AS if good legislation is the answer to our criminal epidemic, both former and current governments have struggled to abate or reduce crime but without any significant success.

All the parliamentarians know fully well where the root of the crime is and they also know who are the major gang leaders who are propagation of it.

It was reported that the current government had some affiliation with gang leaders (no proof available) but from inference if there is smoke perhaps there was fire.

Minister Stuart Young in his entire debate never expressed any remorse or mentioned how sad he or his Government was for the failure to do more than give us statistics.

In his debate to pass the Bail Amendment Bill, he said that the death toll is 485 and that the bill passage is necessary as if it will stem the rise in crimes, it certainly denies bail for 120 days but after 120 days?

Back to square one and business as usual.

He goes on to say that an enormous amount of guns and munitions were discovered or confiscated in raids but never mentioned that the port of entry was wide open both the coast guards and the customs divisions.

If we don’t manufacture guns and ammo then how are we discovering such large amounts, we can assume they enter via our ports but our MPs prefer silence.

Our parliamentarians are safe and secure—baffles me and I ask myself if the gangs are paid to protect the MPs, or is there some kind of quid pro quo covertly in place.

And it is also a fact that in 2008 we had 550 murders and today the toll is 489; but while Basdeo Panday was our leader for five years, there was 638 murders during his entire five years with the existence of the death penalty.

So passing good legislation is not a deterrent nor it is the best option to subdue crimes, we should consider debating the death penalty instead of the Bail Amendment Bill.

Jay Rakhar

via e-mail


TOO often, people argue that homosexuality is the root cause of HIV and offer proof that same-sex behaviours are abnormal. As we observe AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day this week, it is worthwhile to revisit Dr Wayne West’s letter to The Gleaner titled “Homosexuality is not normal’’ on November 1, 2019.

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