MP Ramona Ramdial is calling on Minister Fitzgerald Hinds to apologise for the callous and insensitive remarks he made in response to her comments about no government representative visiting the families of dead and missing Orange Valley fishermen on a popular TV morning show today.
Minister Hinds said if there was a request by families of the murdered and still-missing fishermen, the government security patrol would have intervened. He also said that since there was no Member of Parliament for Couva in government, there was no need for a government representative to go to the wake of funeral.
MP Ramdial continues to maintain that since the tragic incident on Monday, there have been no visits or communication between the Minister of National Security, Minister of Agriculture, Chief of Coast Guard and families of the seven dead and missing fishermen.
Ramdial seeks to remind Minister Hinds that as elected public officers and a sitting government Minister, he has a duty and responsibility to all the people of Trinidad & Tobago and therefore his comments were rather unfortunate and indicate his political bias toward the people of Couva.
She further reminds Hinds that it was his Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley who on the night of the elections after winning in 2015, said to the country that he was now Prime Minister for all of Trinidad & Tobago.
She further states that as a former Minister under People’s Partnership Government, at all times care and compassion was shown by then Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar and every single member of government to the people of Trinidad & Tobago, especially in times of need.
“We visited families along the length and breadth of Trinidad & Tobago to give comfort and words of encouragement”, she said.