It is with profound sadness that I extend my heartfelt condolences on the passing of our esteemed colleague, Former Member of Parliament, Mr. Fazal Karim.
Serving alongside Mr. Karim during the 11th Parliament was a privilege, and his role as Minister of Science and Tertiary Education in the Persad Bissessar Administration showcased his unwavering commitment to advancing education.
Beyond the parliamentary chambers, Mr. Karim’s impact was far-reaching. A true scholar, he devoted himself to expanding both academic and skills training, leaving an indelible mark on the educational landscape. His prowess in parliamentary debates was matched only by his role as a mentor to young parliamentarians, imparting wisdom and guidance with grace.
His eloquence in expressing the journey of those of East Indian origins in Trinidad and Tobago, encapsulated in the phrase “from cutting cane to flying planes,” serves as a poignant reminder of the remarkable strides made by the community.
As we reflect on his legacy, I join all who mourn the loss of this exceptional individual.
Mr. Fazal Karim’s absence will be keenly felt, but his contributions will resonate in the hearts and minds of those he touched.
MP Rushton Paray
Mayaro, Trinidad and Tobago Parliament