Letters To The Editor 23rd June,2018

Stick to truth Senaca Nabutu,    Naulu Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has said it right about SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka, the only thing consistent about Rabuka is his inconsistencies.
23 Jun 2018 14:56
Letters To The Editor 23rd June,2018

Stick to truth

Senaca Nabutu,    Naulu

Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has said it right about SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka, the only thing consistent about Rabuka is his inconsistencies. Stick to the truth and do not be economical with facts and the truth and this is a mantra all Opposition Parties need to employ. Wise words from Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

Bill Cosby Show

Bill Gavoka,    Suva

I was quoted in yesterday’s paper (Fiji Sun 22/6) as advocating for a Bili Cosby type show with FBC.

This was when the Parliamentary Committee on Economic Affairs, of which I am a member, met with the CEO of FBC as part of the parliamentary scrutiny of the annual reports for FBC for a number of years.

I suggested that FBC should consider creating, and running something similar to the highly rated Bill Cosby Show which ran for a good many years in the USA.

I prefaced my suggestion by noting that Mr Cosby is under some cloud, but stressed that many black Americans were motivated to attend University and better their lives as a result of the show.

As many may know, the show revolved around a black middle class family; the father a black doctor, his wife a black lawyer, and the four children.

I suggested Fiji should do something similar with a story line that is Fijian to motivate Fijians. The CEO indicated that we do not have the expertise or the resources to create a Bill Cosby type show for Fiji.

This is where I indicated that these types of programmes should secure special funding from Government, which in the case of FBC will mean an increase in the fees paid by Government to FBC.

Government assistance

Isimeli Bose,    Suva

I would like to contribute to the debate  on the subject  of the recent HOME CARE and FARM CARE Assistance  provided by the Government, particularly against those detractors including aspiring candidates and members of the opposition, who do not appreciate, but condemn what the government is doing in assisting our fellow countrymen and women inclusive of youths, the elders, single mothers, and widowers in their capacities as subsistence farmers, rural dwellers, villagers, unemployed, market vendors and street sellers.

Opposition politicians have termed these as handouts and branded the government as creating a handout dependent mentality which is not conducive to creating a healthy, active, vibrant community.

What these people are forgetting is that, it is one of the primary if not the most important functions of any government is to promote the welfare of all its citizens at all levels,

ν It provides incentive tax concessions, subsidies to businesses and employers to create employment, to improve productivity and profitability

ν It builds roads, airports, sea ports and other infrastructures, provides electricity, water and sanitation for all citizens costing billions,

ν It must also at the same time provide for the small operators, individuals as entrepreneurs, be they fisherman, middleman, market vendors, street sellers any activity you name it.

The thousands of people in the market selling their wares and those on the road side along the highways do not reflect or show “a handout/dependency mentality” if anything they show the initiatives and pro-active participation of such people merely trying to earn their own living.

The assistance provided by the Government is small compared to what each individual households, or families have themselves built on their own initiatives. 

The least government can do, which this government is doing is encouraging them by providing whatever it can provide.

Importantly, all of those at the lower income brackets including rural dwellers and villagers are also tax payers and they deserve as much as anyone else to be assisted from Government coffers just as those who are directly employed by Government or the big businesses and investors receiving millions worth of concessions.

What is truly amazing is that this government is the first that has gone out of its way and actively help as many as they can not only in certain areas but in all aspects of life in this nation. 

It is truly remarkable and admirable that a Government as caring as this one is leading this nation.

We should be grateful and thankful that we have such leaders who continually strive to lead by example day in day out, bringing in new initiatives and having the determination and courage to set aside to ignore and cast aside criticisms but give help where it is needed.

At no time in history have we had a team such as the one being led by Messrs. Bainimarama and Khaiyum. When you look across the political landscape particularly at the political parties and leaders, you cant help but notice that some of these have in fact had their turns in the past, at one time or another. 

They had their chances, but they didn’t, they couldn’t or probably wouldn’t because circumstances and time was not in their favour.

Many of us voters, including parliamentarians and politicians are believers and hold the sacredness and sanctity of words of the “scriptures” which is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof for correction and for instructions in righteousness”.

These quotations from the Scriptures would be useful to bear in mind, to use as a guide when you consider the political issues, debate and the coming election:-

(i) What Mordeccai said to Esther “who knoweth whether thou art come to the Kingdom for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14)

(ii) That the most High ruleth in the Kingdome of men and giveth it to whomsoever he will. (Dan 4:25)

(iii) Let every soul be subject unto the higher power.  For there is no power but of God and the powers that be are ordained by God.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. (Romans 13:1-2)

(iv) Wherefore you must needs be subject not only for wrath but also for conscience sake. For this cause pay you taxes also for they are God’s member. (Room 13:5-13)

(v) I exhort you therefore that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercession and giving that for all men. 

For Kings and for all that are in authority that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life. (2 Timothy 2:15)

These Bible verses can be interpreted as explicitly saying that God has chosen this government for such a time as this.

That is why they are effective amd productive. 

At the end of the day, God chooses whoever he wishes to choose to lead the Kingdoms of man. 

Even the apostle Paul exhorts his brethrens to be subject to their Government because it is God who choses authority not based on their religion, righteousness or performance but based on his own judgment, will and grace.

We are told to pay our taxes, support and pray for the Kings and those in authority.

As voters and citizens and believers, it is our responsibility to speak and preach the truth, God’s Word is truth.

To do otherwise we are acting against God. So in looking at this government, we need to look at it from the perspective of God as clearly stated in His Word.

There is therefore only one thing left for those of us who believe in God and the Lord Jesus Christ to be united, support and pray for our government.

$33M Digger “scam”

Vijay Madhavan ,    Suva

Your front page headline of “$33M Digger scam” of Thursday, June 21st has me confused.  The article says “For the 15 months period ending March 31, 2017, the total cost of plant hire was $33,717,421”.

Now this works out to around $2,247,828 per month. How could an over two million a month hire charge go unnoticed by the authorities. The mind boggles!

Foreign policy

Amenatave Yaconisau , Delainavesi, Suva

Foreign policy belongs to a machinery that advisers the Prime Minister.

The analysis by Nemani Delaibatiki (Fiji Sun 21/6) that reflects Rabuka’s friendliness with the Chinese was done then. Current relationship with China belongs to the Government and hopefully our sovereignty and debt burden will be managed.

Local TV Show:Funny Side Up

Leba Ahabiya Halofaki , Lami, Suva

Congratulations to Fiji TV One for the local TV show Funny Side Up by Isikeli Savu aired at 8.05pm Thursday 21 June 2018.

So refreshingly funny! I certainly enjoyed watching the second episode and look forward to next Thursday night for the third episode.

You have talent Isikeli, well done.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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