Letters To The Editor 19th July,2018

Realities and dreams Timoci Gaunavinaka,  Nausori. There are times in life when something so good happens and when you are just about to enjoy the event, then you wake up
19 Jul 2018 10:38
Letters To The Editor 19th July,2018

Realities and dreams

Timoci Gaunavinaka,  Nausori.

There are times in life when something so good happens and when you are just about to enjoy the event, then you wake up and find out that it was only a dream.

But today, the opposition parties have colluded to try and convince us that the reality we now clearly see and experience is only a dream.

They try to convince our younger generation, who happens to be the bulk of our voters, that the past was rosy when they were in Government.

But, they will never elaborate on the details of those “rosy” pasts. They do not want our young people to know that during some of those so-called “good-old days”;

1.    Organizing sports, eating in a restaurant, drinking and relaxing in a bar or going to the movies on Sunday was illegal, unless of course if you are the PM or if you play golf.

2.    iTaukei students with lower marks will get scholarships over students of other races with higher marks despite their failures at USP in increased numbers.

3.    Thousands of agricultural leases were not renewed and landowners took their land back only to be left idle and overgrown with grass and weeds sinking our agricultural production down.

4.    Crime rate rose by 36 per cent from 1986 to 1995 and Government then would “negotiate” the “conditions” of surrender of one of Fiji’s most notorious criminals then, Alifereti Nimacere after he broke out of the Naboro Maximum Prison.

This made him a hero then and encouraged many youths to follow in his footstep. Guns were used in several bank robberies and people lived in fear.

5.    Most students, who passed their University Entrance Exam, cannot go to university because there were no TELS then.

6.    There were people serving time in prison, who were actually innocent, but were convicted because Legal Aid was not widely accessible then. Yet many high chiefs and prominent people who took millions of dollars from the NBF walked free.

But then the Bainimarama Government came in and built new roads and tar sealed gravel roads. They built new bridges, new markets, hospitals and health centres. They rebuilt and renovated schools, built new police stations, fire stations, opened new Legal Aid offices.

They increased the individual tax threshold to $30,000, provided free education and provided rural electrification.

They helped low income earners start their own businesses and encouraged land owners to lease or develop their land.

They provided housing assistance to first home owners and gave water tanks to rural villages and settlements.

They provided wide TV coverage and communication access to rural areas. They now provide $1000 assistance to new born babies from low income families and given financial assistance to families whose homes were damaged by cyclones or floods.

This is too much for the opposition political parties to comprehend so now they are telling us that it is not real.

They are trying to convince us that what we actually saw is not what we saw, what we heard is not exactly what we heard and what we experienced is not exactly what we went through.

Soon they may tell us that our name is not even our true name.

Nelson Mandela

Neelz Singh, Lami.

Mandela Day, celebrated on July 18, is an annual international day adopted by the United Nations. It is more than a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy, it is a global movement to take his life’s work into a new era and change our world for the better.

Mandela Day asks us all to “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”

How to get involved?

The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere.

Each of us can make a small difference. If we all make a difference together, our collective effort can truly change the world.

Mandela Day is not a holiday. It is a day for all of us to opt into humanity – to roll up our sleeves and play an active role in building our communities.

This is an opportunity for each of us to share Nelson Mandela’s vision of a better future for all.

Quote – “ It is time for the next generations to continue our struggle against social injustice and for the rights of humanity. It is in your hands.”     – Nelson Mandela

By becoming a Mandela Day change maker and doing something that affects positive change every day, you can show that actions speak louder than words.

Player suspension

Amrit Singh, Nausori.

I am very disappointed to know that Fiji FA has taken matters into its own hands regarding three players who failed to turn up for national duties.

Why will Fiji FA suspend them for B.O.G if they had no reason to turn up?

Who gave Fiji FA the right to stop a player from playing at district level if they did not turn up for national duties?

At international level overseas players are suspended from national teams by their FA if they fail to turn up for national duties.

If Roy Krishna failed to turn up for the Fiji team can Fiji FA suspend him? No, isn’t it.

Grow up Fiji FA. These players can play for their districts. I will write to FIFA regarding Fiji FA rulings. Big bullies who don’t understand football.

Name of God

Janet Pinson, LDS Church, Auckland.

Nemani Delaibatiki’s article under his My Say column on Monday, July 16, was a great article.

He is right, it’s important to have the name of God engraven on our hearts and in our images.  Writing His name on an official document serves as a reminder, but we as individuals and followers are His hands and His voice in the way we conduct ourselves each and every day.  He has asked us to make positive changes in this world by looking after “the one”.   Everyone we meet and interact with is a “one”.  Thanks for your insights and commitment to great causes.


Simon Hazelman, Savusavu.

Cooperation by all means builds success.

We can only gain what we want as a nation through the help and support of each other.

For our leaders to be agreeable and to be liked they must cooperate with each other as this contributes immeasurably to our success as a nation.

Only when and until they coordinate their efforts with each other will we speed up the way to our goals.

Through cooperation rather than conflict will our greatest successes be derived.

After all what is it that we all live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?

No Fijian is an island but a piece of Fiji, connected with our fellow men!

Our leaders must cooperate!

Exciting Police

Joan McGoon, Nadi.

A busy morning turned into an exciting one near a public school. Police officers were witnessed, loudly yelling out to a twin cab driver whose passenger was not wearing a seatbelt.

The excitement caused a commotion on the road as pedestrians stopped in their tracks causing other vehicles to slow down, almost causing vehicle collisions if not for the quick thinking of their drivers.

Could this be done better to avoid bigger drama and ensure safety for all those involved?

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj


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