After remaining silent for several months about claims that he is more concerned about the interests of expats than he is for locals, NDP Chairman Myron Walwyn has now decided to respond.
Walwyn categorically stated this week that those claims are not true and are the false reports of ‘a particular news site’.
He did not specify what site but noted: “I’ve been hearing the thing for a while. I’ve heard a pastor – a person of the cloth – come on the radio and say that I said something like that and I find it very disturbing.”
The claims labelling Walwyn as a minister who supports expats more than he does locals began circulating after an address he reportedly made to educators back in January 2016.
“Essentially, I was speaking to all the teachers and everybody who was under the ministry, that the world has changed, we can’t just simply say you are going to put a law in place to say ‘x, y, z’ because we have our Constitution in place. Our job now is to ensure that we make our people as competent as possible. Take our responsibility seriously so that they are prepared for whatever comes down the line,” he stated.
“If anybody is saying that, that means you are not working or not protecting locals, well, I am so sorry for them in terms of their interpretation. I have spent my time here in government working hard for the people of this country and I didn’t just start when I got elected but before then, and I will continue to do so,” Walwyn said.
He fired back at the claims against him during the NDP radio programme this week.
Below is an excerpt from the reported statement of contention from Walwyn.
In today’s society, our Governments cannot write laws and implement policies to completely protect our local population like we did years ago. There are many occasions where we wish we could do more to protect opportunities for our people, but the world doesn’t work that way anymore. The world that we are in today is more complex, filled with conflict and tension, and our people must learn how to adapt to this and positively respond for their success and for our continued success.
Ladies and gentlemen in this room, this is our load to bear. It is what this Government signed up for, it is what I’ve signed up for as Minister for Education and Culture, and it is what you’ve signed up for when you chose your line of work or agreed to support the vision and mission of this Ministry by becoming a member of one of our boards or supporting organisations.
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