Letters To The Editor, 30th June 2017

The security of all Meri Cava,   Suva I beg to differ from Nemani Delaibatiki’s analysis (FS 29/06). He quotes section 131 (2) of the Constitution which states “it shall be
30 Jun 2017 10:00
Letters To The Editor, 30th June 2017
Suva City Council

The security of all

Meri Cava,   Suva

I beg to differ from Nemani Delaibatiki’s analysis (FS 29/06).

He quotes section 131 (2) of the Constitution which states “it shall be the overall responsibility of the Republic of the Military forces to ensure that at all times, the security, defense and well-being of Fiji and all Fijians.”

In the same constitution preamble it says, “WE THE PEOPLE OF FIJI”.

RECOGNISING the indigenous people or iTaukei, their ownership of iTaukei lands, their unique culture, customs, traditions, and language;”

It further says: “RECOGNISING the indigenous people or the Rotuman from the island of Rotuma, their ownership of Rotuman lands, their unique culture, customs traditions, and language.”

The constitution then adds to the preamble:

“RECOGNISING the descendants of the settlers and immigrants to Fiji, their culture, customs, traditions, and language,”

In this preamble, the word LAND has been completely removed despite the fact that non-iTaukei have spent billions of dollars in securing freehold land for their security and sustainability.

Is Pio Tikoduadua then wrong when he says “the security depends on the goodwill of all citizens particularly the iTaukei.”

Are the non-iTaukei not at the mercy of iTaukei as per the constitution? Is the military not 99 per cent iTaukei?

Your analysis Mr Nemani Delaibatiki is wrong and Pio Tikoduadua is right that given the above scenario the security of all is in the hands of iTaukei.


Praise for SCC workers

Spencer Robinson,  Suva

I would like to commend the hard work and dedication of the Suva City Council, especially its employees who are responsible for the daily collection of rubbish from our respective homes within the eligible boundaries.

For the past few weeks during my frequent morning walks along Lakeba and Tubou streets in Samabula, Suva, I had always observed with interest how these employees of Suva City Council would expertly pass the rubbish bins among themselves and finally getting the bins emptied in the back of the bright green Hino rubbish truck.

In all my observations, there was not an episode where the rubbish bins or garbage bags would fall on the ground during the passing process among the workers. I would say to myself: “There you go again, practice makes perfect.” It’s almost like watching a 7s rugby match!

It is evident that these industrious workers value “time” as they are glued to their tasks ensuring that all garbage are collected along the streets. However, despite all this, I am concerned over the health and safety of these employees.

These workers are seen to be standing at the back of the moving rubbish truck and clinging to a horizontal bar for support. I find this to be extremely unsafe and horrifying especially when the workers are not wearing any safety helmets and are not even strapped safely onto the moving truck. In addition, the workers do not wear facial masks in spite of the foul smell emanating from the garbage collected.

The health and safety of all employees is of paramount importance. I am not aware if there were incidents (accidents) of workers reportedly falling off the moving truck during rubbish collection. Nevertheless, accidents at work or during working hours do happen. Are we prepared?

The notion of “prevention is better than cure” is crucial in this regard.

It’s only when accidents occur that we are swift to react and address the problem instead of being proactive by implementing preventative measures.

I hope that these concerns are taken into consideration by the Suva City Council to ensure that these workers’ health and safety becomes a priority and that ‘Personal Protective Equipment’ are provided and used at all times.


The faraway look

Raymond Chandra,  Canada

The presence of a faraway look in the eyes of thousands of former citizens of Fiji who now live in Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada and Britain shows that they have either lost or forgotten something valuable somewhere far away.

The yearning for whatever it is, is unmistakeable.

Since leaving Fiji in 1968 I have had the privilege and pleasure of visiting these countries a number of times and spending time with many former residents of Fiji.

They left Fiji, but Fiji has not left them. They miss Fiji.

That faraway look in their eyes tells it all.


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