Letters To The Editor, January 30, 2015

Drug war Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori Marijuana is planted in Fiji because; n Our climate and soil are very fertile and makes growing them easy. n The cash return to farmers
30 Jan 2015 11:41

Drug war

Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori

Marijuana is planted in Fiji because;

n Our climate and soil are very fertile and makes growing them easy.

n The cash return to farmers from this drug is higher than any other crop on a pound for pound basis.

n Its price on the street is affordable to local consumers compared to other hardcore drugs.

n The availability of the drug enables wider and expanding usage leading to the increase in demand and the cycle rotates and gets bigger and bigger.

To win this drug war, we must break the cycle direct from the farmers.

Some say that we must first cut the demand.

But how do we actually do that?

Shall we preach to marijuana smokers whole day and pray that they will eventually listen and stop taking it?

Our Police Drug Unit has been campaigning tirelessly in schools, villages, settlements and setting up drug awareness tents on every major festival around the country for the last 20 years.

They print and circulate pamphlets on its effects and consequences.

Despite this, production and usage of the drug increases every year.

Now it is time to take the bull by the horns and no more poetic deliberations.

Drones fitted with infrared cameras will pinpoint all outdoor marijuana farms in Fiji and our Police Drug Unit will not have to waste their time and resources on combing rugged terrains for days as Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa accurately stated.

In countries like the USA and Australia, marijuana is the least of their worry.

They have hard-core drugs that come into their country in packed form that cannot be detected by drones or aerial infrared cameras. Dogs do the trick.

Their war on drugs is focused on that priority and not on marijuana.

Fiji has a small land mass compared to the USA or Australia.

With drones we may be able to scan the whole of Kadavu or Taveuni for marijuana in a single day.

Satellites and high flying aircrafts cannot scan areas covered with clouds but drones can fly just below the cloud and scan the area.

By flying at a lower altitude, the resolution of an infrared image captured by a drone will be higher than those taken by satellites and aircrafts.

This will produce a more detailed and accurate mapping via spectrum analysis and determine not only the marijuana farms but also the health and status of the marijuana plants themselves.

Fiji is lucky that we have a Prime Minister who fully supports the war against illegal drugs.

Imagine if we had a leader like President Bill Clinton who admitted on US Television that he smoked marijuana but just didn’t inhale?




Allen Lockington, Nadi


Could the Public Accounts Committee meeting with the Government entities be televised live?

The public have a right to see what’s going on.

Furthermore, many people in positions of management may have diplomas and degrees that they attained from universities in Fiji and abroad.

When we look at the anomalies highlighted by the Auditor-General, we wonder about the high level of education they possess.

I can’t understand the awards nights that have been held lately.

I feel that ethics is sorely missing from many Government departments – ia caka ga na masumasu!! (yet we continue to pray)

Lament of a cow

Hassan Ali, Lautoka


I refer to Priyanka P. Kumar (FT 24/1 ) on animal cruelty – in this case cutting of tails of 15 cows at a farm in Naitalasese.

People committing this kind of deed should know the law of nature which is we reap what we sow.

No one can escape this law whether one is a commoner or a king.

For every action, there is a reaction. As we behave so we receive.

Good actions bring good results and destructive and damaging actions will bring bad results.

Just like a rubber ball thrown against a wall bounces back so what we do will return to us as punishment or as happiness depending on the kind of action good or bad performed.

Cows should be treated with utmost respect like our mothers because they freely give us vital food in the form of milk.

If a mother’s milk is not enough, the cow becomes handy to the baby for nourishment and survival.

From milk, so many by products are made for us to enjoy and profit.

In life we should be bent on performing life supporting right actions whether this involves humans or animals so as to avoid suffering for ourselves and others.


Wisdom and


Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Nasinu


As we begin the school year for 2015, the issue of corporal punishment has come up in the dailies, reminding parents, guardians, teachers and all of us of our current law that it is an offence to hit, spank, smack or belt children.

From a Biblical perspective, the words of wisdom instructs parents to, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

Part of that training is to instil discipline in the child to be responsible and be ready to face the consequences of one’s decision and action.

Wisdom reminds us, “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” (Proverbs 13:24)

The book of Proverbs reveals that wisdom existed before creation and took part in creation and that we humans need to all reach out and possess it as it is not in us.

When parents have wisdom, it will transform their lives and they will love their children to death, will never spoil them but will discipline them and teach them to seek wisdom for themselves.

Am I teaching for parents to disregard the law?

No, I am saying for those wanting to instil discipline on their children to first find wisdom and the rest will fall into place.


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