Comissiong calls Preconco worker a fool

A suggestion by an employee of Mark Maloney’s Preconco company that the Emancipation or “Bussa” statue at the J.T.C. Ramsay Roundabout at Haggatt Hall, St Michael should be taken down, today drew strong condemnation from the head of the Clement Payne Movement, attorney-at-law David Comissiong.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, days after the Town & Country Planning Department dismantled a hut in the middle of the Preconco Roundabout at Lears, St Michael for reportedly impeding the sight of motorists, Henderson Brathwaite, who headed a team of workers maintaining the roundabout for the company, disagreed and said the Bussa statue should go too as it was having a similar effect.

Asked by Barbados TODAY to comment on the suggestion, a clearly annoyed Comissiong said: “It is tragic that in the year 2016, on our 50th anniversary of Independence, that a citizen of Barbados could be so lacking in intelligence, in self-respect . . . that he would make such a foolish, disgraceful comment. This person has to be profoundly lacking in national pride and racial pride.”

Comissiong said he could not understand why a company would want to be associated with such an employee.

“The company should be ashamed to be associated with that employee. The company should be ashamed to claim an employee with such backward views.

“Anybody who could be so stupid to suggest that the statue of Barbados’ first national hero, and perhaps the most important national hero; the national hero that gave his life so that future generations of black Barbadians would not live in a state of enslavement, be taken down is ludicrous and anybody who cannot understand just how ludicrous it is to compare a statue to our premier national hero with a hut belonging to Preconco is a fool,” Comissiong said.

Brathwaite yesterday participated in the media conference during a show of solidarity by about 100 Preconco employees with Maloney, their Managing Director who is currently at the centre of a dispute with the Town & Country Planning Department.

The Department served an order on the businessman to cease construction and dismantle a storage facility going up near the Bridgetown Port for Rock Hard Cement, another company which he heads, because it did not have planning approval.

Maloney has ignored a stop order issued in relation to the construction of a storage facility for Rock Hard Cement off Spring Garden Highway, prompting the Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins to initiate legal proceedings in the law courts. Following the dismantling of the hut at the Lears roundabout for reportedly not having planning approval, Preconco employees yesterday accused the Department of victimizing their boss.

Source: (KH)

14 Responses to Comissiong calls Preconco worker a fool

  1. Sherene Drakes-Seales
    Sherene Drakes-Seales June 16, 2016 at 2:30 am

    I understood Just what the worker was saying. I also knew it would have been taken out of context. Not that he’s refuting or making small the contribution of the national hero. In his thinking if the argument brought forth for the removal of the Hut from the roundabout is that, it’s an obstacle to the view of on coming traffic then the statue must be also. The problem here is that the truth is not being told. On either side. Yes I do think that Mr. Maloney is being victimised. I believe that someone of great influence and clout gave them his word and now the crap has hit the fan they have regressed on their word. Leaving him to face the music alone. By the same token it’s time that our laws are adhered to by all and a sundry… Rich and poor alike Let’s not be blinded by this black and white issue here. I still don’t know why the majority of Barbadians seem to think that Mr Maloney is white. The only part of this Western hemisphere he would pass for white is Barbados. I’ve seen blacker men who has a by far fairer skin tone than Mr Maloney. If Mr Maloney thinks that he is white I beg him please keep that opinion to himself as he’d be a laughing stock to the wider world if he makes known that view. However Mr Maloney would have to be stark mad to take it on his volition to construct a cement plant out of the blue without prior discussion or green light from someone of great influence or clout. Someone of utmost authority. I will admit however that was a master stroke played by Ms.Mottley on the floor of Parliament. I wonder however if it was indeed a white person (Butch Stewart perhaps) would the cookies have crumbled the same way?

  2. J. Payne June 16, 2016 at 3:39 am

    No more “foolish” then when a lot of these same jokers get to talking and get all hot and bothered about other statutes in Bridgetown and talking about pulling down those statues. I guess people really do like talking out of both sides of their mouth when it suits them.

  3. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne June 16, 2016 at 3:39 am

    No more “foolish” then when a lot of these same jokers get to talking and get all hot and bothered about other statutes in Bridgetown and talking about pulling down those statues. I guess people really do like talking out of both sides of their mouth when it suits them.

  4. BaJan boy June 16, 2016 at 4:36 am

    @ Shelene Drakes Seale you just as big a fool as the worker. Why would you think Butch Stuart is white and not Mark Maloney? The knocking down of that hut is a bare red herring for continuation of the cement outlet. Did u realize cement was still carried there as recent as yesterday and the roof is now going on the building. Cockroach had no right at big rock dance so stay out of the bif ups business. Maloney cares nothing about not even if u have a meal. The seven people who should speak for this government are the only people who benefit form it apart from the other few blacks who get a job but will never get wealthy.
    Go see what Butch has done at Dover with the wet lands. See what Beierkman is doing in the north. See what Bizzy is earning at SBRC and ionic so alone. See what Kyffin is benefitting in oil. See what see what Bernie is benefitting from the CLICO sale. See what Da.Silva benefitted from Water Authority and see what Maloney benefitted from the molasses tanks,the cement, the beautify Barbados, the Empire the many building projects and I can go only black people who have millions are the politicians. Exactly why everything is kept in the little circle.Didnt you hear a few weeks ago the PM say f you have evidence bring it to him. None the cats will get out of the bag the cat too big to get out of a small bag.

  5. jrsmith June 16, 2016 at 5:44 am

    This whole thing sounds so childish and stupid , we suppose to be an educated nation for f.. sake show that we are, behave as though we are. Thats why certain people in Barbados avoids politics as though its the plague….

  6. FDH June 16, 2016 at 5:44 am

    I guess I would have to be called a Fool also. But I can’t fathom the reason behind placing something as historical as this in the center of a busy highway and then putting “fine print narrative” on it for the public to read

    I guess it is there so that some persons can have their relevance preserved by walking to it one day a year when they can have the traffic blocked and police escort

    I would like to see it placed where i can take my grand children and explain the history, read the names and relate it to their lives

    But sadly Mr. Commissiong I can only do this one day a year if I march with you and the other few select

    If I had the power I would move it where some of the other descendants could share and relate to it

    The placement is silly

    • Sue Donym June 16, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Good points. The only possible counter would be awareness or visibility, which would ironically make it a distraction on a busy, high speed highway and make it impractical if not dangerous to access!

  7. Lady-Stylez Pilgrim
    Lady-Stylez Pilgrim June 16, 2016 at 5:57 am

    All I keep telling myself is flour and cement is a combination for hardened stomachs! Lol anyhow this whole situation is getting ridiculous BUT it clearly continuously shows that all the authority there is , money and power taking over.

  8. Ejd June 16, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Come on David! The worker was simply drawing a comparrison. He was saying that if one was claiming that the hut was blocking the view of motorists then one could make a similar claim about Bussa.

  9. RC June 16, 2016 at 6:15 am

    I agree with FDH that the Emancipation Statue should be relocated. Almost every day I see very dangerous situations as taxis, ZM’s and even coaches slow down or stop in the round-a-bout so that their passengers can take photos of the statue. Put it somewhere that locals and visitors to our beautiful island can really enjoy it at leisure safely.

  10. Sue Donym June 16, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Weren’t the issues involved in the destruction of the hut supposedly about legality (permission) and safety? I’m guessing that as a lawyer Mr. Comissiong does not make reference to precedent or cite examples from other cases? This is clearly what the employee is doing: if it’s wrong at location X for a specific reason, it has to be wrong at location Y for the same reason.

    Mr. Comissiong gets a red card on trying to make this a question of “national… and racial pride”. One could question the motive in changing the spokesman, but the enquiring mind would also have to ask if it is really the reasons officially given, why would it take 5 years to address an issue of safety and what makes that area particularly dangerous!

  11. Rodney Callender June 16, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    THAT STATUE SHOULD BE MOVED TO COMMISSIONG’S YARD. The worker is correct. If a 4×4 hut is obstructing the view of motorists. surely a 20×20 statue must be doing the same. That is not rocket science. This man never ceases to amuse me. And to think that he is a lawyer. And to think that other people are backing him with this nonsense. SMH. Preconco worker I backing you.

  12. dave June 16, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    And to think that you could spew such garbage Rodney Callender

  13. Bernard Codrington. June 17, 2016 at 9:36 am

    How could a matter which dealt with the rule of law, party loyalty and collective cabinet responsibility deteriorate to personal abuse? Come on we must be more mature than this.


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