Moonilal: Claims of arrest an act of terror

Oropouch East Mp Dr Roodal Moonilal speaking during UNC meeting a the Debe Secondary School on Monday. Rishi Ragoonath

Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Mooni­lal says he has com­mu­ni­cat­ed to the po­lice, an “act of ter­ror” against him in the form of a so­cial me­dia post stat­ing the im­mi­nent ar­rest of him­self and for­mer HDC man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jear­lean John.
Ac­cord­ing to Mooni­lal, the post by the site, 4TT news, was drawn to his at­ten­tion by a col­league, ear­ly on In­de­pen­dence Day. 
It read: “Break­ing: Im­mi­nent ar­rests of for­mer Hous­ing Min­is­ter Roodal Mooni­lal and for­mer HDC Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Jear­lean John.”
In a re­sponse yes­ter­day, Mooni­lal said this caused im­mea­sur­able trau­ma to his fam­i­ly, friends and con­stituents. 
“This, I be­lieve, is an act of ter­ror cal­cu­lat­ed to serve sev­er­al pur­pos­es,” Mooni­lal said.
He con­tin­ued: “In­ter­est­ing­ly, 4TT news did not get the “zepo” when Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald and oth­ers were ar­rest­ed.”
While not point­ing fin­gers di­rect­ly, he said the post was a des­per­ate act of ter­ror by po­lit­i­cal en­e­mies. He said it was note­wor­thy that it came in the same week that he ex­posed the “failed PNM regime” on sev­er­al crit­i­cal gov­er­nance is­sues. He be­lieves that while he is fair game in the po­lit­i­cal are­na, the ac­cu­sa­tion is aimed at desta­bil­is­ing him and curb­ing his dis­clo­sures on pub­lic plat­forms.
“But I as­sure the na­tion that I would con­tin­ue to ex­pose the wrong­do­ings of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion. This type of post­ing is cal­cu­lat­ed to sow the seeds of dis­trust and un­der­mine my cred­i­bil­i­ty and in­tegri­ty. I re­mind the na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty that a few years ago, my po­lit­i­cal en­e­mies paid for a YouTube ad to claim that I was the “3rd rich­est man in T&T.” A das­tard­ly and scan­dalous al­le­ga­tion that was re­port­ed to the po­lice but which al­so placed my fam­i­ly and me in a dire se­cu­ri­ty quandary. I had to take ex­tra and all pre­cau­tions to pro­tect my fam­i­ly from crim­i­nal el­e­ments.”
He said such ter­ror was al­so cal­cu­lat­ed to put pres­sure on the po­lice with the hope that some­thing can be man­u­fac­tured to have him ar­rest­ed. How­ev­er, he ex­pressed faith that the po­lice would not yield to pres­sure. He al­so urged “mis­chief mak­ers” to de­sist from in­ac­cu­rate and dis­rup­tive ac­tiv­i­ties and to per­mit the po­lit­i­cal dis­course to be based on pol­i­cy pro­pos­als.


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