NEW POST: Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal, right, speaks to Housing Development Corporation (HDC) chairman Rabindra Moonan as they tour Cypress Hills Housing Community yesterday. Moonan had earlier received his instrument of appointment together with other HDC board members. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD

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Moonilal gives up Range Rover

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

CITING security concerns, Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal said yesterday he would no longer be using the Range Rover luxury vehicle leased by the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) for its employees.

Moonilal said since the use of the vehicle has been reported, everywhere he went, he has been bombarded by persons, especially those who wanted government houses.

Moonilal spoke about the issue yesterday after attending a  ceremony to officially hand over letters of appointment to the new HDC board.

The function took place at Cypress Hills Housing Community, Union Hall, San Fernando.

Moonilal described the publicising of his use of the vehicle as “disturbing, horrific, terrible and a tragedy”.

 “I have asked the HDC board to take back the vehicle I have. We have had some security concerns now where our vehicle is known in the public. People are stopping us on the highways. They are congregating by the vehicle where I go and it is posing a security threat.”

Moonilal said as Minister of Housing he was the “landlord of criminal elements” and had to be taking extra precautions about his personal safety.

He said he has never broken a law or policy in all his life and permission was obtained for use of the vehicle.

“We obtain permission for everything we have. We have very serious conditions...there are about 25 conditions associated with those vehicles which we obtain and we try our best to abide with.”

Moonilal said he was upset by the newspaper reports and would be meeting with the owners of the Trinidad Publishing Company on the matter. 

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