Letters To The 24th September, 2018

Cultural night Spencer Robinson, Suva   On Saturday (22/09) evening the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala Bay Suva was ‘over flowed’ with the diversity of dance and music as the Fiji
24 Sep 2018 14:28
Letters To The 24th September, 2018

Cultural night

Spencer Robinson, Suva


On Saturday (22/09) evening the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala Bay Suva was ‘over flowed’ with the diversity of dance and music as the Fiji School of Medicine Student Association (FSMedSA) staged an outstanding and unforgettable Cultural Night with the theme ‘A Journey through Time: The Voyage.’

This awesome event was proudly sponsored and supported by the FNU Students Association. The admissions were affordable and absolutely worth more than the value given the three and half hours of continuous quality entertainment.

The dances, music and costumes of the different cultures was something I had enjoyed because it showcased our true identity and rich heritage of the pacific way. Overall the performances from the various cultural student groups were excellent which included Fiji, Rotuma, Tuvalu, Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga, Kiribati and the other beautiful pacific island countries.

However, in the cross-cultural performances the students from the Kingdom of Tonga and Kiribati stole the show with their exceptional performance.

The four months of preparatory work by the FSMedSA organising committee truly paid off because the event was a grand success and phenomenal one to remember.

The event media partner, Fiji TV, did an excellent job by making it possible for those who could not attend to access this via live stream, especially to our distant Pacific Island countries and around the globe.

Stage Tech’s expertise in lights and sounds was magnificent because it contributed to the quality of the various performances. Oh! and how can we forget the amazing and stunning MC for making the show lively and glamorous.

Vinaka vakalevu once gain to the hardworking FSMedSA, organising committee, students and their families, friends, supporters and volunteers for a job well done. We look forward to more monumental cultural nights in the years to come. Cheers!


Taveuni road

Shariff Shah, Savusavu


To our very good Government…..can we have this stretch of road in between Wairiki and Soqulu tarsealed please. Long neglected. And while on this route…please maintain the roads from Wairiki right up to Salialevu and Navakawau.


TARMAC crack

Sukha Singh, Labasa

I landed at Nausori Airport in August this year and the first thing I noticed was the cracked up tarmac.

I also noticed it was so neatly patched up.

Could somebody from FAL let us know why this airport tarmac got cracked up so badly .


Election line-up

Joe Smith, Pacific Harbour


No party has any pharmacist or engineer or surveyor in its line-up.

Fiji universities are failing. Biggest Budget slice goes to health, road AND land. Yet no specialists in our next parliament.


Editor’s note:

FijiFirst sitting MP and provisional candidate Alvick Maharaj is a prominent pharmacist.

The FijiFirst provisional line-up announced last week also includes 2 doctors, 10 teachers, 5 lawyers and 2 academics.


No refund policy

Neelz Singh, Lami


There are some traders and local shops displaying “No Refund” signs, on their business premises, receipts, invoices and others on shop entrance.

Don’t consumers have rights?

The display of signs or policies, which imply no right to refund is unlawful and is a breach of the Commerce Commission Act 2010. So beware traders you might get in trouble with the law.

I urge the public to report such matters to the commission so it can take legal action. Such an act might set some vendors attitude to right directions as they make law on their own.

The Consumer Council advises consumers to be vigilant. If the goods are not of merchantable quality please report the matter ASAP

The council is encouraging consumers not to be intimidated by such notices, but to report traders to the council for non-compliance.

No one is above the consumer law. Are you a consumer? Be vigilant; Vinaka readers.


Marriage of convenience

Dharmendra Kumar, Rewa Street


The simple definition of a coalition government is a marriage of convenience between two or more political parties to form a governing body.

It involves compromise of ideological positions and principle between multiple political parties in a desperate bid to form Government.

The National Federation Party is still wary of SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka. That’s why it can’t talk coalitions with SODELPA before the 2018 elections.

It’s no secret that some politicians often lie, but consider this – they can do so simply by telling the truth. Confused ?

The NFP now has kept its option open after the elections.

So anything is possible. Biman Prasad is not willing to do a coalition before the election because Mr Rabuka and SODELPA has a lot of political baggage.

If there are too many parties controlling the fate of the people, anarchy and disorder will eventually result because no single party is in power.

Multiple parties mean a multiple of opinions on every issue and lack of agreement on policies or their implementation.

Marriage of convenience don’t have great success because they are filled with self- interest, absence of chemistry and, of course, real love.

Political promises are much like marriage vows, they are made at the beginning of the relationship between candidates and voter, but quickly forgotten .

The bottom line is voters must know of political marriage pre election.

So we can know where our votes will eventually go if a scenario of coalition does eventuate.

In my opinion a coalition government cannot provide the required stability for the development of the country hence voters must vote for a party that is capable to get the majority of votes and form the Government.


Indonesia views

Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi


I refer to your article where the Indonesian Ambassador to Fiji Carnadi applauded the Fijian Elections Office(FS 23/9). Nothing could be further from the truth! But in a democracy like ours, people judge policies. Obviously, there is a strong denial of a different election results.

It would be unlikely they’ll lose it.

In a proportional representative system like ours (or first past the post) the whole of Fiji is the constituency and people’s opinions count.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj



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