Vegas in ‘national’ debate

By Simone Morgan Observer staff reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, February 20, 2016

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Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness’s multimillion-dollar house has been a major talking of the current general election campaign.


It has spurred a back and forth between the JLP and governing People’s National Party about the personal assets of their members.


Mr Vegas has entered the debate raising concern about ‘national treasures’ being sold to overseas interests.


His self-produced single, Gi Wi Back Wi Sweet Jamaica, questions why some of the country’s natural landmarks are proposed to being sold. They include land close to Dunn’s River and Goat Islands.


"I came across an article a few weeks ago. It was about the sale of some of the historical places that are being sold or what is already sold by the Government," Mr Vegas explained.


He said a video will be released this week, possibly before the February 25 national poll.


He said the song would have been done last year or five years ago if he was aware of the sales.


"It is a shame! Why are our national treasures, that our foreparents’ blood sweat and tears drenched to maintain, being sold? I don’t see the sense of selling all these treasures and Jamaicans are still suffering and the country still has such a huge debt. It is like me selling my house and then renting it back from the Chinese," he said.


He stressed that Gi Wi Back Wi Sweet Jamaica is not political.


"I hear people saying I am talking like a JLP. I am neither! I am a Jamaican who is worried about my kids and your kids’ future. None of the political parties are better than the other; they are all the same. We are the ones who will have to ask back for our country. Don’t put yourself back into slavery."


The Goat Islands issue triggered national debate in 2014 after Government announced plans to sell the St Catherine natural expanse to Chinese interests.


The proposed sale was widely opposed by environmentalists and fisherfolk who earn a living near to the island.

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