Letters To The Editor, June 07, 2016

Draunidalo’s outburst Rakesh Chandra, Nasinu It’s really disappointing to see a respected member of the National Federation Party, Roko Tupou Draunidalo resorting to such tactics to outwit the Education Minister.
07 Jun 2016 10:00
Letters To The Editor, June 07, 2016
Letters to the Editor

Draunidalo’s outburst

Rakesh Chandra, Nasinu

It’s really disappointing to see a respected member of the National Federation Party, Roko Tupou Draunidalo resorting to such tactics to outwit the Education Minister.

As an ardent supporter, I’m really outraged to see NFP being the cause of racial intolerance. NFP has always been the uniting force for the people of Fiji in the darkest of times.

Roko Tupou’s actions are against the very principles that NFP has stood for over the years.

It’s high time that NFP does some soul-searching to see where it is going wrong and correct the wrongs. A good start would be party executives putting their egos aside and apologising for the grave mistake that was committed by Roko Tupou rather than defending her silly action.

As Alexander Pope said: ‘A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying… that he is wiser today than he was yesterday’. Ditch the ego and pride and apologise.


Exam well wishers

Apenisa Koli,  Nadi

As our learning journey comes to an end for Semester One of the year, I would like to wish all my friends at the University of The South Pacific the very best on their final examinations this week.

A big vinaka vakalevu to you all Anaseini Daurewa, Ilaitia Matadradra and Adi Ana Wara. All the best guys.


Parking Meter

Neelz Singh,  Lami

Issue regarding with parking metres in capital reading: ‘Use the next machine available’. And there isn’t within the range and the number given when called is engaged. What next?

This seems to be the issue when motorists find themselves in a hurrying situation. The Suva City Council (SCC) should address the contingency plan? Vinaka.


Roll sellers

Tomasi Boginiso,  Nasinu

It has being highlighted before and it will be again and to no avail it continues. All criminal offences have been planned before it actually happens and so as roll-selling. There seems to be a second phase to everything if the first one doesn’t work.

In Suva, there are sellers in almost every corner of the market and at the Bus Station. And there are the bean carts where smokers gather around most. With the prices of cigarette  sky-rocketing,  people are just trying to get a quick puff somehow by getting to a place where they can easily get a roll. There has even been cases of people who are just minding their own business and someone walks up to them and asks to buy a roll off them.

And for the spot fines for failure by retailers to display the ‘No selling of cigarette to Under 18 years’ signage at the point of sale, in some shops, during the weekends,  it’s these young kids serving at the counters of their parents outlets who handling cigarette sales are much younger than 18.

Shouldn’t there be a signage for shop owners for underage shop attendees to not handle the sale of cigarettes?


Tribute to Muhammed Ali

Amenatave Yaconisau,  Delainavesi

I refer to the tribute to Muhhamed Ali by Ajay Bhai Amrit (FS 6/6/16) and Taitusi Sokiveta’s letter on the same is also relevant.

I commiserate with the sporting world with the sad passing away of sports ‘Greatest’ Muhhamed Ali (Cassius Clay) who ruled the heavyweight division  when great champs like Sonny Liston, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, and Ken Norton, graced the enclosures.

A man who revolutionised boxing; a talker, doer, but sting like a bee and still a caring guy. He touched many lives in the world transcending boxing.

Commiserations and outpouring of condolences  came from world VIPs and the ordinary person on the road have expressed sadness.  He taught many on self-belief and to do the impossible and move mountains.

To me, he is the defender of the constitution in America.  He expressed his belief with bravery just like Jesus and it cost him three years of his prime years.

But he was not afraid to pursue the truth.  Today, the constitutional rights of American citizens have improved especially when it comes to racial issues and equal protection of the law especially for fellow African-Americans.

As a boxer, he revolutionised sports and changing the perception from a brutal one to big time business that drew crowds because of his talking ability.  He’ll make you buy a ticket to just watch his promises come true.

I am sure Frazier, Drew Bundini Brown, and Johnny Dundee, are looking forward to welcome him.  Rest in Peace Muhammed Cassis Clay. To me you never die.


SODELPA’s nose dive

Tukai Lagonilakeba,  Namaka

Many voters identified themselves with the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi during the 2014 September General Election and voted for SODELPA. But that is the only reason they are in Parliament today.

Through her exit it will now see to the demise of this political party from which Fijians have now witnessed to the vast differences between the SODELPA as opposed to our governing FijiFirst Party which is led by Voreqe Bainimarama on its all-inclusive service delivery to all Fijians together with their Parliamentary performances.

Sitiveni Rabuka will contribute to SODELPA not winning any seat whatsoever in our 2018 General Elections. People don’t have to look too far than the result of the 1999 elections where the SVT was badly relegated to the opposition benches by the coalition of the Fiji Labour Party.

Rambo resigned from politics in 1999 because he could not see himself relegated as leader of the Opposition. And 17 years later this question Fijians will ask: ‘Is he relevant to the desire of the majority for a modern Fiji? We did not trust the father of all Fiji’s Coups in the election of 1999 and why should we now?

His time has ‘Gone with the Wind’.

Simply put, we Fijians are now empowered and we will not be easily misled because we know the truth. And we are well-versed with our rights through our 2013 Constitution and our country’s current affairs at home and in the international arena through the people’s Voreqe Bainimarama-led FijiFirst Government.

The truth is, there is no leadership at the SODELPA house. Game over SODELPA.

There is just simply no comparison to our PM Voreqe Bainimarama’s leadership in his current ranking and achievements in the world arena for our people and country to that of Sitiveni Rabuka.

Get real Rambo, Fiji will reject you outright come the 2018 General Election.

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