Letters to the Editor, 7th November, 2018

Vote 688 Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva Watching the replay of the debate between the FijiFirst party leader and the SODELPA leader on Monday night; the million-dollar question of moving forward or
07 Nov 2018 14:33
Letters to the Editor, 7th November, 2018

Vote 688

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

Watching the replay of the debate between the FijiFirst party leader and the SODELPA leader on Monday night; the million-dollar question of moving forward or backwards comes to mind.

As an iTaukei, my heart goes out to Rabuka for fighting and standing up to the fact that iTaukei students seem to be slow in the field of education and therefore the old system for providing scholarships for the iTaukei should be brought back.

We may condemn Rabuka for the 1987 coup, but I believe most of us iTaukei supported the cause, which resulted in the Affirmative Action where the iTaukei were given to fill a certain percentage of the workforce and leadership posts in Government, while the other races shared the remaining percentage.

Bainimarama, on the other hand, has moved us forward since the last election, where we are all called Fijians and placed on a level playing field, where recruitment for work and top posts and scholarships are decided on qualifications and merit and not on ethnicity.

Our current PM is appealing to all voters that we only have one vote and to vote for him is to move forward, while voting for SODELPA or any other party is to move backwards.

Listening to the debate, I believe that we iTaukei parents and guardians should use discipline and prayer so that our children take advantage of all the education freebies that have been provided for all Fijians, so that we iTaukei can be on par with the children of other ethnicities, who are also called Fijian.

If from 1987 and until now 2018, we iTaukei still consider ourselves slow and behind and go back to the old system, when will we grow up?

We iTaukei are all Christians and we believe in a mighty God who can empower and transform people and nations and I say, let us continue to move forward.

Moving forward means using our one vote to tick the FijiFirst Party leader number 688!

Festival with a message

Neelz Roy, Lami

Deepawali, Deepavali, or Diwali is the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals.

It is the festival of lights: deep means light and avail a row to become a row of lights.

Diwali is marked by four days of celebration, which literally illuminates the country with its brilliance and dazzles people with its joy.

The Diwali festival occurs in late October or early November. It falls on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartik, so it varies every year.

Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is marked with a different tradition. What remains constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment, and a sense of goodness.

During Diwali celebrations, the beautiful lights fighting against the darkness of the night represents the way in which wisdom will always triumph over ignorance and good will always triumph over evil.

As a result, Diwali festivities encourage us to banish all evil and ignorance from our lives.

On the whole, this festival is an occasion for joy, thrill and excitement.

Wishing family, friends, readers and all Fijians prosperous and cheerful day on this Diwali.

To forgive and forget?

Dharmendra Kumar, Suva

The Fiji coups of 1987 led by then lieutenant colonel Sitiveni Rabuka, who overthrew the government of Fijian prime minister the late Timoci Bavadra, is something that I will never be able to forget.

As a 21-year-old then I saw first-hand from the 6th floor of Ganilau House the horrors of a military coup.

Later Mr Rabuka said he was sorry for what he did in 1987 and sought forgiveness. We’ve all heard it a thousand times, “you need to forgive and forget.

Forgive and forget.

Those words roll off our tongues with ease, but if we are honest they don’t roll out of our hearts with ease.

Forgiveness is a challenge and forgetting is downright impossible.

We need to forgive because it’s a command from God.

Forgiveness is a big word.

It’s huge, even gigantic, but it is something that takes years to do. It takes grace from God to forgive.

God tells his people to forgive one another.

He loves us too much to want us to go down the destructive road of unforgiveness.

However, I don’t believe you have to forget the wrong someone did to you. You can’t do it even if you tried, but rather you need to use the incident as a learning tool.

I believe that those seeking forgiveness must be genuine.

The evidence of repentance presented must express deep humility. Repentance begins by coming to our senses and admitting that we have done wrong and when we do that we have God’s grace.

True repentance is a heart matter and between you and God.

Catholic Nun Deportation

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

Do not meddle or intrude with the internal affairs of our sovereign government and rightly so as the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte was set to expel and deport the Catholic Church Sister Patricia Fox back to Australia after she violated the terms and condition of her Philippine tourist visa.

President Duterte’s spokesperson is quoted as saying: “It is a timely reminder to those who stay and sojourn in their country that they are not entitled to the same rights and privileges granted to the citizens of Philippines.”

It is correct to say the Catholic nun was involved in other activities which were not part of a norm as stipulated in her visa where President Duterte’s immigration watchdogs were tagging her every movement with her illegal involvement.

She must not hide behind the cloth while interfering with the Philippine Government’s internal affairs and the governance of their state where she must remain in the confines of the church mission, but not bust the demarcated line just because she is a Catholic Nun.

It is all about respect, maintaining vigilance, refrain, compliance and observance, which is a classic example that also applies to our sovereign nation Fiji.

The President of the Philippines has clearly shown that religion and government do not mix.

The Australia and New Zealand immigration department would have done exactly just the same if a Philippine nun or priest was illegally involved in such activities in their own country.

Get it right.

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