Kamla calls for help in battle against crime
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has said her Government alone cannot fight the scourge of crime.
She has therefore urged all leaders to come together and work towards making a positive difference.
She was speaking at an Eid dinner which she hosted at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, for members of the Muslim community on Thursday.
The Prime Minister, who arrived late for the dinner, explained that her tardiness was because of her visit to Duncan Street, Port of Spain, where she had met the families of those who were murdered.
Persad-Bissessar said her Government remained committed to dealing with crime, the number one issue facing the country.
She said the needs of the people will be addressed, adding that the women of Duncan Street had asked that a place be provided for their children to spend time.
Persad-Bissessar said it will be looked into whether this place can also be accommodated in the building where the new police post in Duncan Street will be established.
The Prime Minister said this country was blessed with the achievements of the people and embracing of different cultures.
“We are the envy of the world, a small spot on the world map ... our son of our soil today (Thursday) won gold, I congratulate him,” said Persad-Bissessar, referring to Jehue Gordon’s gold win in Russia.
“What we lack in geographical size and population size, I say respectfully we more than make up with the enormity of our hearts. Where else in this world can people so different in many ways yet so similar come together as one to truly embrace and celebrate each other’s collective diversity,” said Persad-Bissessar.
This, she said, was what makes this nation unique and what characterises it as a rainbow country with Caribbean people.
She noted the sacrifices made by members of the Muslim community as they observe fast during the month of Ramadan.
All people, she said, must re-commit themselves to these values and ideas in shaping the future and towards nation building.
“When we look at our troubled world today, if there ever was a time for peace and harmony, that time is now. It is time for us to realise that the whole human race is one family,” she said.
In order for this to happen, Persad-Bissessar said there must be genuine transformation of the human heart which must be open to the workings of God.
She pointed out that recently she heard a powerful message from American televangelist Joel Osteen who said you must first believe in yourself and believe that you can effect transformation.
Persad-Bissessar issued a call for everyone to be positive in the face of adversity.
She said she was confident that challenges can be overcome and people should cast aside those who create division and reject those with self- serving agendas. —Anna Ramdass