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Cancer drug money racket
Before we begin to question and discard what was stated by
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan, we must commend him for expos-
ing this topic and making the citizens of T&T aware of the theft of
drugs by those associated with its distribution. This theft has been
a known fact for many years, but was not made public or investi-
gated by previous administrations or anyone in authority to investi-
gate and prosecute the wrong doers.
It is with regret patients complained for many years of not re-
ceiving required medication at the hospitals because of shortages.
However, medicines in abundance can be bought at the offices of
doctors in private practice or at selected drug stores.
It is about time someone in government stand up and take a po-
sition while condemning the lack of human decency and theft of
vital drugs which may save the life of another, with hope those
who commit these vile acts can be caught and prosecuted.
Can you imagine adding health card to that? What is going to
happen? The doctors in this country cannot be part of any health
card system---they love too much money and would take the coun-
try for a ride. It would be corruption evermore. The patients and by
extension the government would be exploited.
Dr Khan should resign, because within recent months he has
come to us making statements about thieving and racket within
the system which is under his control. It indicates that he has no
measures to protect the equipment and drugs in the public health
I am sure in his private practice he had procedures to safeguard
from such events. How come in the public health care system he
comes with all these sad stories. As a taxpayer, that is not good
enough, Dr Khan.
Rampant theft of government medicines for the sick, dying and
needy. The sick is being sacrificed for $$$$$.
-The TrinBago Guy
Eddie Hart project halted as
Prakash seeks consultation
I am grateful that Mr Ramadhar and others are putting a hold on
this project. Let the residents of the community have their say and
exhaustively look at all the ramifications.
I am one of those who subscribe to the view that when ideas for
any given community come from the residents themselves,
chances are that the success of any venture is quadrupled because
that idea came from the bowels of the community and they would
have a stake in its success.
We need more local community consultation when Government
embark on developing respective communities.
It is said that all is fair in love
and war, and admittedly there
is an all-out war amongst the
parties contesting the local govern-
ment election and the St Joseph
by-election to win at all costs.
This is not the time nor place to
discuss the truth of the statement
"politics has a morality of its
own," but certainly the comedy
central series that the citizenry is
subjected to on a nightly basis, has
crossed the boundaries of that
which is fair and right.
How could senior members of
Government, distinguished men
and women, sit smiling in support,
when one of their party newcom-
ers makes a mockery of independ-
This king of the pack has virtu-
ally sent a message to the queen of
the party that it is he, not she,
who is the real celebrity.
And when he arrives at meetings,
he is met by the top brass as the
crowds shout in joyful acclamation
upon his arrival.
The household personality basks
in all the glory while those much
more senior to him in many
regards appear to be enjoying and
encouraging the ridiculous theatre
But does the PM really feel com-
fortable knowing that her latest
political sycophant has admitted
that he has kept information about
criminal activity to himself because
he did not want to dance with the
likes of her government or the for-
mer Commissioner of Police?
Is any consideration given to the
fact that when these types of
statements are made by people
who in one breath state their com-
mitment to country and in that
same breath admit their deliberate
refusal in the past to assist in the
fight against crime, the wrong
message is being sent to the young
people of our country who are
looking for role models in our
nation s leaders?
Many sat in horror and disbelief
a few nights ago when a self-pro-
fessed crimebuster confessed that
he always dreamt of having the
Attorney General ask on his behalf,
in a parliamentary debate, for an
extension of his speaking time.
It was clear that the AG was
taken unawares, and if he was not,
then his look of surprise and initial
hesitation to accede to the request
was an acting sequence of Holly-
For some, such a theatrical dis-
play is all part of the political plat-
form drama, but the person whose
speaking time had to be extended
was obviously leading the dance
and secretly licking his lips with
thoughts of his actually being in
Perhaps the time has come for
us to admit that the reason there is
"kicksing in the Parliament" is that
some jokers are allowed to hold the
office of Member of Parliament.
One can only hope that the
electorate will be able to separate
the ability of an individual to pro-
vide televised comic relief from the
capacity to be a fit and suitable
The T&T Debates Commission
(TTDC) is an independent body
comprising professionals from var-
ious walks of life committed to
advance meaningful discussion on
matters of national importance.
Although the TTDC is relatively
young, it has earned the respect of
those citizens who appreciate the
opportunity to hear from and
assess the competency of those
who put themselves forward to
serve the people.
The late cancellation of the
debate carded for Tuesday night
resulted in the population s being
deprived of hearing first-hand
from the leaders of the parties
who each claim to be best suited
The excuses and explanations
proffered by the PM for her refusal
to debate, including her generous
decision to recuse herself to allow
the leader of the COP a chance to
express the views of his party, are
insufficient to drive away the
notion that the PM, in an act of
desperate cowardice, felt unable
and unprepared to prove that she
is the powerful leader she so con-
vincingly claims to be.
Some have suggested that her
decision to withdraw gives support
to the assertion that there exists a
cabal, high in the party ranks, that
calls all the shots for the PM.
Of course, this would suggest
that the PM is inherently weak
and not a good orator---two char-
acteristics which are easy to refute.
Perhaps the PM ought to con-
sider that at a time when her
leadership is under severe adverse
criticism, she ought to grasp every
chance to prove her detractors
wrong. The debate was a golden
opportunity to prove her prowess
as a dynamic and capable leader.
One cannot deny that to have
taken the PP thus far must have
been a difficult task, especially in
light of the repeated errors of this
regime and the allegations of cor-
ruption against some of its mem-
One thing that all leaders must
ensure, however, is that those they
bring to the platform come with
MAKING A MOCKERY
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