Tuesday 23 July, 2019

MP knocks Gov't's 'misplaced priorities' on dealing with crime

MP for Oropouche West, Vidia Gayadeen-Gopeesingh, is urging Government to reassess its priorities, particularly as it relates to ensuring the safety of all citizens.

The MP’s comment follows the weekend murder of a Woodland resident who had been chopped to death.

Condemning what she said is Government inaction on addressing crime, the Oropouche West MP said Government seems more focused on the Galleons Passage and not the protection of the country’s citizens.

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She said Government’s priorities are clearly misplaced.

“Yet again one of my very own constituents, this time from Woodland, has met their untimely death at the hands of criminals. This is a disturbing trend I refuse to see repeated and the Prime Minister needs to get his act together immediately.”

She accused Government of being obsessed with attempting to resurrect its image by focusing solely on the Galleon’s Passage, but at the expense of citizens’ lives.

“If you want to see the PNM’s priorities just look at the news; we see numerous ministers patting each other on the back for the delayed arrival of the disaster-laden Galleon’s Passage or the misguided National Investment Fund. There is no focus on the safety and security of our citizens.”

Gayadeen-Gopeesingh further criticised Government’s efforts to reduce crime, noting that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, who chairs the National Security Council, was absent from the launch of the National Crime Prevention Programme last Wednesday.

“Perhaps even Dr. Rowley knows this delayed “plan” is an embarrassing waste of time and his absence may very well be his way of acknowledging that.”

She said the crime plan was three years and more than a thousand murders too late.

The Oropouche West MP called on citizens to “remove the wool from their eyes” and “see the PNM for what it is”.

“They have exemplified their ineptitude in the Parliament by their flip-flop positioning to appoint a new Commissioner of Police while we the tax paying citizens live in a constant state of fear. While we are robbed and murdered they proudly announce that no expense shall be spared to protect not citizens but the Galleon’s Passage from alleged ‘saboteurs’.”

Directly addressing the Prime Minister, Gayadeen-Gopeesingh urged Rowley to reassess his government’s priorities and remember that the preservation of the life and limb of the citizens is his responsibility. 


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