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Letters To The Editor, August 18, 2015

Internal politics Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi Your report by Jyoti Pratibha  titled ‘FijiFirst  above internal politics’(FS 17/8/15) is worrying. There is nothing new about secessionist  rebels in Fiji and indeed the
18 Aug 2015 12:23
Letters To The Editor, August 18, 2015

Internal politics

Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

Your report by Jyoti Pratibha  titled ‘FijiFirst  above internal politics’(FS 17/8/15) is worrying.

There is nothing new about secessionist  rebels in Fiji and indeed the Pacific Islands.

It has happened a number of times  in the Western siside of Fiji where they had demanded the right of self-government.

It also appeared in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands years ago where Tuvalu (Ellice) became a separate nation and Kiribati (Gilbert) the other.

It also happened in the Solomons Islands and Vanuatu.

Mostly, it appeared after an overwhelming  sense of victimisation  and a loss of cultural distinctiveness threatened by a dominant one.

But they have a hard time of making their case.

Firstly, government can easily repress any revolt (Refer to your  FS 15/8/15) titled ‘We will crush any revolt’ in accordance with section (2)(6) of the constitution and crimes decree.

Secondly, their action is normally interpreted as a ruthless pursuit of their own aims in view of the progress made by government.

Also, they  are always suspected  of trying to subvert the process of representative government.

The government is also expected by people who voted them in as preventing such interest from breaking the law especially if seditious and urging political violance .

To that we await the courts decision.

Government can prosecute them in the court of law  or sit down and talk about their concerns.

Managing dissent  is important in our peace-loving nation.

 

Divine tremors

Simon Hazelman, Savusavu

The Superintendent of the Nakasaleka Methodist circuit, Reverend Samuela Naveiyalayalati, believed the tremors recorded in May were a divine sign to unite and work with fellow Christians in the vanua of Kadavu (FS:17/08).

I would like to suggest that ministers of the Methodist Church go live in countries where earth tremors are a weekly occurrence, for at least they will get shaken regularly in order to do God’s work!

What a joke that it had to take an earthquake to instigate the Methodist Church to work with other fellow Christians!

Let’s hope we continue to get more tremors!

Amen to tectonic plates!

 

Defensive driving

Dhirendran Prasad, Lautoka

I have just come to learn that all PSV drivers are required to attain 90 per cent in the compulsory defensive driving course in order for them to renew their PSV driving license.

In my understanding, most of the PSV drivers in Fiji are failures of the formal education system and as such this is the only means for them to sustain their living with their family through legal means. This keeps them out of the criminal elements of earning a living.

If they are really smart enough to get 90 per cent plus marks in the defensive driving course why would they be drivers any way?

Had they been so smart they would not even have opted to be drivers full time.

They would have been administrators or even driving instructors and experts in their own field of expertise.

I know of one driver who has been driving for more than two decades.

He has been driving in the Suva area and going through the coups of Fiji and still driving without any accidents but he needs to attain 90 per cent which he not capable of.

He is not that qualified to sit any exam leave aside the test mentioned in this letter.

Something is wrong somewhere. It seems that our leaders have lost the focus and as I have always said we have lots of graduates but very few logical thinkers with elements of humanism in them.

Gone are the days when we used to have inspirational leaders whom we could call models of our society.

 

Hibiscus weather

Floyd Robinson, Nasinu

Why is it that rain falls during the Hibiscus Festival?

On Saturday rain began to fall bit by bit before gradually pouring. Is it because of climate change?

Is it always coincidental?  Is it a blessing from above?  Is it just the timing of the year?

Whatever the reason, weather during the Hibiscus almost never fails.

 

 

 

 




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