PM: ‘Doing right is not a choice’
By Sasha Harrinanan Monday, March 31 2014
“Doing the right thing is not a choice,” Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, yesterday declared while speaking about how “real and relevant” the teachings of Proverbs 11 of the Bible have been to her “over the past few weeks.”
“I recall the verses of Proverbs 11 speak to integrity, speak to righteousness, and they both hold to me how real and relevant these teachings have been, especially over the past few weeks. As Prime Minister, it falls to me to make the tough decisions sometimes in pursuit of the greater good...In carrying out duties and responsibilities...we must always aim to do what is right, what is fair and what is just.”
The PM then said, “it was in large part, spiritual guidance” which led her to highlight the “immense responsibility” placed on Government officials to “uphold the public trust” when making an announcement last Tuesday evening.
Persad-Bissessar was referring to her decision to have President Anthony Carmona revoke the appointment of Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh as Minister of the People and Social Development, for inappropriate conduct towards a flight attendant while on-board a Caribbean Airlines flight from Tobago to Trinidad on March 16.
The PM also pledged to “re-commit” to the mantra that one should “Put God in front and walk behind,” while delivering the feature address at the 15th Anniversary of Shouter Baptist Liberation Day celebrations, held yesterday afternoon at the Shouter Baptist Empowerment Hall in Maloney.
On another matter, Persad-Bissessar had good news for Spiritual Shouter Baptist Archbishop, Barbara Gray-Burke, and her colleague Bishop Myrtle Bristol, “God-willing, I pledge to you I will help you build the first ever Spiritual Shouter Baptist secondary school.”
There was applause, bell-ringing and chanting in joy when the congregation heard the PM’s response to the request for a secondary school for practitioners of the Spiritual Shouter Baptist (SSB) faith.
Afterward, Persad-Bissessar and Burke led the congregation on a short walk to the St Barbara’s Spiritual Shouter Baptist Early Childhood Care and Education Centre (ECCE). Once there, the PM formally opened the ECCE school, the first of its kind for the SSB community, which is located next to the St Barbara’s Spiritual Shouter Baptist Primary School in Maloney, next to the Churchill Roosevelt Highway.