Letters to the Editor – June 10, 2019

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Stallions finish second

Another bonus point win against Rewa and Tailevu’s efforts in holding Naitasiri (15-15) enabled the Stallions to finish second on the points table. Nadroga will now host Naitasiri in the semis at Lawaqa Park and I’m confident that the Stallions are ready for the final. Vinaka vakalevu and hakwa Nadro! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Voice for consumers

The Consumer Council of Fiji has a tag line, “The voice for consumers”. The analysis by the CEO that the 2019/2020 budget is going to lift the standard of living is dumbfounding. Prior to the budget delivery, consumers were already complaining about the high cost of living. Where is her concern about rise in prices of various goods? In turn, she comments that the consumers purchasing power will remain the same. It can’t when prices rise. This can’t be seen as a reflection of government’s commitment to consumer protection. Her remarks about “free government schemes” needs correction. Those schemes are not free but funded by taxpayers. Where is the real voice for consumers? Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

MHCC building

Great to see the construction of the new MHCC Tower in Suva nearing completion (FT 08/06). The full glass curtain walls with panoramic views will be impressive. It will have full backup power and high speed fibre-optic connectivity and also enhanced security features. Great to see buildings stepping up with the times. I only hope it is fire proof and will be able to withstand us hefty Fijians as we don’t want to be seeing those cracks again. Anyway, it’s great to see development going on. Simon Hazelman Rava Estate, Savusavu

Trump visit

State visits are not vacations. But President Trump took all his adult children and their spouses along with him when he went to London to see the Queen. When leaders from third world democracies do that — take their family along on official government engagements — it’s called nepotism and corruption by politicians in First World democracies. Some even go so far as to say that is typical of political leaders from banana republics. So what do we call it in Trump’s case? Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia

Swimming pool

Thank you Simon Hazelman for replying to my pool closure letter. I would be very grateful to the mayor who made this $400,000 pool and I believe did not get any return on investment to clarify why was the pool not constructed at the Jaycees Park and why was it closed even before the first water change. If the mayor doesn’t want to reply could the administrator check the council log book and give us the reason for the very quick closure of this pool. Sukha Singh Labasa

Doped question

I was asked by a grog swiper in Lautoka market. When a government runs a country to bankruptcy does anyone go to jail? I was too doped to answer can anyone help? Dan Urai Lautoka

Stray dogs

Please allow me to sound like a stuck record regarding stray dogs. Canine choirs don’t only exist in Waiyavi, they are all over Fiji and the congregations are getting bigger. It’s not the dogs’ fault that they have increased in numbers and become nuisances, it’s us humans. Ever since humans domesticated the first wild dog the problem started and several thousand years down the road we are reaping the benefits, or should that be the problem. Now we have shelters set up by self funded organisations who are doing a job that could do with some help from the government. In Waiyavi the Lautoka City Council set traps and caught what they could. But guess what, two dogs that were trapped have returned to the street, yes the owners may have gone and paid the council for the release of the dogs. The shelter in Lautoka is doing a good job, but who will take a stray dog home to love, feed and house and keep them in a fenced compound, it’s like trying to fill a basket with water, it will never be done. Anyway, when the council workers or contractors set the traps up in my area they took the trapped dogs away and set up others, the dogs that came to he trap did what most male dogs do, by lifting one leg doing their job and walking away. They weren’t fooled because when their mate was trapped they knew danger was in the trap. I think the dogs in Waiyavi have degrees. ALLEN LOCKINGTON, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Crusaders maul Rebels

After taking out the Crusaders Rookie Award Reece continued with his try scoring rhythm as he helped the defending champions maul the Rebels 66-0. Ryan Crotty, who appeared in his 150th Super Rugby match for the hosts, helped the nine-time champions to brandish the tantalising defeat at the hands of the Chiefs in Suva. The Crusaders got off to a blistering start and the opponents found the giants hard to contain as the hosts came up with lots of variation and armoury and the enthusiasm and excitement with which Reece played makes him a hot All Black prospect for this year’s RWC 15s. As the visitors chased shadows the hosts ran riot with set-piece perfection and stunned the Rebels. The stadium ran wild on a cold night as it rained tries. Congratulations on the super win Crusaders! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Synthetic drugs

The allocation of $800,000 for a stronger effort to combat synthetic drug trafficking with dedicated staff and $720,000 towards the purchase of four new intercept boats for police to strengthen law enforcement out at sea, is the right initiative. Our synthetic drug problem stems from our seas and it is exactly where we need to be focusing our efforts and resources. While this allocation will help out, it is far from enough to cover our Fiji waters. It would require enormous support and effort to be able to have a much tighter control over vessels coming in and out of the country. The authorities will also need to monitor air traffic as well. There is nothing stopping aircraft flying in at anytime during the day or night to airdrop parcels of drugs at specific locations. The world has become smaller and more accessible to everything and anything imaginable. It is becoming scarier by the day out here in the middle of the Pacific! Simon Hazelman Rava Estate, Savusavu

Sevens king

As the debate has erupted on who the king of sevens is, one of the candidates has humbly denied being considered in the equation. The key discussion point is would Waisale Serevi be able to perform as he did in his days in today’s professional sevens era? Serevi rose to prominence when sevens was not taken seriously and countries were sending teams for participation and development purpose. The quality of opposition players during Waisale Serevi’s and Jerry Tuwai’s playing years have a vast difference. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Bus cards

To curb the abuse of bus cards, students can no longer use them after 4.30pm. There should be a similar accommodation for the morning period. Students crowd and roam around the bus stand area way after 8am. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Media raid

It is understandable that ABC chair Ita Buttrose should have “grave concern” over the Australian Federal Police raid on the national broadcaster which she deemed “designed to intimidate” (‘ABC raided’ FT 9/6). If that is the case then that is clearly the modus operandi of a police state and not that of a model democracy which Australia projects itself to be to the international community. It is the kind of state behaviour one associates with totalitarian regimes. It is a threat to democracy and free speech. It is therefore not surprising that the raids on the media outlets and journalists have been roundly condemned by reputable media and rights organisations at home and abroad. Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia

Who, how, why

When a nephew attending a prominent boarding school in Tailevu left for the first term break he was lucky he had one pair of uniform left. A friend explained it’s part of growing up. Parents should be prepared to take a loan to replace everything that walked out of son’s locker. Dan Urai Lautoka

Rubbish collection

There seems to be more rubbish on the road side than ever before! With the introduction of daily rubbish collection, the public assumes rubbish will be collected. The people of Nasinu have been putting their rubbish on the road at any time convenient to them, assuming this will be collected, and if missed, it will be collected the next day. The rubbish is then taken apart by dogs. No one seems to care. Hopefully measures are in place to solve this problem. Tomasi Boginiso Nasinu

Mysterious deaths

The mysterious deaths of American couple David and Michelle appears to be a classic episode from the American science fiction supernatural television series, The X-Files. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

VAT issue

I believe paying tax through VAT is no longer sufficient. Every one selling anything should register and pay some more. Dan Urai Lautoka

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