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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 4, 2013
There are three deadly sins
plaguing T&T and according
to former national security
minister Jack Warner, the dead-
liest is "cabalism."
Speaking to parents, teachers
and preschoolers at a graduation
ceremony at Dorman Nursery
School, Felicity, on Tuesday,
Warner said unless "cabalism"
is dealt with, the future of the
nation s children would be in
"I talk to you today because
there are three deadly sins facing
our country, T&T, and if we
don t take care of these three
sins, then the young people
today, who have graduated, they
shall be endangered and this
graduation shall be in vain,"
Warner told the audience.
"We have to take care of these
three deadly sins. These three
sins are crime, corruption and
cabalism, from the word cabal.
"...I want to suggest to you
that the deadliest sin of all is
cabalism, because it influences
the other two in ways that are
unimaginable, and more impor-
tantly, it influences the rest of
our society and it endangers
these young people today who
After the ceremony, Warner
admitted to reporters that he
was referring to Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar and a
cabal within the People s Part-
In a previous interview, he
identified Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan, Local Gov-
ernment Minister Dr Surujrattan
Rambachan and Housing Min-
ister Dr Roodal Moonilal as
members of the cabal.
Rallying support in his bid to
regain the Chaguanas West seat
in the July 29 by-election, Warn-
er encouraged parents and
teachers to fight against the three
"When one becomes a pris-
oner of a cabal, one becomes
reckless, one says anything at
any time about anybody, any-
where. When one becomes a
prisoner of the cabal, you would
not speak or act on your own
and you say and do things which
normally you would have never
said or done," Warner said.
"I ask you, parents and teach-
ers, today, to join me and let all
of us fight cabalism. Let us do
it one by one, but more impor-
tantly, let us do it collectively as
parents, as a people, but par-
ticularly as the constituents of
He added, "We live in dan-
gerous times and therefore all
of us have to put our shoulders
together to fight these deadly
sins and the deadliest of all is
"You have no idea what a
small cabal can do, have done
and is doing to this land we love
so much. We have to join forces."
He told preschoolers that they
should love each other as them-
"We must never be ungrateful
and that is why today I turn to
you young people. As young
people I say to you, you are
growing up, you are leaving this
school to go to other schools,
but never be ungrateful and
never forget from where you
came. Don t be mauvais langue,
don t bad-talk, don t bear false
witness, but most importantly
I ask you to love one another.
"If you love one another as
you love yourself, then we would
begin the first step to having a
Warner also announced that
when he returned as their MP,
he would give ten per cent of
his salary to the school.
"I want to tell chairman
Bedassie that on July 30, when
I go back into Parliament, based
on the collective efforts of all of
you, I shall delegate one tenth
of my salary to this school."
Asked what "cabalism" was
afterwards, Warner said, "It is
close to cannibalism, because
this UNC party, in the last three
years, had begun to cannibalise
its own. So cabalism and can-
nibalism kind of close."
The net value asset of the Heritage and
Stabilisation Fund (HSF), at the end of the
quarter ended March 2013, had increased
to close to US$5 billion
(US$4,933,300,000) from a combination
of fixed incomes and equities.
The HSF generated a return of 3.3 per
cent at the end of the same quarter, Finance
Minister Larry Howai said in the Upper
House on Tuesday in response to a question
on the Order Paper posed by Opposition
Senator Dr Lester Henry.
Henry had asked Howai to provide an
update on the performance of the HSF and
to say when the review of the provisions of
the fund would be laid in Parliament.
Howai said the review of the provisions
of the HSF had been completed after exten-
sive discussions and consultations and is
now before Cabinet. He said final approval
from Cabinet is imminent and a report and
amendments to the legislation would be
laid early in the next session.
The Government did extensive consul-
tations with several organisations mainly in
the economic and business environment,
he said, and has received feedback which
would be taken into account in preparing
the review for the Cabinet.
Henry said the review was due more than
a year ago and he expressed concern that
the fund continues to operate without one.
"The review required extensive consul-
tation with senior counsel, locally and inter-
nationally. The overall consultative process
locally was also quite extensive.
"Those two factors contributed to the
length of time. Also, Cabinet would have
also required extensive discussions on the
matter before it can be laid in the House,"
Opposition senator Faris al-Rawi, an
attorney, wanted to know if the country
was in default of any legislation and whether
there were any sanctions or consequence
as a result.
"Apart from the timing of completing the
review, there is no breach of any aspect of
the legislation or sanction associated," Howai
Answering another supplementary ques-
tion from Henry about the inclusion of local
investors in the HSF, Howai said the current
structure did not envisage local investors.
"In fact, the intention is that the HSF
will always be retained in foreign currency,
specifically US dollars."
However, issues about making amend-
ments to address the changing environment
were discussed at the consultations, he
added. Henry asked what strategies the
ministry had to increase the comparatively
low rate of return of the fund. Howai said
it was very important that the funds be
maintained in a very safe manner and that
had been the main focus of the investment
profile in place.
The Citizen s Union of Trinidad and Tobago
is calling on President Anthony Carmona to
revoke the appointment of Ken Gordon as the
chairman of the Integrity Commission with
immediate effect, in the wake of the controversy
which has developed after his recent meeting
with Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley days
before he went to the House with the Section 34
In a release on Tuesday, the group s head, Philip
Alexander, said the real issue was not about per-
sonalities but about integrity, transparency, honesty
and morality in public affairs.
"While no one should ever assume or attempt
to influence the President s hand, in this instance
we believe his responsibility is clear and he needs
to be reminded if only because of the height he
set the bar at for both himself and this nation at
his swearing in," he said.
"The chairman of the Integrity Commission
ought to have known that a private meeting with
the principal complainant at his personal residence
over a matter concerning allegations of misbe-
haviour at the highest levels of government was
highly improper, and that any such meeting held
without independent witnesses could taint any
future investigation into the very matter if not
bring his Office into disrepute.
"His failure to understand the impropriety of
such a meeting suggests that he may be unfit for
that office." Alexander said the Constitution granted
Carmona the power to make a wrong thing right.
He said the group was sure that Carmona was
all too aware that in these highly combative political
times, where the country was being divided along
class and ethnic lines, it was imperative that the
country had an Integrity Commission that remained
above the fray and beyond reproach, if for no other
reason than to be seen to be impartial.
"It is our view that based on the reasons outlined
above, His Excellency needs to take swift remedial
action here and revoke the appointment of the
chairman of the Integrity Commission with imme-
diate effect," Alexander said.
Carmona swore in the new members of the
commission s board---retired Justice Sebastien Ven-
tour, Seunarine Jokhoo, Deonarine Jaggernauth
and Shelly-Ann Lalchan---during a ceremony on
Tuesday. He retained Gordon despite the heavy
criticism of his action from several quarters.
Group calls on Pres
to remove Gordon
as Integrity head
Jack warns PM of internal strife again...
'Cabalism' a threat to T&T
Former MP for Chaguanas West Jack Warner shares a moment
with graduating students of the Dorman Nursery School during
their graduation ceremony at Cacandee Road, Felicity, on Tuesday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Heritage Fund hits $5b mark
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