President of the Penal/Debe Chamber, Rampersad Sieuraj, said politicians are the real problem in this country.
He made the comment while issuing a call for the UNC and PNM to do what was necessary to revisit and secure passage of the Anti-Gang bill.
And, in light of the UNC’s cry that it would not support the bill unless there was procurement legislation, Sieuraj posed the question: “Why can’t we have both the Anti-Gang and procurement legislation on our statue books at the same time?
Sieuraj said, “The Commissioner of Police has stated publicly that this law is required in the fight against crime. The Opposition’s non-support is on the premise it’s ‘bad’ law. Okay, if so, wasn’t this package drafted by a UNC administration? Also, the UNC is on record that its support is conditional on passing of the procurement legislation. Is the UNC prepared to support ‘bad law’ to get the procurement legislation?”
The chamber head also questioned if the UNC presented amendments to the Government and a Joint Select Committee.
Sieuraj told the Guardian, “This population is taken on the road of political hypocrisy by the politicians—all politicians are the real problem in T&T. If the UNC calls for passage of the procurement legislation, isn’t that a legitimate demand? Isn’t this country rife with ‘white-collar’ crime? The little ‘black boy’ don’t bring in tonnes of drugs! Why can’t we have both the Anti-Gang and procurement legislation on our statue books at the same time?”