Letters To The Editor, 23rd November, 2018

Archbishop Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi Jesus Christ was nailed and died on the cross. He suffered great humiliation and pain for human kind to be saved. But for as long as he
23 Nov 2018 13:50
Letters To The Editor, 23rd November, 2018


Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

Jesus Christ was nailed and died on the cross. He suffered great humiliation and pain for human kind to be saved.

But for as long as he tries to justify his outdated poverty statistics nonsense in this well circulated newspaper, the Catholic Archbishop Peter Loy Chong and his cronies must always be prepared to subject themselves and expect a reply or a challenge from public opinion in open Letters to the Editor.

Or are we obliged to give him the benefit of doubt about his irresponsible letter on the poverty data, quoting from Dr Waden Narsey’s report? If your release was an indirect ploy to lure voters to the Opposition well, Archbishop, you did not succeed.

I certainly will not take his politically motivated garbage lying down because it is wrong, unjust and insulting. What the heck is he trying to prove anyway and what solutions does the Catholic Church have to contribute holistically to the alleviation of poverty? Wake up please, Archbishop. We are in the year 2018, but why are you taking Fijians backwards.

Since the first human colonised the Earth, slavery, poverty, discrimination, prostitution, child abuse and rape of unaccounted innocent alter boys by catholic priests from around the globe have all existed. And no religion has ever succeeded in its total eradication and this country is no different.

We inherit all these through our human evolution. It is a cancer which not even the most genius of all scientists and med- ical personnel, nor the Archbishop can find the right medicine for its cure.

Your statistical data is anti-government and so outdated as it does not concur with the latest progressive 2016-2018 report that you can easily obtain from the Government Statistician at the Office of the Bureau of Statistics which is a five minute walk through the Totogo Police post from across the Cathedral.

Yes I agree we can only learn from the past, make amends and move forward with user friendly proactive policies to inclusively benefit all.

Please remember that the God we serve has given this country a Government with a leadership that we deserve. In answering our prayers, it should be respected by every Tom, Dick and Harry. But for the record Archbishop, the 2004-2005 data is a long time ago. It is such a big difference and it would be advisable for your office to update it. Please and stop living in the past.

I still wholeheartedly maintain Peter Loy Chong must resign and join a political party of his choice in 2022.


Catholic community

Amenatave Yaconisau,


While I am not a Catholic myself, Simon Hazelman’s letter on the above topic needs a reply (FS 22/11).

This is the ultimate expression of religious bigotry to associate the Church with abuse of clergies worldwide.

Being a barrister for Jyoti, suffice to say that journalists have the heavy task of reporting responsibly.

He should also know the task of laying responsibility where it belongs and not misplaced generally.



Emergency exits

Steven Chandra, Suva

I wish to highlight emergency exits in our public transports. Especially on coach buses and mini vans.

Are these hatch exits ever checked for easy opening in case of an emergency? These can get jammed if left unchecked for sometime. If companies concerned could periodically check on this safety aspect for the good of all users.



A Bitter Reminder

Arvind Mani, Nadi

I was quite disappointed to read the article in the Fiji Sun (21/11) about Sitiveni Rabuka, who has handled himself with great dignity during the entire campaign just as a true leader should.

The article was callous, insensitive and uncalled for.

It is not professional journalism to throw salt over wounds and bring up old hurtful memories and the media needs to be quite aware of this and exercise greater responsibility as it has the power to impact our thinking.

Now that the election is over, it’s time to heal our spirits and not let old wounds fester. The election brought out some of the worst of Fijian society, exposing the racism, sexism and xenophobia that persist despite our country’s advances.

It pitted religious groups against one another, despite daily reminders that we are all Fijians.

A transition into healing and reconciliation must start immediately. We should embark on a spiritual recovery now that the election is over:

Healing after such a bitter election season must begin at home and with the media. Now is the time to apologise for hurtful remarks and acknowledge that some elections can be more acrimonious and frustrating than others, but it is no excuse not to treat others with the same respect we all want and deserve.

Over the course of the campaign, some candidates made derogatory comments about women, Muslims, and other marginalised groups.

We live in an increasingly pluralistic society knowing and encountering people from very different backgrounds. We must make the effort to reach out.

It’s all too easy to stay in our personal bubbles and either love or judge others from afar. But the Christian teaching to “love your neighbor as yourself” takes some actual effort. And it’s crucial now after an election that pitted Fijians against one another.

We should be willing to forgive our former opponents. Authentic faith also reminds us of the importance of humility and not assuming that one party or one tradition possesses all truth.

Gratitude is a practice embedded in most faith-based traditions and has deep healing power. If you’re still boiling from some of the things that went down during this election, let gratitude be a cooling balm.

There are many ways to develop a regular practice of gratitude, but an easy way to start is by jotting down three things you’re grateful for in your life.

Spending time in the great outdoors has been shown to dramatically reduce stress and improve a person’s mood. And who couldn’t use a break from social media for a bit? Give yourself the gift of spending some quality time with nature, without the phone or laptop. Go for a hike. Jump in the ocean. Cleanse yourself however you need to in nature’s healing essence.

Remember that we’re just one small part of a vast universe. The issues we face are immense, but in some ways they’re also microscopic. For the scientifically-minded, remember that Earth and all normal, observable matter make up less than five per cent of the universe.

For those with deeply held religious convictions, there is a God, or Great Spirit, or a universal power watching over us.

Now that the Election is over, it’s time to heal our spirits. In either case, there’s a bigger picture to keep in mind — and it’s up to us to make our little patch of the universe a better place. And the media can do a great deal to help.


Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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