Touria Prayag's Blog

Law without order 10 April 2014

Posted in Uncategorized by touriaprayag on January 23, 2015

We expected little to come out of the
parliamentary debate. And we were not
disappointed. We expected a lot of cosying
up after the publication of the white
paper and we were generously served. The
Private Notice Question (PNQ) is supposed
to make the government shake and
grope for answers. And there is no shortage
of issues which could make very good
material for the most important question
in our national assembly, what with the
theft in the port and its implications on
our ambition to become a regional transhipment
station. Then the crooks who
have allegedly been feeding us stolen food
and shamelessly digging deep into our
threadbare pockets to make us pay the
full price for the privilege of being unknowingly
accomplices in their hideous
act. What with the police who are looking
for proof where they are not likely to fi nd
any. If proof there is of all the stolen seafood,
it would by now be in the hands of
the Wastewater Management Authority.
And don’t forget the issue of our old bones
which are being donated to the cause of
science without our prior consent.
Devoting the PNQ to this? No, oh no, sir!
That won’t do. Let’s just put a fl ippant
question about a girl who sought asylum
in the UK on ‘bogus’ grounds and had her
application rejected. Ouch! And since we
are at it, how many more Mauritians have
been deported from the UK? Three every
week! Our leader of the opposition needs
many more PNQs to ask the prime minister
every week to justify why the British
authorities are doing their job and ensuring
that there is law and order in their country!
As if this were not embarrassing enough for
us, Paul Bérenger goes even further and asks
if “the Mauritian government, in spite of the
way she [Yashika Bageerathi] has behaved,
is prepared to help her?” – help her appeal
the decision of the British authorities!
The reply to the question at least has
the merit of being straightforward: “As
far as helping on another appeal against
the decision is concerned, that’s not on
the cards… She has already appealed
five times and no evidence was found
of her allegations.”
After the leader of the opposition had
given the prime minister the opportunity
to thump his chest about everything
our high commission in the UK has done
and all the help they extended – which
naturally was rejected by the alleged
victim because that may lead to the truth
about her allegations – they both agreed
with each other that the girl had been
“badly advised” and they both justifi ed
their salaries.
If the British authorities ever read our
Hansard, it might be an embarrassing
moment for us as a country. Perhaps even
more embarrassing than the statement
made by our Foreign Affairs minister who
– in his wisdom – publicly stated on our
behalf that the British should have allowed
the illegitimate asylum seeker to spend
more time in the UK [illegally, that is]
until she had taken her exams! Exams, by
the way, which are sent to us by Cambridge
and which thousands of our pupils
sit every year without asking for any special
privileges.
It is time we realised one thing: either there
are laws and they are applied or there aren’t
any laws. And perhaps because of our
half-measure attitude – which could easily
be mistaken for humanitarianism – we
have laws but we have no order.
Next question, please!
weekly@lasentinelle.mu

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