Letters To The Editor 13th February 2017

  Politicising mahogany Adrian Sofield, Fiji Hardwood Corporation Limited  chairman I refer to an article which appeared on page 6 of the Fiji Sun, February 11 under the headline Opposition
13 Feb 2017 11:00
Letters To The Editor 13th February 2017
Letters To The Editor


Politicising mahogany

Adrian Sofield, Fiji Hardwood Corporation Limited  chairman

I refer to an article which appeared on page 6 of the Fiji Sun, February 11 under the headline Opposition Accused of Politicising Mahogany.

Fiji Hardwood does not have any crooked blades!

The Minister was referring to equipment purchased in 2006 to set up  the mill at Waivunu.

Further, the Fiji Hardwood Corporation Limited has reduced its debt from $19 million to currently $5m which has not been paid off. Loans from the Fiji National Provident Fund and the Fiji Developmenyt Bank for this sum are being paid in monthly installments.

FHCL has consulted with all stakeholders and is presently restructuring their operations to ensure the industry is profitable and sustainable for generations to come.



Skin colour bias

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

Discrimination among people on the basis of their skin tone is found in various forms in all societies across the globe.

Fijian society, which is highly diverse in terms of skin colour of its citizens, is no exception to this.

Colour bias is deeply rooted in the Fijian psyche and frequently visible in some practices.

Critically analysing Fiji’s visual advertising, I can confidently argue that they reinforce the existing social stigma about the dark skin toned in Fiji because of the selection of fair skinned people for television advertisements.

The media’s excessive inclination towards the fair skinned can cause problems like low confidence and low self-esteem among dark-skinned people, growing dissatisfaction among spouses and limiting opportunities for dark-skinned people etc.

I strongly suggest the need for a pro-active role from the Government, professional organisations and the civil society to ensure the inclusion and celebration of all skin colours in visual media advertisements without any bias and prejudice.

Pardon me for thinking that we were staunch believers of the term, “Beauty is skin deep and it lies in the eyes of the beholder.”




Lack of doctors

Amrit Singh, Nausori

Fiji’s economy is gaining pace with time, but there are areas of concern as Fiji lacks doctors in hospitals who can make a difference in the health sector. Recently the Nausori Health Centre failed in saving a woman’s life a few weeks ago.

Government is putting so much money on our roads and overseas coaches to help sporting teams. Then why can’t the Government spend money on bringing overseas doctors to our shores to work in our rural health centers and city hospitals.

Repairing roads will not help restoring what a family loses. Fiji is now handicapped with the amount of rain we are receiving.

Put the money to good use, bring in overseas expertise to help our health sectors and not wasting it on roads. Someone’s life weighs a lot more than roads or sports.




Village churches

Ravulolo Tuikubulau, Lautoka

The latest report from a workshop on village bylaws has revealed some problems faced by the vanua to solicit the support of church groups in terms of communal work and other obligations.

Stopping church ministries from entering the village is not going to solve the problem.

The village needs to allow people to attend churches and not to stop them.

I believe church leaders have a role to teach their congregations to follow what Jesus teaches regarding  obeying authorities and not to be too religious.




Kava workshop

Floyd Robinson, Nasinu

An interesting workshop on kava consumption is scheduled at the University of Waikato in April.

Interesting, the number of kava consumers on weekends is estimated at about 20,000 in New Zealand.

More interestingly, the consumption practise is increasing amongst new cultural groups.

Will be interesting to hear of why and how other new cultural groups are embracing this drink.

Whatever one’s views, there will definitely be much kava flowing this weekend in Fiji despite the current down pour.

This does raise a quotation.

If such a workshop could be organised in New Zealand, why a can’t a similar workshop on Kava consumption be organised in Fiji.

After all, kava affects all groups in our communities socially, culturally, economically and politically.




Claim it, while you’re breathing

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Canada

Many Fijians who lived and worked in Australia and were issued a Tax File Number but now have voluntarily returned to Fiji or deported from Aussie, may still have their Superannuation Funds sitting with the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

If you are one or you know someone, tell them that it is their money and if they do not claim it, they lose it.

One should log on to https://applicant.tr.super.ato.gov.au/applicants/default.aspx?pid=1 and if they are entitled to their funds, the ATO will reveal all the different Superannuation Companies that hold your unclaimed funds, that you need to follow up and claim.

Just like your Fiji National Provident Fund, it is your money, claim it while you are still breathing.


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