Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is not apologizing for representing the largest block of Syrian, Arab and Lebanese in his Diego Martin West constituency.
On Thursday night, Rowley, for the first time, took issue with Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s reference to him as an oreo and controlled by the one per cent.
Rowley said Persad-Bissessar and the trade unions are the two largest voices accusing the Government of lying as it relates to the closing of the Petrotrin refinery.
He added, “And when that conversation doesn’t seem to be working as well as they would like they resort to my skin colour and colour of the skin of my constituents.
“The largest block of Arab, Syrian, Lebanese are in Diego Martin West and for that I make no apology and I don’t care who they vote for, I represent them and I think it is a shame and a disgrace of all the people and on the record of Trinidad and Tobago that a former Prime Minister, a leader of the Opposition can sink into such gutter politics.
“When all else fails, when rape fail, when paedophilia fail, resort to racism but me, I’m from Mason Hall in Tobago, that not fazing me at all.”
On Monday at her party’s public meeting, Persad-Bissessar said, ‘They (one per cent) tried to own Mr (Patrick) Manning but they couldn’t do that. They tried to own me but I sent them packing; they have their Oreo now who is their guy in Keith Christopher Rowley, and that’s how the one per cent friends and family of Rowley controls him.”
DR KEITH ROWLEY