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Letter of the Day | Wake up, Jamaica! Hard workers are here

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2019 | 12:00 AM


The Jamaican proverb declares, ‘We likkle, but wi tallawah’, and I have no doubt that this is true, but I strongly believe our outlook on unity needs to be reviewed.

It is through the hard work and dedication of our forefathers that we bask in the legacy of this remarkable island, but as a nation, do we really understand how beneficial teamwork may be?

We all know the issues with Jamaica. A simple class discussion listed some as indiscipline, wanting success without hard work, corruption, but recurring was the point of a lack of cohesion.

The passing of each year notes an increase in Chinese presence in Jamaica, and there exists their influence on countries such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Nigeria, and many others.

In observing this group, it is noted that they are committed to their country’s interest, hard-working, and, most of all, generally united.

If we refuse to unite as a nation, how then will we preserve our national identity?

John F. Kennedy once stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you, instead, ask what you can do for your country.” Sounds cliché, right? But the solution may be just that.

Work harder

Generally, Chinese nationals are devoted workers and while I am not saying we should compete with them, we need to note how united they are. Jamaicans, we need to work harder.

Change is usually difficult and the solution is not always easy to find, but I strongly believe there is potential to be realised from partnerships between business, society and the Government.

Besides, we all have a part to play in ‘advancing the welfare of the whole human race’, and Jamaicans, the time is NOW.

Wake up! Become part of the positive change you seek.


Student of The

University of the

West Indies, Mona Campus