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Letters To The Editors, 28th, April, 2018

Letters To The Editors, 28th, April, 2018
April 28
13:57 2018

‘New’ Rabuka

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

I was at the University of Fiji where Siti­veni Rabuka was invited to speak to Law students and my niece and nephew were part of the group where he presented him­self as the new Rabuka but sounded very similar to the old Rabuka.

The subject of his speech was ‘Promot­ing National Unity in Diversity, Different Pathways to a National Identity’, but listening to his address, he was uncon­vincing, not relevant and was promoting the political agenda of his opposition SODELPA party so to speak.

He is still the same Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka who set the clock to the beginning of the Coup culture for our country on May 14, 1987.

Great reporting by Rosi Doviverata (Fiji Sun) on April 27, Rabuka is still adamant he will bring back the 1997 Constitution and remove Fijian as our national identity including the toppers, TELS and the free education grant from kindergarten, Years 1-13 but replacing them with the old Fiji­ans affairs and Multi-Ethnic Scholarships.

This is a classic example of a discrimi­nating individual including his SODELPA party members who talk so much about National Unity but will not walk the talk and be inclusive in their approach but on the other hand, it shows the Opposition SODELPA members in Parliament still do not accept the 2013 Constitution.

It is great Mr Rabuka is preaching his party ideas in advance where he and his other critics from their political party will be rejected again by the majority regis­tered eligible Fijian voters.

I believe out of the total 51 candidates SODELPA will field; only the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa is guaranteed to win a seat and will be the only one from that party that will return to parliament later this year with the bal­ance to the FijiFirst Party.

Music in public transport

Hassan Ali, Lautoka

The playing of loud music in public transport is still prevalent and very dis­turbing.

Often drivers are oblivious to the volume.

The chosen item is not the choice of the passengers.

I think we should not be forced to listen to something we may not like.

This mars one’s enjoyment and apprecia­tion of the beauty of the outside natural environment.

People should be free to travel in peace and not be forced to listen to something forced down on them.

This is a compromise on our freedom.

I would like to suggest that the Land Transport Authority issue a directive to all bus operators to remove all musical devices for the comfort of the passengers.

People pay the fare to enjoy the ride, not the unwanted music.

Since everyone carries a cell phone these days, they can play the music of their choice using their headsets so as not to disturb others.

I sincerely hope that the Land Transport Authority will act and for the Minister of Transport to look into the problem and solve it

Bicycle Act

Satish Nakched, Suva

We have a Bicycle Act that was passed in 1939 and is in Chapter 178 under the laws of Fiji. It was partly reviewed in 1974 and I believe it is grossly outdated and does not reflect the current time as it is a copy of the colonial law.

It states that all the bicycles must be registered under the Ministry of Tour­ism, Transport and Civil Aviation and must display a metal disc in the form of a number plate and the details of the frame which can be found under the seat.

On the bar is the serial number which must be entered in the register.

Any bicycle ridden during the night must be equipped with a light in the front.

All bicycles at all times must display a 12-inch white mark on the tail part of the rear mudguard and must have a reflector attached to the white surface.

All the bicycles must be equipped with a rear leg brake and have a bell attached to the handlebar as a warning device.

The wheels of the bicycles must not be over sixteen inches in diameter. It is the requirement by law that the dealers must keep a register when selling the bicy­cles and must produce the record when required by a Policeman.

It is very difficult to understand that the relevant Ministry all these years initiated no changes or attempted to amend the laws.

I believe all the bicycles in Fiji are now illegally ridden as this does not adhere to our current laws that were enacted by the Parliament in 1939.

Due to the evolution, of the bicycle technology and the fact that most of the equipment has been developed for extreme speed discarding unnecessary components the bicycles today are no longer what they used to be.

We have seen the changes taking place in our era but are too laid back for the legis­lators to reflect and revise on the current approach.

Currently, there were talks of having bicycle lanes built on our roads and that is placing the cart before the horse ap­proach.

Our dire need is to revise and make the seventy-nine-year-old legislation current before becoming very adventurous in the wrong direction

Netball worry

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

The Fiji Pearls performance and ranking seem to be on a downward spiral.

A friend suggested they start again from basics but using coconuts.

Nazi power

Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

I think of the NAZIS when they prom­ised the German people that things will change, yet they had evil ambition and power as if they alone had right to rule. Be careful as we approach the election!

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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