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Big dif­fer­ence in po­lit­i­cal par­ties Priyanka Hansa Ram, Suva

To­day, I wit­ness a clear-cut de­mar­ca­tion where there are three po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

Fi­jiFirst - there is an ac­cep­tance for fourth and fifth gen­er­a­tion In­di­ans who are ac­corded with the ti­tle of Fi­jians.

SODELPA - where we fall back on eth­nic lines.

And NFP - a party that I con­tested the elec­tions un­der - which is dead si­lent and not a sin­gle sound has been made with ref­er­ence to who we are.

For great grand­par­ents grand­par­ents, and par­ents who have sac­ri­ficed to make the so­cial, eco­nomic and ed­u­ca­tional foun­da­tion of this coun­try - it is un­for­tu­nate to see petty pol­i­tics that falls back on eth­nic lines. NFP - the role of NFP re­mains un­clear. It is left in the mid­dle, nowhere.

A party with no clear vi­sion is one that I refuse to sup­port any­more.

This was a party, that only yesterday that I had risked my life for.

We are for­tu­nate to have a leader that is ac­com­mo­dat­ing to di­ver­sity which we pride our­selves with. Some­one with a clear vi­sion and a back­bone.

Cul­tur­ally, we see a di­ver­sity of faiths cul­tures and colours where the geopo­lit­i­cal sphere has changed with time.

The ac­cep­tance of di­ver­sity is what we are prid­ing our­selves with to­day as I speak and this could not have been pos­si­ble with lead­er­ship that is rock solid.

Un­der the present cir­cum­stances it will be a waste of time, en­ergy and ef­fort to af­fil­i­ate with the NFP and it is rather wise to give a hand in sup­port­ing the great work that the present Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bainimaram­a and his team are do­ing for the greater good and se­cu­rity of Fiji.

The next 25 years should have a leader that has a heart and who can lead this coun­try as a par­ent, rest as­sured that a par­ent never aban­dons his or her chil­dren. We can see the ex­am­ple of this in the Fi­jiFirst party and that best fits the present sce­nario. Fi­nally, I can say Mr Bainimaram­a needs to be ac­knowl­edged as the found­ing fa­ther of mod­ern Fiji.

Rest in peace Dixon Seeto

Ron­nie Chang, Nadi

Where do we re­ally be­gin?

Death can deal a truly hurt­ful and painful blow. This is our mo­ment to endure im­mense loss; in­tense grief and feel­ing of much shock and dis­be­lief.

You were al­ways our bea­con of hope, a shining star among all men. A cut above the rest. So calm in the face of chal­leng­ing times.

So full of lead­er­ship and mo­ti­va­tional skills. Al­ways there to lis­ten. To guide. To men­tor. To show us a bet­ter way for­ward. I will sorely miss your coun­sel. Thank you for your en­cour­age­ment - keep writ­ing.

Fiji, as a proud de­vel­op­ing Pa­cific nation is so much poorer with­out you now.

We have shed si­lent tears. Words alone are to­tally in­ad­e­quate to thank you ap­pro­pri­ately enough for all you have proudly done as a true son of Fiji.

Much pride, tol­er­ance, in­tegrity, re­spect and dig­nity.

You ably led the Fi­jian Chi­nese Com­mu­nity with enor­mous “Larger than life, pride and dis­tinc­tion’.

True lead­er­ship, un­sur­passed with enor­mous tact, diplo­macy and re­spect.

So long, Dixon!

Tor che, Seeto sin-saang.

Sail on to peace­ful wa­ters to be at eter­nal peace with our Heav­enly Fa­ther.

We will all meet again,

Some sweet day,

Way out yon­der,

Be­yond the stars,

And Pearly Gates

Where or­chids and roses never fade. It is only hu­man to ask, “Why?” Deep down, in true faith, hope and trust. God knows best. (In His Almighty Majesty, He has changed your res­i­den­tial ad­dress from your Earthly home to His King­dom). You’ve earned it. Our heart­felt con­do­lences and sin­cere sym­pa­thies to every mem­ber of the Seeto and Chan fam­i­lies in this time of real loss and pain.

Our sin­cere thanks and much ap­pre­ci­a­tion must go to our Prime Min­is­ter for his ac­co­lades, trib­utes and sym­pa­thies ex­pressed. Thank you also Hafiz Khan for your kind words of thanks and ac­knowl­edg­ment.

Rest in per­fect peace and eter­nal hap­pi­ness, Dixon Seeto.

Dixon Seeto.

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