Deputy political leader of the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) Radhaka Gulbance said it was time for the government to step up and protect citizens and called on the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS) to do its parts in helping men.
Speaking at an MSJ new conference yesterday, Gulbance said “Our men are hurting. If we have to do more to protect our women and children, we have to fix the problems our men are facing. And we know that men have this ego, that you cannot cry, that you have to be macho so when you’re with a group of men at the side of the road, you have to say the nastiest things to women passing, then you are a real man.”
She also called on government to give PH taxi drivers and owners three months to transfer their vehicles to register as taxis with the Licensing Authority.
She said that when a vehicle’s registration number is beginning with “H” there is an implied trust, so people board it as a registered taxi. However, she said the issue now is that anyone can issue a registration plate. She said the government must manage who can issue registration plates, especially as there is an opportunity for the State to implant microchips. This way, law enforcement can track and identify vehicles as part of its crime-fighting approach.
Gulbance, who is a former educator, also wants to see a collaboration between the MSDFS and the Ministry of Education to deal with behavioural problems in schools, before children begin committing crimes. The MSJ also wants the Commissioner of Police to mandate officers to walk through communities and engage with members and mentor the youth.