Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 9th 2015 Contents Sometime around 2004, I attended a function and
saw Mr Kamaluddin Mohammed. As I approached
him, he spoke first: "How are you going, Philip?"
This was surprising as this was the very first time we
Later I found out that somehow he knew about me
and he always addressed you in a very casual manner. I
was told that this existed from way back then. I was
very taken back by his down-to-earth conversation,
which we then had.
Recently, in his last days in hospital, I reminded him
of his simple comment as Minister of Health: "If I cannot
fix the public healthcare system, no one will."
His simple reply was: "Philip, you remembered that?"
As the person responsible for the building of the
Mount Hope Complex Maternity Hospital and Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex, it was thus unfor-
tunate that he was not afforded VIP treatment by hav-
ing an ambulance take him home for that last time.
Knowing "Kamal," he would not have made a fuss.
Today, the public healthcare system is in shambles
and another committee of former healthcare workers is
appointed to present a solution. It was not able to do so
whilst in active service, so how will it be able to provide
a solution today?
Like Dr Petronella Manning said: "No more commit-
tees for me, time to implement corrective measures."
But first, you need to have the right people with the
right mentality, morals and ethics to carry out the job.
Today, this is lacking in the present administrative
structure of the RHAs, which is nothing more than an
extension of the public service. The only difference is
that the RHAs are micro-managed by the "whims and
fancies" of the Minister of Health.
And the comments of Kamaluddin Mohammed, RIP,
reverberate: "If I cannot fix the public healthcare system,
no one will."
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Mr Rampersad Parasram,
Chairman of the UNC
Internal elections manage-
ment committee, has stated that
the elections were fair. If this is in
fact the case, I would appreciate if
Mr Parasram could explain or jus-
tify what I observed on Saturday
at the San Fernando Composite
At about 11 am, I turned up to
vote in the San Fernando West
district. The poll clerk---a petite
young lady---sitting next to an
equally young man took my cre-
dentials for voting. There were
three persons in line before me
and one person in the polling
The middle-aged female in a
black and maroon plaid dress at
voting booth no 68 exited and
placed the ballot in the box.
Moments later I heard voices
behind me as I overhead the same
female saying that she thinks that
she made an error on the ballot.
To my shock and horror she was
sent back to the returning officer
for a new form to vote again. I
inquired from the young lady if
this was allowed, only for her to
shrug her shoulders with a con-
I voted and hurriedly left the
area in disgust as I tried to get
away from the stench of activities
that were taking place.
I am willing to swear in any
court in this land what I observed
and heard and also willing to iden-
tify persons who were in the room
at the time of the incident to
prove my claims.
It is little wonder that the
majority of the population view
the UNC as a corrupt bunch. I call
on Mr Parasram to thoroughly
investigate this matter and clear it
up in public because as long the
rest of the population continues to
believe that the current leaders of
the UNC are dishonest people,
they will languish in opposition for
a long, long time.
On November 10, 2015 an article pub-
lished in your newspaper headlined:
"Leaking sewer closes top performing
school," I was quoted as saying: "Mr
Charles Balkaran was a former chairman
of the EFCL now employed with the Min-
istry of Education."
I would like to state that this informa-
tion was erroneous on my part and after
conducting a search, I found that Mr
Charles Balkaran was never employed
with the EFCL. Upon receiving the con-
tact information for Mr Balkaran I was
misinformed as to his position.
I write this letter asking that my apol-
ogy to Mr Charles Balkaran be published
in your paper in order to right my pub-
I wish to state to Mr Charles Balkaran
that in no way was this intentional but
happened in the haste of trying to have
the situation at the school rectified.
I apologise to Mr Charles Balkaran and
the T&T Guardian for any inconveniences
caused and do hope that my apology is
published for public viewing.
Thank you for your co-operation and
understanding in this matter.
EDITOR'S NOTE: How refresh-
ing, Mr Mohammed. It is appreci-
ated, and accepted.
Apologies, Mr Balkaran
Pupils of the St Gabriel's Girls RC School's standard two choir perform an oratory piece, titled, Sweet
Little Jesus Boy, during their biennial Christmas concert at the Southern Academy for Performing Arts,
San Fernando, over the weekend. PHOTO: KEVON FELMINE
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