Letters To The Editor, December 29, 2014.

Ungrateful former Prime Ministers Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi Ever since our 2014 Budget was passed in Parliament last month in the absence of the childish walkout by the Ro Teimumu-led 18
29 Dec 2014 12:35

Ungrateful former Prime Ministers
Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

Ever since our 2014 Budget was passed in Parliament last month in the absence of the childish walkout by the Ro Teimumu-led 18 opposition members, I have never heard of these former past PMs in Sitiveni Rabuka, Mahendra Chaudhry and Laisenia Qarase come out openly through all our media outlets as they have always done in the past and openly congratulating our Government for an excellent all inclusive forward moving National Budget specifically in the area of their increased pension entitlements to which the Voreqe Bainimarama Government did not discriminate against considering their past records during their tenure especially in their inability to implement the same.

Our Police officers will soon get their dues including other retired civil servants who were not being appreciated by those past governments through their lack of political will, vision, wisdom, bad politics with discriminatory policies that blinded them from executing their oath of office to deliver and serve the people of this nation during their term irrespective of who they are and where they live but with only the very few corrupt elites they saw fit to benefit.

All these former past PMs campaigned vigorously pre-election against the FijiFirst party and its leader Bainimarama and our party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Can the three ungrateful former PMs collectively visit our country’s Prime Minister to apologise and show appreciation to him for being inclusive in also accommodating their pension increases as that will contribute a lot to National Reconciliation specifically in moving our country forward for a better Fiji.

It has got to start from these three past PMs and perhaps Fijians will render their respect to them genuinely but I will understand otherwise.


Christmas is special
Allen Lockington, Lautoka

As I shopped for Christmas I couldn’t help noticing the number of people doing their Christmas shopping. I spotted Christmas cake, decorations, lots of food, liquor, chocolate, and all the other things that we have included in our celebration of “Christmas.”

As we go past shoppers they would be wearing a red Father Christmas cap and they would say, “Merry Christmas.”

On Christmas day I saw smoke from the various homes that were making lovo, and the sound of laughter. Then I saw children with their presents. There were many happy people in Waiyavi. I was invited by phone to go and have a couple of beers with friends and to eat with them. I politely refused and told them that we too were making a lovo

Mind you these were just the non Christians.


Smear artist
Dr Sushil K Sharma, Lautoka

A regular contributor calling everyone who writes againts his views in this column, a smear artist, has finally got a taste of his own medicine.

Amenatave Yaconisau’s constributions have suddenly taken a turn for the worse, and his FS 27/12/14 constribution,is kept best for an email exchange personally between him and Tukai Lagonilakeba, and not for a national daily newspaper column.

Amenateave is a SODELPA supporter and Tukai a FijiFirst supporter, from my reading. Both generally write well in good times, and contribute well to the national debate, and we need more good contributors like them.

However of late their good contributions on a regular basis have become a personalised war of words and ridicule of each other; more like two school yard bully’s at war, just waiting to physically assault each other.

From my personal experience, I know that Amenatave is no saint, and has more than once abused the space and opportunity provided to him by Fiji Sun, with much of his contributions misdirected at shooting the massengers, rather than providing an alternative view. This has recently become the downfall of Amenatave’s contributions.

He should from now on contribute more from his expertise, rather than base all commentary on his personalised opinions, if he is to get any interest and traction with his contributions, as I guess many readers like me just skip his contributions once we read his name in print, mainly due to his mediocre gutter level rhetoric as evidenced with his FS 27/12/14 war of words, trying to crucify Mr. Tukai Lagonilakeba, who I thought was an excellent contributor.

Whatever the case, I feel that we regular contributors, should repect diversity of opinions without these gutter level massenger attacks, defence and then counter-attacks of each other, which can be done via email between interested parties. And of course there is the local town gym or the rugby field, to vent the fury, if the going gets too tough.

Much good energy and time is lost with these needless transgressions, into territory that we do not have to visit needlessly.

This just takes us away from the national debate, and we can not allow that, as the spoon has to keep stirring the broth, unless it gets stuck to the base of the burner.

As contributors, we should thank the Fiji Sun whole heartedly for their genuine desire to allow free, fair and open national political debate without imposing any type of self censorship to curtail political discussion, as has been evidenced by the other daily newspaper.

Many contributors have evidenced that if you submitted 10 good articles, 80-100% would be published by the Fiji Sun and none by the other daily if it was pro-government of the day.

So you all are blessed to have had your personlaised opinions published in the Fiji Sun without any worries and thus it is not wise for contributors to squander this good opportunity needlessly.

Happy writing and wish you all contributors and readers alike, a happy, prosperous, momentous and a memorable 2015!


Feehold lots
Joe Smith, Deuba

If a foreign buyer willingly pays a good price for a home lot to a willing seller, why should local real estate agents get jealous?

Is it because they hardly sell any plum properties to foreigners but are confined more to Housing Authority areas?




Sea water problem
Kirti Patel, Lautoka

While it is obvious that people want to enjoy the festive season to their utmost, nothing exceeds the importance of safety and being in good health.

It’s worrying to know that despite the warning from the authorities on the contamination of the sea water in the Suva outlet, people were found swimming at the beach during the holidays.

The contamination from the sewage that comes down the creek is no fun.

It is understood the longing for the beach party for some but common sense about one’s health is supposed to be the most paramount issue.

I believe till this issue gets resolved, the authorities should implement harsh laws and monitor thoroughly.

To all those who think using that sea water for anything is safe are just lending themselves to danger and sickness which can only spread to others in no time.

Please use some common sense and do the right thing. While on that I would like to thank all in authority who were working round the clock so that we enjoyed the holidays safely and also in the coming New Years. Vinaka.



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