THE EDITOR, Sir:
Have we set up regulatory institutions to undermine them? Most civilised countries in the world today have all the institutions for good governance that we have been erecting. They all have bodies to protect the environment, to protect children and, mentally challenged persons, regulatory bodies for contracts, institutions for preventing police abuses, human-rights organisations, etc.
Circumventing or undermining such institutions defeats the purpose of checks and balances any civilised society must abide by. Sometimes, following the circuitous bureaucratic maze they enforce will create impotence for those anxious to get on with the country's business. But if we bypass such bodies, we run the risk of corrupt individuals benefiting from ensuring that the ends justify the means.
Mr Azan, in his defence, enquired that, if we ask everyone who bungles to resign, who would govern the country? Don't worry, Mr Azan, Jamaica has enough persons of high integrity and respect who will be able to navigate even when we are frustrated at the webs we weave.
Our leaders will have to put up with the Office of the Contractor General, Office of Utilities Regulation, Independent Commission of Investigations, National Environment and Planning Agency, etc. To do otherwise would result in continued impoverishment, waivers to those who don't need it, PATH benefits to those not marginalised, and more billions to those already rich.
If we rush to grab at any and every billion-dollar investment that rears its head without proper feasibility, checks and balances, the results will be far worse than we can imagine. Yes, we are desperate and desperate, but desperation creates room for corruption.
Siloah PO, St Elizabeth