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Letters To The Editor, 24th May, 2018

Letters To The Editor, 24th May, 2018
May 24
12:55 2018

Improve FijiFirst MPs

ET Smith, Naulu

My immediate family and all adults in my extended family are staunch FijiFirst (FF) supporters because we believe in the philosophy of the Honourable Prime Minister and the Honourable Attorney-General.

We sincerely hope that the party picks the right candidates as we near the general elections. Some of the backbenchers and even some of the ministers need to go.

While the Honourable Prime Minister and the Honourable Attorney-General have stood inside and outside Parliament and through thick and thin and enormous political pressure from the forces of the old and also before and after the 2014 elections, they have never changed their position. They are principled and steadfast.

We need these two leaders and more importantly we need their way of thinking. This is the only way Fiji and all Fijians will benefit, now and in the future.

It is therefore very critical that they have very good candidates. To do that they must first get rid of some of their existing Members of Parliament including some ministers.

Some of the ministers are under performers and others do not really share the same ideas and philosophy of the Hon. AG and PM. Of course some backbenchers are not good at all because of their behaviour inside and outside Parliament.

I am sure the PM and A-G now realise that none of their ministers and MPs must be linked to Rabuka and or think like SODELPA or NFP.

The young people don’t want it plus it does not give FF a modern fresh look.

In fact we know that some of these ministers can say lot more against the Opposition, but don’t.

We know that some of these ministers and backbenchers privately say contrary things to the philosophy of the PM and A-G.

To not clean up now can mean the difference between more seats than 32 and the current number of seats.

Please, don’t have politicians from the 80s and even 90s. Please, also get rid of ministers who also talk too much and like to throw their weight around and are close to certain individuals.

There is no doubt that FijiFirst is the way to go and the A-G and PM are the perfect team. But by doing the above FijiFirst can win about 40 seats.

NCD cause

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

Expect an increase in alcohol and cigarette prices in next month’s budget but increasing it will not necessarily curb the rise in NCD cases.  The main cause is the food we eat and our sedentary lifestyles.

Get it right!

Justice

Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

The media outlet that negatively paints that our political masters rule by coercion and force to get obedience must thank their lucky stars now.

I must say the impartiality of the law and justice took its course.  But the lesson must be taken that editorial alertness must be sharp at all times especially to inflammatory language that intends to divide.

Silently waiting

Ronnie Chang, Nadi

Sometimes, it is harder and takes a little longer to practice what we preach.

Sometimes, public perceptions are powerful indicators. With every respect and care, I ask what is the real underlying difference between two individuals at the same Commonwealth Games vying for the gold medal in different sports.

One was awarded for Para-high jumping; the other for weightlifting.

One awarded was so handsomely rewarded, the other waited patiently and silently.

There is one golden moment to make good gender balance and treatment of successful athletes of individual sports at the highest international competitive level.

Sometimes, it hurts a little to listen to the silent minority, with dignity, grace and respect.

Misguided opinion

Lawrence Narayan, Suva

SODELPA parliamentarian Semesa Karavaki was asked by a local television news reporter (21/5) on his opinion about the name “Fijian”.

He responded by stating that it was a God-given name to a select people in this land and no one could take it away from them.

Incidentally, Mr Karavaki claims to be a Christian and often quotes from the Bible to make a point but his reasoning is usually in contradiction to what the Bible teaches. In this case, the Bible teaches us that God gave names to two distinct men on earth.

In the Old Testament, God renamed Abraham with a Promise. Jacob was renamed Israel and through him the nation of Israel (Genesis 35:10).

In the New Testament, God renamed Saul to Paul who became the apostle to the Gentiles. He taught that anyone who believes in the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a “Christian” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).  Furthermore, the Bible clearly teaches that God made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation (Acts 17:26).

Nowhere does it say God gave names such as Indian, Fijian, Chinese or Europeans. All these are inventions of man.

Of all people, Christians like Mr Karavaki should make every attempt to overcome any racist attitude which is contrary to the teaching of the Bible.

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