May I be permitted to comment on one part of Dr. Prem Misir’s letter, “Sunday editorial lacked enlightenment” (SN, 10-06-08)?
The part I am commenting on is Dr. Misir’s explanation of the President’s unsophisticated remarks about Mr. Yesu Persaud, which appalled so many members of the Diplomatic Corp as well as numerous persons who were in the audience when the remarks were uttered.
I have no doubt that President Jagdeo and his government would like to see development in the country and would like the private sector to take advantage of what is on offer.
But for the President to make ill-mannered and distasteful remarks on a person like Mr. Yesu Persaud is unacceptable. President Jagdeo should always remember that it is the Yesu Persauds of this world who earn a great deal of the money for this country.
He seems to have forgotten that Mr. Persaud has been one of the main architects who have built stability here in a variety of ways from the 1990s, and made it possible for Mr. Jagdeo and his party to be in office.
It would be wise for Mr. Jagdeo, who would be in office for the next 120 weeks or so, to remember that it would be sensible to learn from experienced and very able persons like Mr. Persaud, and to humbly realise the limitations of his knowledge.
If the President read last SN’s Business page 12, he may have a better insight into the tax laws he so rashly excursioned to speak about, and it may help to determine him to attend Mr. Brassington’s seminar.
Attendance at the seminar may also provide him with the opportunity of explaining away his remarks on Mr. Persaud, and that they were not intended to be vicious. This would also save QAII from unfairly being caught in a damaging cross-fire.
And to quote Dr. Misir, I hope enlightenment, empiricism and rationality would now prevail over emotionalism, irrationality and stupidity.
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