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Letters To The Editor, September 13, 2015

Reproductive health Fergus Garrett, Marcellin Centre, Suva The Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji (RFHAF) is a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). How is our local
13 Sep 2015 14:46
Letters To The Editor, September 13, 2015

Reproductive health
Fergus Garrett, Marcellin Centre, Suva

The Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji (RFHAF) is a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

How is our local organisation responding to the international disgust and consequent investigations relating to such activities of IPPF as the sale of body parts of babies that they have aborted, and their failure to report sexual abuse of young women whose babies they have aborted?  Are the directors of RFHAF in agreement with these practices?

iTaukei language
Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu

Recently its been mentioned we are losing our  iTaukei language very quickly. I find these not true in the sense that quite a percentage of the indigenous people find it hard to learn other languages especially the English language whether its the American or the British version.

But for the iTaukei born abroad it would be defiantly true in their cases, even adults leaving our shores and staying abroad for over 10 years can never lose their mother tongue very easily. Some pretend or boast of their residing abroad has changed them but once getting back to the old talanoa sessions they seem to fit in well again.

To get rid or forget or lose the iTaukei language it is the individual persons own choice and it cannot leave a person it will remain in them because its part of them.

Sodelpa Thriller
Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori

The sweeping changes to the SODELPA constitutionwas decided by merely over a hundred members from the over 139,000 people who voted for SODELPA just 12 months ago.

The changes affected party leader, change in membership of their management board, cancellation of contracts of senior party officials, re-advertisement of posts and changes to their party structure.

Let us hope that these mere hundred members present at their special general meeting are elected representatives of all SODELPA branches around the country.

If not then the fundamental questions are?

1. Who gave these mere one hundred the mandate to decide the fate of the party that belongs to over 139,000 people on a mid-week working day which many members from around the country cannot attend ?

2. Who gave these mere one hundred the mandate to demote a Lady who single-handedly won more votes than all the men sitting in that meeting combined, with their president included ?

3. On the flag issue, SODELPA was vocal for a national referendum. Now in their own court, why wasn’t a nation-wide referendum of party supporters called to have their say heard before these sweeping and drastic changes were made ?

4. Does the SODELPA Management Board see their 139,000 voters as mere puppets expected to blindly dance to the new tune played by their newmasters ?

OK, let us look at the bright side. If someone was to write a novel about the nitty-gritty nature of political power play within the SODELPA inner circle, I can bet my bottom dollar that it will be a top selling thriller.

Thank God these people are not in Government.

Thank You Fever
Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Canada

Take a wild guess as to who in BC, Canada gets the most verbal “thank you,” daily?

It is the bus drivers!

Get on a bus here and you will keep hearing the magic word “thank you” when passengers get off at their destinations.

We in Fiji have our own PSV Drivers who drives us from point A to B on buses, taxis and minibuses but we hardly thank them when we get off.

Maybe if we all begin to thank the driver when we get off, they will realise that they are being appreciated for their professionalism in accordance with their PSV licence and will take more care in their driving performance.  Let the thank you fever catch on!

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