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Letters to the Editor, August 23, 2015

Great news Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, British Columbia, Canada It is great news to read that Fiji is likely to receive $US200,000 ($F426,440) from India’s grant-in-aid. India’s President Shri Pranab Mukherjee, announced
23 Aug 2015 10:46
Letters to the Editor, August 23, 2015

Great news

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, British Columbia, Canada

It is great news to read that Fiji is likely to receive $US200,000 ($F426,440) from India’s grant-in-aid.

India’s President Shri Pranab Mukherjee, announced this while speaking at the opening of the second summit of Forum for India-Pacific Island Countries (FIPIC). The forum is being attended by our Prime Minister.

“We propose to enhance our engagement in the sectors where our interests converge — such as human resource development, capacity building, healthcare, affordable, clean and renewable energy, adaptation measures for disaster management and infrastructure development,” Mr Mukherjee said.

My mind just kind of connected this grant with the SODELPA Parliamentarians who decided not to attend when the Prime Minister of India visited our shores with a bag of goodies.

Now our PM is in India receiving extra goodies from the Indian Government to improve our nation, while the local boycott party members are split in two, fighting amongst themselves.

Can we call this karma?

 

SODELPA split

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

One cannot help but notice that the differences within SODELPA has now escalated into a vanua issue between CBM and the Matanitu o Burebasaga.

They are now ganging up accordingly to their constituency as they put it.

But do they know that in our new Fiji, no one parliamentarian represents a particular constituency.

Voters can vote for a candidate of their choice from anywhere in Fiji irrespective of their political party of choice.

This in fact means a candidate must be ready to serve all Fijians irrespective where they dwell or who they are.

There is only in fact one constituency and that is to indiscriminately serve the people of this great nation.

Great to see the outspoken Sabeto SODELPA party office chief administrator Mick Beddoes and read of his interview in the F/S 22nd August.

He meticulously explained the presence of a SODELPA management board that can be tasked to immediately activate the disciplinary procedures in section 22 as outlined in their party Constitution.

Where was this particular management board and its disciplinary procedures when Isoa Tikoca failed to comply with the electoral decree in not declaring his personal assets?

 

Way forward

Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori

The right of a landowner has its limitations like any other right held by any person on this planet.

The right to freedom of speech does not entitle you to swear and abuse your neighbour.

The right to your personal liberty does not entitle you to harm someone else. Your right to food and water does not entitle you to go and steal in order to eat and drink.

Your right as a landowner does not entitle you to form your own government or state.

With 90 per cent of the land belonging to us iTaukei, we should be much better-off economically than any other race in Fiji.

We fail to do so because of many factors ranging from our culture and upbringing, wrong priorities, lack of proper guidance and attitude, our addiction to wanting short-term benefits.

Most importantly, our failure to carefully analyse and choose what to believe.

It is this failure in carefully choosing what to believe that seems to be the biggest downfall of our iTaukei people.

We believe in gossips, rumours and lies and even after finding out the truth, we sometimes brush it aside because those rumors and lies sounded too sweet not to be true.

To make things worse, we today have talented “weavers” who can delicately weave a lie custom-designed to your dreams and taste and some will swallow it with hook, line and sinker.

A few of these weavers are sitting on the opposition bench in Parliament today.

Before the election, they cried for democracy and boasted that they will win a landslide victory.

When the election result showed the opposite they claimed it was rigged. When international observers confirmed it was free and fair they stated that they would disturb all Government moves in Parliament.

We all know that any rebellion today will be crushed and instigators will run and scatter like scared rabbits.

Nothing must stop us now from our road to unity, progress and prosperity and if these fear mongrels doubt it, then we say, “Bring it on !”

 

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