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‘Rescue and restore’ - Phillips calls for united approach to fight crime

Published:Saturday | July 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips (right) greets President of the Senate Tom Tavares-Finson while former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller looks on at the funeral of former government minister Carlyle Dunkley last week.

Opposition Leader Peter Phillips is calling all well-thinking Jamaicans to join in an urgent nation-building mission to rescue and restore Jamaica from the grips of crime and the scourge of corruption.

According to Phillips, the private sector, educators, medical practitioners and all other professional fraternities, as well as manual workers and every Jamaican of goodwill, must join forces to build a country that works for all.

“The problems that we face as a nation cannot be solved by security forces and political parties alone without utilising the goodwill of people working in communities and at the various levels of society,” said Phillips.

Addressing business leaders, security personnel, farmers, educators and residents of Bog Walk, St Catherine, last Friday as part of his ongoing ‘Listening Tour’, Phillips called on persons who love Jamaica to join in the nation-building movement.

He pointed to teachers who go beyond the call of duty to help children of the most vulnerable to excel against near impossible odds, and applauded the many doctors and nurses who he said deliver first-rate service with little or no resources.

The opposition leader said the goodwill and volunteerism of Jamaicans are at the core of who we are, and that this is what is required to move our nation forward.

“The persons who share their Sunday dinner with someone who has none, those are volunteers doing their part; but, this is done in isolation, they are not connecting the dots, not realising that they are part of a whole involved in nation building,” said Phillips.

Gov’t’s responsibility

He added that with all the goodwill in communities and industries, government has the responsibility to weed out corruption and position Jamaica as a place to live, work and do business.

“It is said that good money run from bad money, and with the levels of corruption that Jamaica is facing, a lot of good money is not coming here because of the reputation that Jamaica has.”

Phillips said while he welcomes all investments, as Jamaica needs any assistance that it can get, both local and foreign investors should operate on the same playing field.

Responding to questions, Phillips declared that organisations such as the 4-H Movement, Boy Scouts, Cadets, Rangers, Girl Guides and other youth groups must be given strong government support to carry out their very important training and social missions.