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Friday 14 August, 2020

Gov’t refutes claims of ‘PNM supporters’ getting exemptions

Minister of National Security, Stuart Young

Minister of National Security, Stuart Young

Minister of National Security, Stuart Young says there is absolutely no truth to claims that the People’s National Movement (PNM) is allowing their supporters to access preferential treatment when it comes to the exemption process in Trinidad and Tobago. 

Responding to accusations in the public domain, Young called the idea ‘mischievous’. 

“There is absolutely no truth to that. That is rejected outright. It is very, very, irresponsible but not surprising for the opposition and for the leader of the opposition to be launching this attack on this process,” he said. 

Young assured that all the decisions regarding the border closure have been transparent, legal and in the best interest of the citizenry. 

“Everything about this process is to protect the population of 1.4 million people here in Trinidad and Tobago. As we’ve said, we’ve brought in 4,515 other people and we continue to expand our ability,” he added. 

Later zoning in on the United National Congress’ candidate for Princes Town, Barry Padarath, who remains abroad, Young says the government has already granted his exemption, but his information keeps changing. 

“Every 24 hours it seems as though there’s a change in his flight details. I woke up this morning and there were three different emails changing flight details,” Young said. 

Young went further, adding that Padarath has actually been granted even more grace than others. 

“He was given a lot of leeway. His daughter, who he is returning with, is not even a national of Trinidad and Tobago but a decision was taken by their government to allow MP Padarath that opportunity whereas other persons, as you are aware, were not allowed,” he said. 

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