Letters To The Editor, 10th January, 2017

All things Parliament Sukha Singh, Labasa So nice to see the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, the Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni, the Opposition Members of Parliament leader Ro Teimumu
10 Feb 2017 11:53
Letters To The Editor, 10th January, 2017

All things Parliament

Sukha Singh, Labasa

So nice to see the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, the Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni, the Opposition Members of Parliament leader Ro Teimumu Kepa and Biman Prasad smiling when the Parliament handbook was launched. Whatever the reason for their smiles there should also be another rule book on how to behave in Parliament.



Poor decision-making

Shad Alfaz Ali, Navua

It was sad to see the Vodafone Fijian 7s team bow out to New Zealand in the quarterfinals especially when we were leading with 14 seconds on the clock. Our loss could be attributed more to our own stupidity than the opponent’s creativity.

We played brilliantly until the last 14 seconds despite having only five players at one point. New Zealand were truly buried and overwhelmed until they were gifted possession of the ball.

All in all I have a general feeling that this will be the norm this year. We will play well, get a few yellow cards and when things finally start to look promising, we will be undone by our own poor decision-making.

Perhaps the coach could analyse the video of the South Africans game plan and see how they slow down the game when they need to be wary of kicking for line outs, eating the precious seconds and putting the opponents to the sword.



Waiting on authority?

Narayan Reddy, Lautoka

Some schools did not close early and the students were stranded at the Lautoka Bus Station because the bus service was stopped because of flooding.

I asked a school principal why their school did not close before time to give students ample time to reach home. He said he was waiting for the ministry to make a decision.


Nadi City

Nileshni Devi, Nasinu

I do not agree that Nadi should be declared a city just yet. First solve the problem of continuous flooding, complete the ongoing road projects and the traffic issues.

I was laughing to myself when I found out that the first area to be flooded in town was the bus stand. You will never find a bus whenever it’s flooded.

I feel sorry for travellers and for the businesses. They have to move their stock to higher grounds whenever there is heavy downpour.

What would be some contributing factors on declaring Nadi a city?

Can someone answer? Please don’t respond by saying it’s because of Denarau Island and the Nadi International Airport.

I am talking about a town becoming a city without transformation.



Not in the clear

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

Westerners do not think we are in the clear. TD09F may have moved away from the Fiji Group but there is another system, TD10F, approaching from the west. It’s expected to start affecting us today. Stay safe.



Men and suicide

Neelz Singh, Lami

Why are men so depressed? What can be some common causes? Suicide is the biggest killer found in men fewer than 50. For that to change, the stigma of mental illness must be challenged.

A lot of people say suicide is a selfish act but in that frame of mind, if you’re about to kill yourself, you just don’t see anything better.

A Crisis in Modern Masculinity: Understanding the Causes of Male Suicide.

Men need new rules for survival, misplaced self-beliefs are proving lethal. What can be done and how can we overcome and put an end?



Compulsory life insurance

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Canada

The story of a $30,000 life insurance death benefit payout to a widow,  whose late husband was a member of the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS), should encourage and inspire workers, employers and Government to take action (FS 7/2).

We read that 35-five-year-old widow Penina Vulakoro-Tadulala reaped the benefit of her late husband’s life insurance policy, receiving a payout of $30,000 from BSP Life, in partnership with the FCS, last week.

Her late husband, Corrections Officer Class B (COB) Temo Tadulala had signed up for the mandatory BSP Life and Medical Insurance cover in December last year, before his untimely death two weeks later.

Although Mr Tadulala was yet to pay any contribution to BSP Life at the time of his sudden death, the premium was already covered in full by the FCS Welfare.

While we praise the FCS for insuring its officers, the million dollar question we need to ask is, “How many workers out there and how many employers including Government have insurance policies for its workers?

Most Fijian workers rely solely on their Fiji National Provident Fund for their retirement or as back up for their spouses or family to live on should an early death occur.

With Fiji’s natural disasters and other unforeseen commitments, workers have been dipping into their FNPF and should an early death occur, there will be very less to fall back on.

Thank you FCS for the insurance cover on all your staff and BSP Life for honouring the policy.

To all Fijian workers, employers and Government, please consider!

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