PM says he’s willing to collaborate with Opposition on crime

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PM says he’s willing to collaborate with Opposition on crime

Government will keep trying for Opposition collaboration on crime.

So said Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley.

Following President Christine Kangaloo’s call for cross-party co-operation on anti-crime legislation, in her address to the ceremonial opening of Parliament on Monday, Rowley said: “We, at the level of the Government, will keep trying in the Parliament to encourage our colleagues…”

Speaking to reporters in the Red House rotunda, Rowley lamented however, that some individuals in Parliament believe if things got worse in TT, their own position would get better.

He said, “I would be very happy if that view is not adhered to.”

The PM said it was one thing to say you would not support anything the Government brings, but another thing to actually act on that intention.

“We have a new President, a new Parliament and new and worsening situations in the country which require Parliament’s intervention.

“But there are members of Parliament who as far as I’m concerned are not prepared to see beyond what they believe is their prospects in the next election.”

Rowley said: “The President is attuned to the fact we have a very serious crime problem and we have to keep working at it.”

He said everything must be done to get the better of the criminal element.

Regarding making steelpan the national instrument, he said he was an aficionado and would like to do it but had heard of legal impediments to it.

“I promise to look at it again and get the advice of the lawyers. But if there’s nothing standing in the way, I think if only for the next generation, now is a good time to push the pan up again.”

The PM recalled help given to fund pan to strengthen communities and for pan in schools.

When asked about the Cabinet retreat amid social media rumours of a Cabinet reshuffle, Rowley smiled and quipped at the reporter, “Are you looking for an appointment?”