Fazal to constituents: Let me be your voice

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

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