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In­spi­ra­tional Mausam Dhiren­dra Prasad,


I salute the Fiji Sun for bring­ing to the at­ten­tion of Fiji and the world, the strug­gles and suc­cess of a bean and peanut seller.

No won­der Mausam Ali is an ar­dent fan of Ba soc­cer as I learnt that he is orig­i­nally from Ba.

He is an in­spi­ra­tion to strug­gling cit­i­zens through his de­ci­sion-mak­ing skills. The de­ci­sion he made 50 years ago has led him to great suc­cess. Our young minds need such in­spi­ra­tion from peo­ple such as him.

No one would miss this man at the Suva Bus Stand, hand full of pack­ets and a cheer­ful smile. This smile is a show of re­spect and his hap­pi­ness.

This is some­thing peo­ple in high of­fices dream about. Imag­ine sell­ing beans and peanuts for 50 years and still smil­ing. Wow. I envy you, sir.

No mat­ter what one does, he should be happy on his way back home af­ter work. Not like many who still think of what will come next.

They have no sense of se­cu­rity be­cause of their at­ti­tude and state of mind. But Mr Ali is a man’s man, self-em­ployed and em­ploy­ing some oth­ers as well. This is an ex­am­ple of some­one who is not de­pen­dent on oth­ers for a liveli­hood. You are more fa­mous than many of the high-class per­son­al­i­ties. Ac­cord­ing to him "it is bet­ter if we work hard rather than steal­ing .... ".

God bless you for be­ing an in­spi­ra­tion to the cit­i­zens of Fiji.

Big vinaka to Fiji Sun.

You are truly reach­ing out to the or­di­nary in our so­ci­ety.

Fi­jian Made Joan M Goon, Jet­point, Mart­in­tar

It is quite im­pres­sive to see the stan­dard of qual­ity in our Fi­jian made prod­ucts. Meet­ing the tastes and de­mands of the di­verse con­sumer base is a hefty goal yet many of our lo­cal food man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies, es­pe­cially are de­liv­er­ing with great re­sults and with af­ford­able prices.

On Fiji Day, I took a stroll by the street near mine and en­tered an es­tab­lish­ment sell­ing flavoured ice-blocks (pop­si­cles). I saw “peanut but­ter” and pur­chased one to check it out at $1 a pop­si­cle.

I was blown away by how good it tasted and when I looked at the back of the wrap­per, I was im­me­di­ately im­pressed and full of joy­ful pride to see that a Fi­jian com­pany man­u­fac­tured this. It def­i­nitely added more pa­tri­o­tism to the day. Strolling through the su­per­mar­ket a cou­ple days later, I saw Cheese spreads and prod­ucts for less than $4-$6 when sim­i­lar prod­ucts nor­mally sell for $7 plus.

I was more im­pressed to dis­cover that the cheaper qual­ity items were Fi­jian Made. How awe­some!

Lately, Fi­jian prod­ucts have been deemed as too ex­pen­sive even by for­eign­ers so it is a relief to see af­ford­able qual­ity Fi­jian items be­ing dis­played.

Vic­to­ri­ous Dhar­men­dra Ku­mar, Suva

The scrip­tures fre­quently re­fer to and pic­ture the Chris­tian life as a bat­tle. But our war is dif­fer­ent from the wars of this world.

The ul­ti­mate out­come has al­ready been de­ter­mined for us. And while we face a vi­cious and pow­er­ful foe in Satan, one we can­not over­come in our own strength, we do not have to fight him alone.

We lack suf­fi­cient power to de­feat him, but Je­sus has al­ready over­thrown his king­dom through His death and res­ur­rec­tion. And with the power of the Holy Spirit liv­ing and work­ing in us, we can be vic­to­ri­ous.

Vote Ap­pli­ca­tion Sukha Singh, Labasa

Could all the con­tes­tants in this year’s election write to sukhas­ingh33@ya­hoo. com on why I should vote for them.

Go The Blues Kirti Pa­tel, Lau­toka

I would like to con­grat­u­late our baby blues for pro­duc­ing the won­der­ful out­come in the Courts IDC.

Well done. Con­grat­u­la­tions are in or­der. Ku­dos to all the hard-work­ing play­ers. Thanks for mak­ing us proud.

Dis­crim­i­na­tory Sig­nage Satish Nakched, Suva

In Fiji we have no­ticed that there is a huge dis­crim­i­na­tory fac­tor in the way peo­ple are recog­nised and ad­dressed without any con­sid­er­a­tion and done very un­eth­i­cally.

The Fi­jian Con­sti­tu­tion, which is within the Univer­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights, is a well-writ­ten doc­u­ment which gives ev­ery peo­ple in Fiji the equal­ity and free­dom from dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Most or­gan­i­sa­tions have this em­bed­ded in their poli­cies and the re­cruit­ment se­lec­tion are based on mer­its rather than the race, sex or af­fil­i­a­tion within a cer­tain com­mu­nity.

There has been a lot of talk and en­cour­age­ment for women con­tribut­ing reg­u­larly or hold­ing se­nior po­si­tions within the or­gan­i­sa­tions and be­ing in­volved in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process.

In our Par­lia­ment there is grow­ing num­ber of the fe­male mem­bers and hope­fully there will be more ad­di­tional af­ter the gen­eral election.

I was at the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony this year at one of the uni­ver­si­ties and the Dean of a Col­lege ac­knowl­edged that the fe­male grad­u­ates over­took the males in num­bers and this is a good in­di­ca­tor of how the work­force in fu­ture will look like.

While this process is rapidly in progress most or­gan­i­sa­tions have failed to recog­nise the fact that the sky­line of the labour mar­ket is now very dif­fer­ent and will con­tinue to change with more in­volve­ment of fe­male work­ers tak­ing up po­si­tion which was male dom­i­nated pre­vi­ously.

Most of our cur­rent laws are ob­so­lete and con­tain dis­crim­i­na­tory clauses and when it refers to a per­son and words such as “he” or “him” are used through­out the doc­u­ments.

There are Acts in place such as the Work­men’s Com­pen­sa­tion Act and oth­ers which do not recog­nise the op­po­site sex. This must be re­placed with the ti­tle such as Work­ers Com­pen­sa­tion Act. One of the oth­ers out of so many is the li­cence that En­ergy Fiji Lim­ited reg­u­lates which is con­tained in Chap­ter 180 of the Laws of Fiji un­der Part V reads as Elec­tri­cal Con­trac­tors’ and wire­men li­cences.

Does this mean that fe­male work­ers are not cov­ered and can­not op­er­ate as qual­i­fied elec­tri­cians?

Be­fore the name change to EFL from FEA I be­lieve the most im­por­tant task was to re­view their gov­ern­ing leg­is­la­tion first and make it cur­rent that re­flects pos­i­tively in real time.

The Elec­tric­ity Act which gov­erns EFL is about 50 years old.

I hope that there will be a manda­tory di­rec­tive is­sued to all the min­is­ters af­ter the gen­eral elec­tions to au­dit the laws that falls un­der their ju­ris­dic­tion with the in­ten­tion to make it cur­rent and pro­gres­sive.

We now have women as sur­vey­ors, civil con­trac­tors and ar­chi­tects to name a few and when there are work in pro­gres­sive on our roads we should re­frain from us­ing pre­cau­tion­ary sign boards which as “Work­men ahead” to Work­ers Ahead”.

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