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United stand needed
Seventh Day Adventist pastor Clive Dottin
says the crime situation was "bordering on an-
archy in T&T" and it was now time for every
citizen to stand united against lawlessness.
In an interview with the T&T Guardian Tuesday, in
response to reports of a reported threat on the life of
President Anthony Carmona and the rising murder
toll, Dottin said: "Trinidad and Tobago is saturated
in a state of lawlessness and therefore all of us, every
family, every church leader, every NGO leader, all of us
must play a particular role to address the situation."
Commenting on the reported threat to Carmona,
Dottin said the matter must be taken seriously. Na-
tional Security Minister Edmund Dillon said there
was no evidence to substantiate the threat.
Dottin, a former member of the Police Service Com-
mission (PSC), said it appeared that some citizens who
had no respect for law and order were being protected
"at various levels and by institutions which should
be fighting to protect the State."
He said that should be discontinued. Dottin said
those elements should be rooted out of the particular
institution, adding that too many young people were
illegally in possession of firearms.
Opposition chairman on crime
'Country on brink
of moral decay'
The fear of crime has crippled the country where
every citizen regardless of income bracket, eth-
nicity or location, according to David Lee, the
chairman of the United National Congress.
Lee urged the nation's leaders to stop accusing the
opposition of deliberately frustrating their attempts
at good governance.
He claimed T&T's current state of affairs had cata-
pulted it into "one of the most challenging positions
it has ever existed in."
He was speaking at the Port-of-Spain Rotary lunch-
eon at Goodwill Industries, Fitzblackman Drive, Wood-
brook on Tuesday.
"Never before has our nation been in so much turmoil
where every single citizen regardless of job title, income
bracket, geographical location, ethnicity, religious be-
lief and even political persuasion remain vulnerable
and under threat to the many negative repercussions
prevailing in our country."
He said citizens today were living in fear and unable
to freely enjoy the fruits of their hard labour "due to
the fear of being robbed or harmed."
"We live in a society where our business sector con-
tinues to suffer from a haemorrhage of sales and sus-
tainable growth due to the lack of innovative defining
measures within the economic framework."
Focusing on the issue of crime, Lee said the statistics
were reflective that no one was safe in this country.
Pointing to various scenarios which included young
girls being murdered in stores and on the way to school;
mothers being killed while driving on the highway and
even entering their homes; and people being gunned
down near police compounds - Lee said, "With 38 mur-
ders in 24 days, that says to us that crime is no longer
a national problem, it is a national catastrophe." The
murder toll stood at 44 yesterday.
Lee said the increasing figures was representative of
this nation's tipping point into "total lawlessness and
on the brink of moral decay."
Delving into the effects crime was having on the
business sector and by extension economic growth,
Lee said people and communities were unable to move
forward and grow as a result.
He defended the opposition against claims that they
were to blame, Lee saying, "Crime must never be po-
liticised but the fact remains that government, being
the holder of the public purse and the institution with
legitimate charge of our nation's resources, are the ones
to direct the proper utilisation of these resources via
policy implementation to address issues affecting the
He accused the government of "fleeing" from all
attempts to debate the crime situation.
With Carnival 2017 only a month away, members of the Fitness Addicts Movement go through their workout routine at the Queen's
Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain on Tuesday. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
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