Malone Promises to address
Islands Party Territorial-at-Large Candidate Mr. Vernon E. Malone spoke on many
issues at the VIP rally on 13 August. He outlined his agenda on major issues
affecting the Territory, matters such as, Government's priorities, “putting down
the pervasive and unfair system of clientelism”, the restoration of petty
contracts, the abolition of nepotism, and encouraging justice in the appointment
and promotion system in the civil service. Mr. Malone called for justice in the
trial of offences committed by Government workers. Other highlights of his
speech were the Normal Island affair, the call for the liberalization of CCT
Boatphone high prices, intimidation and victimization, taxation, and raw
sewerage in Long Look and East End.
to pin pointing the issues, Malone shared some of the visions he has for the BVI.
His ideas include: increasing economic pillars, adequate electricity and water
supply, improving the road system, fix accident prone areas, introducing a world
class education system, and improving health care. The former Commissioner of
the BVI Police said that he envisions a BVI where the youths are allowed to
develop their potentials and become productive members of society. Malone’s
other plans for the BVI include the building of stronger families in order to
make a strong nation; he also envisions the organization of a small business
administration. He suggested providing subsidies for farmers, improvement of the
BVI’s tourism product, the pursuit of sports tourism, developing a crime free
society, support foreign investment, and improve passport laws.
Service Commission point stood out as Mr. Malone recommended that the Commission
must be strengthened by the addition of a paid law clerk to offer advice to the
Commission particularly on Labour Law and Administrative Law. He also touched on
an issue that he had been pursuing for the past 15 years - the inclusion of a
Bill of Rights in our Constitution for added protection of the people of the BVI.
the Norman Island issue Mr. Malone said, "The seat of Government must remain at
the New Administration Complex and not be alienated to rich powerful interests
on the outer islands. Our leaders in Government must understand that they are
offering leadership to our people and not salesmanship to outside interests."
continued saying that "our national treasure must remain in the hands of our
people and Government for our collective use. Our fishermen must be able to sail
all our waters without hindrance or let. Our people should be able to go on any
beach up to high water level, unless there are good and sufficient reasons to do
big topic was "Economic Injustices" as Mr. Malone called the issue. It dealt
with the matters of the CCT Boatphone liberalization. "There is a cry for
economic justice throughout this land." "How many Government Ministers and close
supporters are stuffing their pockets with fat profits from CCT share ownership
at the expense of the poor people who elected them? Is their self-interest
dominant why they allow this injustice to continue?"
paid great attention as the VIP at-Large Candidate expanded on his vision for a
crime free society. He said that a crime free society is a product we sell and
it is very important to Tourism, our offshore Finance Services and the quality
of our lives. Therefore, we must develop the Police Force and not just offer
limited training. Malone said that there must be educational and performance
requirements for each rank level.
announced that he envisions a BVI where the youths are allowed to develop their
potentials and become productive members of society. He pointed out that there
must be greater Government focus on placing returning students in suitable jobs.
He therefore recommended a small stipend from Government to unemployed
university students until they receive their first job to help them with the
purchase of necessities.
outlining his platform, Malone appealed to the audience by pledging to be an
advocate on their behalf. He promised to listen to their issues and concerns,
and to seek to bring appropriate solutions to them. Malone said that he would be
the voice of the weak and the alienated where they now have no voice. "I will
fight for justice and fair play for all. Where there is no justice, I will
represent the interest of the BVI at every level and in any forum with hard
work, justice, integrity, knowledge, courage, teamwork, and the pursuance of
Elroy Malone is an Attorney at Law, a Real Estate Agent and Consultant, a
Businessman, a community development Advocate and now a Politician. He was a
Primary School teacher, a junior civil Servant, a Law Lecturer and a former
Police Commissioner (retired). He was the first native to become Commissioner of
the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force. Mr. Malone currently manages his lawfirm,
Vernon E. Malone and Co., his real estate firm, Icis Real Estate (BVI) Limited,
and a family small hotel and restaurant known as Icis Villas.
Born in Long
Look, Tortola, Malone gained his thirst for service to his country and people
when his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Amanda Malone, enrolled him as a
member of the Boys Brigade. He has served as a teacher for two and a half years,
and as a Police Officer for over 35 years, the last ten as Commissioner of
Police for the British Virgin Islands. He also served as Acting Registrar of
Companies and as a Crown Counsel in the Attorney General's Chambers.
earned a multi-discipline education when he obtained a Government Scholarship to
study abroad for six years.
obtained a (CPA) in Public Administration and an (LLB) Bachelors of Law Degree
from the University of the West Indies, and a Post Graduate Legal Certificate
from the Norman Manley School in Jamaica. He also attained a Certificate in Real
Estate Valuation and sales from the Extra Mural Department of the University of
the West Indies.
has graduated from some of the top Police Schools in the UK and the USA. He is a
founding member of the Rotary Club of Road Town, and was awarded the Paul Harris
Fellow for outstanding Community Service when he spearheaded the building of a
house at Sage Mountain for an indigent and homeless man. Mr. Malone has written
and published over twenty researched articles mainly on Criminal Justice topics
and Caribbean Politics.
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