Mon | Feb 17, 2020

Letter of the Day | The hypocrisy in Petrojam saga

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2019 | 12:15 AM


“You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye!” (Matthew 7:5).

Why the hullabaloo about the Petrojam scandal? When I was a high-school kid some decades ago, I remember the furniture scandal. The People’s National Party (PNP) was in power at the time.

I researched ‘Furniture Scandal’ , and lo and behold, in The Sunday Gleaner, dated December 4, 2011, I see where the erudite Gary Spaulding, journalist extraordinaire, wrote an article about many scandals that reportedly occurred under the PNP’s watch.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not defending the Petrojam blunder, or Petrojam scandal, as it is now called. I am merely suggesting to the members of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, who are evidently members of the PNP, that they should take the beam out of their own eyes before they take the comparative speck out of their opponents’ eyes.

Leaving the politics out of it, the media is powerful. So I ask, is it right to drag the name of the former Petrojam HR manager, or anybody’s name, for that matter, through the mud?

Remember in John 8, when Jesus was teaching in the temple, the Scribes and the Pharisees brought to Him a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery, and they asked Him if she should be stoned as required by the law? What did He say?

He said, “Go ahead and stone her because that is what the law requires. But the law also requires that the first stone be thrown by a person who is sinless in connection with this charge.”

We are not sinless. Let’s move on. Take the beam out of your own eyes, parliamentarians, before you take the speck out of your opponents’ eyes and decisively punish who should be punished according to law and move along. But don’t spend week after week after week regurgitating the same things.

That, in and of itself, is arguably as financially imprudent as the very scandal that is being aired in the courtrooms of the media and the Parliament.