Probe into 1990 Attempted Coup

Abu BakrProbe into 1990 Coup
Twenty years later, there is going to be a Commission of Enquiry into the July 27, 1990 attempted coup which was led by Imam Yasin Abu Bakr and members of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday during at the post-Cabinet press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair.

PM: Why did it happen?
Cabinet has decided a Commission of Inquiry into the circumstances of the July 27, 1990 attempted coup will take place to find out “what went wrong” and to “bring closure” and relief to citizens traumatised by the event.

Robinson: Probe into 1990 long overdue

Panday on probe: What’s the point?

‘Darkest hour coming to a close’
Former President Arthur NR Robinson, who was shot in the leg during the 1990 attempted coup, yesterday said a commission of inquiry into the event was long overdue.

‘A good first step’
Former minister of national security in the NAR administration, Joseph Toney, welcomed news of the commission of inquiry into the 1990 attempted coup.

Everything will be told–Bakr
Leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen Yasin Abu Bakr is in support of the proposed commission of enquiry into the 1990 coup attempt.

Bakr: I leave it up to God
While he has no problem with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s decision to hold a commission of inquiry into the July 27, 1990 attempted coup, Jamaat-al-Muslimeen leader Imam Yasin Abu Bakr said he remains confident none of the Jamaat’s properties will be auctioned.

Abu Bakr: Wait and see what happens

Mixed responses over PM’s announcement

The light – at last
We applaud, without reservation, the announcement by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar that an Inquiry will be held into the events of July 27, 1990. For far too long this dark page in our young nation’s history has remained covered, and there has never been a cogent reason given for this.

11 Jamaat properties face auction
Eleven properties of the Jamaat al Muslimeen are to be put up for public auction on August 17.

‘Govt wants to destroy Jamaat’
Move to auction Bakr property

Ramlogan: State will occupy if buildings unsold

29 Responses to “Probe into 1990 Attempted Coup”


  • Let me be the first to commend the new government,led by Madame K,as they attempt to bring some meaningful closure,to a very sad period in our young country’s history.
    I particulaly like what I am hearing,about going after the facts,and ‘letting the chips fall where they may,’when it comes to culprits,past and present.
    What can one say but,best wishes ,and thank you to the PP for initiating this.
    This is change we can surely believe in.
    Continue to love country.

  • Jamille in London

    Steups, this whole thing is a load of nonsense. Abu-Bakr should be sitting on death-row trying to decide what his last meal will be.

    What about an inquiry into the 1970 failed coup?

  • Good move by the Prime Minister. It is my hope that all the unanswered questions will be answered in the inquiry. Twenty years is not a long time in today’s world for the simple reason of electronic data collection. And the amount of information that the public recieved at the time. Most people can recall the events of that fateful day in detail, where they were etc.

    What the inquiry should seek to answer is— Why Abu made his move, How much did Manning know, How did the guns enter the country, Why were the guns not detected at the port of entry, Was the CIA involved in this plot, Who in America sold these guns to the Jamaat, Where did they get the money to purchase these weapons, Where did the Jamaat took their men to be trained, Why did it took so long for the army to take control of Port of Spain, Why was a deal made with Abu……

  • “Why Abu made his move, How much did Manning know..?” Not so quick my slick friend Khem. You seem to be asking all the right questions, but still is leaving out a some pertinent ones. Here are a few more :- How inform as to pending developments ,was Basdeo Panday ,his Chief Whip Ramesh Maharaj, and the numerous other politicians -who so happen to be away from Parliament on that fateful day?
    How about the wider Islamic community ,who it seem were prepared to let these illiterate fools ,assume the role of convenient front men /foot soldiers roles while they stand on the sideline and blame everyone from Muammar Quadaffi, to white blue eyed Satan if need be?
    How about that perennially greedy, and selfish local business community, are their hands clean?
    Please keep it real , and do not be this ready to call the Norwegian Nobel Committee , as yet to hand out awards , simply because of an obvious , popular , political maneuver on the eve of another contentious election, as Madame K and many others in, and out of her party/ government, had ample opportunities to demand this investigation while in the Opposition, or prominent positions across our society this past two decades.
    Sing with me if you please, “Lot’s wife turn a pillar of salt ,.. down in a Sodom and Gomorrah!”
    Here you are once more Khem ,attempting to point fingers at are what you and conniving others, think deep in your collective souls , are ‘ savage ,big butts ,kinky head folks’ as the cause of all the social woes in this country-from coup to kidnapping.
    It just ain’t happening , as long as we the ‘truth to power ,global progressives,’ can breath, speak ,and write.

    • “Why Abu made his move, How much did Manning know..?” Not so quick my slick friend Khem.” — Neal.
      It is important for the Commission to ask how much Manning knew because of the ensuing love relationship between him and Abu. I did not see the same for Bas and Ram as you mentioned. Manning entered into a “high powered” alliance with Abu that resulted in quarries, URP contracts, lands and other incidentals being given to Abu. This is a known fact Mr. Neal. In addition Abu professed his love for Manning even made tapes of his intimate meetings with Manning. Further to all of this there is suppose to be an on going investigation (current) into the relationship that changed the course of Trinidad history.

      What did Manning know???? It is an important question and truthfully I believe Abu more than Manning in these matters. So I hope Abu would use whatever forum to explain in great details all his deals and promises with the former P.M. Maybe Rowley could be called in to explain this relationship also since he was a cabinet minister during that time.

  • Neal, you are a boss, it never fails to amaze me how, as soon as certain people open their mouths, they point fingers at some people ,while conveniently leaving out some of their own ilk who are likely to be just as or even more culpable and blameworthy..

    They are so racial and tribal they don`t even know they are, it is embedded in their conciousness…

    One Love,

    KingofKings…

  • Perhaps you have never heard about what drowning men do , huh Khem? If it was so clear cut then why did Panday and two Attorney Generals Kamla and pitbull Ramesh not demand a Commission of enquiry , back when he was in power to drive home any perceived advantage?
    I told you before that Ram Kirpalani according to Chalkdust was the only magician we ever had in our country. You jokers want to have your cake and eat it as well.
    There are 60 to 100 African Muslims in our country, including all our Nigerian , along with our Syrian , and Lebanese brothers ,too busy making money as high end so called ‘medical doctors,’ and profiteering businessmen. You do the maths, and see who Uncle Abu, was beholden to from 1990 and beyond.
    I dare some radical Christians to make a monkey of themselves and try such a stunt in T&T, and see how fast their churches would be burnt to the ground along with our sacred Constitution.
    According to this apologist logic ,Panday is a more palatable pro criminal supporter, because he pandered ,and cuddled a bit less.

    • According to this apologist logic ,Panday is a more palatable pro criminal supporter, because he pandered ,and cuddled a bit less.–Neal.
      Panday was far better than Manning at dealing with the criminal element. In fact it was Manning who was a pro criminal supporter, calling them community leaders, providing no equipment to trace cellphone calls, making deals with Abu, providing funding to the criminal elememts through URP.
      Neal when you engage in your diatribe I see logic and past history disappear from your arguments. It was under Manning that crime increase to the horrible level that it is today. Over 500 murders per year, not counting other crimes.

      When Panday left office there was only 95 murders per year and even that was too much. Panday restructured the police force (1) Hiring 700 new officers, (2) Created community policing, building new police stations, (3) Created Rapid Response -for the first time in history you could call for the police and they responded quickly. (4) Hang drug Lord Chadee and 8 others, (5) Increase police pay.

      I would say the PNM propaganda machine did a number on you. They manage to convince you that Panday was corrupt and did nothing to stop the criminal element. Please Neal take the blinders off and see the world for what it is. Corruption affect all regardless of ethnicity.

      • “In fact it was Manning who was a pro criminal supporter, calling them community leaders”. Khem one of the things I admire people for is when they tell the truth. While it is true that he met with them. I beg you to answer the question, where are they now and what has become of them? The record on this is not folly or collaboration, it was smart of him to do what he did.

        • “In fact it was Manning who was a pro criminal supporter, calling them community leaders”-Kian.

          Manning adopted the American Ghetto philosophy when dealing with the criminal elements. In the US drug dealers, murderers and rapist in the inner city are known as community leaders. They are given jobs, money and used during election to assist the dems. As to where these community leaders are today is a good question. Most are probably dead, if you live by the sword then you will die by the sword. Some may still be around pushing drugs and planning robberies etc.

          But tell me Kian where in the history of T&T have there ever been such a stupid former Prime Minister??? Even the illustrious, flambouyant Benny Hinn said the man stupid (this is not coming from me). Please explain….

          • There is nothing for me to defend as far as Manning is concerned but I just wanted you to know that all those “community leaders” are dead.

  • This is getting past pathetic even for you Khem , and you’ve got to stop my friend. Remember that impressionable kids do occasionally read these blogs, between playing their XBox Live games, yes?
    Did I read you well that ,”Panday was far better than Manning” in that he “Hang drug Lord Chadee…. ?” This is like telling us that like big brother America,former President , and one time CIA Chief , George Herbert Bush ,ended drug trafficking in Panama , and Latin America as a whole ,because he arrested School of the Americas top student, in ex CIA puppet,Manuel Noreiga,when he was responsible for creating him in the first place, in similar ways to pre Desert Storm Saddam.
    Now, I laid my cards on the table in telling you that in the words of the wise lady , ‘I have no cocoa in the sun,’ and in addition , holds no allegiance whatsoever, to any member of these two political parties PNM, UNC or any concoction that the latter is deemed to be today.
    The reason for this is very simple. None have done anything for my ‘perennially ignored, and neglected folks since 1962, neither do I expect any so to do ,any time into the foreseeable future.
    It is well establish by wiser political pundits than yours truly,that both have contributed to the ghastly ,socio- economic, and political ,state of our country , through their actions , inactions, and perpetual time wasting , politically driven , convenient ,tribalistic gridlocks, and petty sectorial squabbles, then resorted to finger pointing, while the cronies and close families,and for our specific discussion purposes ,these criminal elements in both camps, laugh all the way to the foreign banks.
    As a consequence, I do not have a problem ,if your government were to go after every PNM head honcho that ever served, that were suspected of criminal shenanigans,so as to arrest, try and then imprison -if the Privy Council allows – in our several five star prisons, if need be.
    Here however is the caveat my friend. They must be equally prepared to go with the same enthusiastic venom , at members of the ULF/CLUB88, NAR,COP, UNC club, as well as all the white color crooks and bandits that make up our illustrious , country leeching, business community-who I’ve generously described as some of the most corrupt in the entire region.
    It’s the way it is going down my friend , equal rights , and level playing field justice.
    Now that’s not too much for you to accept is it? Anything short of this is simply a mockery of what wise political pundits refers to as democracy, yes? I have been wrong before , and this might just be such an occasion, but I suspect not.
    Regards from your humble ‘Voice of Reason.’

  • Jaraad from London

    I believe that it would be a complete waste time and also a waste of the tax payers money of Trinidad & Tobago to establish a Commission of Enquiry into the Abu Bakr coup d’état that occurred on the 27thJuly, 1990.
    It is only digging into old wounds of the people of Trinidad & Tobago. There are far more horrendous crimes been committed on a daily basis in the country (which is currently spiralling out of control) that need to be dealt with as soon as possible.
    Trinidad & Tobago citizens need to learn from all past mistakes, make amends and also make ever effort to restore Trinidad & Tobago to its former glory.
    The hatchet of Abu Bakr’s coup d’état of 1990 should be buried; immediately and for the even more serious crime situation that is consuming and slowly destroying such a beloved country like “the plagues of biblical Egypt” to be resolved, with immediate effect.
    Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her administration has an even more deeply serious duty and responsibility to rectify (to the best of her ability) the current situation that is plaguing Trinidad & Tobago.

    • I believe that it would be a complete waste time and also a waste of the tax payers money of Trinidad & Tobago to establish a Commission of Enquiry into the Abu Bakr coup d’état that occurred on the 27thJuly, 1990–Jaraad.

      You are entitled to believe anything, at one time people believed the earth was square. But does it mean that earth is square. Sure you have east/ west/ north/ south. But even that does not mean earth is square. Until you have empirical and scientific evidence then you really don’t know. Today satellite above the earth confirms that earth is not round but spherical in shape. So to an inquiry will bring an end any doubts that may exist in the minds of the people, that Abu was indeed the man whom people said he is…

      • Jaraad from London, England

        To Khem.

        For your information Khem, I don’t just believe anything, I just deal with the facts. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work that out. That is something you really need to learn Khem. Stay on the topic. We are talking about Abu Bakr, not about how at one time people believed the Earth was square. What has that got to do with anything?
        You obviously choose “not to bury the hatchet” concerning Abu Bakr and wish to continue this episode. That’s your prerogative! Be my guest. Abu Bakr’s coup d’état happened twenty years ago today. I am not saying that he was a saint. Neither were George Bush and Tony Blair for invading Iraq and Aghanistan. We must learn from that unfortunate event in Trinidad and Tobago’s history and move on. We must deal with the current crime situation that is causing much unneeded grief and suffering to the people of Trinidad and Tobago and collectively find a lasting solution to this serious problem. So get real Khem and stop this ridiculous statement about whether the Earth is round or square. Leave that for school children to learn the difference about that. You are not a child, are you? Trinidad and Tobago need real and serious people to make the country a much better place to live in, not people like you who just wants to hear the sound of your own voice!

        • You obviously choose “not to bury the hatchet” concerning Abu Bakr and wish to continue this episode–Jaraad
          There is something call “the statue of limitations”. What that means is that there are limits to the imposition of the law. However, for murder there is NO statue of limitations. What that mean Jaraad is that if a citizen is murdered at any point in time, the government can open a file 50 years later and prosecute the murderer. It is just the way the law works.
          Besides I have not heard uncle Abu come forward and say he is sorry for the deaths of innocent citizens. He has not decided to return property taken from the State. In fact his members are known to have profitted from illegal quarrying. Should the law not catch up with him???? Burying the hatchet MUST start with him a man who continues to threaten the government!!! The onus is NOT on the government to bury the hatchet….

  • As someone who had to risk his life to defend this country against the Muslimeen; this is a waste of time. The authorities knew and I have seen the evidence, of all who were involved. This is a political gimmick and after all these years ( Why do you think two past governments;UNC and PNM did not have an enquiry) Please let us just get on with our lives and prepare for the future. Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord. And dont have Abu Bakr keep foooling allyuh about why he did it. He have changed his reasons five times.

    • This is a political gimmick and after all these years ( Why do you think two past governments;UNC and PNM did not have an enquiry)–Rikki
      Simple answer they were afraid of the Abu. Manning managed the nation as dictator, he did not uphold the decisions of the Supreme Court but instead made deals with this known criminal. As for UNC Bas & Robbie had a lot of bad blood between them. So Bas decide to keep this low.

  • Jaraad from London, England

    To Rikki,
    You seem to have a much better understanding than Khem about the whole situation concerning Abu Bakr and the coup d’état that occurred on the 27thJuly, 1990. I am sure that you may have been taken aback by the evidence you have seen of the “behind-the-scene” political intrigue and involvement in all this. You just can’t take things at face value; there is more to it than what you may have been told by the media and so on. This is why I said that all this is a waste of time and tax payers’ money and to add insult to injury, it is also digging into the old wounds of the people of Trinidad & Tobago. The enquiry is totally unnecessary! The UNC administration of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar sees this as an opportunity for them to make political capital out of something that happened twenty years ago. That’s basically the political gimmick that you are witnessing Rikki.
    That’s why I say that we must “bury the hatchet,” learn from that unfortunate event in Trinidad and Tobago’s history and move on. We need to deal with the current crime situation that is causing much unneeded grief and suffering to the people of T&T and for us to work on collectively finding a lasting solution to this very serious “plagues of biblical Egypt” type problems (that is currently spiralling out of control) with immediate effect.
    I am not trying to say that Abu Bakr is a saint, however all these horrendous crimes been committed on a daily basis in T&T are a million times worse than what Abu Bakr did twenty years ago, and urgently need to be dealt with immediately, before more damage is done. We need to move on and we need to help create a much better future for our children to live a decent life and be safe from harm’s way in T&T.

    • That’s why I say that we must “bury the hatchet,” learn from that unfortunate event in Trinidad and Tobago’s history and move on.–Jaraad

      It was Abu who pulled out and used the hatchet so it is not up the government to bury his hatchet. If it was just the insurrection it would be okay but it is the continuance of extortion, manipulation and threatenings emerging from the hatchet bearer camp. The thing about you Jaraad is that you are prepared to follow the doctrine of appeasement when dealing with Abu. Manning tried that and it failed miserably. Instead the hatchet brearer kept wanting more and more and more. His plan is to make T&T an islamic nation and impose sharia law. Meaning that if you are not muslim them you must pay the “jizra” (extortion money) to be left alone.

  • royjuggessur.mauritian

    You have a very brave P.M.and iam confident that she will give the nation justice which you deserve to have.I can see in future, she will do alot for the country.May GOD will bless her.

  • Jaraad from London, England

    To Khem,

    Since you wish to have a debate with me on this website, perhaps I should start by stating that for your information the laws of Trinidad & Tobago are really a substituted carbon copy of the English laws from Westminster here in London, England. Trinidad & Tobago is a member of the Commonwealth of which Queen Elizabeth II is the supreme head. That’s why the Privy Council here in London make the final decision which overrides many of the judicial decisions of Commonwealth countries like Trinidad & Tobago, including Abu Bakr’s case. That’s the bigger picture Kham.
    So don’t try and pull one over me and think that you are smarter than me. I am referring to your statement, and I quote: “There is something call “the statue of limitations”. What that means is that there are limits to the imposition of the law. However, for murder there is NO statue of limitations. What that mean Jaraad is that if a citizen is murdered at any point in time, the government can open a file 50 years later and prosecute the murderer. It is just the way the law works.”
    Khem I can see that you really like to patronize people like me and think you can get away with it. Nice try, but in actual fact, you are not ready Khem.
    Now let’s get down to the business about Abu Bakr. You stated and I quote: “Besides I have not heard uncle Abu come forward and say he is sorry for the deaths of innocent citizens. He has not decided to return property taken from the State. In fact his members are known to have profitted from illegal quarrying. Should the law not catch up with him???? Burying the hatchet MUST start with him a man who continues to threaten the government!!! The onus is NOT on the government to bury the hatchet….”
    Khem, you sound just like how the majority of deeply racist White people over here in England pretend that they care about non-white people in third world countries, when in actual fact they really don’t care a dime. That’s what you sound like in your statement.
    You also mentioned in your statement and I quote: “He has not decided to return property taken from the State.” What about all the Trinidad &Tobago tax payers money the former prime minister Basedo Panday has in his bank over here in London, England gathering interests? What about the missing millions of $TTDollars in regards the extension of Piarco Airport when the United National Congress headed by former prime minister Basedo Panday was in power the last time? Shouldn’t all that monies be returned to the people of Trinidad &Tobago?
    You also mentioned in your statement and I quote: “It was Abu who pulled out and used the hatchet so it is not up the government to bury his hatchet. If it was just the insurrection it would be okay but it is the continuance of extortion, manipulation and threatenings emerging from the hatchet bearer camp. The thing about you Jaraad is that you are prepared to follow the doctrine of appeasement when dealing with Abu. Manning tried that and it failed miserably. Instead the hatchet brearer kept wanting more and more and more. His plan is to make T&T an islamic nation and impose sharia law. Meaning that if you are not muslim them you must pay the “jizra” (extortion money) to be left alone.”
    I need to ask you some questions:
    Are you are just simply “Hell bent” on burying Abu Bakr instead of burying the hatchet?
    Are you a Christian, Muslim or Hindu?
    Are you an Indo-Trinidadian?
    If so, how do you feel about and are you happy or not to live along side with your Afro-Trinidadian co-patriots?
    I would be really grateful if you can provide me with the answers to the said questions Khem.
    Have a nice day.

    Jaraad

  • Khem, you sound just like how the majority of deeply racist White people over here in England pretend that they care about non-white people in third world countries, when in actual fact they really don’t care a dime. That’s what you sound like in your statement.
    –Jaraad.
    Boy ah was waitin fuh yuh to play the race card. I knew at some point in time you would play it. You tribals only see the world through racist eyes. The reason why the PNM gave Abu more and more instead of putting his sorry tail in jail where he rightly belongs is because he is a member of the tribe. Tribalist as yourself Jaraad see race in everything. As a sweet Bajan lady once said to me “when everything else fail use race”.

    Tell me Jaraad what does race have to do with Abu attacking another black man who was the Prime Minister at the time? Can you explain to me and the Honorable Mr. Robinson who endured considerable torture and suffering at the hand of hateful Abu for six long days.

    It is sickening because tribalist like you tend to defecate on the rest of the world spewing out your racist garbage when others don’t see the world through your eyes. While you sit in your lil apartment there in London scared, confused and disillusion, I urge you to see the other side of this argument without your tribal blinders on….

  • Jaraad from London, England

    To all those sensible Trinidad and Tobagonian readers at home and abroad,
    It appears that Khem have not fully read nor made any serious attempt to even try and understand or even try to have a sensible dialogue regarding any of my comments on this News Blog website. You the sensible readers can clearly see that Khem is one of those individuals who seem to get an “amusement park” childlike gratification from playing on peoples’ emotions when very serious issues are discussed concerning Abu Bakr, the current state of affairs in Trinidad and Tobago like crime and so on. When very important points are raised, Khem reacts by immediately resorting to and regresses into a childish tantrum by personalising the whole issue, using verbal attacks on anyone who does not necessarily agree with his point of view. “It’s like a spoilt child who bawls, screams, lashes out and throw things about when he or she can’t get his or her own way!” “This individual is clearly not ready for the real world!”
    I have made every attempt to have a reasonably sensible dialogue with this individual on this News Blog website and have given him every opportunity to do likewise, (irrespective of his political persuasion) however Khem has chosen instead to react by personalising the issues and using a “not-so-subliminal” language of verbal attacks against me. This demonstrates that this individual called Khem is in actual fact a very insecure person indeed. He is really “out of touch” with reality and is clearly out of his mind. “If Khem had brains, he would be dangerous!” He is really in bad shape mentally and needs some form of psychotherapy.
    I say this simply because of what he had stated in his comments and I quote:
    “You are entitled to believe anything, at one time people believed the earth was square. But does it mean that earth is square. Sure you have east/ west/ north/ south. But even that does not mean earth is square. Until you have empirical and scientific evidence then you really don’t know. Today satellite above the earth confirms that earth is not round but spherical in shape. So to an inquiry will bring an end any doubts that may exist in the minds of the people, that Abu was indeed the man whom people said he is…”
    The issue was about the politics of Abu Bakr and what’s currently happening in Trinidad and Tobago concerning the crime situation and so on, not about whether the Earth was flat or squared. We have more than enough Earth matters to deal with in Trinidad and Tobago first, before thinking about going on some space exploration to other planets and saying Hi to Aliens, Khem.
    Another of Khem’s quotes:
    “You obviously choose “not to bury the hatchet” concerning Abu Bakr and wish to continue this episode–Jaraad
    There is something call “the statue of limitations”. What that means is that there are limits to the imposition of the law. However, for murder there is NO statue of limitations. What that mean Jaraad is that if a citizen is murdered at any point in time, the government can open a file 50 years later and prosecute the murderer. It is just the way the law works.
    Besides I have not heard uncle Abu come forward and say he is sorry for the deaths of innocent citizens. He has not decided to return property taken from the State. In fact his members are known to have profitted from illegal quarrying. Should the law not catch up with him???? Burying the hatchet MUST start with him a man who continues to threaten the government!!! The onus is NOT on the government to bury the hatchet….”
    Khem really thinks that he is in Kindergarten. “He really likes to hear the sound of his own voice!”
    …And another quote:
    “It was Abu who pulled out and used the hatchet so it is not up the government to bury his hatchet. If it was just the insurrection it would be okay but it is the continuance of extortion, manipulation and threatenings emerging from the hatchet bearer camp. The thing about you Jaraad is that you are prepared to follow the doctrine of appeasement when dealing with Abu. Manning tried that and it failed miserably. Instead the hatchet brearer kept wanting more and more and more. His plan is to make T&T an islamic nation and impose sharia law. Meaning that if you are not muslim them you must pay the “jizra” (extortion money) to be left alone.”
    That’s why I then had to state (in response to this individual comment) and I quote:
    “Khem, you sound just like how the majority of deeply racist White people over here in England pretend that they care about non-white people in third world countries, when in actual fact they really don’t care a dime. That’s what you sound like in your statement.”
    I then later on asked Khem a number of very simple and straightforward questions and they were:
    “Are you are just simply “Hell bent” on burying Abu Bakr instead of burying the hatchet?”
    “Are you a Christian, Muslim or Hindu?”

    “Are you an Indo-Trinidadian?”
    “If so, how do you feel about and are you happy or not to live along side with your Afro-Trinidadian co-patriots?”
    “I would be really grateful if you can provide me with the answers to the said questions Khem.”
    As you can see, this was his reaction and I quote:
    “Boy ah was waitin fuh yuh to play the race card. I knew at some point in time you would play it. You tribals only see the world through racist eyes. The reason why the PNM gave Abu more and more instead of putting his sorry tail in jail where he rightly belongs is because he is a member of the tribe. Tribalist as yourself Jaraad see race in everything. As a sweet Bajan lady once said to me “when everything else fail use race”.
    Tell me Jaraad what does race have to do with Abu attacking another black man who was the Prime Minister at the time? Can you explain to me and the Honorable Mr. Robinson who endured considerable torture and suffering at the hand of hateful Abu for six long days.
    It is sickening because tribalist like you tend to defecate on the rest of the world spewing out your racist garbage when others don’t see the world through your eyes. While you sit in your lil apartment there in London scared, confused and disillusion, I urge you to see the other side of this argument without your tribal blinders on….”
    As you can clearly see, Khem didn’t even answer any of my questions. He evaded them entirely and went into a more overtly acrimonious verbal attack on me instead; shifting the blame away from himself, just like how politicians do. Maybe Khem is a wanna be politician. “Nice try Khem, but you are clearly nowhere ready for that!”
    Dear sensible Trinidad and Tobagonian readers, at home and abroad, you know, when I was in Trinidad a few years ago, someone (very similar to Khem) was giving me some “ole talk”, saying that I was stupid. They also made comments (very similar to Khem ) by saying that “I is just a Englishman,” (because of my residency in England). I responded by saying, (a) “since you say I stupid, then you must be a bigger fool for talking to a stupid man” and (b) I responded by saying, “I is de Englishman come back home tuh help free de people!”
    “Put that in your pipe and smoke it Khem!”
    “Have a nice day!”

  • Khem reacts by immediately resorting to and regresses into a childish tantrum by personalising the whole issue, –Jaraad.

    As I recall it is you Jaraad who engage in this rant. Starting with your tribalist bellyaching about letting Abu remain a “sacred cow” in T&T. Something about the hatchet. Hmmm let us see Abu imprisoned the Prime Minister at the time. Bomb the police headquaters, millions of dollars in property damage and you want the government to bury the hatchet. Let the terrorist walk the streets free. I question your senality.

  • Jaraad from London, England

    Dear Trinidad and Tobago readers (the sensible ones that is) at home and abroad, don’t let “juvenile delinquents” such as Khem prevent you all from expressing your various heart-felt opinions about Abu Bakr and other current events taking place in the country on Trinidad and Tobago News Blog website. This individual has clearly demonstrated that he is incapable of having any sensible dialogue with anyone and expects everybody to just agree and say “Yes sir!” “Yes sir!” “Three bags full!” to his deeply childish and selfish whims and desires without question. I am certainly not prepared to descend down to his level of a “tit-for-tat” website altercation, which is what he really wants. Khem is clearly not “fit for purpose,” “is a complete waste of time and space” and really needs to be totally ignored by all sensible and matured readers, with immediate effect. “End of story!”
    The people of Trinidad and Tobago need to unite as a nation and vigorously do all that is necessary to stamp out these senseless killings and all these other series of unacceptable crimes. A “Trini think-tank” is needed so that we can put all heads together, from all walks of life (Abu Bakr, politicians of all parties and the people) to find a viable lasting solution to the current crisis that is plaguing our beautiful and beloved country to a slow and painful death. We should not let Trinidad and Tobago just curl up and die, we as a people need to do “whatever is necessary” to restore Trinidad and Tobago back to its former glory and most importantly set the stage for a much better and brighter future for all our children to benefit from and for them to really enjoy. “Let us begin to make informed decisions about what needs to be done about the current state of affairs in the country and take full control of our God-given destiny, which is our collective duty and responsibility to do so, citizens of Trinidad and Tobago!” “With freedom comes responsibility!” I leave you in Peace!
    Thank you for taking your time to read my comment and may God bless you all Trinidad and Tobago, at home and abroad.

    • “don’t let “juvenile delinquents” such as Khem prevent you all from expressing your various heart-felt opinions about Abu Bakr and other current events taking place in the country on Trinidad and Tobago News” –Jaraad.

      Most Trinis agree with me, only the tribalistic ones seem bent on defending Abu. Jaraad wants the government to bow to his friend Abu. What Jaraad fail to realise is this that Trinidad is no longer govern by tribalism but rather by the laws of nation. According to those laws if you kill, steal and destroy, then you should feel the weight of the law. You should suffer the consequences of your action. Jaraad however believes the criminals should go free, his tribalist instinct kicks in when dealing with Abu, because at the back of his mind he thinks Abu is a hero…..Sadly..

  • PM unveils inquiry members today
    PRIME MINISTER Kamla Persad-Bissessar will announce the names of the three persons who will form the Commission of Inquiry into the July 27, 1990 coup attempt when the House of Representatives sits today for the last time before taking its mid-year recess.

    …PM to name coup commission today

  • STOP This HYPOCRISY Madam Prime Minister
    After all you were all asking for it 27/90 in so many different ways. Stop this witch hunt and get on with the nation’s business.
    Why not set up a slave and indentured labour commission enquiry after all lets find the Genesis of the real problems affecting our society but NO right; we don’t care about the past because it reveals how gory and lowly we once were looked upon and all the grave injustices we suffered. What we want now is revenge Right? but I sincerely hope we are prepared to accept the consequences and the gory facts that might/can be revealed. I don’t like AB especially for his greed and culturing of criminals and his under qualified status as religious leader thus his subsequent degeneration, but I’ll say this (advise)if Bakr were to summons the aid of the US “he can” (Freedom Of Information Act)the UK’s and Dutch intel on the secret death squads which carried extra judicial executions under the PNM and that Armed Forces then there will be a can of worms so shocking that the Government wouldn’t last night fall and some folks could be in the Hague before a constitutional hearing – that’s if Trinis are concern about moral value more over the true cause and effect of July 27th 1990
    Ghifari al Mukhtar
    Director
    Caribbean Connection Sdn Bhd

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