2AM curfew will not be repealed; “wives are saying it is a good thing” – Ramjattan

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Minister of Security, Khemraj Ramjattan [right] and Director of Communications, Ministry of the Presidency, Mark Archer. [iNews' Photo]

By Fareeza Haniff

Minister of Security, Khemraj Ramjattan [right] and Director of Communications, Ministry of the Presidency, Mark Archer. [iNews' Photo]
Minister of Security, Khemraj Ramjattan [right] and Director of Communications, Ministry of the Presidency, Mark Archer. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of Security, Khemraj Ramjattan is not budging on his decision to close down bars and nightclubs in Guyana at 2:00 hrs, even though there is still an increase in crime since the implementation of the curfew.

Upon assuming office some four months ago, Ramjattan implemented the 2AM policy as a means of tackling the issue of crime facing the nation, hoping it would serve as a deterrent; however his decision was met with much resistance from the business community, who complained about loss of revenue.

At a post cabinet media briefing on Friday, August 28, Ramjattan told reporters that if he decides to change his mind, it would be to place the curfew for bars and nightclubs at 12 midnight, which is in accordance with the law.

He maintains that there is a correlation between heavy drinking at 2AM and after as it relates to violent crimes and domestic violence, noting that the Ministry of Public Security has the statistics to prove it.

“It is very much correlated; heavy drinking with violence, abuse of women and so on and I am not going to change that. The law is…it must be at 12’ O clock. It’s only the high ranking hotels and so on that can go until 2 in the morning…And if there’s any change that I’m going to make quite frankly, this administration, well at least my Ministerial-ship would like to bring it forward to 12’o clock,” Ramjattan told the news conference.

He believes that young people should not be out “drinking late” and that a lot of wives are grateful for the implementation of the policy, since it ensure that their husbands are at home early.

“We have to set standards here…otherwise we’re going to have young people more out in the streets late at night, drinking and misbehaving… A lot of the wives and women are saying it is a good thing because it has brought my husband home earlier and he got a little more money in his pocket,” said the Public Security Minister.

He believes that in order for crime to be reduced, a number of “unpopular” measures have to be put in place.

 

14 COMMENTS

  1. If wives are happy then these wives must know their hubbies were committing crimes. How many married men committing these heinous crimes seen in Guyana? This man Ramjattan has to be the world’s smartest, he is a genius. Wives rushing to him telling him they are happy. This bloke has to say something stupid for the fools that follows him.

  2. Good move MR Minister. ….them can’t want suck cane and blow whistle…

    The curfew is will work just give it time …

  3. He believes that young people should not be out “drinking late” and that a lot of wives are grateful for the implementation of the policy, since it ensure that their husbands are at home early.

    So the new Regime is implementing LAWS based on “wives tales”

  4. In order to stop crime we have to start somewhere and sure this is a good start . Giving the law time to work is a another good thing ,the minister did his part let’s do our by giving it a chance to work.

  5. This is the biggest joke of a reason given by a Minister of government “wives are saying it’s a good thing ” , how many wives did the Minsiter ask? The ones he visits of the ones in the ones in his street only and did they also tell him that ” all men are dogs and should be in a kennel” so now all men will sleeps in kennels? What’ a joke !!!

  6. You sometime do have sensible comments despite your pro PNC views. I respected that. We all do have different views. But this one dg is absolute bull. If you have nothing to say then just don’t blog on that particular issue.

  7. Mr Ramjattan, you could have encouraged or recommended higher duty on all alcoholic beverages to the Minister of Finance so that would have been included in the budget.Revenue earner for the treasury. But this administration wanted to show that it would not raise taxes so they opted for another way out. Close bars/night clubs at 02:00 hrs. Less sales, less taxes- less revenue. Problem not solved. Increased in crime and criminality.
    ” A lot of the wives and women are saying it is a good thing because it has brought my husband home earlier and he got a little more money in his pocket”,
    Mr Ramjattan, how many wives and women have you spoken to? Did you get the permission to speak to others’ wives? Did you do a survey? Was it comprehensive / scientific/ reliable? Who or which organisation if any did that survey? Mfr Ramjattan, I am inclined to believe that you are LYING through your back teeth; you are trying to justify your 0;200 decision.

  8. Curfews Are Necessary Sometimes For Societal Safety.

    Until ALL Guyanese within and without the city of Georgetown start behaving like Civilized Humans again. Certain restrictions on their Freedom To ROAM after midnight, may be necessary at this time.

    If your Mother did not curtail your recreational behavior. You might have become pregnant much earlier, ended up in prison, or worse.

  9. Hard liquor should band from selling from 2:00 am to 5:00 pm. Week a days …
    Saturday’s only from 10:00 am to 2:00 am on Sunday morning …
    No hard liquor sales whole of Sunday’s ..
    Too much drunk men on the road during working hours

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