The word ‘sin’ here is taken from an­cient Greek, mean­ing to miss the mark, as in archery.

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT - By Peter Josie

On Wed­nes­day 17 May, af­ter the ag­ing lead­er­ship of the St. Lu­cia Labour Party (SLP) had ex­er­cised their rusty limbs, they turned to the Cas­tries mar­ket steps to vent anger at the Pearl of the Caribbean project, its pro­mot­ers and sup­port­ers. Cu­ri­ously, the MP for Vieux Fort South, a prime min­is­ter for 15 years, and 20 rep­re­sent­ing that con­stituency, seemed adamantly op­posed to the pro­pos­als. Yet he was fa­mil­iar with the project de­sign and in­tent, and for 15 months or more never dis­closed it. He chose the mar­ket steps that day to mer­ci­lessly tear into Teo Ah Khing, CEO of Desert Star Hold­ings, the man re­spon­si­ble for the vi­sion and de­sign of the project. Clearly the ag­ing leader had missed the mark – a sin – mis­di­rect­ing his venom.

That vented anger re­minded one how that same MP had ver­bally at­tacked the for­mer Am­bas­sador of Tai­wan to Saint Lu­cia, His Ex­cel­lency Tom Chou. And what did the am­bas­sador do? He was merely as­sist­ing ru­ral Saint Lu­cia with small drains and foot­paths aimed at boost­ing food pro­duc­tion, help­ing to al­le­vi­ate poverty. Progress in the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties fright­ened the SLP lead­er­ship as it was anath­ema to their an­cient po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy pan­der­ing to the poor and mis­in­formed. The Pearl of the Caribbean ap­pears to that SLP mind­set to be a threat sim­i­lar to Tom Chou’s ef­forts.

As it now stands, peo­ple have had suf­fi­cient time to study the be­hav­iour of that SLP in gov­ern­ment and in op­po­si­tion. And what they see con­vulses the in­no­cent and those hard­ened from years of cyn­i­cism with pol­i­tics. ‘Take up thy bed and walk’ is no longer a chal­lenge and so­cial con­struct is­sued by an ear­lier pro­gres­sive agenda.

The SLP op­po­si­tion to Tom Chou had no al­ter­na­tive plans for help­ing ru­ral Saint Lu­cia. It failed to build larger drains and the scarce re­sources only al­lowed for small foot­paths and nar­row roads. These lat­est at­tacks on a new for­eign in­vestor re­minded of the US Pres­i­dent’s at­tacks on mi­nori­ties, Mex­i­cans and Mus­lims. These po­lit­i­cal at­tacks have re­sulted in more fre­quent as­saults on Jewish prop­erty, Mus­lims, African Amer­i­cans and other mi­nori­ties. Can we ex­pect sim­i­lar re­ac­tion in Saint Lu­cia from ra­bid SLP hacks? Will per­sons of dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sions sense­lessly at­tack and hurt each other as a re­sult of that speech? Should loud­mouthed vagabonds on po­lit­i­cal plat­forms go free? Such lan­guage should be cause for ar­rest and charges.

In­ter­est­ingly, the op­po­si­tion SLP has re­vealed an even big­ger project pro­posal than that of DSH, in­tended to cover well over 1,000 acres of land from Praslin to Vieux Fort and in­clud­ing a fac­tory to pro­duce phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals. In­stead of crit­i­ciz­ing Teo Ah Khing, why didn’t the op­po­si­tion ex­plain its al­ter­na­tive plans? Why not al­low the peo­ple to choose be­tween the 1,000-acre min­ing and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal fac­tory and the Pearl of the Caribbean? Why hide such a ma­jor in­vest­ment pro­posal? Does that party still be­lieve in trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity?

Per­haps the party is ashamed of the way it be­haved, like the dog Carlo, when the huge fac­tory was dan­gled be­fore it. The dog Carlo had the DSH bone se­cure in its mouth but in cross­ing the Troumassee River to Vieux Fort, it saw its re­flec­tion in the wa­ter. The greedy dog jumped into the river af­ter the min­ing and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals bone and lost the DSH bone. Poor greedy Carlo! I know of peo­ple like greedy Carlo. They are never sat­is­fied. The more they have, the more they want. Un­for­tu­nately nei­ther food nor money can fully sat­isfy such in­ner hunger.

Such greed may ex­plain why the pub­lic meet­ing on the Cas­tries mar­ket steps fell far of its mark, de­scend­ing into threats of war and vi­o­lence. That meet­ing was cer­tainly a missed op­por­tu­nity. But, given its re­cent his­tory, cit­i­zens had no rea­son to ex­pect bet­ter. Such fail­ure is the mark of self-seek­ing imposters and free-rid­ers. Saint Lu­cia can do with­out such per­sons who too of­ten miss the mark – sin, as in archery.

“In­ter­est­ingly, the op­po­si­tion SLP has re­vealed an even big­ger project pro­posal than that of DSH, in­tended to cover well over 1,000 acres of land from Praslin to Vieux Fort and in­clud­ing a fac­tory to pro­duce phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals.”

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