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Letter of the Day | Time to take definite action to save Jamaica

Published:Tuesday | September 14, 2021 | 12:06 AM


This is an open letter to industry organisations and the Government.

It is high time to use your collective power to compel the Government to do whatever is necessary to get our beloved country back up on its feet. You don’t need to be told what is necessary for as leaders, you already know; and if you were to lock your collective doors for a few days that should be compelling enough.

“But this would lock down the country, we can’t do that.” You might say: “Well, guess what, it has already been done for you without getting any of the necessaries done!”

So, for God’s sake, take some long-overdue action, politically and socially correct or not, before we expire into the abyss of anarchy.

To the members of the Government:

You are currently weak but unopposed. This puts you in the enviable position of being able to do just about anything that you have the political will to do. Against this background, and faced with the present dilemma of COVID-19 and crime, you have a choice: either to continue to fail or take hard and harsh corrective decisions and implement them.

The time is now past for boasting about building new homes or highways. No longer can you take heed of the bleeding hearts. If the country needs to locked down for a week straight to halt COVID-19 spread, then do it! If EVERYONE needs to be vaccinated, then mandate it!

If really tough measures need to be taken to stem crime, then take them! The current pussyfooting is not working.

Immediately adopt a no-tolerance policy towards motorcycle riders not wearing helmets. There’s an existing law which prohibits this practice, not enforcing it sends the clear signal that in Jamaica laws are there to be broken. Adopt a similar no-tolerance policy towards all other breaches of the Road Traffic Act, in particular by the erring mini buses and taxis, whoever their owners are.

The law should also be amended to allow for the vehicles of repeat offenders to be impounded. Let’s face the facts, if we continue to play the fiddle while Jamaica burns, we are doomed.

Between COVID-19 and crime, we are under the radar of many countries for all of the wrong reasons; and at home, the economy is in peril for the same reasons. We are at a precarious juncture right now.

If urgent and collective action is not taken to rid Jamaica of these scourges, this generation and its leaders will not be remembered for what they did, only for what they failed to do.