Letter of the Day | Push forward with NIDS
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The National Identification System (NIDS) is a needed tool in Jamaica. Knowing this, we need to stop allowing a few highly learned and highly misguided persons in various sectors or choice groups to dictate what is best for governance.
As in all nations that practise democracy, the Government was elected to lead and rule. Crime is overrunning us in Jamaica and NIDS will make identification a breeze; it will help to locate and track criminals, while bolstering national security for the country.
How come persons are so keen on knowing what the Government will do with their personal information and bio data, but without batting an eye or asking a single question, they turn over the same information and, in some cases, far more to the Canadian High Commission or the United States Embassy for a visa?
Too much hypocrisy and time-wasting has been encouraged over the years in Jamaica. As a result, we are still playing catch up in many areas, yet some segments of society are bent on keeping us further behind. I urge the Government to legislate and then carry out the laws of the land. Identification for, all and sundry should be available at the fingertip and citizens must be subject to proper scrutiny for the safety of all.
If the opposers have nothing to hide, why are they so agitated by the upcoming law? Perhaps those opposing loudest have a lot that needs to be uncovered.