Letters To The Editor, 19th April, 2019

A-G represents Fiji Kaushal Kumar, Suva I would like to congratulate our Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, for chairing the first meeting of the 2019 Joint Committee on Remuneration of the
19 Apr 2019 16:47
Letters To The Editor, 19th April, 2019

A-G represents Fiji

Kaushal Kumar, Suva

I would like to congratulate our Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, for chairing the first meeting of the 2019 Joint Committee on Remuneration of the Bank and the Fund at the World Bank offices in Washington DC.

The fact that a small country like Fiji is in such a position with organisations such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank at such prestigious international events really shows just how far we have come under this Government.

Fiji no longer sits at the back waiting for others but takes a proactive lead. We are truly entering the golden age. I am very proud Vinaka.


Remember this Easter

Dharmendra Kumar, Suva

Things do not always go the way we want them to. There is pain, suffering, sickness, betrayal, tears, and heartache in every life. Many times these trials are outside of our control, and sometimes, they are even caused by other people.

But faith looks at those events through the lens of trust in God’s overall plan for our lives. Such trials can be part of the purifying process by which God makes us more like His Son. But if we become bitter or lose our faith in Him, the benefit of the trial will be lost.

Remember this Easter that Jesus is the victor over sin and death and the grave, and He is triumphant forever.


Biman Prasad And Bus Fares

Premila Singh, Suva

I read Biman Prasad’s take on the bus cri- sis where he states that the Government has frozen bus fares for 10 years. He also said that the Government should leave the bus fare increase decision to LTA.

I think every Fijian can now breathe a sigh of relief that not selecting NFP was indeed the correct decision. Has he ever traveled on a bus? Poor people depend on buses and depend on Government fighting for them and not increasing bus fares.

As a Fijian who travels by bus regularly, I would like to thank Government and urge them to ignore those who are thinking of self and gain instead of our welfare.


Paid Public Holiday Work

Ronnie Chang, Nadi

With every respect, truthfully and sadly, there is grossly insufficient adequately professional monitoring manpower to properly oversee the payment of Government Gazetted rates of payable wages for work carried out on public holidays.

Many of non-unionised workers suffer this injustice. In my own journey through life in retirement, I come across many employees in many ordinary employment who silently share their employers’ failure to adequately remunerate them for work done during public holidays.

Their FNPF contributions in their personal statements must show a spike for the month of April. Perhaps, some due confidential corporate networking between FNPF, Ministry of Labour and others concerned, is needed now, to protect all affected employees.
Like the Govt Gazetted Family Care Leave being misused, so too, with much due concern, these employees’ silent unheard cries for help go unnoticed.

A more professionally effective system is needed more than ever before to hold to task all defaulting unscrupulous employers without any unnecessary delay.

The newer generation brains-trust have this awesome opportunity to rise to the occasion. All employees, unionised or not, must be given just dues for every honest day’s work. Justice must be seen to be done.

Spoken words are not good enough.


Easter hope

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

Were you looking forward to Easter with anticipation and excitement?

During the Lenten season, we have had an opportunity to think about our personal life, with its ups and downs. We should have examined our current relationship with God.

Such reflection and examination will enable us to draw closer to God as we begin to put our living into perspective.

The Christian hope is Easter hope.

It is different to the hope we normally encounter in the world today. It is hope that is totally contingent on a particular event, and because that event has happened our hope is secure. Not wishful-thinking hope, but guaranteed hope.

Easter is here and we are being given a fresh opportunity to live as Easter people.


Good Friday

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

The message of Good Friday is simple:

God the Creator dying to redeem fallen created human beings from the curse of sin, sickness and death.

Good Friday makes Christianity different from all other religions because it depicts the Creator dying on a cross, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

The Apostle John opens his Gospel account stating that the Word who had spoken the world into existence and who took the time to create Adam from the dust of the ground, became a human being!

The Apostle Peter commented that we are not redeemed with gold or silver but with the precious blood of the Son of God, who was foreordained before the creation of the world to pay the full price for all the sins of everyone so that we may have the opportunity to be saved.

Good Friday is God appealing to us fallen human beings that He loves us so much, that He was willing to pay for the curse and penalty for sin, and that this is the only provision for our salvation.

But He still respects His gift to us: freedom of choice!

This Good Friday, as we contemplate the Creator hanging on a cross between two thieves; it is my prayer that we will all choose to accept this redeeming love sacrifice from heaven and live to reflect that same love on others.

Happy Easter Fiji.

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