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Letter To The Editor 30th June,2018

Letter To The Editor 30th June,2018
June 30
16:36 2018

Brave budget

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Namaka, Nadi

Our national budget announcement is consistent with our brave FijiFirst Government’s policy since the 2014-2015 budget.

It complies with the spirit of our world-acclaimed 2013 Fijian Constitution and it is a budget from the Peoples’ Government to the Fijian people.

It is inclusive in nature. It is bigger and better whatever our Opposition parties and government critics may say.

It is not a vote-buying exercise going into election, but an obligation by our PM and the FijiFirst Party Leader Voreqe Bainimarama to conform with the many promises registered in the 2014 national election FijiFirst party manifesto.

Our FijiFirst government would have been debt free if it was not burdened to pay off the billions in accumulated debts created by Sitiveni Rabuka’s SVT government, FLP’s Mahendra Chaudhry and Laisenia Qarase’s SDL government.

Although it is burdened with our country’s development and economy our current leadership and Government is forever very determined to pay it off nevertheless.

The job is not completed yet and it cannot be left unfinished, the mission will only be accomplished through a powerful economy and budget.

Let’s get it on in Parliament to have it passed. Watch for the latest progressive, modern 2018 FijiFirst party manifesto.

It is an explosive one.

Road safety issues

Dorine Narayan, Suva

The Accident Compensation Commission of Fiji seems to be doing well.

I thank the Government for its brave decision to get rid of the ineffective third-party compensation scheme of the past and genuinely assisting those affected by road mishaps.

It was reported lately that the commission is planning to use its new budget allocation on road safety awareness.

Many will agree that already there is a lot of awareness on road safety, but the worrying trend regarding road fatalities remains.

While the authorities responsible can continue with the awareness, I suggest that Government consider a major project to improve road conditions.

I am generally satisfied with the new roads featuring dividers to avoid head-on collisions and jaywalking. Also the proper waiting bays to make safe right turns.

We can start with the Queen’s Highway, which at several places does not have proper bus stops and safety bays for right turns.

Bus drivers have no choice, but to stop in the middle of the highway for passengers to enter and disembark.

Once this happens, the vehicle behind the bus instead of slowing or stopping, just crosses into the opposite lane.

A divider will help avoid this unnecessary lane crossing while a proper bay at every junction as well as proper bus stops will help keep respective lanes clear.

If we are to be like Singapore when sooner or later our national speed limit of 80 km/ph will need to be reconsidered.

We can only move to maybe 100 km/ph if we have safe roads and driving conditions.

Road safety awareness alone is not the answer. We must take a serious look at the shortfalls relating to poor road designs.

I am certain the public will support the Government if it is to acquire another overseas loan to undertake a major project to improve our road quality and design.

Food labels

Satish Nakched, Suva

It is very pleasing to note that the consumers are very cautious now when out shopping and many read the information on the back of the package before a decision is made to purchase it.

Gone are the days when customers in a supermarket were attracted by the bright colours and the beautiful wrappings.

The primary role of food labels is to inform consumers of the food’s nutritional values and ingredients, its manufacturer, health claims and possible allergens or some other potentially threatening food information.

All this data helps people decide whether they will eat certain food, which is why food producers put a lot of effort into creating perfect labels for their product.

This must also have the product expiry date.

Food labels are an important source of information about calories and the nutritional value of the foods and which become crucial to building a healthy diet for the family.

In many countries the products have an advisory in the form of the warning labels.

This becomes the responsibility of manufacturers to notify their consumers of possible risk or injury when using their products.

Lack of sufficient warning labels or even inadequate wording may result in taking the products off the shelves to protect consumers. Such noncompliance is viewed as a serious breach of the regulatory requirements.

However, it is noted with great concern to see an increasing number of foreign food products on our supermarket shelves sold at a reasonable price.

The problem is that there are food labels on the products, but written in a different language apart from English in a very tiny font.

I have also came across a medication for diarrhoea sold at a chemist that had the entire instruction in the Arabic language.

We need to be mindful of what we purchase and consume and I believe that the dumping of such foreign products will increase through this unethical trading.

We as the people on the receiving end would be grateful if the Consumer Council could advise us if there are any legislative powers that would give us protection on the matter.

The dissemination of the information in the correct form and language must be made mandatory.

I believe if this is done then more audits must be conducted in supermarkets by the Consumer Council as a proactive measure to eliminate such threats.

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