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Leader of the New National Vision (NNV)
party Fuad Abu Bakr, son of insurrectionist
Yasin Abu Bakr, is blaming prevailing speculation
about a coup on fear-mongering by politicians.
However, he warned that existing conditions
were ripe for "something to explode."
In an interview with the Sunday Guardian, the
28-year-old double degree holder described him-
self as a businessman by profession, an activist
by passion, and a politician by necessity.
"I have found my purpose in service to man
and helping others," Abu Bakr said.
In an interview with the Sunday Guardian at
the Femmes du Chalet on the waterfront on
Thursday, Abu Bakr said he was initiating a series
of "revolutionary" political strategies, and while
beating effigies of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar and Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
was part of that plan, a coup d etat is not.
"I have a lot left, but I am keeping it quiet. I
thought this (beating of the effigies) would have
passed over a lot quicker. I am glad it is making
waves the way it is because I have actually post-
poned plans for other protests," he said.
With degrees in both law and business, Abu
Bakr could be doing almost anything else, yet he
said he felt compelled to enter politics.
"I refuse to be led unless it is by someone with
an ideology. As a young person, I feel as though
it is time for that generational shift. I feel as
though new blood has to come, people who don t
have the baggage," he said.
Abu Bakr described the rumours of a second
coup plot as "extremely laughable," but warned
that people were so frustrated "things could
"You never know," he said.
Despite that statement, Abu Bakr denied that
he or any groups that he knew were planning a
"The people who control our society, they push
fear upon us because if we are afraid we cannot
take the time to know each other. They rule by
divide and conquer and that is archaic politics.
We need to demand better from them," he said.
He said instead of pointing fingers at his father
and his father s actions, more could be learned
by examining the circumstances that created sim-
"We need to point fingers correctly...If we don t
just blame, we don t just say oh that guy was
mad. But if we look at the historical context, we
need to become a more educated and informed
people," he said.
He said the country needed revolutionary think-
"T&T is in a really bad place," he added.
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Leader of the Jamaat-al-Mus-
limeen, Yasin Abu Bakr, will not
say if he supports his son s foray
"What I would say is that he
is a grown man, he has a business
degree and a law degree, and he
is a grown man.
"He could have chosen to go
to court and defend criminals
who get out and kill again, but
he is in a position where he feels
he could change the future ahead
of him for himself.
"You have a responsibility to
make the world a better place for
your kids and create a better
future for them; he believes he
can do that," Bakr said.
Bakr had no political advice to
give to his son, but did say what
should not happen.
"I do not want people to impli-
cate him in my actions," he said,
referring to the insurrection in
"He was just a boy then, and
I think a child should not be held
responsible for something their
With the prevailing rumour
and speculation about an intend-
ed coup, Bakr---the man who
planned and excuted the first one
back in 1990---said that happened
"People always saying this and
saying that. You know what I
would like to know? Who are
these people...my wife and kids
are people too and they not say-
ing that. So who are these peo-
ple?" he asked.
Bakr said there were three
kinds of people---those who
acted, those who wrote about it,
and those who did nothing.
"Very few people, a minute
amount, do things and they are
the people that history records.
A larger portion of the commu-
nity comment on what has been
done, and another large portion
do nothing," he said.
"You have to decide which cat-
egory you want to be in," he said.
He said while Adolf Hitler was
castigated, history must record
what he did.
recorded in history," he said.
When asked if he believed that
the current conditions are ripe
for another insurrection, Bakr
sighed audibly before respond-
"If you are conscious, if you
are thinking...I am unconscious,
I am not thinking at all," he said
with a small laugh.
He said it was necessary to
have a sense of humour in this
"If you want to stay out of the
mad house, you have to laugh.
T&T could make comic books
for years and never run out of
material," he said. (Renuka
Relatives of Ray Kublalsingh are
planning to do a private autopsy
once his body is released to them
This was revealed by Kublalsingh s
An autopsy is expected to be done
on his body at the Forensics Science
"We are waiting to get the autopsy
results on Monday after which we
plan to do our private autopsy," Judy
Kublalsingh, 81, the father of envi-
ronmental activist Dr Wayne
Kublalsingh, went missing on Tues-
day. He was last seen around 9.30
am after telling his wife Shireen, that
he was going into a parcel of land
in the forested terrain near their
home in search of cassava to plant
a garden. He never returned. On
Thursday, the Anti-Kidnapping
Squad joined relatives in the search.
His body was found by his neighbour
Ramesh Outar on a hilly terrain near
his Kowlessarsingh Road, Union Vil-
lage, Claxton Bay, home, around 2
pm on Friday. His body was lying
face up and corbeaus were circling.
my son by
Conditions in T&T ripe
for something to explode
Fuad Abu Bakr:
Kublalsinghs to do private autopsy on dad's body
BEATING THE BOBOLEE
On the beating of the
bobolee, Abu Bakr said,
"That is a cultural
expression in T&T,
considering this is where I
Abu Bakr said there was no
right season to do anything.
"Right is right and wrong is
wrong at whatever time."
He said his political ire was
not directed at the Prime
Minister as a person but at
her politics, her office, and the
entity that she led. The same,
he said, went for Rowley.
He said the same arms of
the UNC which called for an
apology, needed to call for
their own leaders to
apologise for "irresponsible
statements" they had made.
saying 'we will crush all the
cockroaches' and 'unleash the
dogs of war'...Wow. I heard
those statements and no one
came out to castigate or
chastise that. It seems as
though right is wrong when it
is not in their favour," he said.
He said many people would
like to make the strong
statements and actions that
he did, but many were afraid.
"I don't know if bravery
runs in your blood, but I sat
back for a while and thought
about things. I felt this strong
desire to change the society
that I plan to live in, and I feel
as though if I could contribute
positively and make T&T
better in a real way, I would
have fulfilled my goal."
Fuad Abu Bakr
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