Dr Ahmed Abdulla Kazim died recently.
He was the youngest of the three Kazim doctors who came to work in Trinidad in the 1940s and ’50s.

Dr Kazim, just out of medical school in Bombay, arrived in 1955 and worked in our Casualty Department, going on to study further and achieving an FRCS in Scotland and another in England, returning to our shores in 1960 as a well educated and an exceptional orthopaedic surgeon.

In 1977, he went to Dubai, where he was welcomed as the first Emirati surgeon, practising there until his retirement in 2004.
I must mention here, his daughter, an oncologist, was also the first woman surgeon in the UAE. “Fruit doh fall far from the tree”.

Dr Kazim was awarded the UAE Pioneer Medal, and was honoured by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.

His daughter, Houriya Kazim (standing next to him in this photo), was also a pupil at Bishop Anstey High School, along with her two other cousins, Dr Mumtaz Kazim and Dr Mariam Kazim.

Many will recall his dear wife, Begum Sultana Kazim, the owner of Begum’s Boutique at the Hilton.

Please mention his name (and fame) to your elders who may also fondly remember this gentle man and gentleman from Bergerac, Maraval.
Thank you, sir, for all you contributed to us in Trinidad and Tobago; indeed, all you gave to the world.

You healed others in so many various ways. May they proudly honour your memory, like our schoolmate Houriya, by following in your giant footsteps.

Kathryn Stollmeyer Wight


The prime minister’s attempt to frame the issues leading to the collapse of the Police Service Commission and subsequent events as political “janjhat and ra-ra” is sadly ­misguided.

On August 12, an unnamed high-level visitor to President’s House made an intervention that stopped the delivery to the Parliament of the Police Service Commission’s (PolSC) merit list of candidates for Police Commissioner.

It saddens me to write what I am about to, but it’s a harsh reality that we must face and fight, or, if we are the unpatriotic cowards many believe we are, then we might consider joining millions of others across the world who abandon all hope in their native lands and become refugees, moving like nomads anywhere the wind and fellow refugees take them.

The inept handling of the affairs of the Police Service Commission and, more particularly, the imbroglio surrounding the office of Commissioner of Police leading to its eventual collapse have created an ongoing crisis that seems to have no end.

It is quite unseemly for the President to propose names of persons for appointment to the Police Service Commission without responding to the call from large sections of civil society for an explanation of the comess that occurred over the last several weeks.