Roodal Moonilal

:‘Deep gratitude’: Roodal Moonilal

Oropouche East ­Member of Parliament Dr Roodal Moonilal has thanked British MP Steve Baker for his “grave concern” for Trinidad and Tobago nationals stranded in the United Kingdom.

Moonilal said it was the Prime Minister’s shame that nationals were seeking help from politicians abroad.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Wycombe MP Baker asked about steps being taken to assist authorities in T&T to repatriate citizens stranded in the UK as a result of the closure of the borders in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Baker said, “I have Trini­dad and Tobago citizens in my constituency who are burning through their savings and really terrified about failing to get home to protect their homes and businesses from the approaching severe weather. “Will the minister join me in calling on Trinidad and Tobago to ensure that their citizens get home? I think it is common humanity to enable people to return to protect their homes.”

‘No coherent policy for nationals’ 

In a statement yesterday Moonilal expressed “deep gratitude” on behalf of the people of Trinidad and Tobago to ­Baker for his “grave concern and sense of justice in raising the sorry plight of Trinidad’s stranded nationals and citizens”. Moonilal also praised Baker “...for his humanitarian intervention... in the UK Parliament”.

He said Minister of National Security Stuart Young had “no coherent, transparent and structured policy in place to deal with stranded nationals. It has been ad hoc and dysfunctional.”

Moonilal added that Young had a “callous and inhumane approach to the cries and tears of Trinidad and Tobago citizens stranded abroad”.

Let the most disadvantaged return home

He said while elderly, sick and disunited families with young children and single parents should be given ­priority, Moonilal also called for the establishment of a ­multipartite committee of MPs across party lines, health officials and advocacy groups of concerned relatives “to work out a proper policy” to enable the most disadvantaged ­citizens to return to this country.

“It is Rowley’s shame that our citizens are seeking the help of foreign politicians because they have been let down by our Government. He should show respect and get on with his job,” Moonilal added.