Letters to the Editor – April 5, 2019


Fijian fans in Hong Kong

Fijian fans in Hong Kong Fiji Fans started arriving into Hong Kong to support Fiji in making history for five years in a row. The Fiji contingent of fans arrived into Hong Kong, settled down and then got familiar with Hong Kong at night. We even took a walk to So Kon Po stadium where the organisers were still busy with the set up, ensuring that the stage is set for the big day. Most Fiji fans visiting Hong Kong for the first time have only been following the Hong Kong 7s on television since kids but are now delighted to be in Hong Kong and the trip will be always on their mind. The Fiji fans are gearing up with their costumes and some already were into their grog bowls and sigidrigi throughout the night. Tomasi Boginiso Hong Kong

Ready to go

Our captain looked confident during the captains’ photo shoot and I’m sure that the amazing sights in Hong Kong would have drowned the jitters that he would have experienced as he leads our side against Kenya around mid-night Fiji time. Kenya were beaten in last year’s final and the Shujaa, a Swahili word meaning courage, confidence, bravery, or heroism, will boast a huge crowd support. Senior players like Onyala, Oluoch, Oyoo, Amonde, Olindi and Sikuta will lead the war while Taabu, Agero, Dennis, Lugonzo, Mwale, Munoko and Wandeto are expected to provide cover. Baber faces an immense task as Fiji counts on him and our warriors to weave that ‘special magic’ and get the cup. With the presence of Tomasi Cama, our boys are sure to be motivated and ready for the battle at the iconic So Kon Po. On the other hand, Tom Cama Jr has started playing mind games as he stated that Fiji could win but I’m sure that he would have told his boys that “NZ is going to win”. The battle starts tonight and a huge win is needed to cement top position in the ‘pool of death’. My best wishes to our boys for the match against the Shujaa. Toso Viti! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Go Fiji go

I am sure Gareth Baber and his comrades will not leave any stones unturned to defend their title in Hong Kong this weekend. The team must treat every game seriously and score as many points as possible. The coach must also tell the boys to pay special attention to their discipline. Fighting such a battle means you can’t leave room for any silly mistake and laziness. Individualism sometimes costs you the game. So, I urge you all to play as a team and leave the rest to the Almighty. At this juncture let us acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of all who make us a proud rugby nation. I take this opportunity to wish the team all the best in Hong Kong. Please keep us happy. Suresh Chand Nadi

Municipal elections

I think there is an error in suggesting that the reduction in voter percentages in municipal elections from 2002 to 2005 is related to corruption, mismanagement or loss in confidence. I don’t remember of any nationwide survey to substantiate these claims. It could also mean that the ratepayers are not interested as long as the services are quality and well timed. In the 2018 General Elections, nearly 180,000 registered voters opted not to vote. Likewise, this reduction does not have any meaning unless a study unearths the real reasons. Raw data does not become information by itself. It has to be analysed for it to be interpreted in the correct manner. Instead of consulting the people of this country on the review of legislations, carry out consultations on what the people want. Our collective views will end this long standing commotion once and for all. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Council work

The revelation by the Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar that elected municipal councillors were corrupt in carrying out council work (FT:04/04) is nothing new and a well known fact to many. The subject ought to be front page news and not on page 22 of The Fiji Times! The extreme corruption mentioned in the article by Repeka Nasiko (FT:04/04-Page 22) is just the tip of the iceberg and it is extremely important that more investigations be carried out and findings be made known to the nation. Regardless of when it happened, justice must prevail, and these councillors must be brought to trial! Simon Hazelman Rava Estate, Savusavu

Good people, good money

Yes Mr Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Jone Usamate, good people cost good money. We understand that. I believe this was the response to a question on LTA’s new chief executive officer. They are only good if the are as good as their pay. Now I wait to see what good he will bring to improving transportation in the many traffic laden roads in Fiji. Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Making decisions

Governance is the process of making decisions. In most mature democracies they have two houses between which bills traverse to and from in the process before it becomes law. Inherent to this process is the watering down and the compromise amendments. I believe all this has the effect of distilling the bills and allowing clarity to emerge before it is passed into law, into a form which is as representative as can be. Some may say it is onerous, cumbersome and even slow. But like most issues we find vexing going to bed, we wake-up next morning, after an eight hour delay, focused. In the current setup that is Fiji today where I believe there is only parliament plus government attempts via Standing Orders to short-circuit and fast-track the “distilling” process, what we have is token democracy piggy-backed on a form of parliamentary autocracy. This may have been what the IMF was alluding to. Mareko Vuli Delaidogo Settlement, Wainibuku Rd, Nasinu

Five in a row

Your back page sports headline by Josefa Makaba on a possible Fiji five in a row historic win in HK will be like winning the sevens World Cup or even close to the Olympics. This is how passionate the Hong Kong 7s has become. The picture of our stoic leader holding the HK cup alone is a clear message that Fiji remains the favourite and number one team in HK win or lose. Such is the passion that everytime our boys run into So Kon Po even we the fans become too emotional and the cheers just lifts to another level. In 1990 when Fiji won the first of three HK, evergreen commentator Graham Edens’ final message was Fiji has done it. For decades seeing NZ and Fiji playing in the final at HK this is probably a historic moment to see them playing in the pool stages. It will be like a yesteryear finals and the winner will certainly stake one hand to the cup. I dedicate this year’s HK games to all our brave warriors and coaches/managers that went to HK and passed away. I am sure they will be our biggest fans from heaven sending their blessings. Vinaka Tu Kiti, Ravonu, JB and the list goes on … you can’t take away Fiji from HK … we have our place in So Kon Po. Toso Viti kei na vuravura. Joka noqu Viti. Shalwyn Prasad Mukta Ben Place, Nabua, Suva

All the best

The stage is all set for the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team to defend the Hong Kong 7s tournament and make it a record consecutive five wins. Classed as the Pool of Death alongside New Zealand, Australia and Kenya, I can only wish the team all the best and perform accordingly to the game plan set by the coach. At this point in time I am still shocked and saddened by the passing of The Fiji Times senior sports journalist Maciu Malo who was laid to rest at the Tavakubu cemetery on Saturday. The Lautoka golf club members observed a minute’s silence during prize presentation as Maciu had covered a number of important golf events at LGC, in particular our national Lautoka Open Golf Championship. I am sure the media fraternity and the many sporting organisations all appreciated Maciu’s in depth reporting and remember him. On my part, I will be organising a golf tournament in memory of Maciu with all proceeds going to his wife and three daughters. Special invitations will be accorded to prolific “Letters to the Editor” writers Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam and Allen Lockington. On a brighter note I am very thankful and grateful to our honorable Prime Minister for inviting the Fiji Special Olympic Team to watch the parliamentary sittings and treat them to lunch at McDonald’s. The PM thanked the team for representing Fiji and will honour their accomplishments with a celebration at Albert Park. What a fine gesture by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Toso Viti toso. Raymond Singh Lautoka

Radio quiz

While travelling to Nadi this week (4/4), on an I-Taukei radio station, the announcer conducted a quiz. Two callers were alternatively asked three questions each. They had five seconds to reply to each question. The questions surrounded acronyms such as ATM, IMF, UNICEF, ICAO and UNESCO. The two callers had to state what the respective acronyms stood for. I was surprised. After a really long time I heard educational questions on radio. If my details are correct, years back, there used to be a hit quiz program on one of the stations on Sunday evenings. These types of programs will assist to make Fiji a knowledge based society. Certainty not those questions for text competitions. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Wolves down Red Devils

Since Ole has been appointed permanent manager, Manchester United has taken a U-turn and the Red Devils have lost to Arsenal (2-0) Wolves (twice) by 2-1. The side has also slipped to 6th on the EPL points table. I just hope that the glorious days that we saw after Mourinho was shown the exit door were not short-lived. Trust me it’s a moment of pain for ardent Man United fans as we fight for a top four finish! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu


Indeed it’s not against the law. I believe it’s only against the principles of good political leadership in particular if appointment is not based on merit. Dan Urai Lautoka

Only 4G, 3G

Visiting Hong Kong for the first time, I decided to change my SIM card to the Hong Kong network. Trying to explain that I am from Fiji but the Hong Kong lady replied that they only have 4G and 3G! Tomasi Boginiso Hong Kong

International games

I want to ask Minster Parveen Kumar if international games can be played at Churchill Park. Simple answer will be yes or no. If no, why? Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Election issue

The very reason majority of Lautoka citizens want municipal election is to stop political leaders’ interference. The opposite to what honourable Parveen Kumar is saying (fijivillage.com). Dan Urai Lautoka

MP’s comment

Honourable Praveen Kumar has said that some people were paid to give submission on the Shirly Park issue. That’s a huge comment. As a senior citizen of Lautoka, I feel it’s a slap on our face. The minister should tell us how he found out about this. John Brown Drasa Vitogo, Lautoka

Outer space

F/T reported the destruction of a derelict Indian satellite in outer space last week. Common spaces on planet Earth have been environmentally polluted and climate change accelerated, what do we make of the satellite showdown by Modi et Co.? An act of pollution or an outer space cleanup? Neil Sharma Suva


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