Give McDonald proper medical treatment—Kamla

Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar has urged au­thor­i­ties to en­sure for­mer PNM Gov­ern­ment min­is­ter Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald re­ceives prop­er med­ical care since she said she was aware Mc­Don­ald suf­fered from ill­ness­es.

Af­ter learn­ing that Mc­Don­ald had fall­en ill af­ter she was slapped with sev­en charges, Per­sad-Bisses­sar said via a state­ment, “Any­one can ap­pre­ci­ate this will be a very try­ing time for her.”

“Min­is­ter Mc­Don­ald’s health is para­mount and I do hope she re­cov­ers well so she can have her fair day in court,” Per­sad-Bisses­sar said.

Mc­Don­ald was ad­mit­ted to the St Clair Med­ical Cen­tre yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter she com­plained of feel­ing un­well. She had been in po­lice cus­tody since Thurs­day morn­ing.

In Per­sad-Bisses­sar’s first com­ment on the Mc­Don­ald de­vel­op­ment, the UNC leader added, “(Yes­ter­day) the na­tion awoke to the sad news that Ms Mc­Don­ald was be­ing charged with mon­ey laun­der­ing, con­spir­a­cy to de­fraud the Gov­ern­ment and mis­be­hav­iour in pub­lic of­fice. Our jus­tice sys­tem dic­tates that every­one is pre­sumed in­no­cent un­til proven guilty, that is the foun­da­tion of our jus­tice sys­tem.”

She added: “Mob jus­tice is an af­front to the prin­ci­ples of democ­ra­cy that our coun­try is built on. Min­is­ter Mc­Don­ald is en­ti­tled to a fair tri­al where she can de­fend her­self against the ac­cu­sa­tions and at the end, jus­tice will be done by the courts. This is not a mat­ter for gloat­ing, in­sults, and judge­ment. There­fore I cau­tion re­straint as this mat­ter is now sub­ju­dice.”

“We must al­ways strive to avoid hate, bit­ter­ness and out of con­trol rhetoric and in­stead seek to show com­pas­sion, love, and hu­man­i­ty to oth­ers es­pe­cial­ly in their times of mis­for­tune. On­ly then as a so­ci­ety can we move for­ward to­geth­er as one peo­ple.”

UNC MP Roodal Mooni­lal said the is­sue con­cern­ing Mc­Don­ald was a “wake-up call for all po­lit­i­cal re­cruits.”

“It’s al­ways re­gret­table when these things hap­pen as peo­ple in pub­lic life car­ry a high­er du­ty, so it’s al­so a wake-up call for all in pol­i­tics and those who as­pire to it, that no one is above the law,” Mooni­lal said.

But Mooni­lal said the PNM has no moral au­thor­i­ty to con­demn any­one adding that he’d make an ef­fort to con­tact Mc­Don­ald as soon as the mat­ter set­tles since he knew she’s been plagued with health is­sues over the years.