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Chief executive officer of the Estate
Management Business Development
Company (EMBD) Gary Parmassar, who has
been sent on leave pending an audit of $400
million in contracts, was not escorted out of
the EMBD's office as was reported by the
Officials of the EMBD said Parmassar
voluntarily left the compound at Brechin
Castle, Couva, without any security escort.
The group Powerful Ladies of Trinidad and
Tobago (PLOTT) said Mayor Raymond Tim Kee
must follow through on his commitment to ten-
der his resignation and the Port of Spain City
Council must accept it.
"As a people we must continue our call for jus-
tice for Asami and the many victims whose crimes
"We must demand of our public officials a more
strategic, research-based and intelligence driven
approach in response to this dilemma," PLOTT
said in a statement yesterday
The group described Tim Kee s statements fol-
lowing the murder of Japanese pannist Asami
Nagakiya as "ignorant, archaic and barbaric."
"His response was completely void of empathy
for the victim, her family and the daily plight of
women in our society, most of whom live in fear
of meeting a similar demise.
"Furthermore, in responding to the murder of
a visiting foreign national, the Mayor displayed
a complete lack of cultural awareness and diplo-
macy in his address to the media.
"This was repeated within his official apology,
whereby he made the point of referring to the
support he received for his initial statements.
This was continued justification not a sincere
"Whether select members of society share and
support the Mayor s thinking is irrelevant."
PLOTT called for public officials be trained in
diplomacy, adding that immediate response to
any crime should be grave concern not embar-
rassment, and should include, assurances to the
family and public that justice would be served.
"In the case of the murder of a foreign national,
our public officials should remain cognisant of
the likely international exposure and manage their
An online campaign has been launched
in defence of Mayor Raymond Tim Kee,
who is expected to step down during a spe-
cial sitting of the Port-of-Spain City Cor-
The online petition on Facebook is being
spearheaded by Roger Rajan who is trying
to get 500 signatures in support of his call
for Tim Kee to reconsider his resignation.
At 4.10 pm yesterday there were 263 sig-
natures on the petition, far less than the
10,000 gathered for another online petition
last week calling for his removal.
Rajan said: "We believe that the Mayor
as a public figure simply offered words of
concern that the general public has com-
mented about in the past."
Support for Tim Kee also came from
Nadine Barbara Smith, who said she was his
stepdaughter. On her Facebook page yester-
day, Smith posted a statement in his defence
along with a video of a two minute interview
"I would just like to say it really hurts me
to see that he has made the decision to resign,
and to everyone who had any evil or hurtful
thing to say to Mr. Tim Kee, you are worse
than anything he has ever said."
Smith added: "Yes, he could have said
nothing. Yes, he could have been more sen-
sitive toward the issue but he was not, and
I do not find anything wrong in what he
had to say."
Tim Kee also seemed to be having a change
of heart yesterday as he released an open
letter to the public in which he said he still
has work to complete and is not willing to
"I have seen the protests. I have received
the messages. I understand the issues at
hand and would like to find a solution," he
"When I became Mayor of Port of Spain,
it is because I had a vision to take the city
forward, to continue and improve on the
work of the persons before me. I still have
more work to do this year and I am not will-
ing to give up. I have always had an open
door policy and am always open to dialogue.
What I am not open to is crucifixion without
mutual respect and understanding and hope
to move forward."
Tim Kee, who has faced a major public
outcry via social media, as well as a protest
outside his office over his comments following
the death of Japanese pan player Asima
Nagakiya, said his statements about vulgarity
"were made in isolation when asked about
safety, a week prior to the tragic incident."
"Should I have admonished the behaviour
of these predators in my statement?
Absolutely. And I humbly apologise for not
doing so, but the problem of rapists, thieves
and abusers is a bigger fight, and less about
prevention via caution and more about find-
ing a cure for the environments that spawn
and nurture them. In a speech about carnival
safety the former message was easier to dis-
seminate and I regret not also including a
warning to would-be perpetrators that their
actions would not be tolerated by the armed
Tim Kee said the way the statement was
linked to the death of Japanese pan player
Asami Nagakiya was "both reckless and
vicious on the part of a particular media
house, in what I can only conceive to be an
attempt to drum up controversy."
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