Letters To The Editor 2nd May 2018

Letter of the week 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
02 May 2018 12:06
Letters To The Editor 2nd May 2018

Letter of the week


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 dis- asters 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 cooperate and work together as citizens of this country.

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

n Apenisa Koli will receive a Philips 1.5litre SS Kettlefrom Courts as our letter of the week winner (April week 1). His letter was published on April 5, 2018.

Litter officers

John Brown, Lautoka

I was told that most municipalities have litter enforcement officers, but I can’t see any of them moving around and check­ing on people who are actually dumping rubbish in our drains and creeks. Sitting inside the air conditioned office and doing what you do best will not solve the litter issue.

So can the litter enforcement officers of Lautoka City Council please visit Kara Punja Road, Banaras creek, Vomo Street creek and many more areas and actually impose fines on those lazy people who are polluting our environment?


Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

Politicians shouldn’t react to dissent as if they are lies and corruptive.

This is a liberal pluralist democracy and not everyone concurs. In a competitive party system dissent is welcomed.

$20,000 fine

Narayan Reddy, Lautoka

A foreign fishing vessel has been fined $20,000 for breaching sea ports manage­ment regulations 2008 after it was caught pumping oil into the sea.

The proposed online safety bill also car­ries a fine of $20,000. Which of the two causes more damage?

Oil spill is nothing new to Suva ports. Foreign vessel litter Suva harbour and they have been known to pump waste oil into the sea. How much damage is it doing to our environment? Our PM is the President of COP23 and the oil spill has happened. $20,000 is like loose change for these foreign vessels.

My suggestions would be to slap a $2 million fine for ships that spill oil into our harbour.

The Government is so serious about the online safety bill and I request if they can take the oil spill case with the same seriousness.

Superb Fijian 7s

Maria Tavaga, Ba

Congratulations to our Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team for the magical display of rugby flair during the weekend.

They never gave up hope and stood fight­ing like true Fijian warriors although time was not in their favour. They dis­played a hunger for victory and dedicated it for the people back home who met with struggles during the recent natural disasters.

All the best boys for the remaining tour­naments. May you bring glory to us back home.

Sevens cheer!

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

Did I hear a cheer from the armchair critics on Sunday night?

7s glory

Eparama Yavala,

Bula and congratulations to the Fiji Air­ways 7s team. Also to the women’s Fijiana Rugby team for a big achievement in the Commonwealth Games and other interna­tional tournaments.

You all keep up the good work enjoyed by all Fijian supporters. The future looks positive with 7s World Cup in July, plus the rest of World Sevens Series in London and Paris.

Vinaka vakalevu for the good work. Toso Viti. Go Fiji, go.

Heart attack 7s

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

Fijians with a faint heart nearly went through three heart attacks during the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team quarterfinal, semifi­nal and final of the Singapore Sevens.

The Commonwealth Games 7s final with New Zealand came flashing on our minds as New Zealand was awarded a penalty during the quarterfinal, with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

We knew that New Zealand was going to kill the time by slowing the game, but the kick for touch did not go out and the near heart attack got a jolt of a dose of Fijian sevens magic, making all fans leaping for joy.

The semifinal with South Africa and the final with Australia were both heart stopping and the opposition thought the game was theirs, but the brilliance of Fiji Sevens magic at its best, restored our fail­ing hearts with last second tries.

London is next on June 2 and 3 and we should not be celebrating the series points win at the moment. Reach the final of the London Sevens and we can start celebrat­ing.

Vinaka Baber for being an excellent coach. To the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s boys thank you for an excellent display of Fijian die hard sevens rugby magic at its best that nearly killed Fijian fans with weak hearts. Go Fiji, go.

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