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SCL (Trinidad) Limited is expanding its operations and is looking to recruit qualified individuals to fill
the following positions:
To provide strong support to the Divisional Managers by marketing and securing sales of SCL range of
products to new and existing customers.
To offer technical advice to customers ensuring that SCL products are specified for use on the
approved list of products. Working closely with batch plant personnel both local and regional,
assisting with mix designs, new admixture trials etc.
Responsible for servicing dispensing equipment, for internal & external use, providing good solutions
to maintain customer satisfaction.
To provide strong support to the Inventory & Distribution Manager, ensuring
timely and efficient deliveries to customers.
The Warehouse Attendant will be responsible for ensuring orders are dispatched timely and
accurately (export and local) and advising on stock levels.
Another cause for concern in
recent times is the Office of
The process of appointing a
President still leaves one in doubt
as to whether any/all of his deci-
sions will be biased in favour of
the party that elected him into
There are also other difficulties
such as the potential for defeated
political candidates being appoint-
ed to office.
Mr ANR Robinson, who was the
Prime Minister at the time of the
1990 attempted coup, subsequently
became a Minister Extraordinaire
in 1997 in the Basdeo Panday-led
The said Government appointed
him President and thereafter he
refused the advice of Mr Panday.
Robinson refused to act on the
Prime Minister s advice to revoke
the appointment of two senators
and to appoint two others in their
He also refused to appoint seven
senators for some 55 days. Such a
situation is certainly untenable
when one considers that it is the
Prime Minister who is accountable
to the people.
Mr Robinson, who was once
subjected to an attempted bloody
coup, in an amazing twist of fate,
effected what some describe as a
presidential "appointment" upon
the incumbent Prime Minister
Panday in the face of an 18-18 tie
at the polls and at which Mr Pan-
day secured more votes overall.
The tenure of Mr Maxwell
Richards caused us to wonder
whether the Office of President is
still relevant to our democracy and
if so, whether the office should
enjoy any form of immunity from
In the midst of an entire Integri-
ty Commission resigning, he chose
to remain on vacation abroad.
The courts found that Mr Nizam
Mohammed, the Police Service
Commission head, was wrongly
Despite these blunders, he con-
tinued to exercise untrammelled
power without effective recourse
being provided by the constitution.
When Mr Robinson selected Mr
Manning over Mr Panday to form
the Government on the basis of
"moral and spiritual values," whose
values was he referring to?
The preamble of the Constitu-
tion states that:
"Whereas the People of T&T---
(a) Have affirmed that the nation
of T&T is founded upon principles
that acknowledge the supremacy
(d) Recognise that men and
institutions remain free only when
freedom is founded upon respect
for moral and spiritual values and
the rule of law..."
Which God is being referred to
in the Constitution?
Whose beliefs were taken into
The reality is that this country
has never had a Hindu President.
Are Hindu religious beliefs treated
equally with those propagated by
other religious persuasions?
We are sometimes inclined to
believe that the Constitution does
not take Hindu beliefs into
We are less inclined to believe
that Hindus are included under
the Constitution when fly-by-
night churches can freely walk
house to house in our country,
preaching hatred towards the
Hindu faith and the law does noth-
ing about it.
It was the Hindu and Muslim
communities which had to fight
all the way to the Privy Council,
where the highest court declared
that the creation and continued
use of the Trinity Cross as the
nation s highest award breached
our right to equality under section
4(b), our right to equality of treat-
ment under section 4(d) and our
right to freedom of conscience and
belief under section 4(h) of the
The Trinity Cross was estab-
lished since 1969!
For over ten years the Maha
Sabha has been fighting a battle
against one of the worst kinds of
discrimination in the matter
involving the refusal by the pre-
vious PNM regime to grant a radio
licence. Following the adjudication
by the Privy Council, the Maha
Sabha wrote to the Director of
Public Prosecutions (DPP) citing
facts which were proffered before
the courts and reciting the findings
of the courts with an accompany-
ing request that the DPP initiate
prosecutions against former Prime
Minister Patrick Manning.
This request was also repeated
based on different grounds in the
"Pena Church" case.
When one considers the DPP s
stated reasons for refusing to pros-
ecute Mr Manning against the real-
ity of Mr Panday s continuing
prosecution, one would feel a sense
We recommend that section 90
of the Constitution be reviewed
and that a more transparent man-
ner must be used to appoint the
In addition he/she must be made
to account to the citizenry for
actions or lack thereof. Or should
we have two DPPs as some have
After the Judicial and Legal Serv-
ice Commission proposed Carla
Brown-Antoine to be appointed
DPP, Mr Manning exercised his
power of veto and prevented her
appointment. We are left to wonder
on what basis he exercised this
Carla Brown-Antoine was sub-
sequently appointed a judge of the
High Court. Mr Manning s veto of
senior public servants Feroza
Ramjohn and Ganga Persad-
Kissoon was held by the Privy
Council to be unfair.
Having regard to all of the afore-
mentioned matters, we see that
the Constitution could be used as
a tool of oppression. In its present
form, it is more susceptible to arbi-
trary and unwarranted use of power
by those in authority.
Next Week, Part 4
CASE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM
The reality is that this country
has never had a Hindu
President. Are Hindu religious
beliefs treated equally with
those propagated by other
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