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NIDS is a sell-out

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Dear Editor,

The proposed national identification system is one of the worst constructed grafts unleashed upon the people of this island.

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government has so many social ills and infrastructural programmes of urgency, yet it seeks to squander billions of borrowed money to waste on an identification scheme which will do nothing for the citizens of this country, who already have driver's licences, passports, and voter registration cards.

Who will benefit from this national identification? Certainly the vendor of the ID equipment and the close political cronies who always get contracts.

Jamaicans have always been short-changed by political parties, but this time it is horrendous that this JLP regime is enforcing a Nazi-type act on its citizens. Like the 666 system so feared, the national ID will take away many of our human rights by tying every area of our life to government scrutiny.

While, in all fairness, the system may facilitate needy extraction of data where necessary for developmental issues, for the most part it will do nothing extra for our people.

At the heart of it is that the Government is selling out our country, selling our legacy and birthright for more loans in which generations upon generations will continue to be indebted.

Holness will go down in history as a prime minister who callously sold out this country for a bucket of schillings.

Maurice Christie

Aboukir, St Ann





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