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So Long, Malakai. RIP.

Malakai Fredrick Veisamasama fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith. These are the sentiments shared during the veteran journalist’s funeral service at Calvary Temple in Suva
12 Jun 2016 12:22
So Long, Malakai. RIP.
Family and friends farewell the late Malakai Veisamasama at Naikaciwa Burial site yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

Malakai Fredrick Veisamasama fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith.

These are the sentiments shared during the veteran journalist’s funeral service at Calvary Temple in Suva yesterday.

More than 200 people, including Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his wife Mary, high chiefs from various provinces, members of the media and sporting fraternity, pay their respects and celebrated the life of Mr Veisamasama.

Former Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) president, Vidhya Lakhan, said Mr Veisamasama was a balanced reporter and his reporting was always fair.

“I have known Mala for about 25 years as a reporter. He was always looking for an exclusive story,” he said.

“Fiji has lost a very seasoned reporter. His departure will leave a gap media field and hopefully the younger journalists trained by him fill up that vacuum.

He always knew that as a journalist, he could not express his own opinion in the stories that he was doing.”

Mr Lakhan said Mr Veisamasama’s involvement in the sporting field was notable.

“He was involved in the athletics field too although at a low profile training young athletes who have gone on to international competitions.

“His involvement in the boxing commission too brought notable changes and the revival of the sport,” he said.

Fijian Media Association general-secretary Stanley Simpson said Mr Veisamasama’s training and guidance would be sorely missed by the Fijian media.

“Malakai Veisamasama was one of the most experienced sports analyst, administrator and broadcaster.

“But he was more than just sports,” he said.

“He guided many young journalists into the field of journalism and will be regarded as a pioneer of thoughts in terms of sports commentary, reporting and in vernacular radio especially with VitiFM.”

Former journalist and colleague Josua Tuwere, who worked with Mr Veisamasama at Communications Fiji Limited for more than two years, said: “I knew him even before that as an athletics volunteer.

“While I was in high school, he was always someone we would always read about in the news.

“Later I got to know him as a colleague, as a friend.

“He spoke at my wedding reception and I’ve always seen him as a big brother, as a mentor in my profession and he was someone who provided help to me in more ways.”

A video eulogy from Communications Fiji Limited (CFL) managing director William Parkinson was also presented during the service praising Mr Veisamasama’s notable service of over 20 years at their organisation.

He had worked for CFL as a programmes director for VitiFM while holding other posts as acting chairman of the Boxing Commission of Fiji and a board member of the Fiji Sports Council.

Mr Veisamasama was buried at the Nasinu Cemetery, and a lunch gathering was at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva.

He is survived by his wife, Selaima, and five children Jone, Salote, Malakai Junior, Litti and Waseroma.



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