It’s only in Trinidad and Tobago that persons disrespect our office-holders daily.
One case where it has crossed the line is the beating of two bobolees representing Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Leader of the Opposition Dr Keith Rowley, outside of the Parliament building, by Fuad Abu Bakr, the political leader of the New National Vision. His main view was he was disgusted at today’s politics and politicians
What example is that for a
political leader to display his disgust in that type of manner? Can you
imagine Dr Keith Rowley beating a bobolee of the current Prime
Minister? It will spark national outrage; first, for disrespecting the office of the Prime Minister and, secondly, for beating a woman. Why then is it okay for Bakr to do it with no public outcry?
Whether we believe it or not, the hurt and destruction caused by the 1990 attempted coup by the elder Abu Bakr still exists. Fuad’s
appearance on the media only serves to create social unrest in our society since there is an automatic stereotype associated with the
Abu Bakr name.