Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Young dismisses 'baseless attacks' by Moonilal

National Security Minister Stuart Young says he will not be distracted by baseless attacks from Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal. 

Moonilal during debate in the Senate on Wednesday night called for Young's resignation over what he described as the Minister's incompetence, following the prison escape by eight men and the crash landing of a helicopter during the search for those men. 

As of Thursday, six of the eight escapees had been recaptured by police. 

But, in response to Moonilal, Minister Young refused to politicise crime, saying that he will not be distracted from doing his part to ensure that the country is a safer place for all.

Below is the full statement from Young: 

“Roodal Moonilal is under pressure on a number of different fronts. He is a defendant in the civil courts for corrupt behaviour where the allegations against him are very serious and may be suggestive of misbehaviour in public office. I am not surprised by his continued desperate but baseless attacks on me. 

I am focused on doing my part and my best to rebuild our country after the effects of the UNC administration. 

The hard work is being done in the space of National Security and I said from the outset that I would not be the type of National Security Minister who is constantly talking and in the limelight with the work being done as the effectiveness of the work in the sphere of national security requires a still tongue. The citizens of Trinidad and Tobago are aware of the hard work being done by the Police, Defence Force, Fire Services, Immigration, Prisons, lifeguards and our intelligence services. Unfortunately crime is a global scourge and every country fights its effects, we are no different.

I am fully committed to doing my part to making Trinidad and Tobago a safer and more secure place. I will not politicize crime nor will I devalue its effects on our citizens as Mr Moonilal and the opposition continue to do.”

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