Aquing, president of the Port-of-Spain Rotary Club, left,
goes through DOMA president Gregory Abouds presentation
yesterday. Aboud was the feature speaker at the Rotary Clubs
Parliamentary representatives seem to be more concerned about
flying fish than saving lives, Gregory Aboud president of
the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association said yesterday.
Aboud made the comments as he drew reference to the high level
of unsolved murders in the country.
He highlighted the Police Western Division where there were
15 murders, with only one solved.
Aboud cited murder statistics printed recently in the Guardian.
is the representative for the Western Division that has allowed
15 murders to occur and only one to solve, Aboud said.
does this mean? That the other fourteen lives were not important.
Those representatives are accountable and responsible,
He was speaking at the Port-of-Spain Rotary Club luncheon
held at the Queens Park Oval, yesterday.
He called on both Government and Opposition representatives
to play their part in curbing crime.
Aboud said representatives have not reached out to each other
to assist in the crime, but instead did so when during the
fishing dispute between T&T and Barbados.
representatives joined hands then but protection of our flying
fish seems to be more important than protection of our own
lives, he said.
He added that communities were to blame because they failed
It is this shortcoming by communities, Aboud added, that has
let representatives off the hook.
Aboud said while the public was not aware of crime statistics
the people who committed the murders were keenly aware of
He highlighted that of the 24 murders in the Port-of-Spain
Division only five were solved.
does not mean that it has been solved. That means five murders
have led to arrests. It has not led to conviction as yet.
Aboud asked Rotarians present at the luncheon: Arent
you concerned that we are stimulating criminals by not catching
them and preventing them from continuing what they have been
Crime, Aboud said, was destroying not only lives, but jobs,
confidence and also discouraging investment.
seems that life has no value in T&T, he said.
He said criminals were operating so boldly now in that they
were robbing, killing and then boarding a taxi with no fear