The PNP is accusing Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness of making baseless claims about the Simpson Miller administration’s handling of the crime portfolio.

These were the remarks made by Mr. Holness on Sunday as he addressed a massive crowd of JLP supporters in May Pen, that have angered the PNP.

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On Monday, the PNP issued a statement, lashing the Opposition Leader for what it says are his cynical and thoughtless comments.

The PNP says Mr. Holness failed to offer any hint of a crime plan.

It says this is yet another instance of Holness making cavalier and irresponsible statements in a misguided effort to gain political mileage.

The PNP says it’s particularly disturbing when such statements are made in relation to issues concerning national security which require sober and responsible analysis and attention.

The PNP says its strongly urging Mr. Holness to exercise the level of responsibility expected of one who aspires to lead.

It says there were 1682 reported murders in 2009 when the JLP was in office.

The PNP is arguing that that figure represents the highest number of murders reported in any one year.

It contrasts this with the 1005 murders registered last year under the PNP administration, the lowest in 11 years.

The PNP says crime fighting is a serious national issue with multiple causal factors and responses.

The party says any attempt to reduce the issue to nonsensical statements, even in the heightened atmosphere of a political campaign rally, represents a disrespect to the intelligence of the Jamaican people.

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