Dr Mann wrong about Jerusalem
I take this opportunity to correct an error made by Dr Larry
Mann in his letter headed Israel attacking terrorists
only (Guardian, May 27).
Dr Mann stated that Nowhere in the Quran is Jerusalem
mentioned even once, yet the Palestinians now claim it as
their holy city. This is wrong since Jerusalem is mentioned
in the Quran. Let me quote it for you:
be to Allah who transported His servant (Muhammad, peace be
upon him) by night from the Sacred Mosque (in Makkah) to the
Distant Mosque (in Jerusalem), whose precincts (ie Palestine)
we did bless in order to show him our signs (17:1).
In this verse, the Distant Mosque is also known as the Temple
of Solomon or the Dome of the Rock and everyone clearly knows
that this is located in Jerusalem. Therefore the Quran
does make mention of Jerusalem, contrary to what Dr Mann wrote.
Additionally, this same verse confirms that Palestine is the
Holy Land, since it is a precinct (or surrounding territory)
specially blessed by God.
For more detailed information on this issue, Dr Mann should
read the book The Religion of Abraham and the State of IsraelA
View From The Quran.
Furthermore, I remind Dr Mann that the Quran is the
last of the four revealed books and is the only one that has
not been altered by man. Therefore, every word can be taken
as the truth. The Quran itself states that it is a book
wherein there is no doubt.
So, Dr Mann, do a little more research next time before you
make an uninformed and incorrect statement again.
All must work to prevent flooding
The mountains, hills, valleys, vegetation and gardens are
green and lush due to the short dry season this year. Thank
God for that.
However, with the serious rainy season now here (and some
forecasters predict a serious hurricane season), I appeal
to all Trinidadians to do their part to prevent the flooding
which happens year after year, by keeping drains, canals and
rivers free of debris.
If the communities can rally to get everything cleared, I
think we will see a lessening of the flooding. Dont
throw your fast food boxes or soft drink bottles in the drain
or the side of the road, please!
We need to come to the reality that we cannot depend on the
Government to help us, so we as a people need to do it ourselves.
The flooding which occurred in Woodbrook last year was terrible
and I hope the residents ensure it does not happen again.
Let us all work together, check ourselves, clean up our environment
and hope that we do not see what happened in the Dominican
Republic happen here.
Dont worry, its in the bag, Dianne
I read that Dianne Seukeran, the PNM MP for San Fernando West,
is worried that the PNM may lose the prized southern marginal.
My advice to her and all who dwell in the PNM kingdom is not
to fear. Your party has provided for that by house-padding
the constituency. Forget winning votes by performance and
noble deeds. Just house-pad.
And guess what? The media dont seem to care! So why
fear? Dont lose another hair!
So, Seukeran need not sweat it, her party has it in the bag.
She can rock back and relax. The only problem is that she
may not be the candidate in 2007.
martial law to stop crime
READ the letter from Johnathon Smith (Dirty money poisoning
T&T, May 29) who lives in Toronto, and I knew he
was wasting his time in asking for something to be done to
stop the escalating crime in Trinidad.
He is, however, right about dirty money pouring into Trinidad.
One can see some newly-built establishments with all modern
amenities. Some are even over-manned with well dressed attendants
but no customers. They just cant be making a profit.
However, they remain in existence. Could it be they have bent
accountants and blind trade officials?
There are so many crooks in Trinidad. I speak from personal
When I returned to live in Trinidad several years ago, I rented
a property from a local millionaire in a well-to-do area.
I paid £400 a month in rent. I purchased a new TV and
made arrangements with the cable company to connect me to
the network. A technician was supposed to come on a Wednesday
to make the connection.
On the Monday morning the landlord came to collect his rent
and check to see that things were OK. He noticed the new TV,
picked up the remote and tried to switch it on. I told him
I had made arrangements for the cable company to come to connect
me to the network.
he said to me, what a pity, I could have had one of
my boys connect you to the network on the lamppost outside
That is one example of dishonesty.
Another is when a friend of mine applied to the water authority
for permission to install a toilet downstairs in his villa.
The following day a man from the water authority turned up
on his doorstep offering to have the toilet application approved
for a certain sum of money without his superiors knowing anything
I have had other serious personal encounters. I remained in
Trinidad for only five months and was glad to return to England.
The move to and fro cost me £20,000.
The main trouble is that the ordinary Trinidadian loves the
underdog and because they know a lot of officials are crooked
they secretly support anyone who gets away with a criminal
activity, and they themselves are ready to indulge in minor
or serious criminal activities for financial reward.
This attitude is widespread. The only solution is to impose
martial law for a time and hope that will bring about the
end of most of the criminals and their activities. I can see
no other solution.
The problems of crime and the production of new criminals
are on the increase, despite figures showing crime has fallen.
I dont believe that these figures are correct; someone
must be counting backwards.