Young: Moonilal's disclosure was "disgusting behaviour"

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 09:00

PNM Member of Parliament for Port-of-Spain North/St. Ann’s West, Stuart Young has described as "disgusting behaviour", the disclosure by the UNC's Oroupuche East MP, Dr Roodal Moonilal of photos showing children with guns.

Dr Moonilal had linked the photos to Attorney General Faris Al Rawi, who did not deny nor confirm that the persons in the photos are his children, when he held a news conference Tuesday to respond.

Speaking in the House of Representatives during the Budget debate on Wednesday morning, Young said the disclosure was "disgusting".

He said it was "one that stained our history and stained this House and stained the souls of those who served in this House before", as he opened his contribution to the debate.

"I call upon all right-thinking people to distance themselves from that unbecoming and disgusting behaviour of the Member of Oropouche East yesterday," he said.

He said many people have already made up their minds on the "behaviour" of Dr Moonilal, adding that "it is unacceptable for persons to bring the children of any member - who has taken a decision on him/herself to serve the people of T&T - in this manner".

"I decry it and denounce it and call upon all right-thinking members of society to follow suit," Young told the House.

He then addressed the Attorney General who is also the Member of Parliament for San Fernando West, saying that according to local parlance, "you don't stone a mango tree that isn't bearing fruit".

He told Al Rawi that the allegations were only being made because he was "doing an excellent job".

The Budget debate is continuing in the Lower House.