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Letters To The Editor, 9th October, 2017

Letters To The Editor, 9th October, 2017
October 09
11:00 2017

Consistency needed

Daya Wati, Nausori

My sister who lives in Ba told me some National Federation Party head honchos were that side telling a mandali (temple)that as there comes a need to change the leader of the mandali it is also good to change the head of government.

Bad comparison here and not the way we want to be able to take our country forward.

It is important that at least for next 20 years there needs to be consistency in policy and direction which FijiFirst is taking if this country has to progress. Running a country is not same as running a mandali! I am shocked and more worried!

Vinaka Drua

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

Our very own Fiji Airways Drua put on the gas and ran away with a victory after a tit-for-tat scoring match with the Greater Sydney Rams in Round 6 of the Australian National Rugby Championship.

The tit-for-tat, see-sawing game continued until both teams were tied at 31-31 and that was where the Drua just showed their class which was just magic to watch, pulling through to 57-31.

They have a rest this week before taking on Queensland Country and Sydney Rays here on home soil.

The Drua is on its way to be in the semi-final of the NRC which will be confirmed if they win both of their remaining home games.

If they win both remaining games by a big margin, it is possible for the Drua to be playing its semi-final match in Fiji.

Vinaka Drua, you have made all Fiji rugby fans proud.

Keep up with the consistency.

Go Drua go!

Taxi permits

Gyanendra Prasad, Suva

How many taxi permits are out there and who owns them? What is the distribution by age, gender,ethnicity, occupation and locality?

The people of Fiji would surely be interested in these facts from the Land Transport Authority.

Resistance to change

Arien Vikash Kumar, Nadi

As humans, we’re comfortable with the status quo and resist change.

We all want our country to change but if the change has to start with us, we all cry.

We expect the Government to change our lifestyles but we can’t change our attitude towards change.

Minor hiccups about the e–Ticketing is a big cry today. A few months back, the plastic levy was a big talk. Then came the civil servants contracts. Years back, initiatives like free education, bus fare vouchers, free milk distributions, Tertiary Education Loans Scheme, etcetera; were wrongly interpreted by some. But the same people may be enjoying these initiatives today.

Surprisingly, Opposition is seen crying everywhere even though such changes may really be benefiting Fijians.

Any change cannot guarantee a perfect or smooth start. Likewise it is for the e– Ticketing initiative. However, we can try and improve as we go along.

One should know that the ‘Biggest room in the world is the room for Improvement’.

If a country like India with over a billion population and all walks of lives can survive with the sudden currency demonetisation, then why is there is a big fuss over the e-Ticketing cards in Fiji.

Can the media show some of the images of people crowding in front of the banks in India after the currency ban so that those who complain standing in small bus queues in Fiji could understand easily?

We can only see the change if we change our perception towards change.

As Mahatma Ghandi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

NFP, you wish

Parmesh Prasad, Suva

National Federation Party, Biman Prasad, Jagannath Sami; you guys need not worry about whether FijiFirst will be able to solely form Government.

Stop thinking you will hold the balance of power, you will not.

Stop claiming you have the plight of Hindus at heart, we have stopped thinking along those lines.

Wishful thinking!

Cimate change challenge

Spencer Robinson, Suva

Climate change is regarded as one the challenging global policy problems of all time.

The need for global co-operation especially at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP23 is of great importance. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific body that is mandated to make assessment on the scientific, technical and socio-economic information on climate change. This information will then be used by the Conference of Parties (COP) for making sound decisions that are scientifically justified.

I am grateful to have been a participant at the IPCC Outreach Event based on “Climate Change in the Pacific and the IPCC”, which was held on Saturday at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus.

The programme was a very informative through various presentations by Pacific and IPCC experts on Global and Pacific climate change impacts. A big vinaka vakalevu to the Fiji Meteorological Service, IPCC, USP, COP23 Secretariat and other partners for organising this successful Outreach Programme.

While all the topics in the programme were equally important, I was particularly moved by the presentations on Climate Change and Migration, Governance and Diplomacy and Climate Justice. It is important to realise the consideration of the human dimension in relation to migration due to rise in sea level.

This is because if people do migrate as a last resort due to rise in sea level then they need to migrate with dignity especially to a foreign land.

The rise in coalition blocs and diplomatic effects by Pacific Island States is perhaps a good and effective strategy towards the negotiation processes within the UNFCCC. It was also interesting to learn of the legal aspects behind the various treaties on climate change and the potential outcomes on “loss and damage” at COP23.

All in all, learning and sharing information on climate change in these types of forum provides the basis of awareness and how best we can leverage the importance of the Paris Agreement to the rest of the world.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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