Letters December 05 2014

Dubai 7s impasse Ronnie Chang,  Nadi It will be a very sad day for Fiji and all its 7s rugby-mad lovers if this serious unimaginable impasse is not resolved with
05 Dec 2014 07:59

Dubai 7s impasse

Ronnie Chang,  Nadi

It will be a very sad day for Fiji and all its 7s rugby-mad lovers if this serious unimaginable impasse is not resolved with greatest urgency.

International organisations such as IRB, now known as World Rugby take their contractual obligations extremely seriously.

What caused this impasse? Why did it happen? Are we owed an apology? Should we be denied live telecast on this international event for the very first time in history?

I sincerely hope this is not another “Fiji Airways” and “Solomon Islands” saga thrown onto all concerned rather unnecessarily.

Please wake up and fix this mess respectfully.

TV rights

Allen Lockington,  Lautoka

I was wondering if someone dobbed us in regarding the TV rights for airing live the World rugby sevens series?

Or does the world rugby body have someone in Fiji checking and reporting back about what is happening?

There are people who do not like the present Fijian Government! And if they did dob us in then they have offended themselves and all the people of Fiji.

Exclusive right

Iliesa Naivalu,  Suva

Since day one, we knew that the Attorney-General was overstepping his ministerial responsibility when he ordered Fiji TV to share its right to air World Sevens tournaments.

Being a lawyer himself, he knows what exclusive right means, it is not about the sharing of costs.

Fiji’s domestic decrees don’t in anyway impinge into the operation of an international body such as WR.

Yet the Minister was bold enough to tell us a few weeks ago that WR had given its approval.

The Fiji Sun published the Minister’s letter to Fiji TV.

A responsible newspaper would have sought and also print the approval from WR.

Now in a long letter, the WR indicates that there was no

consultation whatsoever.

The minister must at least humbly ask IRB for the live coverage. Why should thousands of Fiji’s population be punished?

If IRB goes ahead and stops the live coverage this week and next week, then the Minister must be ready to face criticism from the people.

Land exchange

Jalesi Nakarawa, Hamilton, NZ

I note with interest the Minister for Foreign Affairs’ view that the exchange of crown land adjacent to Thurston Gardens with a piece of land in Delhi is a good deal. Isn’t that the same principle that was applied to the Momi Bay Resort project? It was also a good deal, a direct swap as in the present case and not a sale per se.

Rewarding military well

Amentave Yaconisau, Suva

I agree with Tupou Draunidalo that we should speak via constitutional procedures through the ballot box.

However, I don’t agree with the hypothetical statement that more money will make the military believe that they are the final arbiter of facts and issues of national life, although there has been previous episodes of military intervention and we all have previous memory of that.

I believe that we must reward them well in all the tasks they have done and are doing. This includes their HR functions specified under section 13(1)(6) of the 2013 Constitution, their responsibility of maintaining the constitutional order all the time, and purity of the electoral process one of which we just had.

They also have been playing an external defence function in co-ordination with bigger countries, and of course international peacekeeping, apart from maintaining internal order.

Given such responsibilities, we must not neglect them in the distribution of government resources, as we have been promised no more coups.  We must control all motivating factors in another pro-coup direction.

Christian values

Lawrence H Narayan, Suva

An interesting budget response was made by the Member of Parliament, the Honourable Semesa Karavaki, he referred to the Bible on the Ten Commandments. According to him, if every person in Fiji followed all of the commandments faithfully then there would be no crime or sickness of any kind in Fiji and as a result of this God would bless this nation so that the Government would not need to budget and spend on  health services, Police, Prisons, Judiciary, security, etc.

To emphasise his point further, he quoted from the book of Deuteronomy on the blessings of the nation of Israel. In other words, Fiji would be so much blessed that we would be lending to others instead of borrowing from outside to run our affairs.

The Bible however, teaches us contrary to what the honourable Karavaki preached in the Labasa market and now in the Parliament. The fact is that the world will continue in its evils and be worse off from where we are today until the time of God’s judgment.

Furthermore, the honourable Karavaki claims to be a lawyer as well as a preacher of the Gospel and I commend him for his passion for God but the reality is that God prefers fulltime preachers of the Gospel. “No man having put his hand to the plough and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God” Luke 9: 59-62

The other observation I have made is that the honorable member who is fond of the Old Testament scriptures has clean shaved his head which is a sign of mourning for sins and he is without a beard contrary to the rules and regulations of God – Leviticus 19:27.

The biblical purpose of shaving of one’s head is for sorrow and weeping, ..God… called you to weep and mourn. He told you to shave your heads in sorrow for your sins- Isaiah 22:12-13.

If we are to serve God, we must be conscious of obeying God’s precepts. We are not to pick and choose our duty, but must aim at standing complete in all the will of God. And the nearer our lives and tempers are to the precepts of God’s law, the happier shall we be, and the happier shall we make all around us, and the better shall we adorn the Gospel of God.

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