The Fiji TimesLetters to the Editor – Thursday, December 2, 2023


Keep sturdy, final lengthy!

Famend Fijian educational Professor Steven Ratuva had a well timed message for the coalition Authorities, “Keep sturdy, final lengthy”.

He added that it was crucial the coalition Authorities stayed “sturdy, resilient and lasted” as a result of it had nice implications for the way forward for Fiji’s democracy.

I learn his message after which contemplated concerning the thanksgiving church service within the Sugar Metropolis.

After the success of the thanksgiving church service on the Vodafone Enviornment, the coalition Authorities obtained large assist in the course of the thanksgiving church service on the Girmit Centre in Lautoka.

Whereas addressing the congregation, Deputy PM Honourable Manoa Kamikamica paid tribute to the management qualities of honourable PM, and that he was revealing a brand new sort of management within the nation – humble, respectful, loving and caring, and these qualities will pave the way in which ahead for Fiji.

Might God bless Fiji!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Nationwide heroes

Final week I farewelled two nationwide heroes of their respective fields, regardless that I used to be not bodily current to see them off.

They’re each nice gamers within the two fields I take pleasure in probably the most — writing opinions and 7s rugby.

I haven’t personally met each of them, however the way in which they thrived of their respective fields made me really feel as if we have been shut associates.

One has handed on from this life and the opposite has principally resigned from the sphere he loves.

One is the true epitome of the saying, to cite “The pen is mightier than the sword” whereas the opposite is the epitome of humility above every part.

Our very personal Prime Minister sums all of it within the funeral of one of many gents by saying that he’s a legend.

Goodbye legends.

Bon voyage to Allen Lockington and nicely needs to Willy Ambaka.

You may be missed.

Sowani Vito, Nailuva, Saivou, Ra

Vacation vacation spot

Mother and father with youngsters packed in Labasa City for back-to-school procuring (The Fiji Occasions image 31/1) signifies how urgently wanted monetary help is as it’s well timed launched by the Authorities.

This can be a reduction for the poor and needy who battle with difficulties in these making an attempt instances of rising value of dwelling.

As Vanua Levu is blessed with pure fascinating surroundings, let’s promote tourism to the world, to the great thing about our pleasant North to our civic satisfaction.

Pure scorching water springs, rivers, floating island and Taveuni — the backyard of Fiji the place the brand new day begins, are particular locations of curiosity for guests.

We could have extra individuals within the job market as we replace our amenities with a world airport, and constructing Fiji’s economic system.

Take pleasure in your vacation in Fiji’s pleasant North and really feel at house away from house within the Paradise of the South Pacific.

Mai, dua na bilo!

Tahir Ali, Hamilton, New Zealand

Monetary mess

ACCORDING to The Fiji Occasions of Thursday (26/01) I imagine the monetary scenario of our beloved Fiji is crucial.

I deeply sympathise with our Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance Professor Biman Prasad and his workforce for the monetary mess they’re dealing with now.

To sort out and resolve this crucial scenario might not be potential in a single day.

A whole lot of thorough planning by the authorities and public endurance is known as for.

Simply think about Fiji saved on borrowing below the earlier dictatorship rule however have a look at our infrastructure sections.

Have a look at our hospitals, primarily the foremost ones, CWM, Lautoka, Nadi and Labasa, our roads (workmanship), water scenario, energy cuts on a weekly foundation, value of dwelling, et cetera.

The debt stage below the earlier authorities elevated from $2.7 billion to about $10 billion.

I sincerely hope and humbly request our Fiji residents to have endurance and cooperate with the Authorities in energy for higher outcomes and a brilliant future forward.

Up to now there are constructive indicators, let’s not spoil these.

VIJAY MAHARAJ, Sydney, Australia

Decrease charge of DV

I can’t perceive why some Fijians nonetheless following the FFP when it has been confirmed that their exit from authorities management resulted within the lowest variety of home violence ever recorded by the FWCC workforce in response to its nationwide co-ordinator, Shamima Ali in your F/T 25/01/23 (Entrance web page).

We don’t want you FFP nor your persistent methods to return to energy.

I imagine nearly all of Fijians are proud of the coalition Authorities, and go away us alone to get on with our lives.

Sufficient is sufficient.

Jioji M Cakacaka, Tadra, Votualevu, Nadi

Financial summit

Do you assume the previous minister for economic system might be invited to the Nationwide Financial Summit in April?

If he does get invited, I conclude I would be the first one to faint.

Mohammed Imraz Janif, Natabua, Lautoka

Quarters provide

If the provide of quarters will not be accepted (FT 1/2) then the Chief of the Opposition ought to transfer out and save everybody the issue he unnecessarily created.

His excuse is laughable.

Dan Urai, Lautoka

Good factor

The advantage of every part that’s gone incorrect, which the coalition Authorities inherited is that they don’t should look far.

Simply speak to the previous minister of every part and they’ll get the solutions.

Sailosi Naewe, Naduru Rd, Nausori

Garbage assortment

Accumulate garbage from the night so all of us get up to a cleaner Fiji.

Please hear.

Asish Vinay Prasad, Park Rd, Raiwasa, Suva

Two scores

It’s so disheartening to know that Fiji dropped two scores within the Corruptions Perceptions Index.

Media freedom have to be exercised, and never ostracised.

A real authorities can develop from sincere criticism and never one which takes offence to something however their reward.


Ashneel J Prasad, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Rest room situation

Males’s bogs on the Lautoka bus terminal have been within the worst situation for a lot of months.

It’s embarrassing that vacationers additionally go to these amenities.

The partitions and ceiling have deteriorated.

I request the Lautoka Metropolis Council and Ministry of Well being to contemplate pressing upkeep to the amenities.


Cattle on the freeway

Travelling from Lautoka to Nadi, I occur to see stray cattle alongside the freeway.

These animals are a menace to move and likewise will be harmful to the general public.

Please can the authorities look into it?

Navneet Ram (TD), Lautoka

Month-to-month wage

Can the FBC board chairman present a replica of the final pay slip for former FBC govt to confirm his claims that he was receiving $32,000 monthly?

BHARAT MORRIS, Rifle Vary, Vatuwaqa, Suva

Official residence provide

IT may be very miserable to learn the way hard-hearted the Chief of the Opposition Voreqe Bainimarama is in his response to the provide given to him by the Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka as regards to authorities quarters to be given to him to reside in hire free.

In his response, Bainimarama mentioned that the Prime Minister doesn’t have any authorized authority to present any such approval or instruction as a result of it’s unconstitutional and incorrect in legislation.

When did Bainimarama begin caring about doing issues constitutionally, after his unconstitutional conduct in taking up a authorized authorities in 2006 and abolishing the authorized 1997 Structure and endorsing the unlawful 2013 Structure?

If he doesn’t settle for such a proposal, can he vacate the prime minister’s residence so the Prime Minister could settle in and focus on his process because the chief of this nation?

Each Fijian, particularly your FijiFirst celebration members and supporters, must be ashamed of your angle Mr Bainimarama — very unFijian, very unChristian, and really unhuman.

Kositatino Tikomaibolatagane, Navua

Municipal council elections

It’s confirmed that the Cupboard has authorized the method to be adopted to facilitate the election of city and metropolis councillors.

A working committee chaired by the PS of Native Authorities and its membership comprising of heads of central businesses and the chief govt officers of municipal councils and Fijian Elections Workplace might be established to get issues prepared earlier than the election takes place.

As a ratepayer, I welcome the information wholeheartedly.

I’m positive many others can be completely happy because the information breaks.

Sadly these elections have been sidelined by the earlier authorities to swimsuit its agenda.

This could not have been allowed to occur sadly nobody tried to problem the facility of the outdated regime.

As such there was no municipal election held from the day they’d come into energy.

Fortunately below the current authorities issues are altering positively.

All of us need to see our nation transferring ahead as per our constitutional tips and guidelines of the land.

Don’t go away your individuals at nighttime ever?

I take this chance to want the brand new Authorities a profitable time period in workplace.


Suresh Chand, Nadi

Expression of opinion

Kirti Patel will be relaxation assured that the coalition Authorities will completely uphold and advocate freedom of speech in autonomous Fiji, in contrast to the earlier regime (FT 31/01/23).

Sure, I used to be a type of workers who was blatantly instructed by a former employer twice (through the preferential HR Division) to not actively categorical my opinions within the FT Letters to the Editor column, particularly if the themes have been associated to the previous FijiFirst authorities and its associates.

My prior bosses, who have been devoted FijiFirst supporters and large monetary contributors (referring to the donor record in my hand), tried in useless to use a agency restraint on me from exercising my democratic proper, however sadly failed.

I nonetheless proceed to be a part of The Fiji Occasions Letters to the Editor household a 12 months later.

Maybe such hypocritical employers, who painting a constructive depiction of their organisation in public, but trample on the elemental privileges of their weak workers behind closed doorways, must be exhaustively investigated and uncovered!

Employment minister?

Nishant Singh, Lautoka

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