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PM Tells: Dixon Seeto Worked for Unity, Prosperity for All Fijians

Hundreds of people from many sectors gathered at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva yesterday for the thanksgiving mass of  the late Dixon Seeto. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimara in his
30 Jul 2019 18:22
PM Tells: Dixon Seeto Worked for Unity, Prosperity for All Fijians
Pallbearers carrying the late Dixon Seeto’s coffin after the thanksgiving mass on July 29, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua.

Hundreds of people from many sectors gathered at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva yesterday for the thanksgiving mass of  the late Dixon Seeto.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimara in his eulogy said the tributes to Mr Seeto that had poured in from across Fiji and the Pacific were testament to the passion, purpose and perseverance that he brought to his work, his relationships, and the causes he championed.

“From our earliest years together at Marist Brothers High School, I’ve been proud to call Dixon my friend,”Mr Bainimarama said.

“There were moments where that friendship was tested.

“Particularly when I would steal lollies from his Uncle Jone’s bakery. But as we grew up, that friendship blossomed into a powerful partnership; a partnership bonded by our love of country and our boundless faith in Fiji’s potential,” Mr Bainimarama said.

Nation

Mr Bainimarama said at a time when they looked to unify our nation under the banner of equal status and opportunity, Mr Seeto’s leadership within the Chinese-Fijian community supported the establishment of the common and equal identity shared by the Fijian people today.
Tourism

“His advocacy for Fijian tourism has helped grow the most important sector of our economy, helping more hard-working Fijians put food on the table for their families.”

Education

He added at a time when they looked to expand opportunity in education, Mr Seeto’s Chairmanship of the Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board helped empower tens of thousands of young Fijians to pursue their dreams of higher education.

He said Mr Seeto loved talking.

“But I would never define him as a talker. He was man of action.

“He used his masterful ability to bring people together to turn big plans into real outcomes.

“And he was a man who always put Fiji, his family and his communities first and foremost.

People attending the thanksgiving mass for the late Dixon Seeto at the Sacred Heart Catherdral in Suva on July 29, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua.

People attending the thanksgiving mass for the late Dixon Seeto at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva on July 29, 2019.
Photo: Simione Haravanua.

BILL WHITING SAID:

The former Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) president Mr Seeto was man full of humour.

FHTA vice president and owner of Treasure Island Resort Bill Whiting made this comment during his eulogy.

Mr Whiting said: “He was very energetic, dedicated and disciplined man.

“Mr Dixon was a great communicator, approachable, friendly, with a good sense of humour, and a true sense of honour.”

He said Mr Dixson was someone you could confide in knowing he always kept his word.

“His passing has left a huge vacuum.”

Mr Seeto’s had served on the FHTA board for 21 consecutive years.

“Mr Dixon was widely respected, his opinions sought, his view valued, he was simply the most influential man in Fiji’s tourism for decades.”

Mr Whiting said that speaks volumes for the very high level of respect that they all had for Dixon.

He also headed several Board committees. Being President of FHTA is demanding, requiring time every week.

“Mr Dixon’s integrity and ethics ensured FHTA does not pay its president or directors a cent, no director’s fees, no sitting allowances, no travelling expenses.

“He was also on the board of Trustees for the Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards (FETA). Again an unpaid position.

“He was also serving another term on the Board of Tourism Fiji and was on the board of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO).”

Mr Whiting said: “Not only did he take on all these appointments, he fully committed himself to them, it was always about how he could contribute to tourism, to his community, and to his country.”

“Mr Dixon knew how to be diplomatic. When he gently pushed back on some issue, you just knew that there was more to it than met the eye. He was a superb chairman, across the issues impacting tourism.”

Mr Seeto was laid to rest at the Chinese Cemetery in Suva.

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