Published On: Wed, Feb 13th, 2013

‘Plasterk must become crime fighter’

Ronald van RaakWILLEMSTAD – If the Minister of Kingdom Relations really wants to take serious his responsibilities then he will have to act as a ‘crime’ fighter in Curacao. This is according to the Member of the Dutch Parliament for SP, Ronald van Raak yesterday during a meeting of the Second Chamber committee for Kingdom Relations and Minister Plasterk.

Van Raak expressed that he was pleased that the Government headed by Schotte was replaced by Hodge Cabinet, but according to the MP is there on Curacao a ‘very thin line’ between ‘upper and lower world’. “We were dumb on 10-10-10 to create new countries but not new responsibilities. They are now autonomous countries but the Netherlands is still responsible for good governance. Does the Minister realize that in the coming years he will not only talk to government officials, but that he, if he wants to take his job serious, will become a crime fighter against the mafia?” Van Raak stated.

According to the MP, there is a great presence of mafia on the island and the people of Curacao cannot be abandoned while fighting against these organizations. “Working together in the Kingdom is not easy, but fierce fighting against the mafia. We cannot render up the people of Curacao to the mafia.”

Minister Plasterk reacted saying that there are officials with Dutch backgrounds and expertise, e.g. coast guard, involved with the islands. Member of Parliament Pierre Heinen (PvdA) reacted saying that he has confidence that the Minister will assume his responsibilities according to the Statutes of the Kingdom.

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