Tabaquite, Member of Parliament, Surujrattan Rambachan says the Attorney General and the People’s National Movement government are not giving hope to citizens who are daily becoming fearful about their security.
The former Works Minister’s sentiment comes on the heels of a statement made by Attorney General, Faris Al Rawi that he himself is not happy with the current crime rate and that he will start public consultations to bring necessary changes, beginning with the prison system.
Mr. Rambachan, in a media release issued said, the AG’s statement forces one to ask the question as to whether the Dr. Rowley led PNM Government has now completely lost faith in the Minister of National Security and whether very subtly the AG has taken over the role of Minister of National Security.
The statement of the AG comes after two additional people were appointed to the Ministry of national Security, one as Minister and the other as Parliamentary Secretary.
The National Security Minister, Edmund Dillon recently said his ministry’s efforts are based on careful strategy.
Meanwhile, Mr. Rambachan says the issue of illegal immigrants swarming local shores via what he termed porous borders, is cause for concern. Mr. Rambachan said it is noteworthy that the police are publicly admitting that there is trading of guns for food between people from Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. The former minister is also questioning why Chinese restaurants are allowed to have roulette machines encouraging “gambling” even among school children, adding that the AG should be investigating how Chinese restaurants are allowed such freedom and whether they have official protection, or whether there is a loophole in the law that needs to be addressed.