Letters To The Editor, November 18, 2014

DR Sushil K. Sharmas, Analysis Vishwa Nadan, President, NFP,Lautoka Branch. I refer to Dr Sushil K Sharma’s analysis under the heading “ Getting up close to Ro Teimumu” in The
18 Nov 2014 10:42

DR Sushil K. Sharmas, Analysis
Vishwa Nadan, President, NFP,Lautoka Branch.

I refer to Dr Sushil K Sharma’s analysis under the heading “ Getting up close to Ro Teimumu” in The Fiji Sun of  November 15, 2014, as the most derogatory and virulent in nature against a simple, humble and lovable person like Dr Biman Prasad.
Casting aspersions at a fellow academic is most unbecoming of Dr Sushil K Sharma who during pre-election was singing praise of the NFP and Dr Prasad.

What has become so bitter overnight for him to indulge in a personal vilification against the learned leader?
Why are you so envious of Dr Biman’s smiling face which we cherish so much? Imagine the sacrifice he made to enter the political arena despite being on a lucrative salary and other financial benefits.

For your information, it was our (NFP) calling that Dr Prasad obliged to lead the party with no ulterior motive as asserted by you. We in the party, hold him in high esteem because of his honesty and the desire to serve the community at large without any pecuniary interest.

In regards to your assertion of Dr Prasad’s closeness with Ro Teimumu, an elegant person befitting a royalty is tantamount to hitting below the belt.

It is no doubt that we in the NFP camp are both jubilant and rejoicing on ‘That one small step for Biman, one giant leap for NFP.’
It is our belief that the party of 50 years is invincible and only time will tell the pivotal role it will play in shaping the future.

I need not blow my trumpet for the achievements of the NFP while in Parliament, but one can do an analysis to find out the political and economic developments that has taken place in the absence of the NFP parliamentarians from Parliament in the last 15 years.

State Visits
Amenatave Yaconisau

This week we cast the spotlight on State visits by two leaders of the most populous nations of the world.
Surprised it should be expressed in Dr Shushil Sharma’s article (FS16/11/14) that it was another coup of the PM.  I thought there will be no more coups as promised.

There are many of his ideas that I disagree with and do not support.  Australia and New Zealand are working amicably with us without the old prejudices.

The past is water under the bridge, so move on Sir.  I am sure they have realised their political mistakes.  The unerring judgment of our current administration can only be reflected by the large following in the recent election.

Be that as it may, the two leaders will fly through the Pacific stratosphere into a weather of pacifism and welcome.
We will rediscover each other as former colonies of the same master (Modi) and have things common to one another.

There is a colossal assignment bestowed on our PM and Government to host this momentous event to ensure that our nations get to know one another well.

It is unfortunate that the trip is only an overnight hop.  Be good to stay longer and spend sometime in the sugarcane belt, villages, mountains and rivers, perhaps with few grog bowls, tauratale (dance) and scuba diving in the Yasawas.

They could visit the best of our big game fishing, water and scuba diving.  Perhaps the iguana infested Yadua Taba Island and firewalkers included.

Next trip they could drop off in Tonga and Samoa and perhaps New Zealand with the aristocrats of the game fishing in the Bay of Islands.
I’m sure there are unprecedented opportunities for trade and commerce with the East and spreading our wings into unchartered waters.

Lawrence H Narayan,Suva

J Nakarawa (FT 17/11) seems to be having a biased view on the current Government’s spending and accountability since he is not on record to have questioned any other previous government’s illegal spending reported by the Auditor-General in any of the past years.

It is a well known fact that all previous governments failed miserably in keeping checks and balances of their budgetary allocations.
It appeared to the ordinary observer that previous governments had no regard whatsoever to the revelations of the Auditor- General’s reports since they continued with their illegal activities year after year.
It is also interesting to note that the previous elected government, immediately prior to 2006 which claimed to be operating on Christian principles, squandered close to one million dollars in just one week, engaging hundreds of selected government workers in a party atmosphere at Albert Park.

If J Nakarwa is truly concerned about Fiji and its people and is a man of principles, then he must show these qualities that reflect its true nature. Otherwise he will be counted among those who have some other motives.

Good Governance
Osea Sivo Naisau, Ba

The citizens of this country have had their say in the elections and the democratic process of governance is moving on first gear.
Yet, we still read, see and hear through the media, comments and statements concerning a party or parties. As if we are on pre-election instead of post-election days.

The Leader of the Opposition’s nomination of Dr Biman Prasad as Public Accounts Committee chairman had recently been challenged by Government.

Simply because of his close scrutiny of the Auditor- General’s Report dating back a few years ago.
If the process of his nomination is legitimate, his job is to see that public accounts are to be carefully and thoroughly examined in order for the public to know how their money is used.

If Mr Prasad is doing his work, let him do it for he is being paid for his job description.
Those words ‘Public Account’ is for the public and for them to know what their chosen Government is doing.

For after all, the State affairs are accountable to the citizens because the primary duty of the State is to serve the people.

Hence the words civil service and civil servants. According to the dictionary, civil means; ‘of, or relating to the citizens of a country.’ Service and servants mean; ‘work done or duties performed for a government’ and ‘a person who performs services for others.’

So, the duty of civil servants is first and foremost the welfare of a country’s citizen. Nothing more or less.
The backlash of the Auditor-General’s Report has begun with specific companies taking steps for legal action against what they deemed as wrong statement.

Democracy at its best is the freedom given to anyone to take legal action if his/her right is been abused.
For in the corridors of the powerful and the powerless, wrong is there to be straightened out.

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