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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, November 9, 2016
UNC Deputy Political Leader, Dr
Rai Ragbir, said one of his patients,
Sylvia, was diagnosed with breast can-
cer nine months ago but because she
has not been able to get medication
the disease has been spreading.
The woman said she felt like killing
herself but she was a praying person,
Ragbir was addressing a large crowd
of UNC supporters at the party s Mon-
day Night Forum at Montrose Junc-
Ragbir said he did not intend to give
any speech, he wanted to tell a story.
Continuing with Sylvia s story, he
said she told him every time she went
to the hospital for cancer treatment
she could not get medication.
To compound her woes, her husband,
after he was retrenched from Arcelor-
Mittal, became diabetic and was hos-
"They lost their house and are living
in a shack by his mother. Their son,
Aaron, has a heart condition but they
have not been able to get through to
the Children s Life Fund to take him
abroad for surgery. Their daughter,
Shalini, is in Standard Two and
depended on the little breakfast and
lunch she got from the school feeding
Chaguanas East MP, Fazal Karim,
during his address, said the PNM cut
the school feeding programme by $84.3
Ragbir said: "Their mother told me,
sometimes I think about killing myself
and the whole family but I am a praying
At the launch of the UNC s candi-
dates for electoral districts in the
Chaguanas area for the November 28
Local Government elections, different
speakers echoed the same cry: "Enough
Enterprise South candidate, Whitney
Stevenson-Hamlet, said T&T today
was like the Titanic, sinking under the
She said the PNM made several
promises which were not kept. "They
said GATE (Government Assisted Ter-
tiary Education) will remain. Is that
"They said there will be no job losses.
Is that so? No. They said laptops for
secondary schools. Is that so? No."
Karim said students at the University
of the West Indies were now being
taxed $500 for bus transportation, WiFi
and sporting facilities.
"Why are we punishing these young
people?" he asked.
Caroni Central MP Dr Bhoe Tewarie,
addressing supporters, said in 2015
some party supporters were upset with
"Plenty stayed home, Some even
voted against us and we lost." Tewarie
said the UNC had 13 months to reflect.
"But nobody thought it would be so
bad so quick. It bad, it really bad. It s
so real it hurts. Today all UNC sup-
porters are filled with regret. PNM sup-
porters are angry, hurt and were
Tewarie said citizens were insecure
about the crime situation, whether they
would have enough food, about their
jobs, about the future.
"Divali was not so great. Christmas
will be tough. And the Prime Minister
is as insensitive as they come. He is
cut and dried and matter of fact.
"And the minister is prepared to cut
until he spills, not just blood, but mar-
row. Or until you riot."
Tewarie said now is "push back time."
"Let s send a message that we are
not happy with the way they are treat-
ing people or their style of governance,"
he said. (YB)
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-
Bissessar broke down and cried dur-
ing the UNC s Monday Night Forum
at Montrose Junction, Chaguanas, as
she recounted the story of how a 15-
year old boy came to her begging for
help during a visit to the Mayaro
Regional Corporation over the week-
She said the boy told her he and
other siblings could not attend school
because they had no food to eat after
their food card was stopped.
"He hugged me and said, I need
your help . It brings tears to my eyes.
It has been on my mind.
"They (the PNM Government) took
away 13,000 food cards but I don t
think they understand what they did."
She said over 25,000 jobs were lost
since the PNM came into office 14
months ago while 55,000 new jobs
were created under the People s Part-
nership administration she led.
She said some families could not
put a piece of roti or bread on the table
for their children.
In a separate matter, she referred to
the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ),
the National Solidarity Assembly (NSA)
and the Congress of the People (COP)
as "PNM satellite parties."
The T&T Guardian contacted MSJ
leader, David Abdulah for a response.
He said the MSJ was a completely inde-
pendent party and had no relation with
The MSJ was, in fact, contesting the
PNM in two PNM-controlled seats,
Arima and Point Fortin, he said.
"We want to send a message that
change is necessary from the old pol-
itics of ethnicity of the PNM and the
UNC. They also support the interests
of the elite at the expense of the peo-
COP general secretary, Clyde Weath-
erhead, said: "The UNC feels this is a
big party country, a two-party place."
He, too, said the COP was contesting
nine districts in the November 28 Local
Government elections independently
and was not aligned with the PNM or
NSA political leader, Nirvan Maharaj,
said no one has a divine right to your
vote because you look like him.
"This is a democratic country and
we have freedom of choice. This is not
PNM or UNC country," he added.
Maharaj said the NSA was contesting
nine electoral districts independently.
Kamla: 25,000 jobs lost since PNM in office
Fazal: School feeding cut by $84.3m
UNC supporters during the party's public meeting at Montrose Junction, Chaguanas, on Monday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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