Letters To The Editor: 31st January, 2019

Be careful what you wish for.
31 Jan 2019 10:00
Letters To The Editor: 31st January, 2019

My Say Now

Fr. Kevin McGuire, 467 QE Drive, Suva

Your columnist Nemani Delaibatiki at length and rather patronisingly suggests Archbishop Peter Loy learn from the legacy of Archbishop Petero Mat ca. ( Sun28 Jan)

It may be recalled that Archbishop Petero led a legal public protest against the closure of Corpus Christi. And won.

Be careful what you wish for.


Religious Leaders Regroup, Form Faith-Based Education Forum
Charlie Chow, Suva

Matthew 22:21, Jesus said “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” Romans 13:1 “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities.

For there is no authority except from God and those which exist are established by God.”

What does give unto Caesar mean? Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.

The response of Jesus when his enemies tried to trap him by asking whether it was right for the Jews (see also Jews), whose nation had been taken over by the Roman Empire, to pay tribute to the Roman emperor.

Did Jesus pay his taxes? The coin in the fish’s mouth is one of the miracles of Jesus, recounted in the Gospel of Matthew 17:24–27.

In the Gospel account, in Capernaum the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax ask Peter whether Jesus pays the tax, and he replies that he does.



Arun Prasad, Nausori

I am of the opinion that the Open Merit Recruitment System [OMRS] Guideline, as implemented by the Ministry of Education has brought a lot of disenchantment amongst the senior and experienced heads of school.

My understanding is that OMRS is only a Guideline, which ought to be tailored to meet the needs of the situation on the ground, which is practical and passes the reality check.

I believe that any guideline, which is not a workable document, must be reviewed and adjustments made at the earliest.

The merit based selection criteria should be flexible and designed to suit the circumstances and specific needs of the vacancy.

For example, if a vacancy existed at Adi Cakobau School for a nurse, would it be discriminatory if the MQR says “female” applicants?

I personally believe it is not. I believe that it is no unfair discrimination if there is a genuine justification for the differentiation, female, as opposed to male nurse.

Under the present OMRS, a teacher from mainstream school [no special education background] has been promoted as Head of the Special Education School.

It is beyond my comprehension as how a person with Masters in Special Education and who had been acting in that position was suddenly deemed not meritorious for the vacant post.

I believe that OMRS should give due recognisance to the applicants proven work history, including performance at the school.

In my opinion, the current system of three hour Job Test determines the suitability of an applicant is not the right way to go. Strong consideration must be given to the “actual demonstrated capability to perform the job.” This is what merit should be.

Finally, I believe that the Ministry of Education should be looking in the mirror, instead of the Unions and School Managements.



Jan Nissar, Carlton, NSW, Australia

To all those who are wondering why the Fiji First members of parliament are tightly controlled by their leadership, the example of the embarrassment being suffered by a certain NFP member is a prime reason.

It is better to get facts right, properly researched, run past and cleared by the proper authorities instead of shooting your mouth off based on hearsay. That is what unprofessional people and amateurs do.


Deplorable State of Road

Nilesh Lal, Suva
The Naivorovoro Road in Nakasi has deteriorated to such a deplorable state that it has become extremely difficult to drive on that road.

At a number of places, large potholes span the entire width of the road, presenting immense difficulties to drive over them, and causing considerable damage to vehicles that need to cross them every day.

I have been raising this issue with the FRA and the Housing Authority for over 2 months now and the situation has still not been rectified.

In correspondences with them, the FRA said they would not repair that road as Housing Authority had not handed over that road.

I then wrote to HA who initially misinformed me that they had sent teams to carry out maintenance work on the road, but when further confronted, admitted that they would require budget realignments to carry out the works.

They added that FRA had prohibited them from filling potholes; however, when I managed to establish from FRA that they had not done so, and there was no restriction from doing temporary repairs while funds were sourced for more substantive work, the Housing Authority ceased communication.

The road continues to deteriorate further and has become hazardous to drive on. Following every heavy downpour (which is frequent), it continues to get worse and there is nothing being done about it.

I understand that both FRA and HA are state entities. FRA receives a huge budget every year to build and maintain roads.

If HA is having budgetary issues, why can’t the two state entities interact on and resolve the issue so that a large number of people that use the road are not subjected to such great inconvenience.

I hope that the relevant stakeholders will take prompt action. I have to resort to the media to raise this issue as I have exhausted going through the channels at FRA and HA and nothing has been done.


7s fund

Shariff Shah, Savusavu

Sevens fans were overjoyed with the victory in Hamilton.

It has put smiles on faces.

Now what else can the fans offer…..I got an idea….

I call on our good PM to levy a sagamo- li to each tax paying citizen. After every tournament the collected amount to be shared evenly amongst the players.

Now that’s called caring and giving back.

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