THE EDITOR, Sir:
The Government of Jamaica is courting anarchy if it does not take note of the high level of public cynicism/disengagement and work on behalf of the people.
Many Jamaicans have become apolitical (having no interest in political affairs) and this is not good for democracy. Government and opposition members of parliament must not lose track of the high expectations of citizens.
The new paradigm must be directed at implementing a strategy for the empowerment of the people, more so than providing handouts. Jamaica faces a crisis of immense proportions, and if any government or opposition believes it is business as usual, they are going to wake up to a nightmare when the internal angst leads to public unrest. No state of emergency or zero-tolerance intervention will be able to curtail this.
At the same time, the gains made in crime fighting must be solidified and increased. The West Kingston incursion in May 2010 has shown us that the criminal network in Jamaica works like a conglomerate, with the various gangs operating like subsidiaries within a group of companies. This was demonstrated when criminal gangs purportedly collaborated to take up arms against Jamaica's security forces.
Kudos to Commissioner Owen Ellington, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force. Additionally, even with the furore about a 'secret memorandum of understanding (MOU)', Dr Phillips must be lauded for his decisiveness in following through with authorising the MOU.