Letters To The Editor, 23 November, 2015

Stage fare Sheik Shamim, Nausori Can the Land Transport Authority (LTA) clarify for the travelling public of Lakena and Verata, Nausori, what the fares are from Lakena junction to Verata?
23 Nov 2015 10:33
Letters To The Editor, 23 November, 2015

Stage fare

Sheik Shamim, Nausori

Can the Land Transport Authority (LTA) clarify for the travelling public of Lakena and Verata, Nausori, what the fares are from Lakena junction to Verata?

The RSI drivers are charging 70c to the Lakena junction and 90c after the Lakena junction. The stage fares are 70cents for stage one and $1.15 for the second stage.

Also, where does the stage change in this area? We the public here are having much problems with this.


Dog brand

Amenatave Yaconisau,  Suva


The evolution of the ‘dog’ brand in Fiji business seems to be progressing well.

The recent opening of the dogfather sports bar at the Damodar City centre uplifts and promotes the status of dogs in Fiji.

There is a strong culture against stray dogs upsetting everyone in Fiji. You have a letter in this column almost every week.

Perhaps a dogmother bar can also be opened for the sake of female dogs.  Currently it only exacerbates inequality for dogs.


Rugby’s favourite son

Pranil Ram,  Nadi


Undoubtedly Jonah Lomu has been one of the most famous, respected and favourite sons of rugby.

His contribution to the sports of rugby union had been immense. The whole rugby world is mourning his death. I believe he was one of the greatest players to have played the sports of Rugby Union on this planet.

I still remember during his peak playing days when he used to run all over the Fiji team. I used to get big frights because I knew he was the X-factor in the team and could just win matches with a blink of an eye. I am sure most of the budding and even existing rugby players would aspire to have the skills and qualities of this great rugby player. He was a superstar of Rugby.

He will long be remembered as one of the greatest sportsman of his generation, a player whose ability helped transform the sport of rugby into this professional age. R.I.P. Jonah!


or nepotism

Tukai Lagonilakeba,


There is too many witch hunter’s in the opposition bench with regards to our governments latest senior civil servants appointments that are only temporary for three months, it is the normal process for those appointments, it will be advertised whereby those interested will apply and may the best qualified Fijian win.

The Fiji Constitutional Officers/Services Commission is tasked under our 2013 Constitution to oversee such appointments irrespective of what Fijians and the opposition may term, whether it is militarisation or nepotism.

Mahendra Chaudhry appointed his son and now the self exiled Rajen Chaudhry to be his Special Envoy and Roving Ambassador in his office during his term as our PM, he conveniently offered his union cronies including those many Labour party supporters and positions in government’s statutory offices that suited and served his political agendas, what do you call that?.

These former PMs Laisenia Qarase, Sitiveni Rabuka and even the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara all did exactly the same; there was nothing wrong with that for as long as it is done within the confines of our law, Ratu Penaia Ganilau, Ratu Kamisese Tuimacilau Mara, Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu and the immediate past Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, weren’t they subjected to the same?

It is legit and critically important that the FijiFirst Government leader and our PM, Voreqe Bainimarama, has got his most highly qualified very senior Fijian Officer at the helm of our countries most important institutions and most importantly, he can trust them and earn their respect, the structure has got to be result oriented and good for the sake of our country’s Economy and its National Security either internal and external.

It is very sad to read of the learned Richard Naidu’s exit from the Constitutional Officers Commission with reasons known only to him, he has done the right thing by him and it applies to everybody else in that position, the door is always open but business and life goes on irrespective, there are many other Fijians that will rise beyond Richards rhetorics.

There is a trend norm that is now seen in our Parliament when there is a vote for a certain Bill, out of the 17 in opposition; the 14 SODELPA MP’s will all either vote for or against but the three in the NFP bench will always refrain which indirectly signifies their silent support for our FijiFirst Government policies and leadership.

Japan, Singapore and Taiwan did exactly the same; look at where these countries are today? China is now a country of enormous balance in the world front.




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