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mayor Dr Navi
and chairman of
the Dr Eric
plaque in tribute
to former Prime
Minister Dr Eric
he gain the moon we shall not lose the world."
During his presentation, Vidale was critical of the
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and then Port-of-
Spain mayor Louis Lee Sing for not responding to his
requests for monuments of Williams to be erected.
About three weeks ago at the unveiling of Venezuelan
liberator Simon Bolivar s bust on the Harris Promenade,
Vidale made a similar appeal to Muradali.
Vidale recalled that on April 18 last year, he wrote to
the THA asking for a space to have a memorial for
Williams and identified the Botanical Gardens as a
"I have to date received no reply and I m sill waiting,"
"It is my feeling that the legacy and memory of Dr
Williams does not seem to form part of the landscape
of Tobago. My concern is that the children of Tobago
are going to grow up knowing nothing about the father
of the nation, and those who should know better must
hang their heads in utter shame."
He said on January 10, 2011, he made a similar appeal
to Lee Sing, but to date he has received no response.
He said his concern was that children will know
nothing of Williams and his contribution.
Saying that it was a red letter day in San Fernando,
Vidale said, "Dr Williams is finally being given the recog-
nition that I have been asking for the past 31 years to
be given to him, and he has now found a place alongside
contributors of freedom and democracy, Marcus Garvey
from Jamaica, Mahatma Gandhi from India and quite
recently Simon Bolivar from Venezuela." He said he will
be approaching the business community of San Fernando
to fund the project. The mayor was also presented with
the Father of the Nation Medal of Honour (Gold).
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More than three decades after the late Dr Eric Eustace
Williams said, "future of the nation is in the children s
school bag," San Fernando mayor Navi Muradali is
calling for Williams legacy to be made part of the
Muradali was speaking at the unveiling of a plaque
in tribute of Williams at Harris Promenade on Friday.
Sharing the sentiments was chairman of the Eric
Williams Memorial Committee, Reginald Vidale, who
said that Williams was not being given the honour and
recognition he deserved.
Muradali said: "I am very disappointed that in our
curriculum in schools, we learn so many things about
Christopher Columbus and all these other persons who
are historical in nature.
"But many of our young people leave our education
system and not much is known about Eric Williams, so
I share your (Vidale) sentiments and I think I would take
the opportunity to call on our Government to correct
He added, "I would call on our Government to ensure
that Dr Eric Williams has a place in our history books
in our curriculum. And therefore, this is a step in the
Noting the thousands of schoolchildren who traverse
the promenade on a daily basis, Muradali said the mon-
ument "will serve as a history lesson to all of our school-
children, to quote from Dr Eric Williams, the future of
our nation is in our children s school bags. "
Muradali said most people are unaware that when
Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, one of the 70-
odd messages etched on the lunar surface was from
It read, "It is our earnest hope for mankind that while
Fuad Abu Bakr says people are
gravitating towards "false messiahs,"
but insists his political party, the
New National Vision (NNV), wants
to inspire a new kind of politics
where leaders walk the walk and
will be fair to everybody.
Abu Bakr made the comment after
he announced that the NNV will be
contesting the local government elec-
tions, due by October, and the next
general election, which he believes
might be sooner than people think.
"Given the present political climate
and the dynamics taking place, it is
highly likely the Government might
have to call the election (before 2015).
It does not have the confidence of
the people," Bakr, son of Yasin Abu
Bakr, told the T&T Guardian.
Commenting on the political sce-
nario, Abu Bakr said, "Some are grav-
itating towards false messiahs because
they are desperate for something dif-
ferent. The lure of financial gain and
the impetus of crowd behaviour are
Abu Bakr said the July 29 Chagua-
nas West by-election, in which Jack
Warner s Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) booted the United National
Congress (UNC) out of its heartland
by a resounding win, had opened up
"People need a political party that
will provide fair representation to
everybody. That is what I am trying
to provide. I am pleading with good
citizens to get involved," the 28-year-
old Abu Bakr said.
The NNV, launched in 2010, con-
tested 12 seats in the general election
that year and won 3,000 votes, with
a significant portion of them from
Laventille West, which the party
viewed as a triumph.
"We were extremely pleased. Peo-
ple went out and voted for us without
incentive. We didn t carry people to
the voting booths and didn t pay
anyone," Abu Bakr reasoned.
Asked if he felt the national com-
munity had forgiven the Jamaat-al-
Muslimeen for the bloody 1990
insurrection enough to vote for his
party, Abu Bakr said, "That has
absolutely nothing to do with me or
"The NNV is a separate entity from
the Jamaat. My father has even
resigned as chairman."
Abu Bakr said the NNV is not
comprised of Muslims only and any
citizen is free to be a part of it.
"I think there are non-Muslims
who support us 100 per cent. There s
an old Chinese lady in St James who
is a strong supporter. We have Hindus
from Barackpore, Christians."
Dispelling any "Islamophobia"
about the NNV, he added, "No, we
are not a Muslim party and we are
not going to implement any Islamic
"I need to make that absolutely
clear. The prejudice affects us too.
We would like to be judged for our
actions. I hope people will be mature."
Abu Bakr said he was inspired to
form the NNV when he looked at
the failure of the UNC and People s
National Movement (PNM) and their
disservice to citizens.
"I recognised the need for some
Told other new parties on the
scene, like Nalini Dial s National
Coalition for Transformation, are
saying the same thing, he said, "We re
walking the walk.
"We have just published the $1.5
million in financial contributions we
spent on our 2010 general election
campaign. We re asking others to fol-
He said the NNV would not con-
test all the local government seats
because it did not have the resources.
local govt race
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