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Prasad, Malumu Bid Housing Goodbye After Decades

It’s not often you hear of employees serving one organisation for more than four decades. Meet Jagdish Prasad and Yalena Malumu. They have been employed at Housing Authority of Fiji
27 Jun 2015 09:03
Prasad, Malumu Bid Housing Goodbye  After Decades

It’s not often you hear of employees serving one organisation for more than four decades.
Meet Jagdish Prasad and Yalena Malumu. They have been employed at Housing Authority of Fiji for 41 years.
This week, the staff and new chief executive Joshua Wycliffe bade them goodbye marking their journey’s end.
The duo, who started in 1973, retire this month.

His story
Fresh out of high school, Mr Prasad, coming from a humble background, marched into the office of the old HA in Raiwaqa
“I was interviewed by the director of Housing Authority, Bob Naiker and the HA Solicitor Mr Andrew Ramritu for the position,” he recalled.
“I had to start from scratch. For example, from basic things like office manners, letter writing, interviewing customers and the likes.”
But over the years, he gained experiences in the functions of the authority.
“After dealing with housing work for so many years, I am still passionate about providing housing to our people.
“To me homes isn’t a place, it’s a calling. A feeling of stability, peace, security, providing foundation for the children, education resulting in a better society.
He acknowledged few prominent persons in the organisations he has worked with.
He rated Isikeli Navuda as the coolest general manager, and Alipate Naiorosui as the boldest former chief executive, Alipate Naiorosui.
For the most dynamic chairperson he referred to the RFMF Commander Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga who he also said was a very fair person.
“My journey of 41 years and 10 months involved sheer dedication, determination, commitment and passion for work.
“Personally, I have learned that ‘happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it and insist on always!
“This has taken me from being a Law Clerk to the pinnacle of my career as the acting chief executive of this organisation.”

Her story
Unlike Mr Prasad, Ms Yalena did not come through the normal interview procedures.
She was appointed a switchboard operator by colleague who, with her candid yet cheerful character thought her to be the best person for the job.
She later climbed through the ranks up to supervising the Authority inventory department.
Ms Yalena can vividly still recall her years.
And though there were challenging moments, it would always be outweighed with the cherished and happy ones she says she holds dearly still.
So what was her secret remaining as the steadfast person she is.
“My secret is this the Bible. I treat this Bible as my friend, my rights, my constitution and also my policy.
“This is my bread of life everyday and I always strive to read it, pray and meditate on it every day.




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