Government is not funding the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen, said Minister of Works Suruj Rambachan yesterday in Parliament.
He was speaking during debate on a private motion by Opposition MP Colm Imbert, calling on the Government to take immediate steps to deal with the unacceptable crime levels facing the citizenry of Trinidad and Tobago.
Rambachan took issue with the contribution of People’s National Movement (PNM)St Joseph MP Terrence Deyalsingh and comments the Government was funding the Jamaat.
The minister pointed out it was the People’s Partnership Government who commissioned an enquiry into the 1990 attempted coup and also took the Jamaat to court to recover money.
“Mr Speaker, I want to say that this Government has never and is not in the habit, now or ever been in the habit, of funding criminal elements in Trinidad and Tobago,” said Rambachan.
“That will not happen under this Government. The Government will always strive to ensure that people who conduct themselves within the law will be the beneficiaries of that which the Government has to offer the country, in terms of its development,” he added.
Rambachan also defended the LifeSport programme, which falls under the Ministry of Sport.
He said in La Horquetta, some 60 persons were involved in the LifeSport programme and have been very successful in their progress in life.
The minister said the LifeSport programme is not just about sport but passes on skills such as anger management, numeracy and literacy.
“If there are problems to be corrected, they will be corrected as Government will not run away from its responsibility,” said Rambachan.