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Chairman of the People s Nation-
al Movement (PNM) Franklin Khan
in his tribute to former PNM deputy
political leader Errol Mahabir, who
died at hospital on Saturday, said
he was a servant of the PNM in no
Mahabir was also MP for San Fer-
nando West from 1966 to 1986.
Mahabir served as Minister of
Petroleum and Minies, Foreign
Affairs and Labour under the coun-
try s first and second prime minis-
ters, Dr Eric Williams and George
Chambers, both deceased.
Estate. So his contribution to T&T
is unquestionable but his contribu-
tion in particular to San Fernando
and the industrialisation of South
and Central Trinidad is really his
legacy," Khan said.
The party s general secretary Ash-
ton Ford said the party became aware
of Mahabir s death yesterday. He
described Mahabir "as an outstand-
ing member of the PNM."
"Mr Mahabir made his mark as
a negotiator while working at the
Ministry of Labour and also as Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs, " Ford said.
According to Ford, the PNM s
political leader, Prime Minister Dr
K ith R wley, presented
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ard two years
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of his hometown of San Fernando.
The statement said Mahabir
"served his nation proudly, but he
never sought praise or accolades.
Rather he was comfortable just
knowing that he was doing the best
that he could for his country."
It said after he demitted office
following the National Alliance for
Reconstruction s defeat in 1986,
Mahabir became active in the busi-
ness sector, assisting his family with
the management of the Damus
Group, and serving on numerous
boards of directors in both the public
and private sectors.
As much as Mahabir cherished
his privacy, the family stated, he
always appreciated the expressions
of goodwill from people from all
walks of life across the country and
abroad. The family thanked all for
their continued outpouring of love.
"Errol will be dearly missed," his
family said in the statement.
Another founding member of the
PNM Kamaluddin Mohammed, 88,
was last week warded at hospital for
two and was discharged on Friday
and is now home resting comfort-
ably. Hours later, he was visited by
Rowley and Health Minister Dr Ter-
A DEDICATED PATRIOT---KAMLA
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Tributes pour in for Mahabir
One of the better
Errol Mahabir in September 2014 after
he was honoured by then energy
minister Kevin Ramnarine.
Political leader of the United
National Congress (UNC) Kamla
Persad-Bissessar says former
government minister Errol Mahabir
was a committed and dedicated
patriot, who raised the country's
profile nationally and internationally
through his professionalism and work
Mahabir, a former MP for San
Fernando West, and deputy political
leader of the PNM, who was ailing,
died at his at Southern Medical Centre
Persad-Bissessar is expected to be
sworn in as Opposition Leader at the
Office of the President, St Ann's this
In a statement yesterday she said
Mahabir was "an outstanding political
icon who will be remembered for his
sterling contribution to the
development of T&T, putting country
ahead of partisan political interests."
Persad-Bissessar, a former prime
minister, said in 2010, her People's
Partnership Government "awarded
Mahabir the Chaconia Medal Gold for
his long and dedicated service."
She said the country was "poorer
today with the loss of this humble and
Former energy minister Kevin
Ramnarine, who honoured Mahabir in
September 2014, stated in a post on
Facebook : "I am deeply saddened by
the passing of Errol Mahabir. He was a
friend and a mentor to me. On
numerous occasions during my term
as Energy Minister I turned to him for
advice on critical decisions. We have
lost a great citizen and a patriot."
Former prime minister Dr Eric Williams, left, and Errol Mahabir, centre, and Kamaluddin Mohammed in an undated
photo taken in the 1960s.
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