Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 26th 2014 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, December 26, 2014
Dr Wayne Kublals-
ingh may end his
hunger strike within a
Speaking with the
Guardian at his Arouca
home on Christmas Day,
Kublalsingh said he was
uncertain about contin-
uing his hunger strike
He also responded to
the question of whether
his hunger strike broke
"Those who are claim-
ing so need to do some
more research and get
their facts straight. But
that is a non-issue to
For a Christmas meal
with his own family, he
would not be having
anything, although his
son would probably pre-
pare a meal later.
He said he enjoyed
seeing people eat, even
though he has no plans
to touch a morsel.
He planned to spend
the rest of the day in bed
praying, he said.
He speculated that the
Debe to Mon Desir leg of
the highway extension
construction project, like
his hunger strike, could
come to an end soon.
The ongoing slide in
oil and gas prices would
leave the government
with no choice but to
abandon the project as a
cost-cutting measure, he
"I don't think that the
Debe to Mondesir high-
way has any future. I
think the government
will accept the fact that
government will ulti-
mately accept the prac-
tical cost-cutting solu-
tion. I think it will be a
victory for the people of
Kublalsingh said the
economy needs diversi-
fication and government
should look at the Caroni
Position Paper he worked
on in 2002 with a team
of technocrats for the
diversification for 77,000
acres of state land to
develop the wealth of the
The Joint Consultative Council (JCC),
which had intervened in Kublalsingh s
first hunger strike in an attempt to end
it, is distancing itself from the second.
JCC president Afra Raymond made
it clear on Wednesday that the council's
intervention this time around had noth-
ing to do with Kublalsingh's second
Wednesday made it 100 days since
Kublalsingh embarked on a second
hunger strike he started on September
17.He said his body has embarrassed
him since he did not think he would
live this long.
He started the second strike saying
he would not eat until Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar puts the sege-
ment of the highway on hold and meets
Raymond was asked to respond on
Kublalsingh's 100th day without food
He said the JCC wrote National Infra-
structural Development Company
(Nidco) head Dr Carson Charles about
the Debe to Mon Desir highway on Octo-
"But it was not on the basis of the
second hunger strike," he said.
"It was to find out what steps Nidco
had taken with the recommendations
of the Armstrong Report."
Raymond noted, too, that Kublalsingh
in an Express interview this week said
he "did cheat in a way" by having intra-
venous fluids administered to him several
times after he collapsed one month after
the second hunger strike.
Raymond said the JCC did ask the
PM to meet Kublalsingh after the first
fast, but not after this one.
"Our first letter to the PM on Novem-
ber 26, 2012, done in conjunction with
the T&T Transparency Institute, the
Federation of Independent Trade Unions
and Working Women, was intended to
both end Dr Kublalsingh's hunger strike
and propose an independent review of
the disputed aspects of the Debe to Mon
Desir link of the San Fernando to Point
"Our current ongoing intervention is
intended to determine what has been
Nidco's response to the recommenda-
tions of the Armstrong Report, so we
wrote to them on October 10."
Raymond said Nidco responded and
the JCC is carefully considering that
before making further statements."
Nidco, responding to the JCC's con-
cerns in newspaper advertisements
defended its decision to continue the
Debe to Mon Desir route.
Nidco said Dr Bheshem Ramlal, UWI
GIS specialist and lecturer said it was
the optimum route.
end hunger strike
before year's end
JCC distances itself
Communications Minister Vasant
Bharath, asked to comment to
Kublalsingh's 100-day hunger strike,
said: "I think the Guinness World
Records have already pronounced on
He was referring to The Guinness
Book of Records also known as The
Guinness Book of World Records, a
reference book published annually,
listing world records, both human
achievements and the extremes of
the natural world. The Guinness Book
of World Records states that the
longest anyone ever went without
food and water was 18 days.
Bharath said the Government
continues to ask Kublalsingh to let
good sense prevail.
"The Government has done
everything in its power to ensure the
recommendations in the Armstrong
Report are adhered to."
The Armstrong committee was
commissioned by Persad-Bissessar
after Kublalsingh embarked on his
first hunger strike.
The intention was to look at the
Debe to Mon Desir route and make
recommendations where necessary.
Bharath said the HRM took out
three court injunctions against the
State and failed all.
"We have even agreed to help
speed up the Privy Council matter
once they make an application.
"They have been tardy in making
GUINNESS HAS SPOKEN
Members of the Highway Re-route Movement make their way to the private
residence of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in Philippine, south Trinidad
yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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