Letters To The Editor 22, November, 2016

Brave Police officer Manoa Kaleca, Suva I would like to acknowledge the bravery of Detective Constable Krishan Keshwan in trying to foil a robbery attempt in Valelevu last week. The
22 Nov 2016 11:00
Letters To The Editor 22, November, 2016
Letters To The Editor

Brave Police officer

Manoa Kaleca, Suva

I would like to acknowledge the bravery of Detective Constable Krishan Keshwan in trying to foil a robbery attempt in Valelevu last week.

The wound that he received on his head  bore testament to the risks and constant danger that our Police men and women are subject to while carrying out their normal duties.

Last Friday, we celebrated the passing-out parade from the Police Force of our nephew, PC Marisio Talemaibua. Even though we were excited for him and celebrated tucking into a lovo, we were also constantly reminded of the fact that his job is not an easy one.

Our Police officers are not equipped enough to foil these kind of armed robberies. The ‘liga ni marama’ or baton that is issued to them during training is no match for the ‘cane knives’ and other items that these so-called criminals use.

I believe that it is only suitable for the Police force to be issued with proper equipment that can counter these attacks. Why not issue them with ‘Taser guns’, which has the ability to incapacitate a criminal, but not necessarily injure them. It is used worldwide and has been proven to be a very successful utility in the Police force in curbing crime and subduing violent criminals.


Legal overload

Sukha Singh,  Labasa

I just feel sorry for the Legal Aid lawyers. They are just overloaded with cases. It just shows the high costs of hiring lawyers in Labasa. Could the Fiji Law Society look into this matter, please?


Social media

Dewan Chand, Suva

Reference is made to FBC’s 4 the Record Programme on Sunday, November 20, hosted by Edwin Nand on the issue of ‘Challenges of Traditional Media vs Social Media’. It made for interesting listening.

Each of the three representative s from FBC, FMA and Fiji Sun put forward their views on the impact of social media on the life of traditional media such as TV, newspapers and radio.

I got the impression that the traditional media feels threatened with the power, popularity and freedom of the social media.

One of the speakers dubbed it as the voice of the voiceless in our society in view of the media control by the ruling elites. We have very good examples of this in countries around the world. Each of the speakers grappled with the idea of controlling social media. One of them said it should have legal statutory control. This looks preposterous to me.

Nemani Delaibatiki made a valid point that social media is here to stay and serve a very useful role. He stressed that people need to be educated not to abuse the freedom of social media. The idea of parental control was also mooted.

In my view this is an exercise in futility. We all know that parents have very little or nil control on the use of communication devices by their children. Those who want to control society through media may have to do what China did – to completely block Facebook and created its own. This is obnoxious and will prevent whistle blowing for crimes and abuse of office in high places.

For those who followed the recent US presidential election may have realised the power of social media over traditional media. This is perhaps the best way to reach people where traditional media displays bias in reporting.

In my view social media should be allowed to play its important role. It is not the role of traditional media to control social media if we want to allow freedom of expression in free societies.


FRU plans

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Canada

It is good news for our local Fijian rugby players to know that Fiji Rugby Union has woken up and decided that only local players will be considered a spot in the Telecom Fijian Warriors and the Vodafone Fijian Under-20 teams (FS 19/11).

It is good to know that FRU has finally realised that overseas-based players use the opportunity and experience gained as a stepping stone to attaining a Super Rugby contract before switching their allegiance to play for either, Australia, New Zealand, England or France.

Fijian rugby fans had spoken out and written in this column in the past for only local players to represent Fiji in rugby because they will give it their all for our beloved nation.

On the other hand, it is suspected that overseas players will hold back because any injury will affect their overseas contracts.

As for the Vodafone Flying Fijians team, I believe that the plan was to put together a team after the Rugby World Cup consisting of local players, groom them, expose them through overseas matches as they bond and prepare for the next Rugby World Cup.

But it seems that this is only a dream as the FRU currently needs overseas players to compete with tier 1 teams.

All Fijian rugby players and fans will be delighted with the decision by FRU to pick local players to represent Fiji, thus exposing more of our players overseas, and the opportunities it would bring.

At the end of the day, winning is important for Fiji, but more important is for our local rugby players to set up an income stream in which they can survive on after hanging their boots.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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