Originally published in Newsday here
Tuesday Sept 18th, 2012 – Mohammed Faisal Rahman died yesterday. His daughter Mariam Rahman said that her father died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night at his Champs Fleurs home. MF, as he was fondly known, used the means of “Letters to the Editor” to comment on the most pressing political issues of the day. His well reasoned arguments contributed much to the debates at hand. His style was unique and he developed his literary skill with an excellent command of the English language. Mr. Rahman’s view point left no doubt about the passion and conviction with which he stated his opinion. He marshalled the arguments to present a convincing case on the issues he sought to influence.
The tenacity and consistency of his advocacy brought him to the attention of the United National Congress (then in Opposition) who appointed him as a Senator in the 9th Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, in a release to the press last night, expressed her sadness on the death of Rahman.
“We have learned with regret and sadness of the passing of a good man, former opposition senator Mohammed Faisal Rahman,” stated Persad-Bissessar.
Rahman, stated the release, first entered Parliament on December 17, 2007 and debated bills including the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2010; the Caribbean Court of Justice Headquarters Bill, 2008; the Children’s Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2008; the Family Court Bill, 2009, and the Integrity in Public Life (Amendment) Bill, 2009 among many others, participating in more than 60 debates.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago, I extend sincere condolences to his family on the passing of a dedicated son of the soil. May he rest in peace,” stated the Prime Minister.
The funeral took place today at the El Socorro Mosque in San Juan at 12.30 pm.