By Caribbean News Now contributor
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- NiLeung Hypolite, the member of parliament for Laventille West in Trinidad, has condemned remarks by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan as “reckless, irresponsible and most unprofessional” of a senior member of the government.
According to Hypolite, Ramlogan’s remarks on Monday in early morning television interviews, link opposition People's National Movement (PNM) MPs and PNM party machinery to crime, and deliberate spreading the “word on the ground to criminals to continue crime and damage Trinidad and Tobago”.
The attorney general was being interviewed on a range of topics which included recent legislation and the crime when he stated that his remarks were accurate since he has not observed any PNM MP attending the wakes, funerals, visiting any family members of the victims or speaking to any youth in the constituencies were these murders have occurred, as evidence that the PNM MPs were in support of the current crime wave.
He further stated that the opposition PNM is not interested in supporting the appropriate interventions required to stop crime because it is in their interest to have crime increase.
Ramlogan stated that he has been reliably informed and was advised that the PNM MPs have been in touch with the criminals and the word on the ground is that these MPs are encouraging the criminals to continue with crime and lick up Trinidad and Tobago, which would give them an excellent election prospect to use crime to defeat the UNC in elections which are due in 2015.
“These comments are incorrect, irresponsible, reckless and they must be retracted,” Hypolite said.
He said that the coalition People’s Partnership government is now, through its attorney general, creating a most tense situation in Trinidad and Tobago with such reckless remarks linking the PNM, its MPs, members of the PNM and its supporters directly with crime and any future crime committed in Trinidad and Tobago.
“Such conduct by an attorney general at a time when our country is grappling with an out of control crime wave and traumatized citizens hope for some relief is reprehensible and he should retract these statements and be removed from office. Such statements are not part of a solution but an integral part of the problem we face with such recklessness on the part of the government that has failed to adequately protect the citizens of this country,” Hypolite added.
He said that the PNM will continue to support any good legislation that would assist in the reduction of crime and continues to condemn all lawlessness in Trinidad and Tobago.