Letters: 27th April, 2019

It’s back again to the raincoats and umbrellas, especially with the recent frequent drizzles and heavy downpour around the country.
27 Apr 2019 11:34
Letters: 27th April, 2019

No sabotaging work

Simon Hazelman, Savusavu

It is great to see that wisdom and common sense prevails over a lack of foresight and thoughtfulness!

The stance by Y3 Gopher Trust, the Denarau Island resource owners, that no one will sabotage work by going on strike during the upcoming Asian Development Bank meeting on May 3, is not only the rightful attitude, but it’s great that the three yavusa have stood up against these irresponsible and reckless union leaders.

While union heads are looking at taking advantage of an opportunity to do harm, the resource owners of Denarau are looking at the bigger picture – that this event can only be of great benefit to the whole of Fiji.

This is not a planned move to show Government the power of the people, but a move by a handful of losers showing their poor leadership and behaviour.

No reason is good enough to stage a strike during such a meeting.

The three tribes have spoken!


Rain coats and umbrellas

Spencer Robinson, Suva

It’s back again to the raincoats and umbrellas, especially with the recent frequent drizzles and heavy downpour around the country.

Given the weather conditions, we must be vigilant, especially with our children as they tend to enjoy the rain.

Flooding of low-lying areas have been reported in the media and we can always prevent catastrophic incidents such as drowning if we are more vigilant and watch each other’s back.

Please take care, keep warm and have a blessed weekend.


“Qalo-mai” leadership

Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori
In one of my earlier debates about hiring of

foreigners as Government Permanent Secretaries, Mosese Bulitavu questions my argument by saying that he cannot believe that there are not enough qualified people in Fiji to take up such posts.

For our first 36 years of independence, from 1970 to Bainimarama’s take-over in 2006, for 35 years of that 36, Fiji was governed by Political Parties that were led by men from either Vanua Levu or Lau.

Only once, a iTaukei man from Vuda on Viti Levu was elected to be Prime Minister and was again overthrown in a Military Coup led by a man from Vanua Levu.

He then installed a chief from Lau to be Prime Minister who he later removed and install himself to be PM.

A man from Qiuva, Tailevu on Viti Levu now runs the country and we can all see how it thrives.

But I am amazed to hear that SODELPA is again split where a group who is against Rabuka (who is from Vanua Levu) and are now supporting the return of Laisenia Qarase (who is from my province of Lau).

Nine of Fiji’s 14 provinces are on Viti Levu, yet we iTaukei have been focusing on two of Fiji’s 14 provinces in choosing our leaders.

My close friend and my “Tauvu” Ratu Ilisoni Vuidreketi from Rewa Lomanikoro used to call me after I pass jokes about him, “You bloody “Qalo mai”. (literally means that I from Lau swam across to Viti Levu).

Now I start to wonder along the same line as Mr Bulitavu. If there are no qualified men or women on Viti Levu then do SODELPA supporters have to depend on us “Qalo-mai” from Lau and Vanua Levu for guidance and leadership all the time?

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