Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hadeed: We are fixing the problem with ’62 constitution

THE People’s National Movement (PNM) has “agent provocateurs” placed in strategic places, including the media and the Law Association, who come out of the “woodwork” and try to halt any legislation that is opposed to that political party, Tourism Minister Senator Gerald Hadeed has said.

Hadeed made the statement during his contribution to the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014 in the Senate, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, on Wednesday night.

During his contribution Hadeed took the Senate back in time by reading two letters from 1959 from some of this country’s former political figures.

The first letter Hadeed read which was dated November 14, 1959 was to his father Aziz from from Albert Gomes.

The second letter which was dated November 21, 1959 was to Bhadase Sagan Maraj from Lionel Seukeran,

Seukeran is the grandfather of Opposition Senator Faris Al-Rawi.

Hadeed said he knew Al-Rawi by the name Johnny Seukeran when he was younger.

Hadeed questioned why Al-Rawi jettisoned his name and jettisoned his grandfather’s contribution to the fight.

“It is not what we are doing today is the problem, what we are doing today is we are trying to solve the problem and bring the solution to the problem that happened in 1962 with the Independence Constitution where they did all the damage,” Hadeed said.

“Who did it? Two men, there was no consultation with anyone. The 1976 Constitution again who did it? Two men. Eric Williams and Ellis Clarke, where was the consultation,” Hadeed said.

“If we allow the PNM to continue to bring their agent provocateurs from all over to stop any progression for legislation that would do good for this country like this Bill what are we doing. They have them in the media, they have them in the Law Association, they have them in the churches,” Hadeed said.

“They have them all over, soon as anything good has to come to this country, they all come out of the woodwork to stop it because minority voting is their pattern. Their pattern is to win elections with minority voting,” he said.

Hadeed said he was jeered by protestors as he tried to enter the Parliament building.

He said while they booed he waved and one woman got so agitated that her teeth fell out as she booed profusely.