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La Romaine masjid, during Eid celebrations at the
La Romaine Secondary School yesterday.
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Maulana's Eid message:
must be upright
moral and honest
As hundreds of Muslim celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr
yesterday, a maulana reminded fellow Muslims
and politicians to live their life in accordance
with the God s wishes.
For political leaders, Maulana Saddiq Nasir had
this message: "This is a day that reminds that we
need to be upright and moral and honest."
He was speaking with reporters yesterday during
the La Romaine Masjid 14th annual Eid open-air
celebrations at the grounds of the La Romaine
He said: "Today is graduation after one month
of intensive training. Graduates are not expected
to throw the trainings to the wind and revert to
other ways of doing things put to put learnings
"Today is a day of thanksgiving, a day of self-
reflection and self-examination and so on."
After undergoing intensive spiritual and moral
reconfiguration, Nasir said, "Muslims are now
meant to live a higher level of obedience to the
creator, so too the community. They should also
understand that our purpose in life here is to live
in obedience to the Creator s will."
He said Muslims should reflect on their lives
to determine if they were living a life in obedience
of God s will.
Asked to explain how certain sections of the
Muslim community celebrated Eid on Thursday,
he said Prophet Mohammed said beginning and
end of the holy month is based on the sighting
of the moon.
However, he said: "There are others who feel
that we should use astronomical calculations now
so they are not going with sighting, so those who
did the calculations they said that the moon was
24 hours old on Wednesday and went ahead with
Those who went with the sighting of the moon
continued fasting and celebrated Eid yesterday,
After the prayers, alms in the form of money,
food and other items were distributed to people
who gathered under a tent short distance from
where the prayers took place.
After the function, most Muslims spend the
day visiting with relatives and friends. Some Mus-
lims also exchange gifts with relatives and friends.
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The ILP will launch its local government
election campaign at Auzonville Park, Tuna-
puna, this evening.
Warner s position was hotly disputed by
Laventille West MP Nyleung Hypolite, who
said he is not worried, that the PNM is
poised, not only to retain Laventille, but win
the upcoming local government and 2015
Laventille East/Morvant MP Donna Cox
said she has been hearing some talk but
assured Laventille East/Morvant is safe. She
laughingly dismissed rumours among con-
stituents that she, too, has gone green.
Warner, in response, said: "Tell them
Kamla said the same thing about Chaguanas
West. If they haven t learnt anything from
Chaguanas West, they have nothing to learn."
Some residents of Laventille West, in par-
ticular, who spoke to the T&T Guardian
endorsed Warner s claim.
"The PNM in danger in Laventille. For
the first time in history, the PNM will lose
this seat. Laventille and the East-West Cor-
ridor gone green," one community activist
and spokesman, who said he walks the length
and breadth of Laventille, told the Guardian
"Everybody saying they gone green."
Representation is the issue
He said they are voting for the ILP for
the same reasons the people of the former
UNC stronghold of Chaguanas West booted
out the Government in the July 29 by-elec-
tion in a stunning defeat and joined the
green brigade. The key issue is representa-
"We want proper representation. For years,
Laventille voted for the PNM and is still
underdeveloped. People are seeing Jack as
an action man," he said.
"At one meeting in St Barbs, a matriarch,
known as a diehard PNM, said she was fed
up and was going by Jack to get membership
forms to give out in Laventille."
And, contrary to what some may think,
Jack has "already put down some work in
Laventille West," the activist said, requesting
anonymity because of his job.
He said when Warner was national secu-
rity minister, he introduced several pro-
grammes in Laventille West through a com-
munity caravan and gang leaders thrashed
out their differences.
"Whenever he came into the area and
saw something the people wanted fixed, in
two-twos work started on it. People in Snake
Valley and St Barbs can tell you about this,"
"Plus, people in Laventille accustomed
going down Chaguanas by Jack for help. He
know the support he have here, too."
The activist said residents, like those in
Chaguanas West, do not care about cor-
ruption allegations hanging over Warner s
"In Laventille, fellas does be killing people
and residents protect them because they
feed them. Translate this to the politics.
People accustomed with allegations in Laven-
tille. They look up to people who help them
as heroes, like Robin Hood."
Hypolite said he
attends a con-
tive meeting every
month and has
not heard anyone
threatening to go
"I have a con-
stituency group meeting monthly and
have heard none of this. I have a regular
church service with residents of Beetham
and have not heard any such thing," he
"People are talking to give out false
information, misguide and mislead. Laven-
tille West, I can proudly say, will stay
Hypolite said the same goes for Laven-
tille East, Morvant, Port-of-Spain and
other PNM seats on the East-West Cor-
ridor and throughout T&T.
"I am certain that in the 2015 general
election the PNM will retain its 12 seats
and even get more to form the govern-
On the contrary, he said he has been
hearing people saying they want to join
the PNM, including senators.
He said the PNM election machinery
has been pushed into high gear and coun-
cillors and MPs are walking in their con-
"The PNM has completed the screening
of 131 candidates who have been given a
mandate to go on the field for one month.
"Candidates for Chinapoo/St Barbs,
Picton/Beetham are walking almost every
single day. I myself have been walking."
Hypolite predicted the PNM will win
the local government elections, due by
October 25, and the general election.
"The PNM will get a minimum of nine
corporations in the local government elec-
tions and 30 seats in the general election."
Asked if he has not heard people in
Laventille talking about joining the ILP,
he said, "Throughout T&T, that s all you
Hypolite dismissed this as temporary
euphoria which will die down.
"People gone Warner crazy and talking
about representation. I have been doing
the same thing---paving roads and fixing
drains in Laventille West.
"The ILP is like a storm. It will destroy
a country and a village and then die away.
The ILP has not presented one piece of
policy or a constitution but people are
running up and down the country in blind
support," he said.
"Until they do that, I do not see the
ILP as a challenge. As of now, the ILP is
not a major challenge.
"Laventille West has 26,000 eligible
voters and I don t expect all of them to
vote for the PNM.
"I expect a small percentage to vote for
the UNC, the COP and the ILP but I am
Donna Cox said, as
she laughed off
rumours she plans
to join the ILP.
She said she has
been hearing peo-
ple talking about
going green and confirmed that Warner did
do some work in Laventille West when he
was national security minister.
Cox agreed with Hypolite, though, that
while the ILP may get some support in
Laventille, the PNM will retain the seat.
She said she has not heard anyone in her
constituency talking about joining Warner s
"Maybe in Laventille West but not in
She expressed serious concerns about
how people interpret representation.
"If people see Warner as somebody they
can get something from, they will go that
way. But a lot of MPs work hard to represent
their constituencies but don t always get
through," she said.
"I don t have money to dip my hand in
my pocket as Warner. He has that advantage.
I have to write letters, speak about it in Par-
liament. That is representation, too.
"Even if I am in Government, I still have
to ask for it. Warner is lucky to have had
personal resources and a portfolio (Works
Minister) to do things in Chaguanas West.
"But that was one constituency. In the
whole of Trinidad, it can t happen that way.
"People need to be educated on what is
representation. I feel satisfied I represent
my constituency. Up to yesterday I walked."
Warner s claim.
"We are being
applications to join
the party but the
figures are not in as yet and I can t say,
definitively, that Laventille and the East-
West Corridor have gone green.
"But, if one-tenth of what we are hearing
is true, then MPs in those areas should have
some sleepless nights."
Told Hypolite and Cox are confident the
PNM will retain their strongholds, Montano
said, "What else do you expect them to
PNM MPs scoff at claim
"If people see Warner as somebody
they can get something from, they
will go that way. But a lot of MPs
work hard to represent their
constituencies but don't always get
LAVENTILLE EAST/MORVANT MP, DONNA COX
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