Letters To The Editor, April 23, 2015

Samoan PM George Kutty, Suva Once again the Samoan PM is ridiculing our honourable PM like a spoilt teenager. The Samoan PM should look at himself in the mirror before
23 Apr 2015 07:55
Letters To The Editor, April 23, 2015

Samoan PM

George Kutty, Suva

Once again the Samoan PM is ridiculing our honourable PM like a spoilt teenager.

The Samoan PM should look at himself in the mirror before calling our fit and healthy PM a person who plays the drums and trains. Perhaps, the Samoan PM should learn to play the drums and train as this will see him become as fit and healthy as our PM.

What has PM Tuilaepa achieved in the last 5-6 years in the international arena as far as addressing the UN, EU etc.

Our PM Bainimarama has done all this several times. Perhaps, Tuilaepa should humble himself and take several pages out of PM Bainimarama’s book as our economy is thriving compared to Tuilaepa’s. Come and learn from our tourism industry, agriculture, our national airline to name a few.

PM Bainimarama hit the nail on the head when he said Tuilaepa is a lapdog to Australia and NZ and this was a well known fact.

Keep up the great work, PM Bainimarama, as we don’t need to bullied anymore by our so called big brothers and unfortunately we will always have a few spoilt teenagers in our midst.

PM Tuilaepa should remember we are the Pacific and the Pacific Islands are supposed to be working and helping each other unconditionally. That’s the Pacific Way.Vinaka Viti.

Road accidents

Mike Reid, Levuka

Speaking from Levuka, yet taking into account media reports nationwide, I will put forward this statement. Road accidents, sadly,  happen every in the world and will probably never end.

Here in Fiji, I blame the incompetence of the authorities responsible to teach, monitor and enforce the manner of driving skills and obligations that come with driving a vehicle on the road.This leads to our very sad state of tragic deaths on Fiji roads.

Pacific Islands Forum

Epeli Rabua, Suva

I commend Australia and New Zealand for being members of the Pacific Islands Forum.

As the main countries funding almost all the developments they support in all the smaller island nations of the South Pacific region, they naturally should and rightfully be members of this august body.

As governments championing the democratic ideals we, Fiji, once had, it is only right that they lead and we learn.

With all of Australia and New Zealand’s natural resources and government assets to support the funding mechanisms they provide, Fiji, with all its own natural resources and assets being sold to private investors, have to pay good money for services rendered. And where do we get the funding from? From Australia, New Zealand and other foreign donors.

The mining of bauxite in the Macuata/Bua border territory has altered the landscape so bad, that ecological and climatic changes are already taking effect in the area. And we talk about global climate change?

Until such time as we can support ourselves without receiving donations from Australia,

New Zealand and other foreign donors, our Government’s stance and utterances against regional bodies such as the Pacific Islands Forum means nothing but rhetoric.

Hong Kong payout

 Ala Naqiri,  Nadi Airport

The Hong Kong 7s championship has come and gone with our team winning  with flying colours.

When is the so called promised payout  to our 7s team  going to happen?

The boys have done their part and  they deserve it.

Some of these  boys have young  families who depend on them.

Old perceptions

Osea Sivo Naisau, Ba

Recently, at the Indo-German business summit, Indian PM Narendra Modi said “Please do not go by old perceptions, India is now a changed country”. (FS 15/4)

Locally, changes have been made which have created negative views from members of society.

Since it’s natural to put on one’s defensive gear when threatened and it’s also human nature to be wary of changes.

Especially changes to accepted and structured norms that have been considered normal by previous generations.

Our two political leaders, PM Voreqe Bainimarama and Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa have recently shared their differing opinions and views on changes.

Especially, those that directly or indirectly affect the iTaukei community.

There are ways and means available that could help and bring about positive outcome to such a so called impasse.

In the modern info-technological society, communication is a two-way street.

I often wondered why the Jews or Israelites still attain their unique identity.

Perhaps they have coped with a lot of hardships in life’s school of hard knocks. Literally, rolling with the punches of their troubled history.

Survival of the fittest could be attributed to them because they had shown against all odds that strength is a byproduct of adversity.

Although latecomers in civilization, we iTaukei have to literally take it on the chin and accept what life has to offer. For as its being truly stated “where there is a will, there is a way.”

Worst roads

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

Topping my list of Lautoka’s worst road is V M Pillay Rd. What is yours?


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