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January 18 - 2017
Dr Denise Tsoiafatt Angus, Secretary of Community
Development and Culture poses with Fog Angels
J'ouvert Band models during the band's Carnival
launch, last Saturday.
PHOTO: WELMOET PHOTOGRAPHY
People's National Movement candidate
for Canaan/Bon Accord Clarence Jacob
has apologised to opponent Nyron Leung
and Progressive Democratic Patriots lead-
er, Watson Duke, for offensive statements
he made during his maiden speech last
Referring to Leung, who is of Chinese
descent, on the platform, Jacob questioned
his purpose in the January 23 Tobago House
of Assembly elections.
"I hear this fella talking about is the
first Chinee in the THA, I wonder if he
going to be in the THA washing wares?
When you talking about a Chinee man in
the THA I want you to ask him tomorrow
morning to say something in Chinese,"
Jacob, who had endorsement during the
meeting from sitting area representative
Huey Cadette, told supporters in his elec-
Jacob also referred to Duke, who is from
the village of Roxborough, as a 'country-
man,' saying he cannot run town.
"No countryman can't run town. Who
have to run town, not a town man? He
can't even run country, he losing in coun-
try, I hope allyuh have a hospital in coun-
try?" he said.
But his comments came under fire
almost immediately, even from inside his
Political Leader of the PNM Tobago
Council Kelvin Charles described Jacob's
remarks as unfortunate. He said Jacob was
cautioned in the wake of the comments
and he (Jacob) understood how his state-
ments did not reflect the party's views
"He shall apologise in a separate pub-
lic statement. As a leader, it is important
that I lead not only as a politician, but I
must lead on principle as well. Finally, I
continue to stand solidly behind and sup-
port Mr. Clarence Jacob as our PNM can-
didate for the electoral district of Canaan/
Bon Accord," Charles said.
In a video uploaded to Facebook on
Sunday, Jacob apologised for his actions
and said he took full responsibility for his
"Those offensive statements I take full
responsibility for and they do not repre-
sent the values of the People's National
Movement party. For that I apologise
unreservedly to the PNM family and all
of Tobago," Jacob said.
"I assure you that I have acknowledged
where I went wrong and I am a better
person now from this experience. I am
now more committed as your candidate
for Canaan/ Bon Accord and Crown Point.
My political leader, who stands strong on
principles, has committed with me and I
concur with his cautioning."
But in a statement issued via Facebook,
the PDP said their team was appalled by
"Such vile rhetoric and sordid belief
that the great people from "country" are
in no way worthy to lead not only the
"town" of this island and also ultimately
the larger landscape of Tobago."
The party also called on Tobagonians
to distance themselves from the state-
"Our history shows the contrary!! Mr.
Jacob must have fallen asleep in the Social
Studies classes that spoke of the progres-
sive works of the late A.N.R Robinson,
the contributions of Mr. Lennox Denoon,
Jefferson Davidson, J.D Elder, A.P.T James,
Annette Nicholson, Winston Murray (just
to name a few), all of whom at one point
in time resided in the "country."
"Tobagonians, this should not be taken
lightly as this conduct violates the very
code of conduct his party has signed and
also depicts the unfortunate reality of what
Tobagonians will have to endure if the
PNM were to be victorious."
AFTER PNM DRESS DOWN OVER CHINEE COMMENT
RACE TALK MARS
This is the second straight THA campaign
which has been marred by comments from
candidates attacking opponents' race.
During the 2013 THA elections, former
Assemblyman for Roxborough/Delaford
Hilton Sandy also ended up in hot water
after a 'Calcutta Ship' statement, which was
viewed as being racist.
Speaking on the platform at a public polit-
ical meeting back then, Sandy had said,
"There is a ship at Calcutta waiting to sail
to Tobago. That ship is waiting to sail to
Tobago; they are waiting to get the results
of this election, if you bring the wrong results,
Calcutta ship is coming down for you!"
Sandy also eventually apologised, saying
his statement was "just some political picong,
but it was no racist talk. It was not meant
to offend anybody."
At that time, PNM political leader Dr. Keith
Rowley and Tobago House of Assembly Chief
Secretary Orville London both dissociated
themselves from Sandy's statement.
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