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EDITORIAL-Let’s Learn From Profound Example Of Two Friends

­­­­­­­­­­ Fijians Make Us Proud At Opening Of  UN Ocean Conference The enchanting sounds and images of Fiji featured in the opening ceremony of the United Nations Ocean Conference in
07 Jun 2017 14:29
EDITORIAL-Let’s Learn From Profound Example Of  Two Friends
The vehicle park at Sigatoka Police Station, this vehicle had the two victims who are dead. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

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Fijians Make Us Proud At Opening Of  UN Ocean Conference

The enchanting sounds and images of Fiji featured in the opening ceremony of the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York yesterday.

This was a proud day for every Fijian as the Republic of Fiji Military Forces band performed the traditional welcome while the whole world watched.

This was the first ceremony performed at the UN Headquarters. So it was a very special occasion.

Every band member has donned the blue beret and helmet at least once as UN peacekeepers.

Another Fijian who has done her country proud was  mother of two Meliki Lisi, 41, a former Police officer who is now a security officer at UN. Ms Lisi, originally from Beqa, had joined the UN six years ago.

The RFMF band and Ms Lisi proudly carry the Fijian flag in their own different way. But they are examples of Fijians who are engaged for a good cause in the international arena.

They add spice to our responsibility in co-hosting the UN Ocean Conference and help create awareness of the threat facing our oceans. Today, we salute them for their exemplary service.

 

Let’s learn from profound example of  two friends

Friends Krishneel Naicker and Niko Turagakula, who died after a car accident at Navutu in Nadroga, probably never fully realised the impact of their friendship on their loved ones and others.

Now that they are gone, the Saweni community in Lautoka, where they were from, is deeply feeling their tragic loss.

They have had a profound influence on many lives because they have raised the benchmark to the ideal standard in race relations.

Mr Naicker and Mr Turagakula had knocked down the walls of prejudices, biases and even discrimination.

They saw themselves as equals not from racially tinted glasses. When they broke down this barrier, they were able to live their lives freely.

Mr Naicker, a carpenter and Mr Turagakula, a driver, worked at different places and lived in culturally different homes but they never saw it as an impediment to their friendship.

When the racial veneer is peeled away friendship endures forever.

They have set an example for all of us, not just to the Saweni community.

If we can live the same standards then we can also accept that:

We are all equal before the law and God irrespective of ethnicity, culture, religion or gender

We need to respect each other despite our differences

Our diversity is not a problem. It is our strength because it enriches our lives

We should not look at issues from a racial perspective; and

Appointments to positions should be based on merit not on ethnicity.

If we all live the same principles then the future of race relations in this country is bright and secure. It is not enough to just say it from our lips; we need to live it.

Those who were here in 1987 and 2000 would understand how race relations is so important for our country.

If we embrace the profound example of the two friends, there would be no repeat of the terrible events that sent the country into political turmoil in 1987 and 2000.

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

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