Letters To The Editor, 20th April, 2016

Response to Dan Urai Justice Mohamed Ajmeer, Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission chairperson The Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission writes in response to a letter by Dan Urai
20 Apr 2016 09:23
Letters To The Editor, 20th April, 2016
Letters To The Editor

Response to Dan Urai

Justice Mohamed Ajmeer,
Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission chairperson

The Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission writes in response to a letter by Dan Urai that appeared in the Fiji Times on Saturday April 16, 2016.

The Commission contributed $10,000 to the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Funds post Tropical Cyclone Winston from its accumulated budgetary savings from its 2015 financial year.

The Commission had decided to contribute to the Prime Minister’s disaster relief fund at a time of necessity.

The funds are purely from the Commission’s savings.

Everyone is contributing irrespective of their political position and it should not be viewed politically.

It was an independent decision of the Commission to contribute.

The contribution to the disaster relief initiative will not compromise the independence of the Commission.

Through this contribution, ultimately, the  affected Fijians will benefit. It was in this spirit that the Commission proceeded to make a contribution.

This decision to contribute to relief assistance is consistent with the past practice of the Commission.

Should Mr Urai or any member of the public have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Commission.


‘Hybernating’ Urai

Parmeshwaran Prasad, Nausori

Our nation is in crisis post TC Winston and this Dan Urai is playing politics.

Instead of questioning how and where the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission got the money to donate to the Government, can you tell the public, a very few of whom you claim to represent, where were you all this while? Oh yeah…hibernating.

Get your act together. Help the Government in its efforts to rebuild our nation or just shut up and hibernate.

You are another one of those voices in isolation and that’s where you belong.

My plea to NGO’s and civil society groups-put politics aside.

Take heed of the Commission’s leadership and contribute towards rebuilding our beloved nation.


Kudos to the Commission

Arti Romana, Lami

Kudos to Human Rights Commission for the timely donation towards rebuilding our nation.

Please ignore dupes like Dan Urai, who have nothing constructive to offer.  So the Commission is back!!

Good luck


Stop being gullible

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

I’m on social media sites often. As a result, I see the whole gamut of hoaxes, scams, “like” bait, you name it. The internet has given tricksters and scam artists the power to reach millions of people though one click.

Unfortunately these posts are being shared by too many, which leads me to the main reason for writing this. I’d like to make an appeal for everyone to stop being gullible and spreading the garbage. Just stop. Sa rauta mada.


NZ Defence Forces: Our buddies

Joji Toronibau, Tunuloa

Skimming across yesterday’s dailies, I was almost in tears as well whilst reading Viliame Keteca’s letter on New Zealand Defence Forces’ (NZDF’s) stint on Vanuabalavu and farewell.

An old buddy Sergeant Neumai Moce, whom I was well acquainted with during our stint at the RFMF Engineers Corps in the 80’s-90’s, must be on his way home as well. If you are reading ‘my buddy’, so long ‘brother man Sir’.


No mention of Ryan at sports award

Fulori Turaga,  Suva

Why was there no mention of Ben Ryan at last week’s 2015 Fiji Sports Awards night?

There was mention of the Vodafone Fijian 7’s team as the Team of the Year, mention of the Telecom Fijiana team manager as one of the nominees to the Administrator of the Year Award, but no mention of Ben Ryan at all.

He was not even nominated to the Coach of the Year category.

Is this for real? After all he has done for rugby and for this country and this is what he gets?


Still our heroes

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Delta, BC, Canada

Even though our boys, the Vodafone Fiji 7s team were rattled and outplayed by Kenya in the cup final of the Singapore 7s, they still made Fiji proud and remain our heroes.

The come from behind wins in the quarter final with Australia and South Africa in the semi final is just heart attack and jolted to life stuff.

The final with Kenya was interesting to watch as the Kenyan’s were all fired up and hungry for their first ever cup win in the history of the HSBC 7s World Series.

On the other hand, our boys did their best but just could not contain the onslaught of the big, tall, fit, fast, and strong Kenyans.

We all hope Coach Ben Ryan has figured out a plan to counter this big Kenyan outfit that seems to be a big threat to all the top teams on this road towards Rio.

Go Fiji go.


Why co-generation?

Sukha Singh, Labasa

Fiji Sugar Corporation has been supplying power to the Labasa grid and also to the mill itself.

Right now, FSC has the capacity to supply Labasa .

The only problem they have is there is no bagasse dryer and a back feed conveyor from the bagasse dump to the steam generation plant .

I would be very grateful if the FSC management can tell us why they need $25million.

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