in the political arena.

Come on Fiji, let’s vote for our leaders in 2018 and make our vote count.

Let’s be proud Fijians!

 

Why the fuss?

Parmesh Prasad, Suva

If memory serves me correct, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was the chief guest at Ganesh Utsav last year. This year the Honourable Attorney-General did the honours. Why is this a big issue on social media this year? There are some very sad people in our country who cannot see anything beyond race and religion. To the PM and the AG, thank you. You are leading by example, unlike your predecessors.

 

Access to the PM

Senaca Nabutu, Naulu

I had once tried to meet with Mahendra Chaudhry when he was Prime Minister but could not get past his personal assistant who happened to be his son. I don’t know whether Laisenia Qarase carried an official mobile phone when he was occupying the seat of Prime Minister. I am proud to say that I have Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s mobile number on speed dial and do not hesitate in dropping him a text message when the need arises. Times have really changed.

Help from the A-G

Daya Wati, Nausori

I can remember Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum from the time when he used to advice people on legal matters free of cost on radio on the show Kanoon Aur Aap way back in 2004 or was it 2005.

It felt good listening to a young man speaking in Fiji Hindi instead of the Hindi from India. It feels good seeing him today promoting Fiji-Hindi. God Bless you son.

Unsafe footpaths

Satish Nakched, Suva

I am not very sure whether the new footpath along the Edinburgh Drive in Suva is constructed to a standard and made within the National Building Code and have approved architectural drawings.

But it is pleasing to note that steel reinforcement rods have been used and as a lay person I am satisfied that the work done should last a long time.

Any proper pavement concrete work that also includes the road should last at least 60 years, before there will be signs of wear and tear.

I wish to compare this concept with the footpath that was constructed along the Yasiyasi Road in Nadera and a portion of the Ratu Dovi Road. These footpaths are fairly new and probably about five years old but are in a poor condition and deteriorating rapidly due to the surface cracks and some portions are throwing up large chunks and I believe that the pavement mentioned does not comply with any standards and were done  without any professional supervision.

Instead of providing safety, the footpath can be considered a hazard and can result in accidents resulting in personal injury or possible damage to property.

The most common cause of cracks on footpaths is improper installation, usually in the form of a poorly constructed base which is not packed extremely tight before the concrete material is poured over it. Cracks form differently depending on pavement thickness. If the pavement is on the thin side, the cracks will start at the bottom and work up to the surface in the absence of any reinforcement steel rods or fibre cement.

When the approved reinforcements are used, it controls cracking due to shrinkage of concrete and stresses induced due to soil movement and the weather conditions.

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