Saturday 24 August, 2019

Kamla concerned about Whistleblower Protection Bill

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has expressed concern about the Whistleblower Protection Bill 2018, stating that the piece of legislation reminds her of Nazi Germany.

Persad-Bissessar was speaking at the UNC’s Mother’s Day Gala over the weekend.

“So there is a piece of law that is going to come back on Monday, it’s called the Whistleblower Bill.  And, in that Whistleblower proposed law they are saying that everybody who employ people, you have to set up a whistleblower person in your business. So everybody, whether you are hiring a driver, a housekeeper or if you are a big business with many people, you have to put a whistleblower and you have to pay them. How can that ever be right? This bill reminds me of Nazi Germany. Because is everybody must carry news on everybody else,” the Opposition Leader told supporters on Saturday night.

Persad-Bissessar noted that the Opposition has been labelled as obstructionist for refusing to support what she described as draconian pieces of legislation.

However, she noted that it is committed to passing good law.

“We have been trying in the Parliament as your representatives to ensure that the government passes good law. They have come over the last four years with the most draconian pieces of law and then they say we are obstructionist. But when your MP stands up, or your senator stands up we are not doing it for ourselves. They say we are afraid. Well, now I am really afraid of this government, their draconian intention. I am really afraid. All along I said I wasn’t afraid. But you know what I am afraid for you,” she said.

Attorney General Faris Al Rawi piloted the bill in Parliament last Tuesday.

The Bill seeks to combat corruption and other wrongdoings by encouraging and facilitating disclosures of improper conduct in the public and private sector, to protect persons making those disclosures from detrimental action and to provide for the matters disclosed to be investigated and dealt with and to provide for other matters connected therewith.

It requires a three-fifths majority to be passed.

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