Letter To The Editor, 22nd, April, 2016

Sick sheet scam Babita Kumar Nadera Thank you Fiji Sun for exposing such unethical professionals around in the country. We sincerely look forward to a tight stand from Ministry of
22 Apr 2016 14:05
Letter To The Editor, 22nd, April, 2016

Sick sheet scam

Babita Kumar


Thank you Fiji Sun for exposing such unethical professionals around in the country.

We sincerely look forward to a tight stand from Ministry of Health.

This unethical, dishonest practice seriously needs to stop for a better Fiji.



Ignorant drivers

Jone Batiniika,


Despite the fact that drivers are given numerous tests before receiving their licence, some drivers still do not know how to use the road, let alone follow road rules.

They are either too careless or too ignorant to pay attention.

I will give you a fair example.

Last week as I was heading to Tengy Cement Factory, I exited from the Samoan community in Lami, 50 metres ahead I was hit by a Lami Town Council rubbish dump truck.

The driver was racing with another truck and they were trying to overtake each other in double lane road.

The driver stopped 20 metres from the accident site and started accusing me of driving too slowly, he claimed he was driving at 80kmph.

At that moment I was perplexed and stunned. This was a 60km zone and the driver claimed he was in the right when he was exceeding the speed limit.

Witnesses at the site declared that this was a day to day practice. Apparently the Lami Town Council rubbish dump truck drivers were always speeding and racing each other along the road.

Fortunately there were no pedestrians on the road or any vehicle on the other lane at the time of the accident, but my company van was smashed and greatly damaged.

It’s these type of drivers that spoil the reputation of all drivers.

A word of advice to employers, don’t hire drivers simply because they have a licence. Also consider their behaviour on the road and their knowledge of road traffic laws.

And to all drivers remember the road does not belong to you. Human life is priceless so value it, be it a pedestrian or another driver, we all have a common goal and that is to reach our destination alive.



Road repairs

Rishi Deo


There was a big traffic jam from 9 miles to the Rewa Bridge on April 20.

Thinking it might be  due to a big accident but coming closer to Davuilevu at Lelean Memorial School, it was seen about 15-20 China Railway First Group (CRFG) employees were manning and repairing about 10 potholes.

While towards Suva at about 4pm, I noticed that the same people were sitting at the bus stop opposite Lelean School laughing and at about 6pm while coming back the same bunch were working on the potholes, using a 1.5 litre coke bottle to spray water on the patch and using one small machine to patch the pothole.

The rest of the employees were taking shelter or holding to a spade and the driver was sleeping fullswing.

The responsible authorities should realise the fact that after 5pm, it is peak traffic hours when so many people have to reach home after work.

Working on roads at that time and causing such traffic is just not on and shows that they are just making overtime money.

The Minister responsible is requested to look into this matter and consult the company immediately to solve this issue and stop further disruptions at such peak hours. I hope this matter is solved.



Enjoy the Games

Sachida Rao,


Through this column I wish to appeal to all non-government organisations and sporting organisations to consider giving sports equipment to the victims of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Especially students and schools.  Even, indoor games will bring some excitement and joy to all the psychologically disturbed.

Ministry of Education is doing its utmost to deliver resources to offset the gap caused by TC Winston.  Probably the ministries and organisations that are directly responsible  for sports and youth development such as Fiji Football Association, Fiji Rugby Union, Netball Fiji, Cricket Association to name a few could kindly come forward and bring back the cheering and “Hip Hip Hooray.”

A volleyball net and ball can change the mood in the village.  A carom board game in the afternoon within family will create a different environment.

We need our children to move forward and enjoy the games.  Let’s enjoy the coming Coca-Cola Games



Bombing Rio

Timoci Gaunavinaka


The battle of Singapore may have been lost, but it has gained us vital points to extend our lead in the IRB Sevens Series War.

The same strategy was applied some seventy years ago. The Allied Forces led by General Douglas MacArthur surrendered the Philippines and South East Asia to invading Japanese Army, retreated and regrouped in Darwin (North Australia) before pushing back up north to eventually win the war.

We welcome the testing of a few overseas players in the last leg of the series. Players like Nakarawa, Nayacalevu and etc, are now given a chance to prove their worth. It will take an extremely superb performance by any of them in Paris and London to unseat any of our local boys on the plane to Rio. Whoever may be chosen will definitely add firepower to our team in Rio.

Our local boys have set the benchmark to lead the IRB Series table by eight points. At this same time last year, we were still trailing South Africa.

Ben Ryan’s timing is just perfect. After London, the team will have almost three months to recover, regroup, bond, make final adjustments, refocus then launch our final assault.

In August 1945, nuclear bombs were dropped at Hirosima and Naqasaki to end the war in the Pacific and showcase the might of America. In August 2016, Fiji will drop its 7s Rugby bomb in Rio to show the world the might of the Fijians.



Thank you FRU

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa

Delta, BC, Canada

The Fiji Rugby Union should be thanked for clearing the air regarding the Savenaca Rawaca hospital saga.

It is good to know that all the Fiji Rugby Union teams both in the 7s and in the 15s Code that participate in any World Rugby sanctioned tournaments are covered by the Travel and on Field Medical Insurance policy which is a mandatory requirement from World Rugby to allow for participation.

In Rawaca’s case, his physician advised him to continue treatment as an outpatient in the Outpatients Department at the Suva Private Hospital which FRU had facilitated.

This is where the Fijian Teachers Union, having compassion on our Fiji 7s speedster thought it best to pay for his six-day rest and recovery at the Suva Private Hospital.

To the FTA, you are commended for being a Good Samaritan, doing what you felt was right, which was even appreciated by the 7s star.

Thank you FRU for letting die-hard Fiji rugby fans know that those intending to assist national team players in a similar circumstance to contact FRU to avoid similar predicaments.



The Singapore connection

Tukai Lagonilakeba,


A tested model, a first world country, the only island city state in the world, it is called the Lion or Garden City.

Just a little bit bigger than the size of Taveuni (167.5 sq miles, 10,000 people) with a population of more than 5 million, the Republic of Singapore (265.11sq miles) is a story of the many sacrifices and successes emanating from an iron fist ruler with a determined and tested leadership some 59 years through their late Founding Father of the Modern Singapore from 1959 until 1990.

Lee Kuan Yew was its first visionary Prime Minister ¬- the envy of many developing nations.

Their economy is on an unprecedented high and stable, GDP is good, the country is clean, multiracial and inclusive, their successful peaceful democracy is homemade and is 60 years old.

It is thriving and has withstood the test of time but all are the fruits of their honest labour, sacrifice and perseverance “se na vosota ena yalodina kei na vua ni cakacaka vinaka ka vakaidina”.

Our national airline Fiji Airways’ maiden direct flight to Changi International Airport, which is rated the best airport in the world, was met with many Hooray and Kailas from Singaporeans as it touched down to signify our confirmed first direct trade link with this wonderful island nation and together we Fijians are going to be testimony to this fabulous incredible Island City as we fly in and out to appreciate its splendour and to also understand why our PM Voreqe Bainimarama and his Government is so keen on taking Fiji in the Singapore way.

And why not?

Lee Hsien Loong is the eldest son of the founding father of Singapore and is the third PM since its independence from one of the world’s most respected economy and democracy, but now with the HSBC World 7’s series returning to the Singapore National Stadium every year, it is expected that many Fijians will now accept and begin to slowly implement and appreciate the good they will experience from the Lion City.

Their first PM Mr Lee in his vision for his people, the Singapore Statesman could not care less for 30 years on what was going on in the outside world. But he had set his sight on building his country to make it a better place for all those who will call Singapore their home, but look at what this island city is today? Why not Fiji? Of course we can do it.

Vinaka vakalevu to our smart Government policy for another excellent business and trade opportunity. It will certainly complement our nation’s economy, a great Look North Policy as Fiji Airways will benefit greatly and add value in also representing and the many proud Flags of our Pacific Regional Island Families.

Thank you so much for the opportunity Singapore.

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