Letters To The Editor, 31st December 2016

Chef de Mission, Rajeev Sharma, Canberra, Australia The Team Fiji chef de mission at the 2016 Rio Olympics Cathy Wong rewarding a media organisation with a Fiji rugby signed jersey
31 Dec 2016 11:01
Letters To The Editor, 31st December 2016
Letters to the editor

Chef de Mission,

Rajeev Sharma,

Canberra, Australia

The Team Fiji chef de mission at the 2016 Rio Olympics Cathy Wong rewarding a media organisation with a Fiji rugby signed jersey has two major issues all over it:

  1. What is the motive of cosying up to the media through such an avenue? Unless it was given to all media outlets (notwithstanding the bizarre act);
  2. Why rugby 7s jersey, when there was a Team Fiji attire that represented all sports at the Olympics?

This poor and rather immature decision will leave the rest of the Fiji contingent disillusioned.

Was there any thinking behind it at all?




Building healthy relationships,

Shivneel Chandra,


As a concerned citizen of this beautiful country, I would like to raise my concerns on the importance of building healthy relationships in the upcoming new year.

In order to have a peaceful, harmonious and a pacifistic society the relationship between its people should be positively healthy, strong and free from all types of negativism.

Undoubtedly, the most imperative ingredient in building healthy relationship is having love and respect for each other, as all good relationships are based on mutual respect.

An exquisite character of an individual should accommodate tremendous respect for the parents, grandparents, the life partner and love for siblings and children which will enable people to have cultured families.

In addition, individuals should also give credible amount of respect to teachers, the elderly, service providers, relatives even neighbours and other members of the society, which will assuredly create a peaceful environment.

Thus, practicing respectful etiquettes and principles would build healthy relationships amongst people creating a peace-loving, undisturbed and violence free society.

Therefore, it is kind request to those individuals who lack respect and respective patterns in life to please commence practicing it.

Change your character in a positive way. The beginning of the New Year is no better opportunity to initiate such changes.




Year in History,

Pranil Ram,


Undoubtedly year 2016 will long be remembered for two major reasons.

Firstly the damage and the impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston on our beautiful country which unfortunately also lead to many losing their loved ones.

Secondly we also created history by winning an Olympic gold medal for the first time.

These events not only had taken a long standing headline in our local media but also generated a lot of interest internationally as well.

I am sure this will be discussed as an historical event amongst gatherings between people in future.

For some year 2016 has brought joy while for others sorrows.

However, the glaring part of these two moments was that, we as Fijians have remained united both during bad and good times.

I deeply believe that it is an opportune time now to do some reflection and remain motivated and inspired for the coming year.

Happy New Year.




New Year’s resolutions,

Neelz Singh,


Here’s a New Year’s resolution anyone can keep: Resolve not to make any more New Year’s resolutions.

Now, wasn’t that easy?

If you’re trying to pay down your credit cards, quit smoking, get a new job, find a mate, or shed some excess poundage, abandoning New Year’s resolutions won’t get you off the hook.

But by setting more realistic goals for yourself and not limiting yourself to a once-a-year, do-or-die, all-out assault on that Everest of debt, those flabby thighs, or the hideous wallpaper you keep meaning to replace, you may find that the finish line isn’t so far away after all.

Or as the Rolling Stones put it, “you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need.”




Council of Churches and Government,

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa,

Surrey, BC, Canada

With all due respect to the Fiji Council of Churches (FCC) wanting to work closely with the Government in addressing critical issues of concern that affect communities and the nation as a whole (FS 28/12), I believe there is a danger in the process.

Christian Churches should have the Bible and the Bible alone as its rule of law and faith, while the Government has the Fijian Constitution to uphold.

Even though Fiji has a Christian majority, our current Government is run as a secular state, where all religions are treated equal on a level playing field.

It would be excellent if working close to Government would result in critical issues of concern that affect communities and the nation as a whole are viewed from God’s perspective, resulting in laws put in place that are in line with His will.

One danger that is pretty obvious is that once FCC agrees with Government on issues, it would mean that Christians would have to follow suit, even though it may not be Biblical.

Bible students know the freedom and advantage of separation between Church and State and the danger of having both as one.

As a Christian, if the FCC presents Christ to the Government as the answer to all the issues we are currently facing, then I say go for it!

But as it is, in a secular state; it is politically incorrect to even mention the name of Jesus Christ as our national solution.

The FCC would have to come up with secular solutions that is inline with the Government’s and hope that it is inline with the Bible.

I believe that the Church is established for the sole purpose of preaching the Gospel of Christ to all, even though we may have Christians involved in the Government.


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