Tsoi-a-Fatt-Angus wants apology
Sunday, January 20 2013
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Denise: Denise Tsoi-a-Fatt-Angus (left) sits next to PNM political leader Dr Keith Rowley (centre) and THA Chief Secretary Orville London (right) at a...
PNM Tobago Council public relations officer Dr Denise Tsoi-a-Fatt-Angus yesterday demanded an apology from Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar over statements she made on the $320 million Milshirv/Rahael deal on Friday night.
“I demand an apology for my mother and myself and I will be looking at my legal options,” said Tsoi-a-Fatt-Angus “It is desperate and shameful that she would come and tell such a thing. To drag my mother, a pharmacist and professional, for her to slander my mother’s name like that, that is totally unacceptable.”
On Friday, the Prime Minister gave fresh details on the $320 million deal, linking it for the first time to the PNM official’s family.
Tsoi-a-Fatt-Angus continued, “The statements are totally inaccurate and erroneous. How would I have inside knowledge in 1999 that in 2012 a Tobago House of Assembly would want to build an agricultural complex. First of all, Hochoy Charles was Chief Secretary under a UNC government. There is no way that I would have had inside knowledge. The land belonged to my mother, my uncle and my uncle-in-law. It was family land from my grandfather. They would have sold it during that time.”
She further stated, “They were told that under the UNC that they would never get permission planning to do development there due to a proposal for the airport extension, therefore they made a decision to sell the land.” She could not say who the land was sold to but denied it was sold to Dankett.
“The land was not sold to the THA it was sold to — I am not even sure who, but it was not Dankett or anybody like that and it certainly was not the THA that the land was sold to. Did she declare her interest in the land?
“First of all I am not in public life and am not a member of the THA executive council so I would not have known that the THA was doing land development. I am a medical doctor and therefore I was employed as an adviser in my medical capacity,” she said.
She said her salary was $30,000 but there were other allowances, which she did not quantify.
“My salary is no different than that of my medical colleagues. My salary is $30,000 plus allowances which is the same under the RHAs. I am a specialist in family medicine. I have specialty membership with the board of Trinidad and Tobago. I left private practice to come and do this,” she said.
“I don’t have a pension to get. I made a decision to come and do this. I negotiated a package to ensure that I would’nt be any less than my colleagues. My family and practice will suffer from these allegations of the Prime Minister. I was not even in Tobago I was living abroad, I only returned home in 2003 and in 2008 that is when I joined the PNM.”
THA Chief Secretary Orville London said Persad-Bissessar was “misinforming the public”, accusing her of “mischievous” conduct.
“I think it is unbecoming of the Prime Minister to misinform the public and the people of Tobago and the country in that manner, especially when you are speaking to an audience which includes young people,” he said in a brief interview.
“In 1991, 13 years ago, the land would have been purchased from a family, that of Dr Angus, her uncle and other relatives.”
“So that the link the Prime Minister is trying to make is about the purchase of land by Dankett Limited. At that point in time I don’t even know if Dr Angus was in Tobago,” he said.
“It is mischievous to make that link,” he said. “The PNM was not in power in the THA. To make that kind of link and between those kinds of timeline is mischievous.”