(JAMAICA GLEANER) — Amid speculation over the visa revocations of two senior parliamentarians, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has blamed the People’s National Party (PNP) for the country’s travel troubles.
Chuck, member of parliament for North East St Andrew, promised that economic advances under the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) would eliminate the deterrents to visa-free travel within a decade.
“We want every single Jamaican to have shelter over their heads to live in a way that they can be happy and proud of, so people can live and have a title, so that they can pass on to their children. And when that happen, you know, all the Americans will say, ‘You don’t need visas to come America.’
“We soon get rid of visa because other countries of the world will say, ‘You are so strong, you don’t need visa.’ That’s what happen to countries who are doing well.”
Chuck said citizens of countries such as Singapore hardly ever require visas for travel.
He told the Labourites that formal housing offered them “ties to Jamaica, and because you have ties to Jamaica, dem nuh need to give you visa; you coming back home”.