Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 18th 2015 Contents Anesh Adhar, 32
I will say yes, and I
will say no. Because
right now the type of
bandits have, the
police don't have. If
we have more police
patrols and more
firepower we will be
able to reduce the
current murder rate.
It is not the police
alone. Everything have to start
from the head. If the person in
charge will implement proper
training processes and
programmes to improve
it could work. As it
stands now, all
ministries are locked
in their old ways.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, July 18, 2015
Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) leader
David Abdulah said his party was not at all
surprised that the Third Force Movement
(TFM) has collapsed.
In a statement on Thursday, he said: "It can now
go down in history as the party with the shortest shelf
life in T&T. Something like a snow-cone on a boiling hot
day. The reasons for this meltdown are quite obvious.
The party was an amalgam of persons who were
shopping around for the best way to get some political
"They stated they were meeting with both
the People s National Movement (PNM) and
the United National Congress (UNC).
"The fact that even before the TFM was
launched, two of its principals---Timothy
Hamel-Smith and Gerald Yetming---had pub-
licly met with Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar
and explicitly endorsed her as Prime Minister,
while Carson Charles is unabashedly pro-
UNC, was an indication that they were not
serious about building a real alternative to the
old ethnic politics of the UNC and PNM."
He said TFM was a pick-up side and was nei-
ther a "force" nor a "movement."
"The TFM indeed turned out to be a farce," he
Abdulah said TFM had no vision, was "another
PP, political poachers, having poached the Scout
symbol of three fingers. They poached the
MSJ s colour of sky blue and they poached
their three principles from other parties,
including the Congress of the People.
"Most importantly they said and did nothing to
build the trust and confidence of the people. They
simply assumed with great arrogance that some high-
profile individuals backed by big bucks is the formula
to win votes," the statement said. (GA)
RACIAL UNDERTONES IN CAMPAIGN
Independent Diego Martin West candidate Phillip
Alexander has said that in one week two incidents
occurred that "exposed the harsh truth as to the
underlying racism permeating local politics."
He referred to comments by Health Minister
Fuad Khan and PNM Laventille West candidate
Fitzgerald Hinds. Alexander criticised Khan's
reported comments about a video showing Chinese
people allegedly skinning a dog's carcass. He said
some of Khan's reported statements were insulting
to the Chinese population locally and Khan had not
launched a probe to find the actual culprits in the
He said Hinds' recent "Westmoorings cesspit"
comments attacked not only Timothy Hamel-Smith
of the TFM, but also those who dared to support
"In a civilised country the public response to the
behaviour of both would be so emphatic and sure
that both would have lost their positions with their
respective organisations and would have been
made to fade into the political sunset.
"In a first world country the media would have
also seen its responsibility to racial cohesion and
social harmony and would have taken both men to
task over their heinous statements until they at
least apologised, but this is not a civilised country."
Alexander criticised the leaders of both parties
over Khan's and Hinds' statements, also taking
issue with alleged statements by PNM leader Keith
Rowley about wanting to "see the faces" and
"taking the names of persons" of East Indian
descent who wanted to come to Port-of-Spain to
protest in support of their MP.
Do you think the police
will be able to reduce the
current murder rate?
MSJ: Third Force
was bound to fail
they need to
trying but it is
hard. Too much
do not care.
Yes. Because they have
the facilities and they
could do better. The
reason why they don't is
because all they study is
'what is the time, it is
time to go home.'
It is a tough
look at the state of
the country. I am not
saying that the police
are not doing their job,
but the crime is still
high. Why is that?
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