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Veteran sports journalist passes away

The Fijian Media Association (FMA) is deeply saddened at the passing of media veteran Mr Malakai Veisamasama who passed away at the age of  fifty-three at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWM) yesterday. General Secretary for FMA Mr Stanley Simpson said Veisamasama has been a pioneer of sorts for Fijian journalism through Viti FM and his […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 3, 2016 4:30 pm

The Fijian Media Association (FMA) is deeply saddened at the passing of media veteran Mr Malakai Veisamasama who passed away at the age of  fifty-three at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWM) yesterday.

General Secretary for FMA Mr Stanley Simpson said Veisamasama has been a pioneer of sorts for Fijian journalism through Viti FM and his highly regarded sports reporting and commentary.

Mr Simpson said Veisamsama has indeed left his mark on Fiji’s media industry and has played a pivotal role in moulding many young journalists who are now established media personnels in the field.

SIMPSON : “As a senior member of the media industry who many continued to turn to for guidance and advice, Malakai Veisamasama’s loss will be deeply felt.”

A former work colleague of the late Mr Malakai Veisamasama, Satish Narain said he was a hard worker.

NARAIN:  I knew Malakai Veisamasama from way back that’s when we were in secondary school. He attended Ratu Sukuna School in 1980’s and we lived in the same area in Bureta Street up in Tamavua.”

He said the late Mr Veisamasama had started off being a coach for athletics and had his first taste of sports reporting when he requested for his assistance in writing a news report regarding a school athletics zone meet.

NARAIN: “We did not have enough reporters so I recommended Mala to join the team as a part-time sports reporter and he was accepted and when I became Sports Editor he bacame my assistant, and when I left he took over the Sports Editor’s job from me at CFL.”

“He was a great person, great company when we drank kava, which is one of the best past time for journalists, he used to be one guy with great sense of humour, always cracking jokes and everything, a wonderful peron, cheerful person. When I heard last night that he was no more, the first thing that came to my mind was that Mala he has gone too soon, I think he still has alot to offer to the industry. He was a great guy, very influencial he likes to share his tricks of the trade to people.”

Mr Narain added that Mr Veisamasama was a big-hearted individual and that his loss would be felt by many.

NARAIN: “I’m sure the angels in Heaven are rejoicing because they have the company of one loving and caring person. I just wish his family comes through this tough time and may Mala rest in peace.”

The late Mr Veisamasama is survived by his wife and five children.

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