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Minister of Works and Infrastructure, Suruj Rambachan, left, presents a pair of scissors to Transport Minister
Stephen Cadiz, after the formal commissioning of the Endeavour interchange project, Chaguanas, yesterday.
Looking on at right is People's Partnership candidate Fazal Karim. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Deputy political leader of the United
National Congress Suruj Rambachan
says poor and middle class families
will face the brunt of taxes if the Peo-
ple s National Movement (PNM)
establishes a Revenue Authority.
Rambachan was speaking yesterday
at the commissioning of the $9 million
Endeavour Roundabout in Chaguanas.
Rambachan said the PNM, in pre-
senting its manifesto on August 20,
promised to establish a new authority
once elected in office. He said, however,
this will only bring hardships to poor
and middle class citizens.
The Works and Infrastructure Min-
ister said the establishment of an
authority meant that property tax will
return under the PNM.
"You and I know that a simple house
now will cost approximately $2,500 a
year in property tax. So, there is a bru-
tality that is going to be imposed on
middle class families and especially the
poor in Trinidad."
Rambachan said despite falling oil
and gas prices, the Government never
increased taxes, cut jobs or social pro-
grammes. He said they managed the
economy on an even keel.
He also touched on the PNM s pro-
posal to reduce VAT by 2.5 per cent.
"You cannot give away 2.5 per cent
in VAT not knowing how you are going
to get back the 2.5 per cent in income
with falling oil and gas prices."
He said what the PNM also intended
to do was increase the base of goods
that are vatable. "So, what is not vatable
now will become vatable because what
they have not told the population in
their budget is that they are going to
increase VAT collection from $8 billion
to $10 billion."
Rambachan said the PNM will also
revise subsidies on fuel prices.
The subsidy on a litre of diesoline is
about $4.75, Rambachan said.
"They (PNM) have not said how
much they are going to increase it by."
'Poor, middle class
to face brunt of
T&T Chamber of Industry and
Commerce CEO Catherine
Kumar is expected to be dis-
charged from hospital today after
successfully undergoing emer-
gency surgery for a brain
Yesterday, Kumar s family,
through the Chamber CEO s Face-
book page, advised that her med-
ical procedure "was very success-
The brief post stated that Kumar
is expected to be home today,
however it did not say where her
surgery was performed.
The post added that Kumar
"needs some quiet time and pri-
vacy at this time. We appreciate
the outpouring of love and care
that has been expressed."
On Friday, Powerful Ladies of
Trinidad and Tobago (Plott) co-
founder Gillian Wall, speaking at
the organisation s luncheon in
Westmoorings, said Kumar had
been experiencing severe
headaches for some time and her
condition was confirmed at a doc-
tor s appointment last week. (RR)
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar is urging undecided voters
to stick with her experienced slate
of candidates since they have the
capacity to weather the tough eco-
nomic times T&T currently faces.
While she welcomed the new and
fresh faces on the People s Nation-
al Movement s (PNM) slate to the
campaign trail, Persad-Bissessar said
now was not the time to "take a
chance" on someone new.
"Given the troubled waters with
falling oil prices, now is not the time
to give a chance to somebody to try
something," Persad-Bissessar declared
as she addressed supporters on Friday
night at Cumuto Recreation Ground,
Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore.
Eager supporters waved flags and
The PNM, she said, threw out its
candidates who have "the experience
to run a government" and opted for
She said what the country needs
at this time was people who can steer
the economy through the economic
challenges of falling oil prices.
"We cannot make that mistake to
give them a chance to try a thing,
not in these times. You have to ask
the big question: Will they have the
experience and the capacity to steer
the ship in these economic times?"
Persad-Bissessar also announced
that she will turn the sod next week
for construction of the $6 billion
Mitsubishi dimethyl ether (DME) and
methanol project in La Brea.
She urged voters, who are yet to
make up their mind, to think hard
about the choice they have to make
because it is not only their future,
but the future of T&T that depends
Works and Infrastructure Min-
ister Suruj Rambachan has
accused television broadcaster
and businessman Inshan Ishmael
of personally targeting him and
his family for the last couple of
years. While Rambachan said his
recourse was the law, he did not
confirm whether he had reported
Ishmael to the police. Ishmael,
however, said he was not backing
Rambachan made the disclosure
after cutting the ribbon to open
the $9 million Endeavour Round-
about in Chaguanas, which he said
would help reduce traffic in the
Work on the roundabout, which
began last August, was undertaken
by Danny Enterprises Company
Rambachan was commenting
on a Facebook post of Ishmael,
who described the quality of work
on the roundabout as "the worst"
he had seen.
"Only Inshan Ishmael knows
why he is doing that. But it is dis-
gusting to say the least...what he
is doing. There is always recourse
that I have the law in order to deal
with these matters.
"I am not interested in Ishmael s
politics. I am interested in the safe-
ty and security of my family."
Asked if he had reported Ishmael
to the police, Rambachan respond-
ed, "There is always the facility of
law to deal with these matters."
Yesterday, Ishmael said he was
not afraid of Rambachan. "I would
not give up."
Ishmael said he would continue
to expose where taxpayers dollars
are used for private purposes.
"This week, I plan to reveal
more. I am a media person and it
is my duty to bring these things
out in the public. So he is talking
PM to undecided voters:
T&T needs people
Kumar's surgery successful
...Chamber CEO expected home today
Inshan has been targeting me
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