Letters to the Editor: Wednesday September 11,2019

Frank Lomani during the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team training at Albert Park in Suva on Monday, August 19, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Frank Lomani’s story

I saw on social media a clip from FBC on the story of our Flying Fijian Frank Lomani.

A brief of that story entails how he started from humble beginnings in the village of Nukubalavu in Savusavu, but one thing that caught my attention was his dream of not only donning the white jumper but getting a rugby contract overseas as is the dream of every young Fijian rugger to not only play the game they love with the best players in the world but to also earn the big dollars and make life a little easier back at home.

That and also his trust in the Lord, that has been the cornerstone of his career thus far.

So in this day and age amidst all the chaos it is never too late to turn to the Lord for assistance, and in our society where we are trying to promote all types of religion, I say trust in whomever you believe in God, Allah, Rama, Jehovah or a divine being, be true to your faith and it will be true to you.

I write to you about this from my personal experience, I have lived a life full of joy, tribulation and anguish and have survived through it all through the grace of God’s love for me.

A brief of my history would tell you that I was conceived out of wedlock and was brought up by my grandmother, may her soul rest in peace.

Growing up amidst what is now known as abuse but back then we called it teasing at a time when to grow up in society with that kind of stigma you would be destined for the dark and sinister path or even the gallows but through my grandmother’s prayer and faith I did not end up in that situation, sure as I grew older I did walk on the wild side but found my way back, now that is a story for another time.

So fast forward to the present, I was laid off work in July 2018 and had a family to provide for, rent and bills to pay, but I never lost the faith and kept my trust in the Lord.

Today 2019, we have relocated to Santa Rosa in the USA and I am still in awe of God’s love and mercy.

The moral of my short story is Fiji, if we but trust in the Lord and continue to be true in our endeavours he will reward you.

So there is hope amidst all this turmoil, don’t give up and continue to trust in the Lord.

On that note I wish Frank and the boys all the best in Japan, and continue to pray for my beloved Fiji.



Upsetting scenario

Reading the front page of The Fiji Times titled “He asked if I was single” I wonder what our Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwawa would say about this case where a Cabinet minister in her own party was alleged to have verbally upset a female staff member of Parliament.

The honourable minister has been vocal about the right and equal treatment of women in many of her speeches where she gets invited and I look forward to her response regarding this issue.

In addition, I believe in the August Parliament sitting the FijiFirst Government did make a strong stand against violence against women and I await to hear their voices on this one.

Kositatino Tikomaibolatagane Vuninokonoko Rd, Navua Suicide Prevention Day This day is observed on September 10 each year to promote worldwide action to prevent suicide.

Various events and activities are held during this occasion to raise awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death.

Many individuals on average scale commit suicide, for every person who completes a suicide, or more may attempt to end their lives.

Suicide is a preventable cause of premature death which is influenced by psychosocial, cultural and environmental risk factors that can be prevented through worldwide responses that address these main risk factors: decrease stigmatisation regarding suicide; depression of stress or other family or financial burden, less attention in society or knowledge about suicide.

These could be prevented by launches of publications about suicide awareness and prevention, media programs promoting suicide awareness and prevention , training courses about suicide and depression awareness and counselling.

Suicide prevention is an umbrella term for the collective efforts of local citizen organisations, mental health practitioners and related professionals to reduce the incidence of suicide.

Such efforts include preventive and proactive measures within the realms of medicine and mental health, as well as public health and other fields.

Suicide prevention interventions fall into two broad categories; prevention targeted at the level of the individual and prevention targeted at the level of the population.

The hope is to prevent such an act.




Parliament in session

Like many Fiji Islanders, my perception of Fiji’s democracy takes a nosedive, every time there is a sitting of Parliament.

In Parliament, we see outrageous and divisive rhetoric, aimed at crippling freedom and hope.

The last sitting was awful.

We heard of a male MP who shouted across the floor to a female MP, to cover up.

And I believe he actually gestured to her to come get his coat.

That’s actually disgusting and unbecoming of a member of Parliament!

The issue was brought before Parliament and a ruling given that it was not a breach of privileges. I got even more disheartened, because no man has the right to order women to wear certain clothes.

We also saw the Government unite to forgive a man who allegedly assaulted another MP.

That’s even more troubling.

I recall when the Tui Cakau was taken through the privileges process four years ago for referring to decisions made by the late Speaker, as like that done by a “cavuka”, he apologised four times, and he even apologised to the Speaker, for which she forgave him.

But the Government pushed for his suspension in Parliament.

He was given a sentence of two years for one word!

So now, like many Fijians, we look on, and ask, is Parliament worth the money or are we taxpayers wasting our money, funding an institution that does not serve the people!


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