National Security Minister Jack Warner said yesterday that there was no shame in the firing of Collin Partap from his Ministry and in fact his fellow Government colleagues should learn a lesson from the incident.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar advised the President to revoke Partap's appointment on Sunday night following an incident where he was detained by police on Sunday morning after leaving the Zen nightclub and asked to take a breathalyser test.
He refused to do so and only complied after acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams turned up at the Belmont Police Station.
Warner spoke briefly to the media on the incident as he rushed off to an event hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Victims and Witness Support Unit at the Hyatt Regency hotel, Port of Spain.
Asked if the incident was an embarrassment to the Government, Warner said: "On the contrary, the swiftness of the action of the Prime Minister, I think is commendable and she has to be given every credit for this,".
"So an event where one sees an embarrassment I see the reason for of course positive change, for a high level of principle and I commend her very highly for that," added Warner.
Asked if other Ministers should learn from Partap's unfortunate situation, Warner responded, "Most definitely. It's a pity it can't be a lesson for the Opposition, but it's a lesson for other Ministers and one day, very soon possibly, the Opposition will have a similar lesson."
Warner said he had no idea whether there will be a replacement for Partap and that that decision lies in the hands of the Prime Minister.