Crawford — who was denied the opportunity to be the People's National Party (PNP) standard bearer in the constituency in the February 25, 2016 election — asserted that in the wake of the multi-million programme, there should no longer be any bushes in which gunmen can hide from the police.
"I saw about two months ago when there was an election — a $800million bushing programme. I see now that we have a by-election, another $300million bushing programme,” he said.
“I am sending a warning to the minister of security that I better not watch my TV and hear the police say that a man was firing shots at the police and escaped in the bushes. Him better escape down the well-manicured streets," Crawford quipped.
He was speaking Saturday night at a PNP rally at the Falmouth Primary School, in Trelawny.
Also reflecting on the subject, designated PNP president Dr Peter Phillips questioned how the project was so expeditiously approved, while others are still languishing behind due to the procurement system.
"I tell you about that programme, it was approved by Cabinet the Wednesday, them sign contract the Friday and dem pay money the following Wednesday," Phillips said.
He said the procurement system is being blamed by Government for half of the capital budget for 2016/2017 financial year not being spent.
"You ask them why they don't do it they say the procurement system hold them up but when them want the bushing programme, procurement system no hold dem up. When they want giveaway for few of their supporters, procurement system no hold them up," Phillips said.