Letters To The Editor 05/04/2018

The blame game Apenisa Koli, Nadi This letter is in response to some politicians using social media to criticise the Government for allegedly not providing assistance on time to flood
05 Apr 2018 15:23
Letters To The Editor 05/04/2018

The blame game

Apenisa Koli, Nadi

This letter is in response to some politicians using social media to criticise the Government for allegedly not providing assistance on time to flood victims sheltering in evacuation centres in the Western Division.

In my opinion, during these trying times, blaming or criticising the Government is not a solution or an issue that can solve problems. Natural disasters do happen and no one can stop it.

It seems most of these politicians politicise the recent flooding to gain more attention on social media, criticising the Bainimarama leadership.

Criticism in my opinion is not a solution to any problem. People need to corporate and work together as citizens of this country.

Let’s put our political differences aside and work together as Fijians in these trying times.

Public consultation

Narayan Reddy, Lautoka

I believe there is a need for a public consultation by all municipal councils to hear from the ratepayers.

At the same time there is also a need for an awareness programme to help people understand the importance of proper rubbish disposal and drainage issues.

I am sure a lot of new ideas can be discussed and some flooding problems can be solved.

Speedy progress

Hassan Ali, Lautoka

As I see it, and having observed the political developments for many years, none of the political parties have the potential to create dynamic progress in the country.

Why? Because they don’t talk about or wish to utilise effectively modern technologies to bring about this change in a short time.

Human disaster

Simon Hazelman, Savusavu

As the population grows and we clear more and more land for real estate development and farming we are basically setting the stage for disaster.

Urbanisation and deforestation are our greatest man-made failures. And, as the earth’s lower atmosphere is becoming warmer as a result of us humans emitting greenhouse gases, it produces much more moisture and this will simply cause more severe cyclones and flooding in the future.

Here, out in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, we are a sitting duck! We must change our habits and must think of nature first!

It is indeed sad that we are so reckless, so inconsiderate, so selfish and so short sighted! We are rapidly destroying our home and yet the majority of us care less? We are the makers of our own catastrophe and demise!

The heartbreak and sorrow we experience after such a crisis is a reminder from Mother Earth for us to wake up and acknowledge our greed and change!

Praying for victims is of no use, but what we need to do is to pray for the nation to change its destructive habits!  The degradation of our natural landscape much cease and we urgently need to reverse the destruction we’ve caused.

Government must urgently formulate a number of policies to protect our natural landscape and environment and most importantly ensure they are implemented.

Human disaster indeed!


Dhirendra Prasad, Lautoka

Why is it that we still feel relaxed when we hear of danger coming our way?

Our weather agents keep reminding us of the severity of the situation, but why do we still ignore it? We know that the place we live is vulnerable to flooding, but why do we keep waiting till the last stroke of the hour?

Flooded rivers are dangerous to drive into. Why do we still drive into such beastly areas? We have suffered enough up till now but what is it that we still have not learnt the lessons?

How many more lives will be lost before we will grasp the wisdom to act within our capabilities well before time?

Sorry to say but these two questions will take time and some sense of honesty to be answered:

 Why are we so complacent about our safety as well as putting others at risk due to our poor attitude?

 Why are our disaster management agencies not prepared in terms of updating evacuation centres administrators and with much needed supplies in advance?

Why do we have to rely on others when we have the time and resources to protect ourselves well in advance?

I pray to the Almighty to give us some common sense to ensure that safety is paramount than our habitual laxity.

Fijians should be role models in terms of disaster preparedness and management why aren’t we?

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