Letters To The Editor 23rd January 2018

Attack on temple Dharmendra Kumar, Suva The desecration and break-ins of temples and worship sites must stop and the culprits brought to justice. Are these attacks a random target by
23 Jan 2018 12:47
Letters To The Editor 23rd January 2018

Attack on temple

Dharmendra Kumar, Suva

The desecration and break-ins of temples and worship sites must stop and the culprits brought to justice.

Are these attacks a random target by opportunists or pre-planned by some sick people.

As a Christian I strongly condemn this cowardly action as I strongly believe in tolerance and respect for all.

Let’s not stoop so low.


Vatukoula strike

Sukha Singh, Labasa

I am just wondering if the longest strike at Vatukaula Gold Mines which commenced on February 27, 1991 is over or still in progress. I also like to know why these workers did not get the support like the Air Terminal Services workers did.

About 420 workers went on strike but very little attention was given to them.

Ownership of the mine changed since 1991. I will be very grateful if the Ministry of Labour can update us on the Vatukoula strike.


Tertiary education

Spencer Robinson, Suva

The first semester of 2018 will commence in a week or two as universities, colleges and institutes prepare for yet another challenging and exciting academic year.

Online and face-to-face registration have been on-going for the past few weeks for continuing and new students.

Perhaps the most excitement and enthusiasm will come from new tertiary students particularly those who have completed years 12 and 13.

I must admit that university life or tertiary education is one of the best moments in life one can imagine, from the ups and downs to the sleepless nights of doing your assignments and studying for exams.

Apart from these experiences, tertiary education also offers a sense of appreciating the diverse and rich cultures of the Pacific. It is in this “second home” that we get to meet new people around Fiji and other Pacific island states where lasting friendships are forged.

Whether you are a private or sponsored student it is very important that you work hard with sacrifice and determination in order to pass with flying colours so that you complete your studies and eventually graduate.

Remember money that is invested in our tertiary education does not grow on trees.

Our parents and guardians work tirelessly to place food on the table and to financially support us with our university studies.

Let us not put to waste the investment made by our sponsors, parents and guardians on tertiary education but strive for academic excellence to make a difference for our future.

Our hard work from pre-school, primary and secondary should be one of the motivating factors in tertiary education. In addition, the sacrifices and sweat by our parents, guardians and families should be cherished and never be forgotten as this should be an important driving-force to make us work hard with passion.

The late Nelson Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”


War on drugs

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

It is encouraging to read the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rusiate Tudravu’s no-nonsense stance in the Police war against drugs, which includes marijuana.

Despite calls by some Fijians to legalise marijuana in Fiji, it is inspiring to hear him say that the Police Force does not support the call to legalise marijuana in Fiji and that the force’s role is to ensure the safety of all Fijians.

Why do some insist on legalising drugs when the impact is known in Fiji, where innocent people have fallen victims to murder and rape because the perpetrator was high on drugs?

This, coming from the Assistant Commissioner of Police should be a wake-up call to all Fijians to say “No” to drugs, including marijuana.

When our family members and loved ones end up in the street gutters, in mental hospitals or in the mortuary, those who deal in drugs and those who call for its legalisation don’t care or give a damn.

Similarly, as revealed by ACP Tudravu, they don’t care when your innocent loved ones are raped or even murdered by one who is high on drugs.

It is good that the Police have taken its war on drugs to the skies through the purchase of drones to complement the deployment of resources on the ground.

If we right thinking and responsible Fijians care about our own people, then let us join the Police by being their extra eyes and ears on the ground, in this fight to root out drugs, including marijuana, in Fiji.


Back in Time

Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

After sometimes since Semi Koroi’s death (about 1 year or so) he is still employed as host for the ‘Back in Time’ programme. What does the law say about employing or benefiting from dead people?

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj



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