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Montague did the right thing!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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Dear Editor,

While many of us have become accustomed to the nine-day wonder of news stories in Jamaica, what we have seen from the Minister of National Security Robert Montague, regarding the Palisadoes debacle, is a far cry from the usual.

The minister's response in demanding a report from the commissioner of police, instead of waiting for the issue to die a natural death, is commendable, to say the least.

What happened on the Palisadoes strip on New Year's Day will probably be remembered as one of this year's biggest blunders. The people of Jamaica deserve to know why it occurred.

While some have criticised the minister's decision to publicly reject Commissioner George Quallo's report, I see it as leading from the front. Rejecting a report deemed as grossly inadequate is the right thing to do! He knows what we expect of him as a minister and to hold the commissioner, and by extension the police force, to some level of accountability is one of those things.

The way I see it, accountability is one characteristic lacking right across the country. It's never anyone's fault! Perhaps that may be one of several breakdowns in the moral fibre of this country. Perhaps, there is something to learn from the minister here. If we stopped the criticism, maybe we would be able to see.

Kaleb Khaleel





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