Chaguanas East MP, former tertiary minister Fazal Karim has urged residents of his constituency to “let me be your voice as your Member of Parliament”. He was speaking during the opening ceremony of a sub-office along Railway Road, Cunupia, today.
“Let me be your voice if you need an HDC house, I could write a letter for you. Let me be your voice if the churches, temples, and mosques and so need assistance from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Let me be your voice if you cannot find a school place. Let me be your voice if you have very long lines for an operation and yours is a very critical one,” Karim said.
“I want to be your voice that will speak to the Commissioner of Police on your matters. I want to be your voice in Parliament to stand up and ask questions on matters that would affect you. I want to be your voice to Minister Rohan Sinanan to ensure that we ask him again and again until it is done…to clean the water courses in this area.”
In keeping with his theme of helping those in need, Karim announced that “From Monday, all those young people within the ages of 18 to 35 who are unemployed, come to this office and register and we would present your name. I would be your voice to take your name to the On the Job Training programme to have you employed.”
He told the constituents that he has made it his personal duty to be the “parliamentary postman” where he would deliver letters from them to required officials for their voice to be heard.
At the new office, the MP plans to house a library with computers where students can come to work on their School-Based Assessments (SBAs). Also, in the office’s future, he said, would be a host of educational programmes ranging from Spanish to the drawing of house plans being taught by volunteers for members of the community. “This is an opportunity for empowerment,” he said.
- by Rishard Khan