We the innocent, led by the unknown, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful!
We have done so much with so little, so we are now qualified to do anything with nothing!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
AFC pros and cons!!
Ramjattan & Cathy Hughes
Back in February when the budget was being presented, you’d remember
the AFC and the APNU came out swinging against the government’s request
for funds to prepare the land for the Speciality Hospital. Former
President Bharat Jagdeo had arranged for concessionary financing from
India for the facility, which was to open up a new revenue stream for
the country: medical tourism. The AFC and the APNU refused to approve
In an article then, Ralph Ramkarran (recently touted by the AFC as a
rock of integrity) suggested the real reason for the AFC’s and the
APNU’s rebuff of the funding request. He referred to PNC’s executive
member Hamilton Green’s accusation that the government was following
through with the old PPP’s design to “colonise” Guyana with Indians from
India!! The Speciality Hospital was going to be staffed by doctors from
India, wasn’t it? So what if we’re not exactly bursting at the seams
with specialist doctors!
Maybe we can understand APNU/PNC, but you may very well ask, why would
AFC support this patently racist bilge from Hamilton Green? Aha!!
Remember it was the same time AFC’s Ramjattan and Nagamootoo had run
down to Linden telling the people the PPP was “spiteful” and “racist”?
The AFC was stung by its loss of votes at Linden and was desperately
trying to ‘prove’ its ‘multi-racial’ credentials. So what if the country
could explode in riots and arson – as it soon did? It’s the votes,
baby! It’s the votes! Ramjattan then had the hospital project hauled
over the coals in Parliament and promised more down the line.
But look at Ramjattan’s hypocrisy today on the same hospital. Fighting
off the opposition’s vicious campaign against the hospital, the
government persevered and went ahead to the bidding stage. One Indian
company – Surendra – won over another Indian company – Fedders Lloyd –
because the former secured its bid bond from an Indian bank unlike the
latter. This bond source requirement is the norm in cases where
concessional loans are secured from bilateral arrangements.
But lo and behold!! Ramjattan, who argued for an extended vacation while
tooling around in his duty-free SUV and drawing his parliamentary
salary, announces he’s the lawyer for Fedders Lloyd – one of the
putative ‘colonisers’! Like we asked: can you imagine the fee he’s
drawing? He filed an objection to the award of the contract to the
Indian authorities. So what if the hospital will be further delayed?