JAMAICA Observer online readers have taken National Security Minister Peter Bunting to task over his remarks that a documentary being produced by well-known American journalist Dan Rather on the local lottery scam will hurt Jamaica. Below are some comments.
There should be no balanced view? The Government had time to deal with the scam that is costing lives in Jamaica. No sanitising the truth! Perhaps when unu start lose tourist money, unu will tek action.
Big C Ricardo
So true; no sugar coating.
Jamaica gets excited about VW ad. Blah blah blah. Jamaica gets scared about useless Rather report, blah blah blah. Listen up folks. The salvation is not in tourists who have over 150 countries to choose from. The solution is in making the place safe for children and adults who are being slaughtered every day and no one is being arrested, much less convicted. That way locals and what you all call diaspora will feel comfortable staying and coming home.
Bunting, you must remember that it's not only lotto scammers we have to deal with, which will, and have already tarnished our reputation. The murder of an eight-year-old British child which was published here in Europe on BBC, is just another side of your incompetent governance. The high degree of criminal activities, which include the inflow of illegal weapons into our country. The constant murder of our women, children and members of the security forces: these are number one issues. These very serious issues have long tarnished our reputation; do you think it's all about tourism? To be looking the easy way out by catering for tourism is getting our economy no where. You need to address the security of your people who come first. Go and negotiate for security cameras to be installed all over the country, as they do in England and other places where the Government respect their people and wish to protect their rights, by fighting the criminal underworld. You are all sleeping and need to resign.
Sorry, Mr Bunting, the truth is the truth. It's unfortunate that the country did not think about tourism when they allowed this activity to proliferate. It should have been nipped in the bud a long time ago.
Really, Mr Bunting? The lottery scam didn't start last week, it's about 10 years old. You had enough time to solve the issue, but no! Nobody wants to take action. Continue doing nothing and see what happens. This is our country, not a household. Handle it with some care nuh man! Come off your high horses; walk the communities; interact with the people; let them tell u what's going on. Believe me, nuff a dem willing to talk but we can't trust certain blue stripe and red stripe.
Remember, Portia is work, work, working to rebuild the reputation of Jamaica.
"This is a well-resourced unit, led by one of our most experienced senior officers, and among the clear and present dangers they have to address is the lotto scam," Bunting stressed. Peter, you may have further embarrassed yourself. If you have one of the most experienced senior officers leading a team and the scam still seem to be flourishing... We may need outside help.
Another legacy of 18 years of running Jamaica into the ground. Talk about Dudus, here is something that will damage our reputation and potentially our economy, deeper than Dudus/Manatt ever will. Where we can repair our standing with governments, it is almost impossible to heal the wounds of families destroyed, left destitute by this lotto scam. It is the family version of FINSAC, only this time on 'Golden Geese'.
It was only a matter of time! That is all I have to say.
Good! It seems the only time there is any urgency in this country is when foreigners are involved. Too lackadaisical, too laid back. "Every ting Irie man". Why can't all these new laws in waiting be fast-tracked? Every ting takes forever to get done in Jamaica.