Ian K Ramdhanie, MSc,
Everyday, this Opposition PNM just keeps surprising me more and more. Donna Cox, are you for real? You are no different from Mr Nileung Hypolite. How could you stand in Parliament and say that hardworking police officers and army personnel are watchmen on Laventille’s doorsteps? How dare you? This Opposition just doesn’t get it, do they?
Don’t you realise that these are some of the initiatives of Mr Warner’s crime plan that are already being implemented? These officers are not just watchmen, they are part of a crime plan. While you keep waiting for something huge, a drastic change, it’s these little changes that are making a difference and creating an impact.
Ms Cox, ask those same innocent people of Laventille, the ones that you refer to when you say that not all people of Laventille are criminals, how they feel about the beefed-up security. Ask them if they feel trapped or disgruntled about the presence of the law enforcement officials. The answer is no and if you look at the news you would see and hear for yourself that they are happy with this move by National Security Minister Jack Warner.
The only people who are being inconvenienced in Laventille are the criminals themselves and if this initiative is working, then why worry about the cost. Are you saying that the innocent people of Laventille’s lives have a price attached? If it is successful, don’t you think the better thing to suggest in Parliament is to encourage the minister to cut expenditure elsewhere in his ministry and use those funds to continue with this measure because it seems to be working?
You don’t have to object to everything they do. As Opposition it is your job to object when you see fit but it is also your job to seek the best interest of the people of this country. Protect us from struggles and misfortunes whenever possible and if that means siding with the Government just this once then do it.
For once, please, just see eye to eye with the People’s Partnership because no matter how it was achieved the crime rate is down. I think the people rather a watchman at their front doors instead of a hearse bearing the body of their loved one.
Ms Cox, you talk about Beverly Hills, which is just one area in Laventille and that is the area where most of the killings take place, so why must the whole of Laventille pay the price?
Where do you live? Because it can’t be Trinidad; how many times have you heard of murders in Laventille with simple motives such as one person living in one area killed for visiting another area? You and I both know that was you grasping for straws because you are fully aware that many other parts of the area have rampant crimes taking place.
So don’t you dare stand in Parliament and disrespect the people of Laventille and say that crime is in Beverly Hills, it just simply makes you look and sound like a visitor to this island and not a resident, far less a member of Parliament.
You said a murder doesn’t occur every day in Laventille but think about when there are no murders for three days but when the fourth day comes along there are five in one day. Do the math and then take it to Parliament before embarrassing yourself and your party.
Ms Donna Cox you also say that this security measure is a painkiller, well, let me ask you this, how many people take pills every single day of their lives just to get by? The answer…a lot, they may not like taking those pills but they do it anyway in order to survive and if the people of Laventille have to live with extra security to ensure their loved ones are safe then so be it.
What it all comes down to is that sometimes it’s the little things that count. Baby steps, baby measures, but it seems to be working, so get over the fact that the People’s Partnership are making a difference and start accepting that people in this country are happy for the first time in over a decade.