The Ministry of Finance
I call to your attention for correction, a letter captioned “Did Jordan look up the meaning of disgraceful?” Guyana Times 2017-02-02.
For your edification, no statement was issued and or published by the Minister of Finance, Hon. Winston Jordan, or the Ministry of Finance “lambasting the PPP/C Government of excesses when it [came] to salary increases for its Parliamentarians when in office.”
For the record, Member of Parliament, Mr. Jermaine Figueira asked the following questions in Parliament:
- What was the percentage increase in wages and salaries given by the Government of Guyana to public servants for each year from 1998 to 2014?
- What was the percentage increase in wages and salaries given by the Government of Guyana to Government Ministers for each year from 1998 to 2014?
- What was the percentage increase in wages and salaries given by the Government of Guyana to the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana for each year from 1998 to 2014?
The Minister of Finance was tasked with answering the questions orally. He provided the answers based on factual data.
In doing so, he did not offer any comments on those facts. He did not issue any statements on those facts. He did not offer any subsequent comments on those facts.
Mr. Adams, who purportedly wrote the letter, seems woefully ill informed. One would have thought that ‘The Beacon of Truth’ would have helped the goodly gentleman (if he does exist) by pointing out that his conclusions were incorrect. But, alas, you chose instead to publish and perpetuate an outright lie.
This kind of journalism does a great disservice to your readers and reporters. You seem eager to feed them a steady diet of untruths, misinformation and propaganda. It will be a great deed if you shared the answers the Minister provided to Parliament with your readers, and allow them to come to their own conclusions.
Ministry of Finance