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“I am ready and prepared to appear.”

These were the words of Minister of National Security Stuart Young in response to a call from Oropouche MP Dr Roodal Moonilal to have Minister Young face a Joint Select Committee to explain his recent statements concerning the individuals benefiting from criminal activity.

In a statement yesterday evening, Young said, “I have been provided with a recording from Dr Roodal Moonilal, member of parliament for Oropouche East, calling for me to appear before a meeting of the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on matters of national security. I am ready and prepared to appear before the said Parliamentary Committee and I will provide the committee with the information that has been provided to me by, amongst others, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) in support of my very carefully spoken words.”

Moonilal in the audio clip said, “I’ve called upon the chairman of the Joint Select Committee on National Security, Mr Fitzgerald Hinds to convene an emergency meeting of the JSC on Security so that Minister Young can come before a Parliamentary team and explain himself.”

During the post-cabinet Press Briefing last Thursday, Minister Young said there were peo­ple in so­ci­ety who want­ed to cre­ate “a sense of fear and pan­ic in Trinidad and To­ba­go with what they call the run­away rate of crime. Who is it in our so­ci­ety that stands to gain of push­ing this nar­ra­tive of a homi­cide rate go­ing up­wards…. and why are there in­stances all of a sud­den of cer­tain spo­radic shoot­ings of per­son who are not in­volved in gang or crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ty?”

Moonilal said the suggestion created “insecurity” across the country.

“Making such a far-reaching statement without any evidence is proof that the Minister of National Security is attacking all political and civic organizations such as the business chamber, political parties, trade unions, NGOs and religious organizations,” said Moonilal, “Stuart Young is now the Minister of Insecurity. The Minister is trying to create an atmosphere where everyone us a suspect and people feel as if you can’t trust anyone.”