Letters to the Editor – Thursday, May 09, 2019


Roadworks issue

We are told that (Fiji Roads Authority) chief executive officer Jonathan Moore says they will stop all night works on the four-lane route along Kings Rd from Rewa Bridge to Nakasi because of the inconsiderate driver behaviour.

His concern for the safety of his road workers is commended but as the boss of the road, he should not surrender to those arrogant speeding drivers by stopping the night works!

They can put a couple of temporary road humps to slow down the night traffic but please continue with the night roadworks.

The traffic jam on the Suva-Nausori corridor is sickening and stopping night works will only delay or slow down the work in progress, thus prolonging the suffering of the people who have to crawl through the traffic jam daily.

Please FRA, thank you for the roadworks but work 24 hours every day to complete the project and hopefully heal the mental stress caused by the traffic jams.

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

Forbes rates Tuwai

The name many of us hated during his 7s playing days for the All Blacks has rated Jerry Tuwai highly and has identified the king-pin as the impact player to lead us to the 2018/19 World Rugby Sevens Series (WRSS) overall title next month.

According to DJ Forbes (former NZ 7s captain), Tuwai was a key force for the 7s team and after his injury, the rest of the team members stood up.

Forbes admitted that the WRSS was getting tough and that teams such as USA were putting a lot of wealth and resources in getting their side prepared to face the best teams in the world.

I pity our boys who play on the big stage with limited funding and resources but sit second best on the circuit ahead of NZ, Australia, England and the Blitzbokke.

Fiji is three points behind the Eagles and the London and Paris tournaments should settle the scores!

Toso Viti toso!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Political career

In the first six months, I think Lynda Tabuya has done so well that she will be the biggest accomplisher in the next general elections if she decides to continue with her political career.

It could mean that the golden mark of 559 from the previous general elections will come down further.

Mohammed Imraz Janif, Natabua, Lautoka

Golden boy

Could somebody tell us why this golden boy from Tavua is not in the Fiji team?

Even if he won two gold medals by fluke, he should have been picked in the team.

Over to you Joe Rodan.

Sukha Singh, Labasa

Facing extinction

Scientists say up to one million species of plant and animals face extinction (ABC News 07/05).

Is anyone surprised by that?

No one should be.

Warnings about how human activity has been adversely impacting – degrading if not destroying – the environment that all plants and animals are dependent on for their sustenance and survival have been made for ages but often ignored.

As far back as 1973 E. F Schumacher alerted us in his book Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics We are the only species on planet Earth that deliberately make toxic our living habitat.

We did not pay heed to the warnings.

Now we are faced with the consequences of human complacency and inaction.

It’s as straightforward as that!

Rajend Naidu, Sydney, Australia

New pipeline

Can someone at Water Authority of Fiji please check and complete the new pipeline at Lawaki settlement.

A lot of families are struggling without water in that settlement.

Question is why did Water Authority of Fiji decide to lay more pipes and incur costs when the pipes that were connected beside the main road was all that was needed.

Please Water Authority of Fiji, the people need water which is our basic right.

Mr Prime Minister and Native Land Trust Board, please look into this situation.

Narayan Reddy, Lautoka

Manchester United falls

Ole’s arrival sparked firecrackers at the iconic Old Trafford and he rejuvenated hopes of a top four finish.

However, once Ole was given a permanent contract, Man United took a nosedive and failed to impress.

United was blown apart by Barcelona, Everton and Man City but until that, a top four finish was on the cards.

I pity Man United and I hope that our series of losses will eventually come to an end!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Fijian roads

I can feel the frustration of your correspondent, Mohammed Janif (FT 08/05) with the ongoing standards of Fijian roads.

His cry of “quality is not cheap” is so true and doing it right, doing it once would benefit all.

It is not rocket science and has been thoroughly researched.

The document “Road Pavement Design for the Pacific Region” by PRIF and the University of Auckland and the USP gives a few clues but as they sum up, the “Build-Neglect-Rebuild” paradigm is at the core of most roadway problems in Fiji.

Terry Hulme, Eastwood, NSW, Australia

Fish sale

Why is fish sold at the Lautoka fisheries wharf not gutted?

Any comment from the Fisheries Minister or permanent secretary?

Wise Muavono, Balawa, Lautoka

Potholes, money

IS there any way I can make money out of potholes.

It’s in abundance and plentiful, more than mandarins and oranges in the Suva market.

Please advise!

Usaia Tagi, Delainavesi

Change for better

“Health Ministry to change for better” your Page 2 headline news of May 8.

Got to ask, why is the demand higher now and the supply has been shortcoming?

Our lifestyles perhaps?

Neverthe-very-less, be the “Capone” Mr Minister, and hurriedly too; supply the demand pronto.

Manoj Lal Patel, Drasa Avenue, Lautoka

Where to

Where do workers go with their grievances when their employers disregard their calls for discussions and their voices are crushed?

Mohammed Imraz Janif, Natabua, Lautoka

Praise for the PM

Congratulations are in order for our Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for being reconfirmed to the position of Fiji Rugby Union president for another four years.

Likewise, Fiji Football Association (FFA) president Rajesh Patel being the only nominee to head the association for another four years.

FRU recorded a profit of $569,000 for the 2018 financial year.

In one direction, the FRU president is taking us towards the 15s Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympic Games 7s in Tokyo.

In contrast, Fiji FA’s main vision is Mission 2026 to earn a qualifying spot in the World Cup, whereby, hopefully it becomes a 48-team tournament.

Right at our doorstep is the upcoming Pacific Games and already the mindset is to focus seven years beyond.

FFA keeps harping about soccer development, mainly focused around the boring Fiji FACT, Battle of Giants, and the Inter-District Championship with a number of age group participation that is hardly producing any results compared with rugby union.

To our very successful Lautoka Football Association president, Abdul Kadir, I personally think that you have boarded the wrong bus.

Finally, all the best to our Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team gladiators for the final leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series.

Hopefully, Fiji FA president and FIFA council member Rajesh Patel will once again be around to congratulate the history creating 7s team and management.

Go Fiji go.

Raymond Singh, Lautoka

Congratulations in order

Congratulations on acquiring Airbus A350s and your continued profitability.

Fiji Airways is a critical element of the Fijian tourism industry ensuring adequate seat capacity and routes to grow the industry.

Its new modern fleet will help it to compete especially with Qantas returning to the market.

Unfortunately, their restrictive 23kg baggage allowance put it at a disadvantage compared with Qantas, One World and other carriers that allow 30kg or 2 bags.

This is a key factor for Fijian/returning residents as they normally carry lots of gifts and shopping for family.

This a significant annoyance.

For international travellers connecting with Fiji Airways, they need to comply with different and lower baggage allowance is a significant annoyance as evidenced at checkin/transfer counters.

With Fiji Airways’ goal to achieve 4-star standard, such baggage allowance change may be a consideration.

Such change may also increase/maintain its market share and achieve higher traffic growth.

In addition, cost savings from operating costs from the A350s should be shared with its loyal customers through adjustments to baggage allowance.

This will substantially improve customer satisfaction/loyalty and compliment your friendly Fijian service.

All the best.

Christopher Jackson Mar, Qanville Estate, Nasoso, Nadi *(Due to an editing error, this is a rerun of this letter — Editor)

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