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Be your brother’s keeper – Montague

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 7:00 AMChristopher Thomas
Montague

Minister of National Security Robert Montague has said Jamaicans must turn their backs on the 'see-and-blind' culture, where persons witness criminal acts but choose not to report them.

"We have gotten selfish as a nation, and we say, 'I do not want to get involved' and 'Mi nuh business'. But there comes a time when we have to say 'stop'; and if everybody individually says 'stop', then, collectively, as a nation, crime will stop," said Montague, while addressing his ministry's conference on citizen security, which was held in Montego Bay, St James, last Thursday.

"Crime respects no one. Crime goes to any church, any door. Crime affects everyone, and it is costly to everyone," said Montague. "Everybody knows somebody who has been a victim of crime, and if it can happen to them, it can happen to you. So, before it happens to you, be your brother's keeper."

 

BACKGROUND OF FEAR

 

He continued: "As we gather in Montego Bay to discuss citizen security, we gather against a background of fear that is gripping this nation. Good people are locked in their homes, frightened, feeling powerless and hopeless. But as good people, when we come together, when we unite, we can, we must, and we shall push back the forces of evil."

"Everybody knows what is wrong, but nobody wants to do what is right. How will the child know he is to say good morning if you, as the adult, do not say good morning? We did not get here overnight, and we did not get to this state in one day. There is no magic wand, no quick fix, no silver bullet. It is going to take dedicated, cooperative hard work," said Montague.