Letters To The Editor 29th March 2018

Free University Tuition Sukha Singh, Labasa Someone had asked the Minister for Economy during the budget consultation if university tuition could be made free. The minister replied “Where will the
29 Mar 2018 11:39
Letters To The Editor 29th March 2018

Free University Tuition

Sukha Singh, Labasa

Someone had asked the Minister for Economy during the budget consultation if university tuition could be made free.

The minister replied “Where will the money come from?” Could SODELPA or NFP or any other party tell us how can they make university education free?

LTA Enforcement Operations

Simon Hazelman, Savusavu

It’s great that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has invested in buying eight new vehicles dedicated to enforcement operations.

While the additional vehicles will help, I believe eight vehicles is far from enough to police our roads from reckless and inconsiderate drivers.

An additional 30 vehicles, while still not enough, would be a good start, especially that LTA is making considerable amount of money from every single service they provide!

While we hope to see a reduction in road accidents and fatalities with this additional eight vehicles, I doubt it’ll be enough and we can only wait for future statistics to know.

Our Tradition And Culture

Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori

Most dictionaries define “Culture” as a philosophy or belief and “Tradition” as habit, custom or practice.

Archaeological findings and our genetic mapping suggest that we iTaukei originally came from South East Asia, Melanesia and other lands.

There was a time not too long ago when cannibalism was practiced after tribal wars in many parts of this very land and we were famously called the “Cannibal Islands” for it. That was our custom and practice then and it is well recorded in our history. Today we still hold the record in the Guinness Book of Records for the single cannibal who ate the most number of people in history.

When missionaries came, they made huge changes to our iTaukei culture and tradition. Tribal warfare stopped and we adopted Christianity with its teachings while some still held on to a few of our past practices. The arrival of Tongans, European traders and settlers, the Chinese, the Solomon Islanders and etc. have impacts on our culture and tradition. Then the Girmitya came and with them another wave of cultural change. Later on came the Kiribati people for Rabi and the Tuvaluans to Kioa, etc.

When tourism became a top earner in our economy, it brought another wave of cultural change with it.

The drafting of thousands of our soldiers to the Solomon Islands, Malaya and the Middle East exposed them to different cultures that made impacts on them as well. They then return to Fiji with those impacts. The TV, movies and documentaries on CDs, fashion magazines, etc. all made impacts on our culture too.

Some of the above events triggered interracial marriages bringing a genetic mix to complicate our evolving culture further. This resulted in changes that are not only physical or cultural, but biological as well. Although many of the events listed above occurred only in the last 200 years, our culture and tradition has been evolving for over 3000 years bringing us to where we are today.

As our culture continues to evolve, the rate of change varies from place to place. Today, sometimes the rate of change in urban centres and suburbs is much faster when compared to remote villages and settlements. Sometimes it feels as if they are a world apart. Similarly, Fiji as the melting pot of this cultural evolution is a world apart from many Pacific Islands countries whose history has not been so “exotic” as ours.

Now, we can see why it is so ridiculous and confusing to say that “we must maintain our culture and tradition”. Which part or era are we referring to?

Today some politicians in our Parliament love to segregate us into ethnic and cultural lines without realising that the blood that flows in their very veins and in those of their own families is of a multiple ethnic mix making them part and parcel of this biological and cultural evolution.

The wide diversity of our iTaukei physical appearances today is a simple testimony to this.

It is sad when people do not know who they really are and arrogantly pretend that they do.

Sex Offenders’ Registry

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

Seriously, who is more likely to commit another sexual offence, a person who has been convicted and is registered on the list or a person who tried once but was saved by the bell?

I believe that there should be two registers in Fiji ¬– one for those who have been convicted and one for those who allegedly committed a sex offence or crime.

Families, schools and the neighbourhood should be aware that people on both lists are living in your area.

From a Christian perspective, God is still in the business of transforming character and empowering them to live holy lives and therefore, such people should have their names struck out from the register. They have paid their debt to society after serving their time.

Sex offences are not only being committed, outside but inside our homes and therefore all of us need to wake up and guard our family and loved ones dearly.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj



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