Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Kamla: Unite to transform T&T

Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar accepts an Award of Recognition from the NCIC at the Divali Nagar.

Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar accepts an Award of Recognition from the NCIC at the Divali Nagar.

Let Divali be a new beginning for Trinidad and Tobago.

That’s the call issued by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who, in a message to the nation on the occasion of Divali (observed on Tuesday), urged citizens to commit to learning from the past, and take steps to avoid a repeat of mistakes made, or misfortunes encountered.

She said citizens have an opportunity to unite, and to work together to transform the nation.

“Just as the lights of the deyas brighten the night sky, so too each of us must work and shine together to dispel all forms of darkness within our country. Darkness cannot exist where there is light.”

“This drive can only come from within. First, we must want to do better, we must want to genuinely change the lives of the people of our country in a positive way,” Persad-Bissessar said.

The Opposition leader took the opportunity to commend the selfless efforts of those who stepped up and offered their assistance to those affected by severe flooding across several parts of Trinidad three weeks ago.

She applauded these individuals, for being the light in the darkness and beacons of hope in a time when many remain fearful about their futures.   

“In recent times, we’ve seen the spirit of our people, as they stepped forward and did their best to lend helping hands to their distressed countrymen.  I applaud all citizens who gave of themselves and brought joy to so many thousands affected by one of the worst disasters our country has seen in decades.”

Persad-Bissessar, who said she was heartened by the kindness and the good of her fellow Trinbagonians during this difficult time, recalled a verse in the Hindu holy text the Bhagavad Gita which says:

“Service which is given without consideration of anything in return, at the right place and time to one that is qualified, with the feeling that it is one’s duty, is regarded as the nature of goodness.” (Bhagavad Gita 17.20)

She said this selfless service to community and nation is something that must continue, if we are to truly move the nation forward.

Sparing a thought for the families affected by the flooding as the nation prepares to celebrate the festival of lights on Tuesday, Persad-Bissessar said it is her hope that this outpouring of love and generosity shown to flood victims will continue, so that they too can feel some cheer.


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