Letters To The Editor, 27th March 2016

Irresponsible reporting Aliti Vuniseya, Nausori The rape case coverage of the 14 year old girl has  been classical- Girl raped, Raped girl buried, family of raped girl to move. The
27 Mar 2016 08:52
Letters To The Editor, 27th  March 2016
Letters to the Editor

Irresponsible reporting

Aliti Vuniseya, Nausori

The rape case coverage of the 14 year old girl has  been classical- Girl raped, Raped girl buried, family of raped girl to move.

The poor girl’s family will be traumatised not only from the death of their loved one, the circumstances surrounding her death, the publicity the case is attracting, but the consistent hounding of what they are up to.

Please, they have just lost a young girl, daughter, niece, who belongs to a whole I taukei community, to a mataqali, a Yavusa- they should be allowed to mourn their kin with dignity. How senseless can reporting be.

Please highlight rape but not this way- report the work done by non government organisations and groups that have worked on this for years, have a database of all those taken in for rape, publicise the names of those men that can be a menace to our society because of rape but  leave families alone.

MIDA (Fiji Media Industry Development Authority) also has put out a statement that they do not recognise social media petition, which is why petitions against irresponsible reporting and irresponsible reporters will never see the light of day- one of the reasons being that the process for complaints is not clear.

This type of writing is what the country cannot afford at this time.


Easter Message

Lawrence H Narayan , Suva

Easter is a time for a much more meaningful purpose for Christians than the usual skits and plays in local churches depicting the Crucifixion of Christ that is usually forgotten for the rest of the year.

It is a remembrance of our faith and our mission in advancing the Gospel of Christ.

Incidentally, not many of us are challenged to take a stand for our Lord Jesus because we live in such an age of compromise.

Besides, people who take a stand are radicals and expose themselves to ridicule and humiliation. To take a stand for Jesus is a brave and lonely thing to do.

It will mean ostracism and criticism even dividing our families apart for His sake (Matthew 10:34).

Jesus laid down His life to save us from Hell and eternal suffering, the least we can do is to give a little of our thoughts and actions for His cause.


Power outage

Amenatave Yaconisau, Suva

The unplanned power outage in Delainavesi (and I assume other parts of Vitilevu) reflects poor engineering from Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA).

I understand that FEA is replacing a new inlet valve at Wailoa power station and has put a notice in the newspaper to this effect.

The unplanned outage of 7 hours(10am – 5pm) on Thursday 24th  reflects badly on FEA engineering ability to maintain the gensets.  This has never happened before at FEA.

Even water supply to Delainavesi had been affected for almost the same length of time due to this power outage.

I don’t know which is better of the two, but this is a cruel treatment that degrades our emotional and physical wellbeing.

What a torture in view of the convention we have just signed with the United Nations.

I plead with the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to put a stop to this once and for all.

Meanwhile it is good to see the people of Fiji clustering together with the PM in a show of unity against distress in time of pain, anxiety and fear of the future.

On the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries, I agree entirely with Tukai Lagonilakeba (FS 25/3/16) that we need to rid of corruption and true indeed ‘walk the talk’ according to section 149(f) of the constitution and let the public be the judge not prosecuting people according to  the Political Parties Decree 2013.


Education system

Ravneel Sharma , Navua

It’s strange to see our school system not performing to expectation as the minister is emphasising since taking the portfolio.

The major break down is the primary level where students are not taught the basics and they face a lot of problems when they enter secondary schools.

Majority of these students are weak in reading and speaking English and therefore not able to perform in other subjects.

The school heads at primary level needs to allow parents to actively involve themselves for the better education of their child. They must monitor and guide them towards ‘making education excellence in reality’. It is impossible to entirely depend on teachers to develop students holistically because parents play a vital role in shaping today’s youths.

They must teach their children spiritual and moral values.

However students at schools nowadays don’t pay much respect to teachers neither “Talatala’s” and it is seen that this students easily involve themselves into wrongful acts and criminal activities.

Once apprehended for such activities then it’s no use parents crying because the  milk has already spilt.

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