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ANDRE BAGOO Sunday, December 2 2012
THE TURNING point for Dr Wayne Kublalsingh was when he decided to cuss out Dr Fuad Khan. Khan, the Minister of Health, who is also a doctor, had gone at the request of the Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, to meet Kublalsingh, not to discuss politics or the highway between Debe and Mon Desir. Accompanied by an ambulance, Khan went to offer medical assistance. Yet, Kublalsingh chased him away, hurling expletives and insults. It was like watching a soldier in combat attacking the Red Cross: it was unwarranted, disproportionate, irrational and undermined the very idea of peaceful protest which Kublalsingh claimed to be an exponent of. What made it worse is the fact that Khan has had absolutely no direct involvement in the highway project, aside from his membership in the Cabinet. Was Kublalsingh then signalling that he would attack the Cabinet at large? This was the wrong approach for a bi-partisan project that ran under the NAR, was tendered under the PNM and now implemented by the UNC/PP.
It has become clear that the entire affair has been a political circus the likes of which this country has never before seen. Consider the fact that Verna St Rose Greaves appeared, ringing a bell and spurting water around the Office of the Prime Minister. Not even VS Naipaul or Derek Walcott could have imagined this (though Walcott’s play, Beef, No Chicken, is eerily prescient of the current fiasco).
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