Letters To The Editor: 05th June, 2019

I think some of them don’t deserve to serve the public because of their unfriendly character. They sometimes pick and choose the passengers and the routes.
05 Jun 2019 10:24
Letters To The Editor: 05th June, 2019

Taxi driver attitude

Arnold Tamani, Savusavu

Can the Labasa Taxi Association look into the attitudes of some of their taxi drivers?

I think some of them don’t deserve to serve the public because of their unfriendly character. They sometimes pick and choose the passengers and the routes.

For the past few weeks I have been travelling to Labasa – AKA the “Friendly North Town”, but it is sad to say one of the unfriendly sectors would be taxi drivers; not all, but most.

During my trips I witnessed first-hand how unfriendly most of the taxi drivers were when approached. They were giving excuses or ignoring the fact that you were talking to them.

I believe it is an ongoing un-professional attitude from certain taxi drivers of Labasa and an experience faced daily by the general public in Labasa Town.

The one experience is when you ask if they are free and they would say “yes” and once you tell them the destination, they start making excuses. Another would be when you approach them and mention a short distance they would say “busy”, but when another comes and says they live further, they say “yes”.

I hope the association can look into the attitudes of these drivers and at least have a session on ethics with the drivers. Otherwise, go and sit at the taxi base and observe the drivers first-hand.


Confiscated fish

Simon Hazelman, Savusavu

Both the Minster and Permanent Secretary for Fisheries have stated that all confiscated fish will be discarded.

When you discard something, it doesn’t mean you are destroying it. It basically means that you are letting go of it.

Where will the ministry discard confiscated fish is the question!

It would also be a real waste of nutritious food if the ministry’s intentions are to destroy it.

If the fish is still edible why not make use of it? There are many welfare facilities that would make good use of fresh fish.

Why would we want to put to waste good food?


Substandard construction work

Ronnie Chang, Nadi

The founding of the Construction Industry Council is indeed very timely and a welcome relief to many.

The council will have enough complaints on its hands with regard to substandard work, often in the guise of being sub-contracted work through larger prominent contractors.

Unskilled workers, sub-standard building materials, incorrect methods of installation etc – just to name a few.

I came across one so-called “contractor” who used an ordinary car-wash boy as a painter; etc … just to get some work done.

Much vigilance is needed now, more than ever before.

Major property investors or developers are cautioned to be very wary of “fly by night” so-called very insincere and untrustworthy building and maintenance contractors.

Admittedly, there are some good, hardworking and very trustworthy ones around but there are only a few around.


Misleading advertisement

Dorsami Naidu, Nadi

I am quite concerned at the attitude of our fast food outlets failing to tell consumers what they are buying, especially in a country where some people don’t eat beef or pork and may not even consume meat.

When these outlets sell chicken burgers they advertise it as such, similarly with beef burgers but when it comes to cheese burgers they fail to state which meat is contained in it.

You have a meat patty in between two cheese parties but there is no mention of what the meat patty is. Also, can we know if the cheese is a meaty cheese or a vegetarian/vegan cheese?

It would be good if the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission investigates this.

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