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Letters September 05, 2014

For our soldiers Berenadeta Lutua, Lautoka A prayer for our family members in Syria. Dear Father in Heaven, we thank you for uniting us spiritually even though far physically. We
05 Sep 2014 08:34

For our soldiers

Berenadeta Lutua, Lautoka

A prayer for our family members in Syria.

Dear Father in Heaven, we thank you for uniting us spiritually even though far physically. We pray for our family members who are hidden from us by other members of our human family in Syria.

We give thanks that they are not hidden from You and You are watching over them. When we in Your human family across the globe have our differences, only You Father can resolve them. And we entrust every heart, soul and mind to You.

We pray that You unite our minds to remember what JESUS said “Do not let your hearts be troubled.

Trust in God and trust in me” (John 14:1) and “Nothing is impossible for God” (Luke 1:37).

We boast of Your great deeds and the impossible things that only You our Mighty God had made possible. When Peter was chained in prison and heavily guarded, You freed him. When the king tied and threw the three men into the fire, You prevented them from getting burnt and walked with them through the fire. When Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den You tamed the lions and he sat unharmed amongst them.

We glorify You for showing Your great might when our human situation seems hopeless, and we thank YOU for standing by us at all times despite our sinful nature and human weaknesses.

We humbly pray to You our Heavenly Father for Your divine intervention, in the name of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 To be or not to be a Fijian

Josaia Rayawa, Savusavu

Using a Shakespearean angle to the title above, I want to put forward two fundamental questions: Does an indigenous citizen feel the need to retain exclusivity with the tag ‘Fijian’ to ensure their identity?

Secondly, does a non-indigenous citizen feel the need to be called a ‘Fijian’ to engage a sense of inclusiveness?  I hope it is not the case for both?

Free bin

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

If I were given a free rubbish bin like the residents living along the Suva-Nausori corridor, I would use it to remind me that all promises made by other political parties is rubbish.  Pressure is now getting stronger and some are making promises which they cannot keep. Be very wary voters. It’s time to sleep with one eye open.

 

Missing positions 

Neelz Singh,  Lami

Since our economy’s health is much better, we have seen a lot of development in most hotels, resorts, real estate, business, etc.

However, we neglect our main man in the Town and Country Planning. We seem not to find our drainage expert, and we still haven’t got permanent secretaries. Anyway the development will carry on. So friends who qualify are encouraged to apply?

 

Football

Shad Alfaz Ali, Muainaweni

Congratulations to the Delta Tigers for their victory. The team proved that they don’t need James Naka and party to win.

They invested heavily on their young players and reaped the benefit in just two years.

Lautoka, Rewa and Nadi which use to be dominated by foreign players have improved since they started to invest in their own players.

Hats off to Rewa for leading the way in terms of fielding young players with the likes of Hughes, Tevita, Girish, Nakalevu, Ratu Luke and Misaele Draunibaka.

 

Unemployment

Panapasa Nayabakoro, Suva

Unemployment is one of the biggest problems in Fiji.

The person who is unemployed but has ability to do work and is willing to do work, is unable to get a job opportunity.  There are a few reasons why the rate of unemployment in Fiji is very high. The higher growth rate of population is the major cause of unemployment.

The resources of the country are limited because population is increasing. Our educational system is also responsible for increasing unemployment rate among the educated youth.

The attitude of our youth towards the choice of a career is unrealistic and unproductive. Rapid mechanisation and computer technology is also causing unemployment. Hundreds of people in the country are poor.

Due to poverty people are overburdened with expenditures and their savings are very low. Current international financial crisis is one of the biggest reasons of unemployment in Fiji and the Pacific. This crisis originated from the banking sector of USA, UK and some European countries and is now a global phenomenon. I would like to suggest that with proper economic planning, consistent policies of government, better law and order situation, abolishing energy crisis, we can tackle the issue of unemployment and economic problem of our country as well.

We have high hopes for the elected Government to implement this come September 17.

 

Racism and bias

Timoci Gaunavinaka,  Nausori

Racism is an extreme form of patriotism favouring a particular race.

It can blind the eyes from seeing what is fair or just and can convince a person to say or do horrible things to another human being.

Hitler was a racist whose “hate speech” was attractive to the Germans of that era who then voted him into power through a democratic election and finally led to the slaughter of over 4 million Jews and millions more people in the war in Europe.

South Africa was a racist country whose legislative laws favoured the white South Africans before the presidency of Nelson Mandela. More than 800,000 Rawandans were killed in the ethnic civil war between the Tutsis and the Hutus.

It was building up from their colonial days and progressed to an ethnic group calling the other as “cockroaches” before the killing frenzy began.

Throughout history, the majority of conflicts started when a group of people are discriminated against.

Sakeasi Butadroka called for Indo-Fijians to be put in a boat and sent back to India when he was in Parliament. One of Qarase’s SDL Government minister and daughter of a “Talatala” (reverend) referred to Indo-Fijians as “weeds” in Parliament. Some Indo-Fijians have also started to use the term “Jungly” for the iTaukei.

As human beings, we naturally all have our bias in one way or another. But when we allow those biases to prevail over common sense on decisions that affects the nation, then we are trending beyond ignorance toward the borders of insanity.

Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King (Jnr) became great leaders when they rose above those biases and changed the views of their people and the world. Let us hope that the result of this election will help us identify and confirm the person in our midst who has the potential and conviction to become such a leader.

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