Tough decisions must be made for the greater good, says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
In her address at the Spiritual Baptist Shouter Day celebrations in Maloney yesterday, Persad-Bissessar noted the scriptures from the book of Proverbs which speak to integrity and righteousness “and it brought home to me how real and relevant these teachings have been, especially over the past few weeks,”.
“As Prime Minister, it falls to me to make the tough decisions in pursuit of the greater good,” said Persad-Bissessar.
The Prime Minister reminded the audience of the of the words which she stated last week when she took the decision to fire Minister of the People and Social Development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh.
“I am always aware of the higher expectation upon which this Government was elected and the immense responsibility each of us has to uphold public trust in all we do every single day of our lives. It is not a responsibility we can choose to have one day and loose the next,” she said.
“Doing the right thing is not a choice that we make, it is a duty that we have to God, to our families and to our country,” she added.
Persad-Bissessar said that in carrying out duties and responsibilities as parents, teachers, public officials, students, children, citizens; “we must always aim to do what is right, fair, and just,”.
She said the members of the Spiritual Baptist faith know this very well as they have practised this with deep faith and honour, even as they faced injustice and oppression by the Shouters Prohibition Ordinance.
Persad-Bissessar said their principles guided them to triumph and today “we stand together, proudly celebrating the strength of conviction and the freedom you justly earned,”.
She said she has learnt from these struggles.
“Each day, I am guided by your strength and determination, even as I face challenges. That is why today, even as we acknowledge struggle, we rejoice in victory,” she said.
The Prime Minister noted the words of poet Maya Angelou, who said, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it,”.
Persad-Bissessar also promised that the first ever Shouter Baptist secondary school will be constructed by her Government but their support is needed to achieve this.