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Uneducated about our access rights

Published:Tuesday | February 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Carolyn Cooper's column in The Sunday Gleaner of February 5, 2017 ('KSAC sells street to Chinese') makes it clear that the Jamaican public may either be too busy trying to survive to be aware of their rights, or don't care about their rights when it comes to matters like this.

In my opinion, this points to the issue of knowledge of the Jamaican people of their rights. Because we don't know, CEOs like the National Environment and Planning Agency's Peter Knight can quote chapter and verse from statutes regarding the law, and the people those laws affect have no idea about what he/she is saying.

Perhaps the bigger issue is the knowledge of the laws that are the framework for governance.

During the last administration, I recall that when the National Housing Trust funds were identified for use as a budget support by the Government, a bill could be written and passed so quickly as to allow the Government to take money from a public 'trust' fund for purposes other than what the trust fund stipulates.

It made me realise that the Government has the ability to do whatever it wishes as long as the public is not aware.


Jamaica, New York