Letters to the Editor – Thursday, July 11, 2019

Marsha Cutlip Paul is flanked by her son David and his wife Michelle who died of a mysterious illness in Fiji. Picture: Supplied

Turn of events

I agree with everything you say in your well-written editorial regarding the sudden death of the American couple in Fiji (FT 10/7).

On the question of whose responsibility it is to do the right thing by the family of deceased Americans, the answer is crystal clear: It is the responsibility of the Fijian State.

Rajend Naidu, Sydney, Australia

Sad case

I have been closely following the sad case about the death of David and Michelle Paul, the tourist couple who died over a month ago shortly after their arrival into the country.

I must admit that there are a lot of uncertainties regarding the case and at this point in time, I believe one can say that someone is hiding something.

I really felt for the families of the couple, especially that of David, to have waited for this long and only to receive an e-mail that there is a need for urgent cremation of David’s body for it is deteriorating faster.

As an ordinary citizen, I strongly feel that something fishy is going on here and why is the Minister of Health, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete not responding to the concerns raised by the families?

I vividly recalled that Dr Waqainabete was very much involved at the beginning of this case, but seemed to be quiet at some point and I wonder why.

I very much support Mr Hazelman’s letter to this column, 10/07, that this case will do more damage to the tourism sector and I am glad that he had come to his senses when he said that “No authority should be higher than reality!”

Kositatino Tikomaibolatagane, Vuninokonoko Rd, Navua

Street mishap

Without any prior house to house notices, some residents at Rewa St were in total shock when we were told by contractors on Sunday night to move our cars elsewhere as they painted solid and breaking yellow lines on the roadside.

There are hundreds of tenants along Rewa St and most of us park our cars on the roadside.

We stayed late that night searching for secure parking areas hundreds of metres away and out of sight.

I don’t challenge the powers that be but someone should have the courtesy to inform us by letters about what was going to happen in our area.

I raised my concern with the contractors but they told me that they were paid just to do the job.

They, however, gave telephone number 5720, which was a FRA free number.

I was told by the FRA employee that it is a Suva City Council issue.

The contractors told me that many questions and concerns were also raised by almost every resident along Rewa St.

By Monday morning, Rewa St was suddenly turned into a freeway or highway with cars speeding on all the four lanes.

Now most residents had to cross the road with their children to fetch their cars parking on a road in the opposite side.

It became so dangerous.

By evening an accident occurred at the Boron Rd/Rewa St junction with one of the drivers badly injured.

I believe most local drivers tend to have a multilane/high-speed mentality and it will result in more accidents at Rewa St.

Can FRA explain why have four lanes on a road that has no bus bays?

A bus bay doesn’t affect traffic movements on the outside lane whereas a marked bus stop does.

There are other roads with industrial sites like Fletcher Rd, Grantham Rd, Waimanu Rd and Edinburgh Dr that need FRA’s consideration.

Rewa St is a total residential area from one end to the other.

Once we lose the human dimension of any development, this is the kind of mishap we create.

Iliesa Naivalu, Suva

Drugs issue

Perhaps it is just as well that some policemen are going to China for drugs “training”.

I wish them every success on their trip and hope to see some positives on their return.

China is the largest producer of illicit fentanyl, the most powerful opioid drug presently known.

It is responsible for 45,000 overdose deaths in the USA in the latest yearly statistics produced, perhaps more.

Commissioner Qiliho is correct in assessing the threat of illicit drugs to Fijians and our economy as devastating.

The salient point is are we going to see some devastating methods of educating the populace about what we are facing.

Allan Loosley, Tavua

EFL saga

THE CEO of EFL is vehement in his stand that the 17 per cent increase in tariff is the only way to bail out the company from its current financial doldrums.

However, I believe so far he has failed to provide any plausible explanation as to why the company continued to pay out dividends and bonus to staff when it lost $100million in six and a half years after the tariff reduction.

I wonder what took him so long to realise that the tariff cut was not sustainable.

Why was he keeping quiet all this time?

Did he ever make any submission to the government for the restoration of the tariff?

And what prudential measures were put in place to cushion the impact of the revenue shortfall?

A stitch in time would have saved nine Mr Patel.

Surely the expansion of its clientele emanating from the growth in demand over the years must have raked in more revenue for the company.

Hence the windfall profit in 2018.

The CEO claims that EFL is acting in the best interest of all stakeholders (FT 7/7).

If that is so, did he take into consideration the impact of the tariff hike on its customers who are also shareholders in the company?

Selwa Nandan, Lautoka

Bond in Samoa

Hats off to our athletes in Samoa who have set the perfect platform for a successful outing at this year’s Pacific Games!

Our men’s and women’s rugby league teams collected gold while the likes of Elder and Taichi claimed honours.

Our Bula Boys recorded an impressive victory against American Samoa while our young lifters settled for silver and bronze medals and our bowlers are on track for a medal.

Furthermore, the unity and team bonding that the president had elaborated on was rife as our contingent cheered for each other.

Fiji stood out in Samoa so far and this spirit shall prevail.

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Nadi Back Rd bridge

Some time back we were advised that the Nadi Back Rd bridge would be closed for maintenance.

However, months have gone by and no word on progress.

So out of curiosity the other day I took a drive out there and was surprised to see no workers on site at all.

Would the FRA please advise us about the status of that bridge?

We motorists are now burning up extra fuel just to get to the other side.

Norman Yee, Mehrotra Place, Martintar, Nadi

Police clearance

This sister of mine went to LTA Tavua to apply for group 3 and 4 license on Monday.

She was told that she needed a police clearance.

Straight to Tavua Police Station she went where she was told that they always do the clearance only in the morning.

On Tuesday, before 9am, she went back to the station.

They told her that the officer who was in charge had already left for Ba.

She went to Ba Police Station and the officer there told her that the officer had just left and to come again the next day.

Now yesterday she had to apply for leave only to wait for the officer in charge.

Mereseini Taukave, Tavua

Reckless driver

At 7.26am (10/07), a tourist tour company minibus turned from a Martintar junction with speed and nearly collided with a bus.

It went and parked at a hotel on the other side which was less than 100metres away.

The minibus has registration alphabets HR.

Maybe this reckless driver thinks that the two alphabets stand for “Horse Ride”.

Mohammed Imraz Janif, Natabua, Lautoka

Kiwis arrive for battle

The NZ Maori team, which arrived in Fiji, boasts a powerful forward pack and a dynamic set of fly halves.

The side consists of eight players from the Highlanders, six from the Chiefs, five from the Hurricanes and Blues, and two from the champion Crusaders outfit.

These players have been given an opportunity to prove themselves before the final All Blacks team is named for the ultimate battle in the land of the rising sun.

The Flying Fijians have tasted the heat from the sand dunes and John McKee is confident of an upset.

The Maori had the last laugh at Churchill Park in 2008 in the Pacific Nations Cup, winning 11-7 so a lot is at stake for the Flying Fijians against the Maori boasting names in Ash and Elliot Dixon, Harris, Wright, Leawere (the son of Kele Leawere), Douglas, Ioane, Hall, Ruru, Tahuriorangi, Black, Walden, Stevenson and Wainui.

When the dust settles, I’d love to see the hosts end the losing streak against the NZ Maori.

Toso Viti toso, tovolea mada boys, keitou sa rawata!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Barking dogs

The other day a friend asked me what the law said about barking dogs.

I presumed that he meant the nuisance dogs created when they bark incessantly at night.

Yes, they can be a nuisance especially when a neighbour chooses to ignore the barking of a dog or dogs do all night.

Many dogs will bark at anything that goes past their compound.

They give unsuspecting people an almighty shock that can anger some people.

During mating season, if dogs are loose, they will follow the female dog for miles, fighting and they become a danger to pedestrians.

But back to the point — what can a person do about dogs that bark all night.

Anyway, I have seen the law.

Several years ago I had written that owners of dogs that barked unnecessarily should be punished by having a gadget clipped around their neck which will give them an electrical shock every time their dog barked.

Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

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