Press Release: Security Bills

The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry is disappointed and concerned by the actions of the combined opposition parties in the National Assembly as it relates to the voting down of bills presented by the Minister of Home Affairs and which were intended to enhance the security sector.

It would appear as though the combined opposition parties are prepared to not support any bills, despite its merit or substance, once such bills are presented by Minister Rohee. Security is a major issue of concern to the private sector and our society as a whole and we would humbly urge the combined opposition to rethink this strategy if indeed that were the case. No one benefits if critical security upgrade legislation are shunned on such grounds. This is in light of the Speaker of the National Assembly’s ruling that the Minister of Home Affairs can present bills in the parliament.

Moreover, we call for dialogue and engagement to be the cornerstone of our parliamentary democracy. Both the ruling party and the opposition have an obligation to ensure constructive and careful examination of all bills presented in the House with the aim of arriving at consenting positions and to allow for the passage of such bills thereafter.