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Don’t forget Kamla

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I would like to take this opportunity to warn T&T about forgetting the five years of corruption and misrepresentation that took place under the UNC-led Partnership.

This recent helicopter situation reminds the population of how Kamla Persad-Bissesser as then prime minister mishandled our State resources and misrepresented our country on occasions.

The media reported a $6 million bill racked up by then prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissesser for use of a state-owned helicopter.

Dr Rowley also stated in his 2016 budget debate presentation that he met a bill payment request for $500 million, representing a commitment to a company called Bell Helicopters when assuming office.

Conversely, the present Government’s relief effort to send our helicopter and a crew to assist our CARICOM neighbours is practical and prudent.

Those countries devastated by hurricane Irma and now with Jose approaching will be further assessed and we should do our best to assist.

It is in these circumstances that we also can’t forget the misrepresenting statement made by Mrs Persad-Bissessar at a CARICOM meeting in 2010.

St Kitts Prime Minister Denzil Douglas and Grenada Prime Minister Tillman Thomas were told that “Trinidad and Tobago is not an ATM card”.

This insensitive comment insulted our CARICOM neighbours and embarrassed our citizens.

These two events are examples of abuse of State resources and misrepresentation of our country on a regional level.

So we cannot allow Kamla Persad-Bissesser to think that she somehow deserves to be prime minister again because we remember why she lost the confidence of the majority of citizens in the first place.

Samantha Maharaj