MP Ragbir defends his decision to vote with the Govt

by jestinez59

Op­po­si­tion Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Cu­mo­to/Man­zanil­la Dr Rai Rag­bir has de­fend­ed his de­ci­sion to vote with the Gov­ern­ment in favour of the Whistle­blow­er leg­is­la­tion.

In a state­ment Dr Rag­bir said af­ter read­ing the leg­is­la­tion care­ful­ly and con­sult­ing le­gal ex­perts, it is his view that this leg­is­la­tion will ben­e­fit the peo­ple of Trinidad and To­ba­go as it will be a tool to fight against cor­rup­tion.

“I un­der­stand that some of my col­leagues will be dis­ap­point­ed in my de­ci­sion to­day.  How­ev­er, I must point out that no cau­cus was ever held in re­la­tion to dis­cussing this im­por­tant piece of leg­is­la­tion, nor were my views so­licit­ed from the Chief Whip or the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion,” Dr Rag­bir said.

“This has un­for­tu­nate­ly be­come the norm in the Op­po­si­tion when im­por­tant pieces of leg­is­la­tion are be­ing con­sid­ered and demon­strates, in my view, neg­li­gence on the part of the op­po­si­tion,” he added.

Dr Rag­bir said far too of­ten, im­por­tant pieces of leg­is­la­tion are brought to MPs with­out any re­search, con­sul­ta­tion with con­stituents and stake­hold­ers, or dis­cus­sion among par­lia­men­tary col­leagues.

He said sim­ply vot­ing par­ty lines on this piece of leg­is­la­tion trou­bled him great­ly in par­tic­u­lar be­cause as MP for Cu­mu­to/Man­zanil­la, he has re­ceived nu­mer­ous com­plaints about the San­gre Grande Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion.  He re­vealed that when he told peo­ple to take their com­plaints to the po­lice, they were afraid of vic­tim­iza­tion, reprisals and los­ing their jobs in the Cor­po­ra­tion.

“I there­fore vot­ed to give these per­sons and oth­er con­stituents a chance to bring their com­plaints for­ward with­out fear and in the in­ter­est of Trinidad and To­ba­go,” he said.

Dr Rag­bir said he is a med­ical pro­fes­sion­al with decades of ex­pe­ri­ence and has al­ways be­lieved that the health of cit­i­zens is of para­mount con­cern.  In this case, he be­lieves that the health of good gov­er­nance, trans­paren­cy and ac­count­abil­i­ty are at stake and as such, he stands by his vote.

“No doubt, in an ef­fort to de­flect from her own ab­sence from Par­lia­ment and fail­ure to lead a com­pe­tent process in con­sid­er­ing this bill, the leader of the op­po­si­tion or some of her acolytes will sim­ply shout that I no longer sup­port the UNC,” he said.

He added: “I reaf­firm that I re­main loy­al to the mem­bers of the UNC be­cause this leg­is­la­tion is in their in­ter­est. I am con­fi­dent that his­to­ry will prove me right on this is­sue.”

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