The Fiji TimesLetters to the Editor – Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Simon Hazelman tribute

John Kamea, you introduced again a flood of valuable recollections and tears as I learn by way of your rigorously chosen phrases, penned to the element in The Sunday Occasions of January 1. Thanks for such a worthy tribute to my late husband, Simon Hazelman, and thanks Fiji Occasions Ltd for exhibiting your appreciation of Simon’s contribution to the Letters to the Editor column of your newspaper. There couldn’t be a greater farewell for Simon. I solely want that he might be right here to see for himself the respect he has earned! Noleen Billings Savusavu

Message of hope and unity!

Honourable PM delivered a strong speech. His message was easy and to the purpose. He reiterated the necessity to have hope and belief one another that 2023 could be a 12 months of revival, awakening and renewed spirit. He urged Fijians to commit themselves in working collectively to handle the large challenges. He mentioned that self-sacrifice should be made so we may re-discover the spirit of togetherness as a household, group and as a nation. His story in regards to the drained wanting girl, who advised him that she was homeless, touched hearts. I’m grateful that he pledged to proceed welfare and improvement help already in place, and to usher in new ones. He shared his authorities’s objective — to extend the nationwide wealth so that everybody benefitted — the homeless and all of the poor, housewives, kids and younger folks, villagers and farmers, employees, civil servants and professionals, enterprise homeowners, the sick, traders, aged, prisoners and veterans. He spoke of unity — the harmonious coming collectively of numerous communities with their completely different origins, cultures and languages. Vinaka vakalevu honourable Rabuka! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Comfortable new period Fiji

Ruled with love! Oh, what candy music to the soul. You stored the religion. They did say, “someday Mafatu!” Congratulations Workforce Fiji. I’ve gone well beyond the stratosphere now. I’ll inform my granddaughter Lani, “As soon as upon a time in a spot far distant; your ancestral residence, I left my damaged coronary heart …solely love may repair it. You possibly can dance now makubuqu, and so can your mother and father, you all most likely have by no means heard this earlier than, dance to the sounds of the drums of freedom. Keyboard drop (now freely within the palms of you professionals). (Devoted to our younger and future generations) Edward Herman Chandstone Centre, VIC, Australia

Incongruous episode

After I processed the entrance web page (prime half) of The Fiji Occasions (02/01), I feel I went by way of all of Harry and Marv’s encounters within the House Alone collection. To make issues worse, all of them occurred directly. Think about my fragile situation on simply the second morning of the 12 months. It should take some time to totally get well. Messiah, I’m mendacity on the bottom and begging (each palms clenched collectively). Please no extra of such stuff. My well being actually issues to me. I’d like to reside for greater than 100 years. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Don’t resign

The previous prime minister and now the Chief of Opposition’s name to civil servants, everlasting secretaries and others to remain robust and to not resign from their positions even when they’re intimidated and bullied by the brand new authorities (FT 2/1) appears like a case of pot calling the kettle black. However everyone knows who he’s attempting to guard. Was the identical degree of equity and empathy proven by his authorities to former Appearing Commissioner of Police, former CEO of Fiji Income & Customs Service, former Solicitor Normal, former CEO of Bureau of Statistics (to call a number of) who had been compelled to resign? What in regards to the duly elected parliamentarians who had been forcefully eliminated in 2006? And I consider so many civil servants who had been made redundant and never given a good compensation. And for God’s sake please don’t speak about due course of being adopted of their appointments. We aren’t fools. SELWA NANDAN Lautoka

Crush FFP

FFP don’t need to be registered as a political get together as a result of their ideologies are authoritative, and dictatorial. That’s their legacy? There is no such thing as a positivity in your ruling legacy if Mr Bainimarama or Mr Sayed-Khaiyum is studying this letter someplace in Australia. I hope the Australian Authorities deports you two from Australian soil for creating inciteful remarks towards this new coalition authorities, which we the folks of Fiji love very a lot. As united Fijians we should always crush each little bit of their connections in Authorities earlier than we might be actually free from the 16 years of tyranny and dictatorship. JIOJI M CAKACAKA  Tadra, Votualevu, Nadi

Chief of Opposition

Attention-grabbing remark made by Voreqe Bainimarama calling on the Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka and his ministers to comply with the 2013 Structure and the legislation. Following this name, Mr Bainimarama can be calling on civil servants, everlasting secretaries, all these appointed to numerous boards, commissions and unbiased our bodies to remain robust and never resign from positions for they’ve been appointed by way of a due course of for they’ve ability units, know the way, information and acumen to contribute to organisations they work in. (FT 02/01/23) At the beginning, I’d sincerely ask the Chief of the Opposition Mr Bainimarama to come back to Fiji and to make his name value listening to. Talking on such problems with significance for Fiji from one other nation distant is sort of a toothless canine barking. Secondly, Mr Bainimarama now appears to present consideration to civil servants, everlasting secretaries, and people appointed on numerous boards and others. Throughout his time because the PM of Fiji, did he give the identical consideration to those folks? How dare that solely now as an Opposition Chief he appears to care. Style your individual medication Mr Bainimarama, the brand new authorities shouldn’t be obliged to work with folks you appointed to positions as a result of I consider the fact of the matter is that you simply appointed them to serve you and the FijiFirst get together and never Fiji and its folks. Kositatino Tikomaibolatagane Vuninokonoko Rd, Navua

Bainimarama’s feedback

After I heard former PM and now Opposition Chief Voreqe Bainimarama say “he [Rabuka] and his 29 ministers and assistant ministers consider that being in authorities they’ll do something they like, they consider they’ll take away or appoint anyone they like from the civil service, boards, and commissions and diplomatic positions with out following the Structure or the legislation” I although he was speaking about his personal authorities. It felt unusual, virtually perverse, to listen to Bainimarama say that to castigate the brand new Rabuka authorities when for 16 years in energy I consider that was primarily the modus operandi of his authorities. Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia

True to vow

I deeply consider the brand new Authorities has been true to its promise as they had been campaigning earlier than elections. Proper from lifting the journey ban for Professor Pal Ahluwalia and Dr Padma Lal to being very real looking and advocating approaches which are conducive to fostering open and sincere discussions on points which are affecting all of us. I consider it’s not far that we will proudly say that we live in an actual democracy. Pranil Ram Votualevu, Nadi ‘

To do’ checklist

In my statement, New 12 months’s decision is a “to do checklist” for the primary weeks of January. Hahaha! Blessings be upon thee for the 12 months 2023. Sensible Muavono Balawa, Lautoka

What can I do?

Final time I requested the FijiFirst “what can I do?” The FijiFirst didn’t reply however one Jan Nissar requested me to keep away from FijiFirst. Now I once more ask the brand new coalition authorities, is there something I can do for you? Jan you’ll be able to reply if you wish to. Sukha Singh Labasa

Bitter, higher

Don’t be bitter, be higher. Creating drama simply to be seen. Loser! Oh, there are two sides to each story; don’t be a jerk in each of them. Comfortable 2023. Manoj Lal Patel Drasa Ave, Lautoka


An attention-grabbing piece of recommendation to “comply with the structure” from our new Chief of the Opposition. I’m wondering how usually he adopted the Structure previously 16 years together with the elimination of the elected authorities in 2006. BHARAT MORRIS Rifle Vary, Vatuwaqa, Suva

Of contrasts

Web page 2 of yesterday’s FT (2/1/23) has an image of PM Rabuka and Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, in Bau. The daring header of the article above it says ‘Observe the Structure’ the place the previous PM Bainimarama, in a video is giving recommendation to the incumbent. The image right here was of a vanua go to, so great to see. It contrasts mightily with a go to to the island some years in the past by armed personnel. Moses Fong Suva

Wanting change

Change has lastly occurred and most of the people needed change, now let change issues which affected our livelihood and do proper ranging from Authorities, native authorities and all authorities departments. Goeffery Chand Lautoka

Nice reforms

Nice reforms are finest enacted with regime change. Dan Urai Lautoka

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