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Former Port-of-Spain mayor
Louis Lee Sing says he has
resigned from the People s Nation-
al Movement (PNM) after 50 years
due to the party s internal bitter-
ness and viciousness and the
hypocrisy of political leader Dr
Lee Sing, who made his departure
from the party public on social
media site Facebook on Sunday, said
the departure had been coming
He said his disenchantment with
the PNM was not new but started
when Rowley attempted to have
him impeached in 2012, following
his (Lee Sing s) public statements
against Rowley s failed motion of
no confidence against Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
He said there were a number of
other reasons for his departure but
added he was not sure whether he
would be joining any other political
"I m at that time in my life where
that can t happen in the PNM. I
am also not about blind loyalty,"
Lee Sing said yesterday in a tele-
"To be a PNM member today
you must have a long brown nose,
and you must position yourself
below the waist of the political
Lee Sing, who said he was a
member of the party since he was
14 years old, said he felt there was
too much bitterness and acrimony
in the party.
"What I am seeing is a future I
don t want to be a part of."
Lee Sing made his final decision
regarding his future with the party
after he was interviewed on a radio
station on Saturday.
During the show he was asked
which party he would be supporting
for the general election.
"I made a statement that the devil
you know may not be as bad as the
devil you dont know. It went viral."
Lee Sing began receiving con-
demnation from callers as well as
from members of the PNM.
"The number of bitter comments
that came my way told me that this
expect people to disagree but I don t
expect them to hate me.
"I am not going to continue with
a party that is so vicious. I think
they are hapy to see me go," he
He raised questions about Row-
ley s leadership, saying there was
no room for debate in the PNM.
"People seem to forget that Row-
ley, during the election of the PNM,
was perhaps the most vociferous
critic of the party and the political
"People seem to forget he talked
about court martialling the political
leader; he spoke against the party
and the political leader in Parlia-
ment. One would have expected a
man like Dr Rowley to welcome
debate and discussion."
"Dr Rowley is the party. If, God
forbid, Dr Rowley was to die tomor-
row, I don t know what would hap-
pen to the party.
"I do not see Al-Rawi (PNM Sen-
ator Faris Al- Rawi), who believes
he will be the next political leader
or Marlene Mc Donald (Port-of-
Spain South MP) taking us any-
Lee Sing said he was also con-
cerned about how the party was
being managed and led.
"Why in three years the executive
only had seven meetings.
He said instead of the PNM mak-
ing friends among themselves they
were making enemies.
"They believe if you do not sup-
port Dr Rowley you are marked for
As for joining another political
party, Lee Sing said he did not know
what God had in store for him.
"This is the first election I am
not necessarily going to vote for the
PNM. I will look at all of the can-
didates of all of the parties and I
will vote for who I believe will give
me the best representation.
Lee Sing tells
why he left PNM
...cites bitterness, viciousness and hypocrisy
Former Port-of-Spain Mayor Louis Lee-Sing and his wife Rhea hold discussions with the PNM's general
secretary Ashton Forde in the North Stand during Pan Trinbago's National Panorama semi-final at the
Queen's Park Savannah on Sunday. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
During recent screenings to represent the PNM in the 2015
general election, Lee Sing held public meetings in order to get
approval to contest the seat of Port-of-Spain South, currently held
by Mc Donald.
Lee Sing also expressed interest in contesting the office of
political leader in the PNM's internal elections but withdrew and
Regional students from the Univer-
sity of the West Indies (UWI), St
Augustine, are still experiencing prob-
lems because their official grades have
not been released.
Clarissa Violenus, chair of the Inter-
national Affairs Committee on the Guild
of Students Council, said yesterday
regional students were still experiencing
Last week, the students were promised
by UWI officials that their lecturers
would upload their grades to the elec-
tronic grade book on the Student Banner
This follows the impasse between the
lecturers as well as other senior staff
members from the West Indies Group
of University Teachers (WIGUT) and the
administration of UWI. For almost a
month, the lecturers were withholding
the grades of students as a negotiation
tool to get the $87 million backpay owed
While the lecturers kept their word,
the students could not access their official
grades because the grades now need to
go before the different review boards for
approval. Violenus said many of the
regional students in Trinidad were trying
to find other means of getting money
while they awaited their usual funding.
Regional students left hanging
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