Thursday 15 November, 2018

PNM councillor demands apology for 'oreo' comment

People’s National Movement (PNM) Councilor for Tumpuna, Brennon Patterson, is calling on Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to apologise to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for calling him an “oreo”.

Persad-Bissessar made the comment while speaking during the United National Congress (UNC) Monday Night Forum where she labelled Dr Rowley a puppet of the country’s “one percent”, a term often used to refer to Trinidadian Syrians.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Patterson, who is up for the post of PNM PRO in the party’s upcoming internal election, condemned Persad-Bissessar’s “racist demeanour”.

He also accused the UNC of encouraging a racial divide among the citizenry of Trinidad and Tobago.

“It is my view that the UNC has been using the national forum to spew hate and incite division in the country. To date, the UNC has held a number of meetings which provide no solutions or plans to take the country forward. Rather, it uses the opportunity to send vile racist remarks which target Trinidad and Tobago nationals who are contributing to the national landscape.”

Patterson also chastised the UNC’s criticism of the Syrian/Lebanese community which he says has been under constant attack by the leader of the opposition.  

“I wish to remind her that our national anthem is reminiscent of the cosmopolitan society we live in, “where every creed and race find an equal place,” he said.

The Tumpuna Councillor said Persad-Bissessar ought to have the highest decorum as a former Prime Minister.

He also called on citizens to stand up against such “naked attempts by the UNC to destabilize the unique social fabric that we enjoy in Trinidad and Tobago."

Patterson is up for the post of PNM PRO in the party’s internal election set for September 30.

He is up against Dr Rowley’s nominee, Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, Fitzgerald Hinds.


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