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Letters To The Editor, Saturday 5th, May 2018

Letters To The Editor, Saturday 5th, May 2018
Avinesh Ram’s family (from left), Nishi Nitisha (niece), Poonam Kohli (wife) and Nandani Keshni Lata (sister-in-law) at their resi­dence, in Toko, Tavua, on May 3, 2018. Photo: Peni Komaisavai
May 05
17:23 2018

True love

Dharmendra Kumar, Suva

The Fiji Sun headline dated May 4, 2018, “My worst birthday” is indeed a sad and emotional story.

Ponam Kohli was supposed to celebrate her birthday tomorrow. Instead she will be burying her miner husband.

Poona Kohli, the wife of the late Avinesh Ram, is mourning the death of her husband.

Grief, I have learned, is really just love.

It’s all the love you want to give, but just cannot.

As I read this article what caught my attention was the kind words Poonam had for her husband.

“He treated me like a queen and always prioritised me and my sons needs above everything else,” she said.

A true love story never ends.

Love is like war, easy to start, difficult to finish and impossible to forget. Some love last a lifetime, but true love lasts forever.

It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember yet we are reminded every day that we could lose someone at any moment.

There are things that we don’t want to happen, but have to accept, things we don’t like to know, but have to learn and people we cannot live without, but have to let go.

My prayer is with you my sister.

Terrible tragedy

Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

The terrible accident that happened at the underground shaft of the Vatukoula Gold Mine Ltd taking the life of Avinesh Kohli  (FS 4/5) calls for investigation by authorities, including the Ministry of Labour’s OHS Department whether safety regulations had been compromised.

However, it will never bring back a promising life.

I hope the family will be compensated fairly.

Fijian democracy

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

Minimum wage rights, women’s and children’s rights and the list of rights are never ending.

FLP has been in the wilderness without winning a seat in our last democratic general election in 2014.

The NFP and SODELPA term in Parliament as the Opposition has been very unimpressive though with party member’s resignations, Parliament boycotts and walkouts and suspensions from Parliament with the latest being maverick, outspoken former MP Mosese Bulitavu, who was found guilty of sedition charges and sentenced to jail for two years.

What is disturbing is their many promises to Fijians now as we move closer to the 2018 election on what they can do should they win and form government.

I guess it is nothing, but a fight for their very own political survival which has been modernised, re-engineered, dominated and reshaped by the FijiFirst party and its leadership through and through in prioritising indiscriminate national development policies to benefit all Fijians.

As for the majority of Fijians we are now well informed through our many media outlets, but there is something we need to ask ourselves.

All these parties have not been in government for the past 12 years and we have not seen anything concrete from them to deserve our votes, but they are all promising what they have never been able to deliver ever since.

Twelve years is a long time and this country cannot ill afford to wind back the clock and bestow our trust in the wrong hands.

Never again!

Up until today from the ascending of our world-acclaimed 2013 Constitution by former President and Bau chief Ratu Epeli Nailatikau to the appointment of the President, Jioji Konrote, the appointment of the first Fijian Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni, our very lean and newly designed much improved 51-seat democratic Parliament to the many UN chairmanship appointments of our Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

From Mr Bainimarama’s achievements as G77+China chair, International Sugar Commission chair and now the COP23 presidency have all been rejected and never accepted by SODELPA, NFP and FLP, including our past four whopping national budgets since 2014, whereby Fijians have all tremendously benefited.

An ill-conceived vote of no confidence last year against our PM brought to Parliament by Ro Teimumu Kepa, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, Semesa Karavaki, Viliame Gavoka, Ratu Isoa Tikoca, Mosese Bulitavu and Niko Nawaikula was quickly rejected outright and thrown out the window of our August House just as fast as it was presented.

There will always be no appreciation from these ungrateful government critics through what our caring government will implement for the collective good of our nation.


Hassan Ali, Lautoka

I feel in countries with a democratic system of rule, the Government gains more than the governed.

It is a topsy-turvy situation that undermines true democracy – government of the people, by the people, for the people.

From the outset, as per the Fiji Sun report of January 5,2017, “the President is required to issue the writ of election within seven days,the writ of election is expected in April next year”.

As I understand it the writ of election had been placed forward between April and November this year.

Once this is finalised then the ball is going to roll from then on.

In essence I have also acknowledged the candidates’ names and pictures being shown on social media.

It is nteresting to note that a few women are now contesting under the umbrella of two mainstream parties, namely the National Federation Party and the Fiji Labour Party.

The latter confirmed its candidates on Thursday, May 4, 2018.

Right coach

Sukha Singh, Labasa

I met Anand Sami, a former soccer wizard and now a soccer coach at Labasa Club.

I congratulated him on his coaching of the young Tavua team at the InterDistrict tournament.

I asked him about his coaching and he said you have to have  the right players.

Men-C vaccine

Narayan Reddy, Lautoka

I thank the Government for bringing in the meningococcal disease vaccine.

According to Health Minister those above 19 years of age will have to pay.

Can the Ministry of Health and Medical Services please clarify how much will one dosage cost for those over the age of 19?

Will one dose be enough or do we need several doses?

Can the media do a survey on the price between the one Government brings in and the one brought in by private pharmacies.



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