PNP vote against SOE extension a betrayal to Jamaica — Young Jamaica

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Young Jamaica, the youth arm of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), has described as an act of betrayal the People's National Party's decision to vote against an extension in the states of public emergency (SOE) in effect across the island.

According to Young Jamaica, the vote in the Parliament has sent a clear signal to criminal elements that there is no real resolve among Jamaica's parliamentary Opposition to challenge the scourge of crime, which was crippling sections of St James, St Catherine and Kingston and St Andrew.

The youth group says the young people of Jamaica have taken note of the PNP's betrayal and their callous disregard for the lives, property and security of those who had been terrorised by marauding criminals, and will repay them at the polls.

“We're not going to sit idly and allow Peter Phillips and the PNP to grandstand when as many as 300+ lives are at stake. The vote to end the enhanced security measures is an act of pure and clear betrayal. It sides with criminals and their cronies. Any escalation in crime must be laid squarely at the feet of the PNP.”

President of Young Jamaica, Howard Chamberlain, says Jamaica should not forget that this is not the first time that the PNP has placed their narrow partisan interests ahead of the will and wishes of the Jamaican people.

“The people of this country should not forget that this is not the first time the PNP has defeated a state of emergency at a time when violent crimes and murders were trending down. Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding needed their support in 2011, and they chose to allow murders and violent crimes to skyrocket out of control.

“It is clear to us at Young Jamaica that the PNP values political one up-man-ship over the need to make this country safe. Make no mistake, Peter Phillips is wrong on this, and the Jamaican people will not forgive his betrayal in his efforts to improve his damaged image as PNP President. He cannot trade in the lives of Jamaicans to repair his political brand”, Chamberlain said.

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