O my, what a quagmire exists in the Police Service Commission after the earthquaking comments of the chairman, Nizam Mohammed.In the game of football, if the player makes a dangerous play, he is given a yellow card. This is a final warning which the referee gives to the player. Any further rough and tumble play could lead to a red card and the player has no choice but to leave the field and can take no further part in the game.In some areas, he misses the next match, as he seeks forgiveness. Well, some persons have concluded that Mr Nizam Mohammed has worked extremely hard to acquire a red card.Some would even suggest a purple card. Mr Mohammed, up to last Friday declared that he had done nothing wrong. A tough statement came from the office of the Prime Minister which described the speech of Mohammed as reckless, senseless and divisive.
Attorney Dana Seetahal opined that he was not fit to lead.Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitzroy Fredericks said that the PSC chairman was "farse and out of place" and was promising to hold a news conference to address the issue of Mr Mohammed's "atrocious statements." Of course, Mr Mohammed claimed that he got this significant letter from Sgt Ramesar, President of the Police Service Social and Welfare Association, which contained comments about the ethnic composition of the Promotional Advisory Board. In fact, Mr Ramesar called for ethnic equilibrium.So in a sense, Mr Mohammed exposed the contents of the letter thus dragging Mr Ramesar into this torrid debate.
Then believe it or not, the Congress of the People called on the Prime Minister to remove Mr Mohammed.Now they must know that based on the constitution, the honourable PM cannot revoke his appointment.One would expect, based on constitutional provisions, that there would be an enormous amount of dialogue between the President, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition before there is any decision to revoke the appointment of Mr Mohammed. But the fact that a major league player in the Cabinet has called for his removal cannot be trivialised or ignored.Many persons believed that after the "Independence Square" affair, Mr Mohammed qualified for a yellow or red card.Citizens were never able to get the truth and the whole truth, but we were told by those who occupy space in the stratosphere, that the inquiry was closed and it was time to move on.
But we may ask, move on and go where?To the next awkward scenario? Well, Mr Mohammed has moved on and away from at least three of his commissioners-Porter, Cheeseman and George.They did not heed the call to rally around Mr Mohammed in the Independence Square affair, and now, they have distanced themselves from his comments on the ethnic composition of the Police hierarchy.
But there remains a burning question: Did Mr Mohammed comprehensively ventilate this issue in the PSC boardroom before he spoke to the Joint Select Committee.Why am I asking this question?Well these three knights in shining armour looked and sounded confused.We even heard the chairman declaring that the guns are trained on him and he even called on Parliament to help him "tackle the problem".
There is no doubt that there is an ethnic imbalance and it should be addressed.But it must be addressed in a clinical and professional manner. There is no room for insensitivity. There must be a studied and steady approach to solving this problem and this must include a comprehensive analysis of the historical antecedents. Now, when Mr Mohammed speaks about the fear that members of the public feel, when they contemplate going to the police officers, he suggested that this fear could be based on this ethnic imbalance. I would, however, declare that a great deal of fear operating in the minds of all races is not about ethnic imbalance but about integrity.
How many times have we heard stories about police officers betraying genuine citizens for a few dollars more?But how and why?Well, they supply the information to the thugs who give them blood money.Now we are not talking about all the police, but the minority who are mafiatically linked. What we have now is a debate that is more emotional than rational and since out of evil "cometh good", there have been a few calls to address ethnic imbalance throughout the nation.But did Mr Mohammed expect the debate to be conducted in such a hostile manner?Did he expect swift condemnation and calls for his removal? An issue we have to contend with is the ugly spectre of opportunists who have jumped into the gayelle ready to do battle.These parasites and piranhas just wait for opportunities to fuel the flames of racial antagonism and hatred.These wolves in pious clothing, must be rejected.They are not genuine.
I agree that there should be dialogue, even debate, but it must be conducted in a serious, scientific and satisfactory manner. This is a unique plural society and there should be no space afforded to those who are irresponsible.Already some myopic talk-show hosts have engaged in damaging rhetoric.Consequently, we must approach the ethnic discussion recognising that in this culture race, religion, class and politics have the potential to produce an explosion where no one will win in the long term. A nation cannot develop on the fuel of inappropriate conduct.There are lessons in this experience for all of us!