Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 12th 2015 Contents A18
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, March 12, 2015
Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha
Sabha (DSMS), Satnarayan Maharaj, says chairman
of the Muslim Social and Cultural Foundation
(MSCF), Inshan Ishmael, needs to make public his
organisation s plans for the use of the 8.3 acres of
land in Chaguanas which was leased to him by the
Government last week.
Ishmael, who was a vocal critic of the People s
Partnership Government through a weekly television
programme, which last aired in December, and has
since labelled his political stance as "neutral" was
granted a 30-year lease for $1 per year.
This was received with skepticism by Maharaj,
who said Ishmael s organisation "is of no conse-
"I know him (Ishmael) well," Maharaj said in an
interview, "but I don t know what he plans to use
the land for."
However, Maharaj said while he had no objections
to bona fide religious organisations receiving state
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Head of the Saudi Arabia delegation to T&T,
General Khaedar Al Zahrani, is planning to return
After one week of site visits and tours of potential
investments, the Saudi native signalled his intention
to return to the country. The small group of Saudi
millionaires were hosted by the Saudi/TT Chamber
of Commerce over the past six days.
The men toured both islands looking for potential
areas for investments. It was reported in the Sunday
Guardian that the group intended to invest some
US$1 billion in the first tranche.
"It is a pleasure to visit the beautiful country
of T&T and I hope to have more visits here," he
told the T&T Guardian on Tuesday.
The group of Saudi Arabian investors spent most
of their six-day visit on conducted land and sea
tours in Chaguaramas and specific sites in Tobago.
The men also toured the Magdalena Hotel, Low-
lands, Tobago, as a possible investment for expan-
sion and upgrade.
Though the head of the Saudi/TT Chamber of
Commerce said they toured the Chaguaramas
Convention Centre, it was later revealed that they
saw the site, but did not tour that particular area.
Head of the Chaguaramas Development Author-
ity (CDA) Danny Solomon confirmed on Saturday
that the men did tour the CDA and the Chaguara-
mas peninsula but did not tour the Hotel and
Convention Centre itself.
Last Friday, the group was photographed entering
Parliament. They confirmed later they met with
Trade Minister Vasant Bharath as well as Housing
Minister Roodal Moonilal during their short stint
in the country to discuss investment options,
including a residential tower, high-end mall and
This is the group s third visit to the country and
the Saudi/TT Chamber of Commerce has con-
firmed that another delegation of oil-rich investors
from Saudi Arabia will be visiting the country in
the coming weeks, also looking for investment
The delegation said they visited T&T because
of its political stability and the well-known energy
to return to T&T
lands for constructive purposes, "they need
to come outright and declare their inten-
"In Charlieville, ASJA (Anjuman Sunnat
ul Jamaat Association) received ten acres of
land and built two colleges and a primary
school. That school in South, run by the
Muslim League, is one of the best. Some
of the finest colleges are run by Muslims,"
said the outspoken DSMS leader, "but I
don t believe the organisation (MSCF)
Maharaj said he found it ironic that Ish-
mael was on the receiving end of a generous
lease by the Government given the number
of serious allegations made on the weekly
Breaking Barriers programme, which aired
on local television station Islamic Broad-
casting Network (IBN) for several years until
Maharaj sought to clarify a common mis-
conception that the Divali Nagar site, which
is within several hundred feet of the land
leased to the MSCF, is "a Hindu site."
"The Divali Nagar is run by the National
Council of Indian Culture and that includes
Hindus, Muslims and Christians. But, when
we (DSMS) applies for land, it is for the
purpose of building a school, a temple. We
let them (the Government) know."
Declare your intentions for state land
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