Monday, February 19, 2018

Out-of-touch MPs only have a duty to themselves

 Is there anyone out there, besides a lawyer/politician (inclusive of all the wannabe politicians in this land), who can explain to the world what exactly is “duty allowance?” I desperately tried looking it up and have been unsuccessful. 

Isn’t that what people get paid for doing: their duty? Isn’t that the same as wages or salary, or what many simply call pay? Where else can one find a job where he/she disagrees with the people making their salary recommendations, in this case, the Salaries Review Commission (SRC), and vote themselves a hefty, new package, inclusive of “duty allowance” to the tune of $15,000 a month? Adding insult to injury, they also decided that they should vote themselves a housing allowance, in this case, $7,000 a month. 

How can these people who recently came to “we the people, begging for a wuk” suddenly decide that their salaries do not commensurate with their academic credentials, despite their consistent faux pas, incompetence and basic inability to demonstrate their worth? 

Are these not the same megalomaniacs, obsessed with power, Range Rovers, Porsches and an accumulation of self-approved credentials, who recently indicated to the masses that the salary cap should be five per cent, which they then moved to nine per cent? 

But back to my original question—as I have a habit of getting carried away—what exactly is a duty allowance?

While the newest members of the “parasitic oligarchy” see it fit to award themselves a salary increase, the CPO’s (Chief Personnel Officer) office has yet to make adjustments to employees of several State institutions, many of whom are struggling on 2008 salaries in 2014. It should also be noted that in several of these institutions, these people are also highly qualified professionals, with all of their credentials and qualifications bona fide, as opposed to those which were achieved in one-on-one exams or silk. 

To listen to the leader of Government business still trying to justify the salary

increase, with his talk about citizens wanting an “instant MP”, comparing themselves to pizza delivery and instant coffee, is an insult to the people at the pizza houses who actually work hard and deliver on time. Did Mr Roodal Moonilal believe he could get away with such a poor analogy by pre-empting his argument with a half-baked apology?

Perhaps as leader of Government business, he can explain the last thing Parliament delivered, and how long it took? Explain how long citizens of this land have been clamouring for a dangerous dog bill? How many years did it take to deliver the breathalyser? And how many innocent lives were lost to drunk drivers during the time that parliamentarians walked out on debates, spent thumping on desks, giving picong, enjoying cocktails, partying, travelling overseas, being absent, resting their eyes and texting.... 

Perhaps, Mr Leader of Government Business, you can explain the hold-up with laws that make it possible to admit CCTV (closed-circuit television) footage into the courts as evidence? One would think this is a tad more important than a pizza delivery since we are now inunda­ted with CCTV cameras—on the highways and byways—yet none of the evidence is admissible in a court of law, despite all the rhetoric from a former “captain”. 

When millions can be spent on unoccupied buildings while a cap is put on salaries of the working class, yet parliamentarians can wake up and vote themselves a duty allowance, it serves to further demoralise an already demoralised work ethic and is a true reflection of their “out of touchness” with the people who elected them and who they were sent to serve. Some of us recall the mantra: “Serve the people, serve the people, serve the people.” Did you go there to actually serve the people, or self?

You all came begging for the job a few

years ago, kissing babies and facing crossed arms, and were given the job. Quit if you’re not up to it. But to insist with some cock-and-bull story called “duty allowance”, to the tune of $15,000, plus $7,000 in housing, tax free; don’t come begging again. 

As your employer, you are all fired. Get a head start and start packing! 

Rudy Chato Paul, Sr

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