Letters January 17 2015

Our ideals Ro Teimumu Kepa, Suva We  march  with  the  people  of  France  and  all victims  of terrorist  encroachments  on our freedom of expression and freedom of the media. The
17 Jan 2015 11:39

Our ideals

Ro Teimumu Kepa, Suva

We  march  with  the  people  of  France  and  all victims  of terrorist  encroachments  on our freedom of expression and freedom of the media.

The Opposition is responding to an outpouring of grief surrounding the actions of three gunmen in Paris recently, where seventeen people, including journalists and Police, were brutally killed in three days of violence that began on Wednesday (07/01) with a shooting attack on the political weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo.

As a show of solidarity for the people of France, millions of people have taken to social media and the streets of their communities to demand a world that is free from radical acts of terror and violence. The hashtag #JeSuisCharlie is a symbol of our struggle as human beings to accept differing opinions and strive for societies that promote freedom, justice, peace and goodwill to  all, founding  principles that gave  birth to  an independent  democratic  Fiji in 1970.

As a nation we can learn a lot from the three million plus citizens of freedom that marched throughout France this week. We must understand that our freedoms and rights, come with responsibilities.

And as leaders we are tasked in ensuring that all persons have the full confidence of a free, responsible and fair media and the political will to support cultural and religious group structures without interference or acts of suppression.

I and members of the Opposition, join the many Fiji citizens today in mourning with the people of France and the victims of terror, across the globe. As we speak, Nigeria is picking up the pieces of the deadliest terrorist attack in history by the Boko Haram that almost wiped out whole villages on January 10th.

These groups that use religion as a medium to validate hate and wipeout their opposition with violence, are the very entities that we as a nation, must unite against.

These  powers of hate, battle to destroy the ideals of freedom — but our ideals of freedom  are

In our own backyard, fellow Melanesians, who have for generations called West Papua their home, have also been terrorised and suppressed for their hopes of freedom!.

On January 9 2015, the Free West Papua Movement released, that there has been a surge of Indonesian military activity in the Timika area  of West Papua, with personnel actively looking for members of the banned Free Papua movement and moving violently to silence dissent. The military have begun arresting, torturing and burning the homes of freedom fighters.

Over the next few days, the Opposition will  share  with  you the  stories of the  victims  of this  atrocity and will expect the relevant authorities to act and hold the Indonesian Government accountable for the acts of hate and terrorism carried out on the people of West Papua.

It is telling that this government has remained silent on these “acts of terrorism” against the innocent people of France, Nigeria, West Papua and many other trouble spots around the World.

We in the Opposition now join the many global religious and state leaders in rallying people to the cause of freedom. This is a time for healing and a time to align ourselves as a nation to strong unifying messages.

I ask ordinary Fiji citizens to pray with me for  the courage to embrace freedom and act to safeguard our people from extremism and violence.

Worst enemy

Osea Sivo Naisau,  Nailaga, Ba.

Ellen. G. White a religious author and writer had penned a lot of books including “ Steps to Christ”.

In the opening sentence of the book she stated: “ Nature and revelation alike testify of God’s love”.

In his famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reminded his listeners” “ which of you by taking thought, can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take you thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these (Mathew 6:27-29).

A recent ad on TV cautioned the public on burning rubbish. A decade back we never realised that in clearing our compound and burning the rubbish in the backyard.

Modern man’s insatiable drive to gain by destroying mother nature.

We are in turn and in reality indirectly destroying ourselves by off balancing the natural functions of the world around us.

Cicia results

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa,  Nasinu

It is encouraging to read the story, vision and struggles of Old Boy Isikeli Karikaritu in starting Cicia High School in 2005 (FS 14/1).

Today, as its school principal, he is proud to announce that his school had a 100 per cent pass in the Fiji School Leaving Certificate Examination.

He reiterates, “this without all the resources available in other schools.”

In 1972, Queen Victoria School were the overall winner in the Inter Secondary Athletics Competition held at Buckhurst Park in Suva and two sprinters who were famous back then was Karikaritu of QVS and Forster of MBHS.

This story reminds me of the words written inside the Nabuna Methodist Church, behind the preachers stand and above a cross on the wall, in my village in Koro Island.

It says,”Sa oti na noqu i tavi e na vukumu, na cava nomu i tavi e na vukuqu.” (I have done my part for you, what will you do for me.)

In the iTaukei context of giving back your acquired skills and talents to your village or vanua; I believe there are others out there who have become an inspiration in lifting the standard of living and added value to the lives of the people back in the villages they belong to.

To Isikeli Karikaritu and all the people out there who are contributing in whatever way to bring out positive changes for our iTaukei people, I say keep up with the excellent work.



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