Tuesday, February 20, 2018

MSJ: Take action on corruption in Govt


DISCRIMINATION: Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) political leader David Abdulah, centre, fields questions from the media during yesterday’s press conference at their San Fernando headquarters. Seated from left are Dr Roosevelt Williams, deputy political leader; Akins Vidale, party organiser; Ozzi Warwick, general secretary; and William Celestine, treasurer. —Photo: INNIS FRANCIS

Mark Fraser

POLITICAL Leader of the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) David Abdulah has appealed to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to get a handle on alleged acts of corruption within her Government.

Abdulah has claimed that a contract is about to be issued to fired chairman of Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) Rabindra Moonan. 

He said the contract would allow Moonan to supply National Petroleum (NP) products to the Vehicle Maintenance Company of Trinidad and Tobago (VMCOTT).

Speaking at a press conference at MSJ headquarters, St Joseph Village, San Fernando yesterday Abdulah said, “Information has come to us that with the sanction of the Minister of Energy and the chairman of the NP board a contract is about to be issued to Rabindra Moonan, who was fired as chairman of CAL. A contract is being considered by NP to give Mr Moonan the oil and oil products contract to supply to VMCOTT rather than NP suppling directly to VMCOTT.”

Adbulah called on Persad-Bissessar to take action immediately and halt the contract.

Moonan, who is now the chairman of the Housing Development Corporation, said yesterday that he was not prepared to comment on the claims. 

“I cannot comment on speculation. There is speculation too that I could be the High Commissioner to India and London at the same time. David Abdulah is making speculations and I cannot enter into this comic relief. All I can say is that I am a businessman,” he said.

Abdulah said the MSJ intends to launch a campaign against the Government regarding the closure of schools during the school term because of repair and maintenance work.

He said at least 17 schools were affected last term. 

Abdulah said none of the “so called prestige schools” were affected. 

“It suggests to us that children of ordinary people, this children of working class, children of  poor people are the ones who are being primarily affected by these school closures. This is a major example of the kind of discrimination that is taking place in the country. The kind of injustice that is being meted out. The lack of fairness, sense of equity and equality that is taking place in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.

Abdulah said the Peoples Partnership Government had failed these school children and their parents.