Former independent senator Rev Daniel Teelucksingh gave a grim review of 2012 which was highlighted by three issues—money, administration of justice and lousy politics. Delivering an Old Year’s Night sermon at St Charles Presbyterian Church in Chaguanas, Teelucksingh minced no words when he elaborated on each issue.
Under money he spoke about “the daylight robbery” exposed in the Commission of Inquiry into the CL Financial collapse and repeated threats by the labour movement and workers over wages. Wading into the justice system for its failure in bringing those responsible in the Clico fiasco to justice, Teelucksingh said: “One of the leading personality in the Clico scam may be out of the country but there are more right here in T&T who are living it up in millions.”
He said the Commission of Inquiry into the 1990 attempted coup was also a waste of money and time since some witnesses have died while others are too old to face the courts. Under the administration of justice, Teelucksingh said Section 34 was the government’s most embarrassing moment.
“Nevertheless the man in the street would have liked to have read any letter written by his excellency the president to the prime minister and the leader of the Opposition, addressed to all 72 parliamentarians, requesting information and expressing concerns as to what kept them so busy and what have they been doing together.
“In a small country as ours with a population of a one and a quarter million, they have failed to provide security and confidence since there were approximately 31 brutal murders per month and close to 380 murders this year and violent, shameless robberies of innocent victims.” Teelucksingh also questioned why there was such proliferation of guns and the failure of law makers to provide appropriate legislation to deal with that problem.
“Such issues of accountability in governance and responsible stewardship remain more important to the rank and file than the to-ing and fro-ing on Clause 34 while the pot calls the kettle black and there is no real cooking in the kitchen and the children remain starving,” he said. Under lousy politics, he said there was not enough stability in the People’s Partnership government.
“In the partnership government there are many dissatisfied partners and there are so many rumblings, one party even pulled out. And amongst the partners remaining all is not well and that is why there are motions of no confidence in this one and that one, and calls for elections now.” Teelucksingh who said his service was based on hope for a better, brighter and more prosperous nation, prayed for peace, harmony and good governance.