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Kamla: PM disrespecting T&T’s women

Monday, October 16, 2017
Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, centre, performs aarti on her arrival at the Divali Nagar on Saturday night. Standing to her left is her husband Dr Gregory Bissessar, and right is NCIC president Dr Deokienanan Sharma. PICTURE SHASTRI BOODAN

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has accused Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of “once again disrespecting the women of our nation,” with his recent comparison of golf courses to women.

In her address at Divali Nagar on Saturday night she said: “What we heard were more excuses and a continuation of the blame game, with no real and viable alternatives to fix our p roblems.

“What we heard also were more unsavoury statements with respect to women from the Prime Minister in his attempt to defend the indefensible and distract from his outrageous decision to have $3 million allocated to groom a golf course when babies and children have no milk to drink and food to eat and mothers are bawling as their sons and daughters are slaughtered by criminals.

“He now appears to have become the absentee prime groomer of golf courses instead of the Prime Minister of our country.”

Persad-Bissessar it was most unfortunate that the comments were made during a sitting of the House of Representatives and it was “unbecoming of a holder of high office to make such sordid remarks.”

“Such recurring unsavoury pronouncements by him can only serve to contribute to the disrespect being meted out to women and girls in our society. I call on the nation to reject any leadership that is so demeaning and so disrespectful,” she said.

The Opposition Leader, noting that the Prime Minister’s comments came just a day after observances of International Day of the Girl Child, urged citizens to “work in their communities, to fight for equality, equity and justice, and most importantly - to hold our leaders to account.”

Persad-Bissessar also accused the Rowley administration of being vision-less on managing the economy by not fully exploring the potential of culture as an avenue for tourism and taking advantage of the new industrial revolution created by the digital age.

“Digital transformation of our economy will bring efficiency, high productivity and prosperity, as well as job and revenue creation but there must be buy-in and investment by Government.

“The Digital Age is not only about data, or software. It involves creating a whole new economy that impacts on how we live and how we work, in all sectors and Industries, in manufacturing, services in research and development or hardware manufacturing.”

Persad-Bissessar said investment in existing cultural events and sites can contribute to diversification of the economy, job creation and foreign exchange earnings.

“This is more feasible than mega vanity projects that would not redound to the benefit of the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” she said.



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