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Letters To The Editor 05 March 2017

Rakiraki Flooding John Tamani, Suva There has been a lot of talk about the flooding at Rakiraki Town. Due to the poor drainage throughout the town and the consistent torrential
05 Mar 2017 11:00
Letters To The Editor 05 March 2017

Rakiraki Flooding

John Tamani, Suva

There has been a lot of talk about the flooding at Rakiraki Town.

Due to the poor drainage throughout the town and the consistent torrential rain fall, Rakiraki has become a warning beacon for all of Fiji. Water levels are continuously rising and the number of people drowning are increasing day by day.

People need to understand that our lives are not meant to be played with, and that warnings need to be taken seriously.

Fijians have a habit of disregarding warning signs because we think that floods and other natural disasters are fun and enjoyable.

Rakiraki Town is always on the move and is slowly upgrading, but by the way things are going it’ll take time for it to upgrade itself to a more civilised town.

I hope that the Government educates the people of Fiji, not only Rakiraki, about the flooding that are occurring everywhere because this is one of the main causes of death in Fiji. Even though we live in the Pacific and people think of us as the people of the sea, there are people out there who still don’t know how to swim.

I urge the public to take swimming lessons. I also urge the Government of Fiji to educate people so that they can learn that warning signs are there to protect us and they are not just for decorations.

 

 

Labasa River

Sukha Singh, Labasa

I wrote a few times about the Labasa River bank erosion.

One coconut tree has fallen into the river and a few rain trees near it will soon follow.

I just wish I was in a Ministry of Preventing Erosions.

 

 

Land

Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori.

If we ask any iTaukei supporter of SODELPA why they support the party, may be 9 out of 10 will say because it represents and protects iTaukei interests.

But if we were to go and dig up the archives, scrutinise a few data bases and do a bit of research, we will be surprised and shocked with what we may find.

Here is an example. In September 2006, Sitiveni Rabuka, the current SODELPA leader called for the abolition of the iTaukei Chiefly System and for the nationalisation of all land owned by indigenous Fijians. This means that all native land are to be converted to state land or crown land.

When he was interviewed by Fiji Live on his controversial proposal, his exact response was:

“The indigenous Fijians will argue that this will leave them with nothing but in the end, it’s for the good of all. We’ll all benefit in the end.”

He was strongly opposed on this issue by GCC Chairman then, the late Ratu Ovini Bokini, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, Ratu Epenisa Cakobau and Methodist Church General Secretary then, Reverend Ame Tugaue.

If the current SODELPA leader still hold this view he exposed in September of 2006, then party supporters will want to be enlightened on what political platform does their party currently stand on or who they actually represent.

Is their platform rooted to the ground or just floating on the crest of the waves, and may change every now and then?

 

 

Victims Of Expectations

Floyd Robinson, Nasinu

Have our Vodafone Fijian 7s rugby team become victims of our expectations?

Come to think of it, after winning the Olympic Gold medal and the World Sevens Series title consecutively, are we expecting them to continue winning?

Let’s be realistic and supportive. We win sometimes and other times we lose.

 

 

What’s in a name?

Christopher Griffin, Perth, WA.

Hope springs eternal; abandon hope all ye who enter here; expect the worst and hope for the best; I could go on.

With all due respect, whoever came up with that name for a political party doesn’t exactly fill the electorate with confidence.

Hopeless and hapless, more like it.

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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