Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On
Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.
Please don't make things worse
Many Fiji citizens residing overseas are living in relative comfort. They live under conditions so good that the person who earns the lowest wage is king compared to the same people in Fiji. They should think about their families and friends who live here and depend on the tourist dollar and the image of Fiji to make a living. Life is not relatively paradise that’s for sure, but we are getting on with it. Many of us are barely making ends meet and we can’t afford another political problem caused by our very own people, who have chosen to go overseas to live.
I find it hard to believe that these people will stoop so low and tarnish Fiji’s image in the hope that it will bring instability, which will indirectly affect us. We will suffer, not you who live abroad. Have you ever thought about that? I have been told that the idea is to bring disrepute to the present administration in the hope that tourists will not want to come to Fiji and thus we will lose financially. They wish to bring down the present administration. Can you really do that? They will try and get foreign donors to stop sending aid. I find this is so unfair by the people who want to do this. And guess what? Many are our very own people. They are no different from the governments whom we call big brother, who deny visas to relatives of soldiers. They will probably be worse off than we are because we are bound by blood ties.
As I write I hear a mother tell her son to go to the shop and buy 50 cents worth of salad oil. Salad oil is around $3 per 750 ml bottle. For 50 cents they will not even get enough to fry three eggs. Many shopkeepers have been forced to sell otherwise sealed goods meant to be sold sealed because people can’t afford to buy the full bottle. Butter is bought in 50 cent pieces and mosquito coils 30 per coil. The poor are resorting to buying lamb curry pieces that’s covered in fat and are mostly bone. They’re buying chicken legs to make soup to add to whatever greens they can afford in the market. Kerosene is expensive yet it is a basic need in most homes, and this is slowly getting out of reach.
Every day I see smoke rising from homes from wood fires where our people are cooking and baking. School children are going to school with bare feet and fees have been left unpaid so that the family can buy food.
I beg you, our people overseas, don’t contribute to the situation. What you should be doing is to try to make it better.
Scroll down to other Weekend Readings: Resolving the Fiji Impasse by Gerald McGhie, Questions from a Student on the Fiji Times, Layers of Conmen by Crosbie Walsh, Fiji Times - Newspaper or Activist? by Siobhan Keogh, and Friday's postings.