Letters To The Editor 3rd November 2016

Welcome Peter Dinning Suresh Chand, Nadi Minister for Local Government Pravin Kumar recently announced the appointment of Peter Dinning as the new chief executive officer of Nadi Town Council. We
03 Nov 2016 11:00
Letters To The Editor 3rd November 2016

Welcome Peter Dinning

Suresh Chand,


Minister for Local Government Pravin Kumar recently announced the appointment of Peter Dinning as the new chief executive officer of Nadi Town Council.

We thank the minister for his much-awaited announcement.

Sir, the ratepayers had been waiting for this announcement since June, 2013. They had thought the position would be filled immediately given its importance in the council.

Although it’s been a long search, we nevertheless believe we’ve got the right person to steer our tourist town set to be declared a city next year in the right direction.

I am certain as the incumbent CEO settles down, he is briefed of all the problems our town currently faces.

Mr Dinning will require the full support and co-operation of all in the council to deliver the goods. He faces new environment and people but with his vast experience and knowledge in local government, I am sure he eases through.

If the CEO really wants to know some of the problems we face, he calls meetings in all three wards and hears them.

Many ratepayers can’t write and visit the council office so a meeting is the best way to hear their concerns and grievances. I hope they are accorded the due audience in due time. Welcome, Mr Dinning!


Many sides to Police brutality

Timoci Gaunavinaka,


The issue on Police brutality has many sides. It is easy to ride on the anti-Police bandwagon whenever there is a video clip of police brutality circulated via social media, but we need to look at it from every angle to be fair.

Our law is structured that the court decides the punishment given to violent criminals. The judge or magistrate who dish out these sentences were never at the scene of the crime. They totally depend on what is stated in court by the prosecution who again depend on Police investigators and witnesses. It is a third party judgement.

The victim who directly suffered the brutality of the violence and the emotional trauma has absolutely no say in the sentence.

Criminals with dozens of previous convictions may willingly confess to police about their crimes then later deny it in court claiming that they were forced to confess. They have learnt the “gift of the gab”. Prison holds the widest range of background of people under one roof. From petty thieves to former prime ministers, you name it, they have been there. Criminals have this wide brain pool to learn from.

The public are sometimes of the opinion that Police officers are fit and well trained to handle all difficult situations. But criminals train too. They have countless hours behind bars to train and share ideas. They are fed, clothed and housed 24/7.

On the contrary, underneath every Police uniform is a hard working human being. They have families with mouths to feed, rent and bills to pay and children to send to school. They see the brutality of the violence at first hand every now and then silently absorbing its psychological effects.

Sometimes they find themselves mentally suffocated from all sides. From the criminals who are both smart and fit, from their peers who demand public safety, from the public who sometimes curse them and from the lack of resources. This can lead to frustrations and at times make some officers cross that thin line between being a law enforcer to a punisher.

The bottom line is that criminals choose and carefully plan to execute their crimes disregarding right or wrong, public safety or human lives. Police officers are thrown in to solve it with odds stack against them.

I as a father love all my children very much. But if my son was to go around robbing others, committing violent crimes and etc. and was assaulted by the police to the point where he died, I would never blame the police but myself for my failure as a father.



Bible burning

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa,


It is sad to read that a person who burned a Bible last year belonged to a small church group that does not believe in the Bible, and that he was angry because he believed in the Bible had misled him for so many years (FS 1/11).

Even though nothing happened to him when he burned the Bible, the Bible burning is an offensive act to Bible believing Fijians.

One can choose to burn Bibles privately, but once it becomes news and telling the world that it is only 25 per cent true and is worthless, fit for the fire; then the very act and the church that it represents should be investigated as it could spark civil unrest in a nation that has a Christian Bible believing majority.

Do the Jews today use or have in their possession the other 75 per cent of the Bible retrieved from a scroll which was found in a clay pot at Euphrates, which is now Iraq?

If the Jews do not have it then surely the Christian world would not have its Old Testament scriptures.

The Old Testament Hebrew scriptures which Yahushwah read from when He walked this earth is the same as the one which Christians use today.

If this 25 per cent truth Bible, which points to Yahushwah, turned the world upside down, including the transformation of our iTaukei ancestors from being cannibals to Christians and with the assurance of eternal life for all who believe in Him; then it is as good as the so called 75 per cent scroll.



Dwindling soccer crowds

Shariff Shah,


Can the authorities concerned, mainly Occupational Health and Safety; and Labour Ministry look into the running of the so-called marathon national soccer league and tournaments.

Players are made to play 90 minutes soccer twice in a space of 24 hrs, in the league, and five games in four days at the last IDC. Labasa played seven games starting a week before the IDC and concluded with the final.

Where is the so-called fair play, Mr president.

No wonder the interest towards this global game is virtually dead here in Fiji.

If you don’t believe me then just refer to the pictures in the dailies and just see in the background. It speaks volume as to the number of people watching the game.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj


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