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Letters To The Editor, March 9 2015

Spies Amenatave Yaconisau, Suva Your editorial comment (FS 7/3/15) on spies refers. It is with distaste that Fiji is watching New Zealand, and probably other countries to bring down their
09 Mar 2015 12:12
Letters To The Editor, March 9 2015

Spies

Amenatave Yaconisau, Suva

Your editorial comment (FS 7/3/15) on spies refers.

It is with distaste that Fiji is watching New Zealand, and probably other countries to bring down their relationship with Fiji to a level of political gangsterdom.

If the allegation is true as revealed to us by whistleblower, Edward Snowden and analysed by journalist Nicky Hager, then it is a shameless breach of international law.

They cannot enact their own law to make their own crime legal.

If NZ and others are tapping into our telephone conversation someone should declare evidence of this happening.

They could be already here as spies, who knows. They could be sighted as tourists in the woods near villages or there could be evidence of submarines secretly landing in Fiji waters.

If there are local traitor cliques and dissidents working in cahoots, they must be rounded up as soon as possible. If they are already in rural areas, they risk being chased by hostile canoes and pelted with stones.

What activities here that has made them interested; any defence secrets, important documents about our international relations with the asian giants.

Our intelligence key men from our elite spy schools should work hard to find out why they tap on our phones and to stop annoying us.

They are our friends and that should remain since the days of Admiral F. Halsey who virtually saved the South Pacific from tyranny though many naval slugfest with the enemy.

 

Thankful

Allen Lockington, Nadi

Way back in August 1977 a young Allen Lockington was asked to sign an agreement with the Fiji National Provident Fund.

At that time I was earning $45 a fortnight and for a bit more to be deducted didn’t go down well with me.

Then I was asked to have insurance and more money was deducted.

I was taking home something like $35 every fortnight. But I survived on it and then I joined the credit union and more money was deducted.

So I pressed to work overtime for as much as I could and that supplemented my income.

Anyway, now in 2015, I want to thank the Fiji National Provident Fund for keeping my money safe all these years.

I put my children through university from my savings and they now are adults and have a life and stand on their own.

When the team from FNPF came to register me in 1977 I asked: “Why do I have to do this, I’m already earning so little and you want to take some more?”

But now I look back and heave a huge sigh of relief that we have a fund that keeps some of our hard earned money.

I bought a home with that money and now I am 55, I appreciate the safe keeping of my money. I also bought a four-wheel drive vehicle that will be suited for the rough roads in Mulomulo.

I gave my children some money and have lots more for home renovations and more. Of course I bought a little beer to celebrate.

I am still marketable and may earn a bit more money.

I am thankful to FNPF, and please keep our people’s money safe.

To all of you out there, appreciate what the FNPF is doing. It’s not easy.

To my good friends, Darryn, Aisake and your team, vinaka.

 

Fallacies and

phalluses

Christopher Griffin, Rakiraki

Thanks Lawrence Narayan for your letter referring to the subject of contemporary Maha Shiv Ratra ritual and former iTaukei worship of the phallus.

However, I must respond to your “surprise” that I “did not relate these same things “to the Christian faith… where the influence of our phallus worshipping ancestors is very much alive with us in this day and age”, as evident in the presence of church steeples and obelisks.

First, the purpose of my letter was to point out modes of religious worship once common to both ethnic Fijians and Hindu Fijians. Christianity, notably but not exclusively Methodism, has eroded that commonality.

Nevertheless, acknowledging these commonalities may help unite us.

Second, symbols do not intrinsically embody ideas; ideas or meanings are humanly invested in objects, and can be just as easily divested.

Thus it would be foolish (not to say, insulting) to suggest that the tabua which was in all likelihood once consciously invested with phallic meaning (see AB Brewter), consciously holds that same meaning today.

Third, for this reason, to suggest church steeples were originally phallic symbols and therefore maintain this pagan meaning for those who worship in churches adorned with a steeple, is erroneous. Even if steeples or spires were originally phallic symbols, it doesn’t mean to say they still maintain that meaning.

Fourth, Christian steeples never were objects of phallus worship. Quite apart from the fact they don’t even resemble the phallus their origin dates back to the period of great church-building in Europe when they were added to church towers -and nobody ever suggested they were phallic.

Rather, the steeple or spire symbolised man’s extension of prayer to Heaven: to the Lord above.

The word spire comes from the Latin root for spirit or breath, which we also come across in breath-related words like inspire, respire, perspire, and expire. Steeple is probably derived from steep and an Old English word meaning “extending to a great height” (Compact Oxford English Dictionary). As for obelisks I don’t think they have any special association with Christianity -though they sometimes turn up in cemeteries, but here again we should refrain from reading meanings into objects without compelling evidence.

 

Unclaimed monies

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

On Saturday, February 28, a newspaper published a list of people whose monies are unclaimed at their various Bank South Pacific (BSP), branches country wide.

Interestingly I stumbled across a paritcular account number-352054 with the account name Lau Provincial Doivident ac/- Ratu Sir KKT Mara, Government Buildings, Suva which has a total amount of $19,669.88 credited to it.

I would like to ask the Lau Provincial Council chairman, Ilisoni Taoba, to please kindly make necessary arrangements with the BSP Bank to determine if the money does rightly belong to the LPC.

After ascertaining if it rightly belongs to the council, please have it transferred to its bank account so it may be invested for something worth while for our province.

One question has come to mind and that is if the monies did not belong to the late Tui Nayau, why was it not deposited directly to the Lau Provincial Council account then, or is there any records of the monies by the then previous council members?

Thank you BSP for the reminders and your compliance with the Banking Act.

 

 




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