Letters To The Editor 17th June, 2018

Hidden agenda Dharmendra Kumar, Suva The gifts of the world are usually not what they appear on the surface, and even when they are good things, they come with strings
17 Jun 2018 14:43
Letters To The Editor 17th June, 2018

Hidden agenda

Dharmendra Kumar, Suva

The gifts of the world are usually not what they appear on the surface, and even when they are good things, they come with strings attached.

The world does not give freely. And the gifts of the world are not permanent.

It was realising this truth that prompted Moses to choose to endure the hardships of standing for the truth rather than taking the easy route and enjoying the temporary pleasures of Pharaoh’s palace.

“Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:25).

There is nothing in this world that compares to the immeasurable love of God for His children.

When we understand the depth of His love, we understand why He gives differently than the world does. He has no ulterior motives or hidden agendas. He only wants what is best for us.

NFP support

Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

The revelation by this newspaper on the above (FS 16/6) indicates a hostile electorate not favouring party policies even though attempting to influence public opinion through mass rallies.

Do you need such political leaders to support? Don’t be hoodwinked Fiji!

African-American Mayor

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

San Francisco a city from the Land of the Free and Brave, certainly indeed from the world’s largest democracy, most powerful nation and the biggest economy but yet again they have practised and done the unthinkable.

This is by appointing their first black African-American women mayor Ms London Breed for this lovely city.

Thank you to the people of San Francisco for showing the way, you all have a great and very popular President in Donald Trump with one of the oldest living Constitution in the entire planet,.

It is a testimony to all you good American nationals.

Fiji has had its fair share of a multiracial leadership post Independence from Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, Dr Timoci Bavadra, Sitiveni Rabuka, Mahendra Chaudhry, Dr Baravilala, Ratu Tevita Momoedonu, Laisenia Qarase and now Ratu Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama.

Fiji has seen its good share of women mayors of the past in our municipalities and the country has appointed two women leaders of the Opposition in the past.  Mrs Irene Jai Narayan and now Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Fiji is on record to be one of the only countries in the South Pacific to have appointed its first Lady Madam Speaker in 2014, Dr Jiko Luveni.

But, there are many more women leaders in all professions all over the country.

It is a great testimony to see an increase in women leadership or gender equality practised and encouraged like never before through this caring FijiFirst Government in compliance with our world acclaimed 2013 Constitution.

From 1970 we have had Ratu Sir George Cakobau as our first Governor-General, Ratu Penaia Ganilau, Ratu Sir Kamisese Tuimacilai Mara, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau as our past Presidents with Gagaj Jioji Konrote now holding the fort at the Government House in Suva.

I would love to see and it would be great to have an Indo-Fijian male or female become a President or Prime Minister of our country.

And why not because our 2013 Constitution fully guarantees the same.

I personally believe it will happen soon through this FijiFirst Government leadership.

The Constitution specifically stipulates that anyone can become a PM or President and these appointments must be accepted in good faith for the benefit of all Fijians and the country.

There are now more women who are now bold and confident enough in entering the political arena due to the advocacy of Government on women’s rights and gender equality never before experienced in our country.

It is great to witness other opposition political parties emulating and taking their cue from the FijiFirst Party.

Environment impact

Kirti Patel, Lautoka

As I said earlier in one of my letters, the concept of demand and supply will always be an influencing factor.

The plastic saga have been for quite some time now and sadly the problem still persists.

Till to date we see plastics, bottles and other litter surrounding our drains, sea and public places.

The levy on plastic bags is surely not working. Why? It is still available. Why not eradicate it totally.

I know there are many including me who would not oppose to pay the levy for the plastic bags because I know it is available in return for some extra cost also it is easier in terms of carrying.

However, if there is a stern stop on its availability the plastic problem harming our environment won’t exist or at-least will minimise.

Not everyone disposes the plastics thoughtfully. Likewise for other litter taking place, I have seen many who disregard our environment and do not spare a thought before disposing of their rubbish.

I have seen many people spitting while sitting in the bus or while walking in town, totally disregarding the people around them.

Just how disgusting as well as pathetic I must say.

It is not fair for those people who are hygienic and try to keep their environment  and themselves clean, neat and tidy.

Public places are well used by many parents with babies and such habits can be harmful to the health of the tender ones.

It is very hard to stop people from doing this, but if the law enforcers come down hard on them, surely it can work although such things have come from one’s within.

Not everyone has the inner cautiousness in regard to this.

And when things are not done from the heart rather only from it being imposed it, does not go long anyway.

I hope there can be some self reliance and things can improve.

This is our environment, our people and our beloved country, let’s take care of it from our hearts.

Radar equipment

Ronnie Chang, Nadi

It is both alarming and saddening to have to take serious note that the Nadi weather radar, a prized gift by the people and Government of Japan, has been shamefully out of service.


Aren’t spare parts readily available?

Where do we really go from here?

Who or what is causing such inexcusable slackness?

Is the Fiji Meteorological Service not getting progressively adequate funding and/or due recognition for national services rendered?

These are some of the few pertinent questions that must be addressed with greater urgency.


Sukha Singh, Labasa

I thank the Government for its HOME care programme . People got their stuff damaged and they got compensated . 

I hope the Government can also show compassion towards the ratepayers who have been subjected to a 37 per cent increase in town rates.

Not all ratepayers are business people . there are still a lot of us, who were forced to retire at 55 and now have no source of income. I hope the Government either reduces the rates or let us run our councils ourselves.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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