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Protecting Islam’s image

Published: 
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Members of this country’s Muslim faith have again been thrown on the back foot in the wake of the discovery of a stash of arms and ammunition at a mosque in Central Trinidad.

While the leadership of the mosque must be given credit for immediately contacting law enforcement on the shocking discovery, the incident again lends itself to the criticism of the faith, which started months ago when some of members of the community were linked to a plot to destabilise Carnival activities.

While the majority of Muslims in this country are law-abiding citizens, there will be some bad seeds—a situation which afflicts other religions as well. While Islam prides itself with being an all-inclusive religion, the time may be fast approaching when those who lead mosques must become more circumspect about those who frequent their places of worship.

Needless to say, the only way the leaders of the mosques may be able to win over the citizenry once again is to give up the lawless individuals within their membership, if indeed these persons exist. The activity of these few individuals must not be allowed to continue to tarnish all the good that Islam has contributed to the society.

PSC must be purged too

The Parliament’s rejection of the Police Service Commission’s nomination of DCP Deodat Dulalchan as the top choice for commissioner of police has naturally brought an avalanche of criticism.

There was, during the debate on the process, criticism from Government and Opposition about the process. And there is now even more criticism from other stakeholders, chief among them the public, about the fact that after years of undertaking several such processes we are yet to make a substantive appointment.

The PSC cannot be absolved of all of the blame in this matter. The body already has a new chair but this newspaper wonders whether the other members involved in the last process are still part of the hierarchy? If so, we ask that they do the honourable thing and tender their resignations.

Keep doing us proud

Congrats to sprinters Michelle-Lee Ahye and Jereem Richards on their bronze medals in the 100 and 200 metres events at the Oslo Bislett Games in the IAAF Diamond League on Thursday. They have continued their good starts to their Diamond League seasons and we wish them continued success.

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