Thursday, December 14, 2017

Deyalsingh ‘would support undercover ministers’

If part of the Government’s crime plan is to send ministers undercover “to catch prostitutes and people selling marijuana”, People’s National Movement (PNM) St Joseph MP Terrence Deyalsingh would have no problem with this.

Speaking in the House of Representatives yesterday on a motion on crime, Deyalsingh’s continued allusions to ganja smoking provided amusement for the few of his colleagues in the chamber.

The PNM bench was sparse, as eight of its 13 MPs were absent due to the mass rally in Port of Spain.

“Now if it is that part of the Government’s crime plan, and I applaud them if it is true, to send ministers undercover to catch prostitutes and people selling marijuana, I have no problem with that. That is an excellent crime plan because if we have no security apparatus, prostitutes coming through and marijuana coming through. Who let the cocaine pass!” said Deyalsingh. 

Speaker Wade Mark intervened, saying: “Member, I understand where you are coming from and I would not permit it.”

The Speaker told Deyalsingh that he could not be going in a roundabout way to “implicate and impugn Members of Parliament”.

Deyalsingh said taxpayers’ monies were being used to support crime and quoted from the Express story, “Jamaat raking in Government money”.

He said to those who wanted to say, “you used to do it too”, the fact was that this Government promised to do better. 

“They were caught red-handed on camera,” he said. “You were caught on camera using public funds to finance a criminal enterprise, but like Shaggy you say, ‘it wasn’t me’. You did it on the bathroom floor, or the counter, even caught on camera, but it wasn’t me.”

Deyalsingh noted the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sport received a death threat from a known criminal whom he gave a $30 million contract under the Life Sport programme.

“How does a permanent secretary give out a $30 million contract, when the limit for a PS is $1 million? And the head of the Public Service sees nothing and hears nothing?” Deyalsingh asked.

He said the Minister of National Security predicted there would be 216 murders by the end of this year. He said the country had already reached 152 murders in the first four months, and if the trend continued it would reach 456 by the end of the year.

He said the detection rate was 9.2 per cent. 

Deyalsingh said in the face of all of this, the Government was going to celebrate its fourth anniversary today.

“They are high. Everybody high... the COP is high,” he said.