Letters to the Editor: September 4, 2019

President Joji Konrote meets Levani Botia during the presentation of the Flying Fijins I-Tatau at the State House yesterday.Picture:ATU RASEA

Final leg of preparation

THE President Jioji Konrote reminded members of the Flying Fijians that they were the chosen ones. Fiji faces the Wallabies, Georgia, and Uruguay before the final showdown against the Dragons and as I sneak a preview to our RWC matches I foresee our warriors strangling the Dragons in a do-or-die situation. John McKee has named the best players available and our boys may not have had the ideal build-up in terms of playing quality opposition but confidence is high on the streets and around the tanoa that this team has the ability to bring back beautiful memories from the Ilivasi Tabua coached 2007 outfit. The Flying Fijians have presented their itatau and I guess it’s time to deliver. Unlike our neighbours Samoa and Tonga, who play the Wallabies and All Blacks, I believe that Fiji should have been allowed a buildup match against one of the Six Nations teams or the Springboks or Argentina. Anyways, the road to the land of the rising sun does not get any easier for our side and the final leg of preparation I believe must focus on team bonding and instilling in our boys that spiritual belief that we can beat tier one nations. All the best boys and please be good ambassadors in Japan! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Itatau ceremony

It has been a norm for the itatau ceremony for sporting teams departing our shores are done solely to government (Na Matanitu) through the Office of the President. Maybe in future, the itatau ceremony if it can be considered to be made to the vanua and the lotu as well. I understand the reason it is done to government is due to the monetary support provided by government. In the case of rugby, like the Flying Fijians preparing for the RWC, it should have been a good move if the matanitu, vanua and lotu are together at one place for the presentation of the team itatau. Just imagine this scenario of our excellency the President sitting together with some of our paramount chiefs and religious leaders to receive the itatau of the team. The current practice of itatau is more like a publicity stunt and I now put forward a suggestion for the itatau ceremony to be reviewed, especially for high profile teams like the Flying Fijians and national sevens team. Ilaitia Bose Suva

My response

Allow me to respond to Simon Hazelman’s letter to this column 02/09 where he stated that the honourable Pio Tikoduadua should be the one to apologise to the Prime Minister Voreqe Baiminimarama, for allegedly verbally abusing him in parliament which led to his alleged assault action. What verbal abuse is Simon talking about? For all I know is that Mr Tikoduadua shared his view in Parliament for he is entitled to his idea. Importantly, the man from Savusavu should understand that when one chooses to be a politician he or she has become a public figure and is open to comment or criticism be it on public matters or personal. That is how politics works and if you cannot cope, then quit. Furthermore, I believe Mr Bainimarama should be the one apologising, for his alleged action was inappropriate given that he is the Prime Minister. My humble request to Mr Hazelman is to stop supporting inappropriate actions like this for it will escalate to more abuses. Kositatino Tikomaibolatagane Vuninokonoko Rd, Navua

Those questions

I humbly suggest that the term “Written Questions” as used in the current Parliament’s proceedings, may not be technically correct and I believe should be amended. I understand that all “questions” apart from “urgent questions” for “question time”, are technically “oral questions”, but are further categorised by Standing Orders to be either “oral questions for oral reply” or “oral questions for written reply”. It is this latter category- “oral questions for written reply” — that is being designated, I believe incorrectly, as “written questions”. I believe that the term “oral questions for written reply” correctly reflects the procedure, rather than the term “written questions”. Edward Blakelock, Admiral Circle, Pacific Harbour

Rubbish bins

The travelling public using our bus stops are provided with rubbish bins for all our personal items to be properly disposed of. Sadly, along Martintar and Namaka, Nadi the garbage disposal bins at several bus stops are missing. Where has our civic pride gone? How can some members of the public go so low and actually steal these bins? So shameful indeed. I plead with our municipal council health authorities to carry out their own investigations. Replacement bins must be clearly and boldly marked for easier identification. Ronnie Chang Mountainview, Martintar, Nadi

Boycotting MPs

Do boycotting MPs still receive their pay? If yes, then I believe it means that they have found a loophole in the system, and are exploiting it. Is it that they merely have to enter the Parliamentary precincts to be present and be eligible for pay? Or should they actually attend House sessions to get paid? I would vote for the latter. Don’t national issues press on the hearts of MPs? Do niggling national issues cause insomnia in them, and do they remain awake all night mulling on the the future of the country? I bet not. Well, anyway, if I have been overthinking, my sincere apologies. But if the boycotting gang are being paid for the absenteeism, then I believe there’s a problem. Donald Singh Lautoka

Soccer coaches

Further to Vijay Madhavan’s letter (FT 31/8) regarding local national coaches, I am sure that even if the Fiji National Sports Commission provides funding to bring in Sir Alex Ferguson, or current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to coach our men’s national football team, the diehard soccer fans will still be in dreamland to see our team on the world stage. I believe former Fiji FA president, Dr Shamsud Dean Sahu Khan created history by becoming the longest serving president, with current president, Rajesh Patel following suit, all in the name of soccer development. The million dollar question that should be asked is — how many expatriate coaches have come and gone without the desired results? Nothing will change despite bringing a European based coach, just like Christophe Gamel, he will be mostly seen during the Fiji FACT, Battle of the Giants and the IDC to scout for talents. Like my good friend Rajesh Lingam said, “Let’s get our house in order for soccer to progress.” On a positive note, Fiji FA is on the verge of building a synthetic turf in Suva, and to get the FIFA standard pitch available at all times for competitions. Meanwhile, let’s gear up for the huge hype buildup towards the Courts IDC in October by the parent body. I believe football in Fiji is and will remain stagnant. Raymond Singh Lautoka

Access to justice

In today’s world where everyone speaks of justice, has anyone really thought how many women are aware about access to justice? Domestic violence is the talk of the town. Almost every second day, we get to hear a woman was beaten or killed. This is not just a one day issue, it takes a series of events to start. Being bashed up, sworn at and belittled is a “normal thing” for most women. They either choose to stay quiet for their children, afraid of answering questions from families or simply scared for their life. Many who wish to voice out against the assaults, tend to wonder if justice will be done to them. We have policies such as the DVRO (domestic violence restraining order ) to protect any victim of assault but it is only when we approach the legal system, we start knowing the types of rights we are entitled to. This calls for more initiatives from civil society organisations to conduct regular awareness sessions for women and children, especially in the rural area. Each individual in the society should be aware of their rights and exercise it accordingly. Simran Rowena Sharma Pflugers Ave, Simla, Lautoka

Smell the roses

A lot has been going on in the world and even more so in our beautiful homeland Fiji, thus we rarely give time to what is really important in life until it is taken away from you. Just the other day I had received the sad news of the passing of one of my tavale and even though I am oceans away and even though it hurts me to write this I still feel consoled that I had a last sit down with him and his elder brother over a tanoa before I left our beautiful shores. The moral of this letter is “life is too short” so take the time to smell the roses, say good morning to your loved ones, smile at a stranger and wish them well, make the effort to visit one another before one is taken away too soon. Let’s not let the busy schedules of our daily lives dictate how we should live, let’s make that effort to keep in touch and mend those broken bridges, because once we pass from this world there is no turning back, and all the things you will bring during the funeral and all the eloquent words that will be spoken about you won’t mean a thing if you aren’t there to hear them, so remember life is a journey, let’s take them together. Rest in peace Petero “Peter” Boot” Maladroka until the glorious morning when I will see you again. LAWRENCE WARA, Santa Rosa

Humour test

Ask an elementary child to name the four divisions of Fiji, and he or she will probably tell you North, South, East and West. Those who did their homework would probably say North, Central, East and West. Ask the same question to some grown-up adults who did long studies, and I believe some might say: Indians, Fijians, Chinese and European. But those who have a heart will get uneasy with such a question. They might just say they don’t know the answer because it’s a stupid question. Mathieu Pelletier Sigatoka


I believe it’s increasing in numbers. Why? Dan Urai Lautoka

Dengue fever

More than 2500 cases of dengue fever so far this year. And Wolbachia? Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Soursop leaves

Has anybody in Fiji tried using the soursop fruit and leaves for curing any type of cancer? Sukha Singh Labasa

Simon’s letters

I am nowadays surprised to read Simon Hazelman’s thoughts on this paper. Kirti Patel Lautoka

Verbal attack

I always find it difficult to comprehend the logic behind letters from a certain writer from Savusavu. As a daily reader of Fiji’s renowned newspaper, his letter titled “Verbal abuse” (FT 02/09) reminds me of the saying, “Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool, then to speak out and remove all doubts”. It is apparent that as a lapdog of a particular political party, I believe he clearly cannot control his biased state of mind. I hope that he was managing only nuts in his career otherwise I pity the human resource(s) that he managed. Mataiasi Bulivou Nausori

National issues

Can everyone in the august house get together and answer this? Why do we have so many national issues in a prospering Fiji? Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Bus service

The bus services to the greater Nadarivatu area have ceased for more than a year now without any valid reason given by the bus company. And to make it worse, I believe the provincial office and the provincial administrator’s office did nothing about it. I hope they will make use of their weight. Pita Soroaqali Nadarivatu

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