Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TTMA: A cowardly act

 The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) has joined the public outcry against the brutal murder of prominent State prosecutor Dana Seetahal, SC. 

Seetahal was shot to death in her car at Woodbrook early Sunday morning as she returned home. 

“This cowardly act only serves to show that the criminal elements in society place little value on human life. Although the public has been advised that statistics demonstrate the rate of serious crime is falling, if murders are allowed to continue at the present rate, the Trinidad and Tobago economy will not progress,” the Association said in a release yesterday.  The majority of the murders are being committed with guns, which the TTMA finds “disturbing”, the Association said. 

“This is indicative of a deeper problem. There are no reports of guns being retrieved at the nation’s ports and for the most part, the public has been told that the police have taken guns off the street; somehow, somewhere the guns are entering our ‘porous’ borders. Where and how are these guns coming into our country?” the Association said. 

TTMA president Nicholas Lok Jack, who was re-elected for a second term yesterday, told reporters after the Association’s Annual General Meeting at the Hyatt Regency (Trinidad) in Port of Spain, “We don’t make them but we have guns everywhere. So they have to be coming in somehow. That’s why we are pushing for the port scanners.”  

Finance Minister Larry Howai offered condolences to Seetahal’s family and noted the “very serious concern” her murder had received from local and international observers.

“Investors will be aware and will (consider it). I’m not quite sure that it will perhaps affect (bigger energy companies) who have pledged longer term investment. I don’t think it will affect directly their decision but I don’t want to downplay in any way what has happened and how very seriously the Government takes it—and the potential impact it can have not just on the legal fraternity and psychologically on citizens,” Howai said.