Letters To The Editors, 6th, October, 2016

Illegal taxis Marica Naulu, Manager Public Transport Unit Land Transport Authority, Suva We are asking the public to alert the Land Transport Authority (LTA) about cars that are posing as
06 Oct 2016 11:00
Letters To The Editors, 6th, October, 2016
Letter To The Editor

Illegal taxis

Marica Naulu, Manager Public Transport Unit

Land Transport Authority, Suva

We are asking the public to alert the Land Transport Authority (LTA) about cars that are posing as taxis, or driving around without registration or yellow plates.

Please be aware that these vehicles do not have insurance, some without seatbelts, and what they are doing – taking money from passengers illegally – is against the law.

Protect the income of the honest taxi drivers. Do not support those illegal taxis without the yellow plates.

Please SMS for free to 582 or call toll free on 0800 3342886 and report the licence number of any illegal taxi you spot.



Undisciplined children

Malakai Naduva, Nauru

I am saddened by the Ministry of Education’s stance to send school children home because of their ill-discipline.

Should we now blame the teachers and the ministry for this misfortune? I believe that the responsibility and the blame should be upon us, the parents. Teachers are there to teach our children academically. We as parents must have the responsibility in molding the behaviour and the characters of our children at home.

We must be good role models. We must pave the way for them not only in what we say but also in what we do. The monkey syndrome remains true “a monkey see, a monkey do” and that has come upon many of our children.

If we smoke, the children smoke, if we get drink, they will also drink, if the parents are violent, they will also be violent.

The greatest failure in society today is when parents fail to control and teach their children to behave. We must have our children at heart and their interests must be paramount. We must socialise and spend more time with our children rather than socialising on other useless hobbies and activities.

We as parents must change our ways now. The change must first come from us as parents to stop the monkey syndrome.

Baby death

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Canada

It is really sad to read that an eight-month-old child died last week in Rakiraki after falling out of a moving vehicle driven by a 28-year-old uncle.

The victim was travelling with three other children when the baby fell off the moving vehicle. It is also sad that the authorities kind of did not highlight this accidental death involving negligence and simple disobedience to driving laws.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Police should make statements reminding all drivers that it is imperative for babies and children to be in their capsules, child restraints or wearing seat belts.

Whatever happened to: “Click, clack, fasten your seat belts, front and back?”

The driver has to ensure that all passengers in the vehicle have their seat belts on. When drivers do not follow driving rules and pedestrians do not follow road rules, they both pay the price of its consequences.

The sad fact is that vehicle accidents, injuries and road deaths could be avoided if drivers and pedestrians follow the rules.



Corporal punishment

Neelz Singh, Lami

Corporal punishment is the intentional act of disciplining by inflicting physical pain as retribution for an offence or wrongdoing.

The purpose of corporal punishment is to prevent the offence or wrongdoing from happening again by instilling or associating fear with these undesired acts.

Quite a few people support corporal punishment as a valid form of education. On the one hand, there are also a large number of people who denounce corporal punishment as cruel and inhumane. And of course, there are people who are undecided.

The purpose of this article is to list both the advantages and disadvantages of corporal punishment, so that you can decide for yourself if you are supporting or against corporal punishment.

Reasons supporting corporal punishment

  1. Deterrent: Corporal punishment is usually an effective behavior deterrent positive reinforcement.
  2. Compliance: Increases immediate short-term compliance and punishments can be decided by the type of crime a person has committed.
  3. Cost: With little or no cost, corporal punishment is affordable to everyone.
  4. Quick: Corporal punishment is both quick and saves time, therefore allowing both parties to return to their tasks
  5. Right/Wrong: Corporal punishment definitely teaches both right and wrong, so they might not commit the same act.


Reasons against corporal punishment

  1. Self Esteem: Corporal punishment can lower self esteem to both the punisher and punished, and may have longer term psychological impact too.
  2. Unnecessary: There are other means of education that are effective too. A common alternative is to educate why the action was wrong to the point of invoking empathy or shame.
  3. Hostility: Those people receiving punishment are more like to be instilled with rage and hostility even into adulthood and old age.
  4. Violence: Are you familiar with the old adage: “monkey see, monkey do?” Well, corporal punishment seeks children to be violent to other children and educates them that it is an acceptable means of education. This will carry on into adulthood and old ages too.
  5. Abuse: For corporal punishment to typically continue working, more punishment, pain, or force maybe be necessary. As a result, abuse typically starts as corporal punishment.

Now, it is up to you to decide if corporal punishment is right or wrong! Vinaka.



Show filter

Joan McGoon, Nadi

While sitting with friends on Saturday afternoon, our TV screen displayed graphic images from our ever faithful and constant channel and TV station.

We stopped talking and got drawn into a drama series that started to show.

Almost 15 to 30 minutes into the show, we started getting disturbed with the violence that the show began to exhibit. Gruesome killings and images of it began to fill our TV screen.

I hardly have time to watch the telly but when I do, my favourite shows are the Crime and Investigation ones and even then, whatever is shown on TV does not have extremely gruesome scenes like the ones shown on Saturday. Does the TV station have any ‘filter’ at all on what is shown and what isn’t?

The last thing our society needs is just more depiction of violence and gruesome killings. We don’t need people getting ideas when they view these shows as the computer term states: GIGO – Garbage In, Garbage Out.

Can we get rid of the garbage perhaps and show family movies?

I remember watching ‘Heidi’ and ‘Lassie’ and all the English classics on Saturday afternoons with family and friends on our local TV station years ago and these were fun and enjoyable and not even slightly disturbing at all. What our society needs is not a constant reminder of the negative and bad but the positive and good that is still out there in the world.

Viewing and showing these kinds of shows will perhaps enlighten and inspire people to do good in the world around them and make a difference for themselves and others.



Champion formula

Floyd Robinson, Suva

Is there a formula attached to Nadroga rugby?

Well for some reason, they have again established themselves again as undisputed rugby champions here.

This, despite losing several of their players to the Telecom Fiji Warriors side making their way to play in South America.

All in all, a die-hard Nadroga fan, Loata Leanosusu, is definitely smiling as she had earlier predicted Nadroga winning all the way, especially after they handed Macuata a handsome defeat.

I look forward to following the women’s rugby league competition in Nadroga next year.

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