Letters To The Editor, November 7, 2014

Park changes John Pirie, Lautoka Enough is enough! Lautoka residents have already lost access and use of a large portion of Churchill Park to a commercial development. No publicity was
08 Nov 2014 14:32

Park changes

John Pirie, Lautoka

Enough is enough! Lautoka residents have already lost access and use of a large portion of Churchill Park to a commercial development.

No publicity was given to this proposal until the groundbreaking ceremony caught us unaware.

Then we find out that one third of Shirley Park has been given over for a hotel development.

Again Lautoka residents were not informed about any proposed development plans for this area.

A tiny advert does not qualify as informing all Lautoka residents with details of proposed developments.

Now the ministry says there is another proposed development that will ‘solve the problem’.  This is a waterfront foreshore development plan that involves filling in the sea area of the Water Front Park – basically losing another Lautoka park with its lovely kilometre long walk along the seawall.

Has an EIA study been done on this proposal?  If so, again we haven’t heard anything about it. Basically there has been no transparency regarding any of these proposals that affect our beautiful and well used parks.

This reflects a pattern of ignoring Lautoka residents in any plan by not making full information about the different proposals easily available and scheduling public meetings to discuss them.

A council is supposed to act in the interest of its residents and not run roughshod over them.

We love our parks and use them.  These actions in the name of the council show that it is past the time to hold municipal elections so that we have an elected council that is more in touch with the resident’s wishes.



Jasper Singh

Special Administrator

Lami Town Council

We refer to the news article published in the Fiji Times on the 23/10/2014 titled “Protest Letters Missing” and we wish to clarify that the council had forwarded all letters of objections to the Department of Town and Country Planning vide its letter of May 15, 2014.

The council wishes to inform Patrick Todd and others that all 82 objections were forwarded to DTCP’s office and Mr Todd’s letter of objection was number four on the list submitted. We hope this clarifies the council’s position as there was an insinuation in the second last paragraph of the article that the council may be responsible for some of the missing letters of objection (if any).

We were told a continuation of the public hearing would again be held on 18/11/2014 but that has to be confirmed by DTCP.

Thank you.


Players leaving

Ronnie Chang, Nadi

The continuing steady departure of 7s rugby players from our shores and take up lucrative contracts in Sri Lanka is fully understandable.

It is their right to family before country. After all, we live to survive.

A number of 7s players have been bitterly disappointed with delayed payment of monies owed to them following overseas 7s campaigns for the sake of the country.

Players’ decision to obtain lucrative contracts overseas for their families’ survival must be understood and accepted, and supported.

The timely signing of local 7s contracts must be paramount.

The delay in “putting pen to paper” is cause for definite frustration from the players.

Undeniably, for reasons unknown to the general public, the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU),  is on record for its inability to make timely payments to our very own 7s ‘gladiators’.

Such delays, rightly or wrongly, are grossly inexcusable to say the least.

The bottom line is quite simple.  Affordability! Can the FRU honestly afford to ‘contract and hold on to services required’ from our players?

The most glaring example, rather shamefully, FRU could not afford to pay our expatriate national 7s coach for the first three months in employment. In my books, this was simply pathetic.

Ben Ryan, top marks to you for making a huge personal sacrifice to leave your home country and venture your way down to the South Pacific to serve our beloved Fiji on the international 7s rugby stage.

Thank you also to Mrs Ryan for your support of our 7s coach. As a responsible corporate citizen, FRU must not repeat delayed payment of wages under any circumstance. Admittedly, FRU has its own share of problems we are not proud of.


Fiji Airways CEO

Sukha Singh, Labasa

Hasmukh Patel and Rashid Ali are two CEOs who could easily control the Fiji Airways, should they be chosen.

John O’Connor was a personnel manager at  FEA and now he is the CEO of the National Fire Authority.

Mr Patel and Mr Ali are very capable CEOs and I am sure they will maintain the profitability and also get rid of any malpractice, if there is any.

I would have also recommended Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum but he is a bit too young. We should keep in mind that the jobs of the CEOs are made easier by the members of the board so in fact the CEO just does what the board wants.

Anyway if a Minister for Labour can become a Minister for Health I don’t see any reason why a CEO of one company can’t become a CEO of another company and succeed.


Cup tragedy

Ashneel Prasad

Auckland, NZ

This year’s Melbourne Cup will forever be etched into history as one of the most tragic events ever.

Despite Protectionist winning the Melbourne Cup for the first time for Germany, this year’s event will always be marred by the death of two race horses – Admire Rakti and Araldo.  Admire Rakti was a favourite to win this year’s Cup but alas, was not destined to be.  Despite coming to a tragic end, Admire Rakti has earned, along with mine, millions of heart.

That horse knew something was wrong. He could have stopped midway during the race, but he did not.  Admire Rakti completed the race.

This is one Melbourne cup that I will never forget.
RIP Admire Rakti and Araldo.



Osea Sivo Naisau, Ba

Former Fiji resident, Vincent Singh, defrauded $22 million from 190 Indo-Fijians in the US recently.

According to US District Judge Morrison. C. England Jnr, the “con” case is the worst he had come across during his 12 years as a Federal Court Judge.

Assistant US Attorney Mathew Segal, a white collar prosecutor in the US, said that in doing what he did, Singh literally took the lives of his victims.

Now that the Auditor General’s report has been made public, leakage of millions of dollars through negligence by those who should have known better is to say the least unprofessional and unbecoming.

Being paid to perform a duty for the public sake, those responsible should face the consequences of their actions. There is no excuse of doing something that one knows perfectly well is wrong.

The six individuals who were asked, “What should be done to those who abuse public funds?” all agreed, that they should bear the brunt of their wrong decisions.


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