Structure of national emblem, national watchwords found in ruins

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 14:15

Police and Ministry of Works officials are investigating whether a structure in Caroni that displayed the national emblem - the Coat of Arms - and the country's watchwords, "Discipline, Tolerance and Production", collapsed on its own or was destroyed by vandals.

It occurred sometime over the weekend, just days after the country celebrates its 54th anniversary of Independence.

Member of Parliament for Couva South, Rudranath Indarsingh highlighted the vandalism on his Facebook page as he questions whether the person or persons who did it, were politically minded.

"On the eve of the 54th Anniversary of Independence of our nation the roundabout in the vicinity of the MVA Building in Caroni was vandalised where our national watchwords of Discipline,Tolerance and Production was built with other symbols of national pride when the dualling Southern Main Road was completed," he said.

He added, "I personally visited the site to see if there was any tyre marks which would (have) contributed to this destruction through a vehicular accident and I found none.

"I would hate to think that it was vandalised because it was built by the PP administration led by Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar."

Those commenting on his post have expressed disgust and one suggested that the structure "collapsed".

"This was reported to Ministry Of Works two days after it collapsed, I made the report myself since it's close to my area and until date nothing was done," Raneera Chan said.

"Very sad indeed! The lawlessness continues...No respect for our National Emblems," Arelene Ramesar said.