Letters to the Editor – November 3

Food being served during the Nausori Market Diwali Celebrations. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Bright colours 
The bright picture in yesterday’s The Fiji Times added colour to this year’s Diwali celebration as the Nausori market vendors came together and celebrated Diwali. Thanks to this newspaper readers caught a glimpse of how creative the vendors have been, not only in the way they decorated their stalls, but also how they presented themselves. Looking at the colorful pictures, one concludes that our hardworking and dedicated vendors enjoyed the day and were also excited to be part of the event. Various organisations, schools and other municipalities will come in different colours to celebrate this auspicious occasion and I hope that The Fiji Times will continue to bring more pictures and stories. Fiji is blessed to be a multiracial country where Fijians join hands to celebrate Eid, Diwali, Easter and Christmas. The unity seen at Nausori market has reminded each one that for our beloved nation to progress, we must work together. Supermarkets are getting crowded as shoppers are rushing to catch-up on the Diwali sale and buy groceries, lights and firecrackers. On the other hand, there will be some who will be working on a tight budget despite the Diwali hype. Then those who have lost a loved one or close member will silently pray and rekindle memories of past Diwali celebrations. Finally, Diwali is a special time and presents an opportunity for people to share love with families and friends. Let’s focus on the spiritual meaning!
Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa,
Nasinu

Tertiary education
The Prime Minister is against the idea of making tertiary education free. He states that it would not be feasible as students are going to abuse it by not being concerned. According to him, they will not be even bothered to attend lectures and tutorials. Since primary and secondary school education was made free, education in Fiji has deteriorated. These students have the same attitude when they enter tertiary institutes for education. All primary and secondary schools begin their lessons at 8am. Students can be seen with their mobile phones at the bus stand way after 8am. Their behaviour and language lacks what is desired from students. As far as my knowledge goes, our primary and secondary education is not available online. Let alone not being bothered at tertiary level, they are least bit concerned at primary and secondary level.
Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua,
Lautoka

Dangers of diabetes
A significant effort is in progress to educate people about the dangers of diabetes and how best to avoid developing it. However, there will be thousands of citizens who have developed diabetes and don’t know it, or those in the prediabetes stage which can be diagnosed and medical advice given on how to prevent getting the full-blown disease. I would like to see people over the age of 30, who are present at medical facilities, public or private, for whatever reason, to have their blood sugar level tested by glucometer. Of course there are many factors that influence the results of this simple test but medical professionals know what to look for and can arrange for the patient to undergo further tests at a later date if deemed necessary. This will assist to reduce the prevalence of diabetes in Fiji.
Allan Loosley
Tavua

Cost of living
Isa, I just read that a Krishneel Maharaj has been quoted as saying there is no issue with the cost of living in the country. Sobo Krishneel, do you know what you are talking about? Please come around the settlements and see the people. Did you go around and actually see the people to say that. Do you earn a wage below the minimum wage? I rest my case.
Mere Lagilagi Lovu,
Lautoka

Opposition effort
I refer to Allan Looslely’s letter on the above subject printed in this newspaper on FT 2/11/18 where he described the Opposition performance. Unfortunately, the Opposition votes in accordance with Section 69 of the Constitution however they dislike the Bill. They don’t have the number and it’s majority rule game. I suppose we just go with the flow!
Amenatave Yaconisau
Palm Drive, Delainavesi

Cost of living again
Krishneel Maharaj of Tuvu, Lautoka has assertively stated that “there are no issues with the current cost living” (FT 01/11). Such a generalised and ludicrous comment is an insult to the thousands of commoners clinging on that thin poverty thread. The Fiji Times for the past week has been stressing the dilemma of the struggling and the underprivileged — I suggest Krishneel pick up a copy of The Fiji Times and actively educate himself on the adversities people are enduring in their daily lives. He obviously has no clue about the reality at hand. Wake up and smell the coffee Krish! Please make informed comments. And yes I am saying it out loud and clear. Can you hear me The Fiji Times?
Nishant Singh
Lautoka

Scuba divers
Why do scuba divers fall backwards into the water? Because if they fall forward, they’ll still be in the boat!
Nigel Fiu
Owls Perch, Lautoka

Daylight wasting
As many may have experienced, it’s daylight wasting and not saving, why not save as much time as possible and move on for everyone’s benefit? “Time is the best blessed gift God has given so make the best of it.”
Tahir Ali Hamilton, New Zealand

Election process
With so many rules binding political parties and candidates during this campaigning period, I believe the national election seems to be not that free as it seems to be. I believe it’s rather more an election of legality and technicality rather than free and fair. What is supposed to be a case of national interest is not drawing an interest at all so far. I am not even looking forward to the national poll day but rather the holiday part of it. A dull national election buildup indeed.
Pita Soroaqali Nadarivatu

Explanation
I would like to ask the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General to give an honest explanation on why Professor Brij Lal and his wife, Dr Padma Lal continue to be banned from travelling to Fiji.
Prof Vijay Naidu
Nailuva Rd, Suva

$5 wage rate
Is $5 wage rate really going to happen? I bet no! Well I guess it will take time as the current Government is working towards it. I reckon it’s just a brainwashing tactic used to gain votes during elections by some political parties. I don’t see much difference between some new politicians with their ideas and diapers, as both have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly and for the same reason!
Shamal Chand
Kuku Bau Rd, Nausori

Weight-lifting
So upsetting that Fiji’s great hope, this Levuka lady champion, is being discarded because of some internal squabbling. Could the Sports Minister help? Joe Smith Admiral Circle Pacific Harbour, Deuba Party slogan As a literary man, I find one of the political party’s slogan “Change is coming,” quite rekindling. Arun Prasad Dilkusha, Nausori PM query Could someone tell us how many days our PM was out of the country this year 2018? I would also like to know if an acting allowance was paid to the Attorney-General.
Sukha Singh
Labasa

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