Scrap-metal dealers not always at fault
THE EDITOR, Sir:
In the last few days, some large organisations with extensive history in Jamaica have suffered the loss of assets which they have claimed is as a result of theft by traders in scrap metal. In consultation with scrap metal dealers, who are my constituents, I am convinced that these reports are unfair.
First, some of the items stolen have intrinsic value; therefore, absent proof, it is unreasonable to attribute the theft to any specific group. It is with this in mind that I call on the police to ensure that they pursue all possible leads to capture the perpetrators of these crimes so as to ensure that the guilty are apprehended. This should include inquiries within and beyond the scrap metal industry.
no proof forthcoming
Despite the sensational nature of the recent allegations of theft against the industry, no proof as to the identity of the thieves has been offered. On behalf of the families that survive on income from the industry, I am appealing to the press to examine allegations of theft with greater scrutiny.
The reason for the fearmongering and defamation seems targeted to close the industry to the masses of the people, yet preserving it for a wealthy few. This shall never be tolerated. We stand ready to assist in the development of rules and regulations to ensure the orderly development of this industry.
However, we intend to play our part in the development of this country by defending the right of each Jamaican to honestly earn a living and take care of his family.
KEVIN Y. TAYLOR
Councillor, Duhaney Park