Letters to the Editor – Sunday, August1, 2021

Jerry Tuwai. Picture: FIJI RUGBY UNION

A house for Jerry

As D Sharma wrote in this column on Saturday I also echo the idea for a house by the Government to our champion Jerry Tuwai.

He deserves better but we can settle for a house at least.

Whilst writing this note I read out loud to my family members who overwhelmingly supported this idea.

All team members can be offered a taxi permit and car in appreciation for it to become a long time income generating scheme.

Big vinaka vakalevu for the superb performance.

Abdul Hafiz Ali, Nausori

Little master

Jerry the little master Tuwai has done it all from winning five HK 7s titles in a row as well which many have missed to include in his list of achievements he has done it for Fiji, being the first player with two gold medals and gem of a little genius saving the best for the last.

His career will soon end if not but can every Fijian donate a saqamoli and we help rebuild his family life with a beautiful house a very small token of appreciation to a wizard of 7s perhaps if not the greatest 7s player on Earth.

My saqamoli is ready, let’s do it for Fiji ever Fiji.

Joka Jerry koula, talanoa mada.

No tanoa we need the veilomani kerekere.

Shalwyn Prasad, Mukta Ben Place, Nabua, Suva

Why the security detail?

Why do powerful people need security?

Dan Urai, Lautoka

I salute you

I salute each and every Fijian that has participated in the Olympic Games, past and present, it is indeed a great achievement in itself to be an Olympian, yes that is indeed what you are, if you have participated in the Games, an Olympian, there aren’t many of you out there, so from me and mine, we salute you and acknowledge your commitment and discipline.

Vinaka vakalevu.

Nigel Fiu, Owls Perch, Lautoka

What a game!

What a game they played against the New Zealand girls, pulsating, breathtaking, awesome.

Thank you, you made us proud.

Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Lautoka

Congrats Fijiana

In my eyes, you beat New Zealand in the gold medal semi-final.

NZ women extremely lucky to win with the 8th player in ref’s outfit.

Referee, in my view, was far below par.

I am sorry to have to say.

This is not a case of a poor loser.

NZ women did not win fairly and squarely, in my view.

Definite NZ high shot was missed by ref.

Poor quality refereeing also missed NZ forward pass.

Sometimes, we must speak when we are denied justice.

Personally, I am extremely proud of Fijiana’s effort.

You played with guts, and much distinction.

You made Fiji very proud of your “Ma’e na ma’e” courage.

Ronnie Chang, Martintar, Nadi

That rush

We have witnessed people knocking off at 5pm and having to rush and do their shopping to beat the curfew.

Then there is a huge rush for them to get home.

Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Lautoka

Poor refereeing

It seems our brave Fijiana team could have done better in Tokyo but for the poor decisions by the referees and their assistants.

In the game against France there was no yellow card for the France player who touched the ball.

In the semi-finals against New Zealand I had misgivings when I noted the ref was from Australia.

Sure enough there was no penalty given when our player was grabbed from behind just as she was about to catch the ball.

Forward passes and high tackles by the opposition, etc, were ignored.

Hope for a better performance from the officials during the Bronze medal game.

Our officials should complain.

Norman Yee, Martintar, Nadi

MoH advice

In response to Sukha Singh (31 July).

Is there a reason you’re waiting for advice from MoH?

I’m not waiting to be told that it’s OK to go above and beyond the call of duty.

When I return from my once weekly trip to the supermarket all my clothes go in the laundry basket, including my re-usable mask; and at the very least I wash my hands and face, but usually have a shower.

If they’re stressing the importance of hand washing it stands to reason that everything that can be washed should be.

Dee Jones, Suva

Bill 17

I watched the debate on Bill 17 in Parliament on July 30, 2021.

What a performance by the Minister for Defence, Bulitavu, PM and A-G.

I lease iTaukei land.

I now fully understand what the amendments mean and how it will ensure ease of doing business.

It is clear that all iTaukei will benefit as more land is leased and development becomes easier as these amendments provide an incentive for investors to undertake development.

The opposition members’ contributions using racial and emotional lies were well and truly put to bed.

They all must be deeply embarrassed by the arguments put forward by the above four.

All those thousands who were conned into signing the petitions should now demand an explanation and apology from the opposition members for misleading and making misrepresentations to them to sign the petitions.

I say to the Opposition members from both parties, please pack up and go home.

Thank you.

Jan Nissar, NSW, Australia

The Sunday Times is back!

I was delighted to read these lines, “The Sunday Times publication print edition will be available from a store near you from this Sunday, August 1, 2021. We thank you for your support and understanding,” in yesterday’s The Fiji Times.

For the past two weeks, I missed reading the hard copy of The Sunday Times, and it brought ardent readers a lot of relief.

The Sunday Times holds a special place in many hearts, and when it was taken away, the days of the ’90s, when there was no The Sunday Times, came back to mind, especially when we relied on Monday’s paper for weekend’s news and sports stories.

Thank you, The Fiji Times Ltd, for the consideration and for making sure we have the hard copy of The Sunday Times!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

My Fiji Times story

Here are a few things I would like to share about The Fiji Times.

When we lived in Mulomulo (Nausori Highlands Rd.) I rarely got The Fiji Times.

I would buy it when I went into (Nadi) town or read it when someone had it.

One time while at Satya’s shop a group of men were huddled around what I could see was a newspaper.

Of course I was curious and soon found that it was a copy of The Fiji Times.

I waited my turn and I could see that it had gone through the mill, so to speak.

Or rather it had been read and passed through many hands.

Then I saw that it was four months old.

It had been kept by the owner.

Anyway I got to read it.

When we moved back to Lautoka, I told my businessmen friends about the digital version but tradition was such that they had to read the print version.

It is tradition.

Lately the print version of The Sunday Times was put on hold (not printed) and according to Editor in chief Fred Wesley they did so because even The Fiji Times was not spared during these tough COVID times.

Then Tessa Mckenzie wrote a letter to the Editor (20/7) about her disappointment that she was deprived because she would miss the paper.

And noqu weka Paul Geraghty supports her (FT 31/7) – “Like your correspondent Tessa Mackenzie (20/7), I am very disappointed at the non-appearance of the print edition of The Sunday Times.”

Well it’s back!

Just imagine a Fiji without The Fiji Times.

Happy reading folks.

Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Lautoka

Careful please

Can I please ask all drivers in our Suva / Nausori containment zone to be alert to all ambulances and police services needing to quickly manoeuvre our traffic to hospitals.

Please all Suva drivers: whenever and where ever it is possible, can we pull aside, and give ambulances and police free and clear thoroughfare in emergencies.

Let’s contribute to the safe and efficient passage of loved ones to hospitals.

Let’s do this as safely and as quickly as possible.

In most countries, this is a given courtesy for any emergency vehicles.

It could be our vuvale members who are next in an emergency.

Please Viti, be kind and considerate drivers, and get promptly out of these drivers’ urgent way.

They are saving lives.

Vinaka vaka levu Viti.

Jean Helan Hatch, Sawau St., Nabua, Suva

Fijiana effort

It looks like the success of the Fijiana at the Olympics is too much to absorb for some male individuals.

Maybe, it’s the male egoist behaviour.

We have seen what the girls have done.

Girls of this land making everyone proud.

To those particular males out there, what the hell is wrong in representing this country and upholding values which makes the Olympic games a very special event?

Mohammed Imraz Janif, Natabua, Lautoka

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