Mayor is­sues apol­ogy for con­tro­ver­sial state­ment

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Port of Spain Mayor Ray­mond Tim Kee has is­sued an apol­ogy to all women and the en­tire coun­try fol­low­ing state­ments that seemed to link the death of a Ja­panese mas­quer­ader to a cul­ture of lewd­ness but in­sists that his com­ments were taken out of con­text.

The apol­ogy came in the form of a state­ment from the Mayor’s of­fice:

“His Wor­ship the Mayor of Port of Spain Al­der­man Ray­mond Tim Kee un­equiv­o­cally apol­o­gizes to women and the na­tional pop­u­la­tion who were of­fended by re­marks at­trib­uted to him fol­low­ing the death of car­ni­val vis­i­tor and mas player, Asami Na­gakiya.

“Mayor Tim Kee says that his com­ments were com­pletely mis­con­strued, and one par­tic­u­lar head­line un­for­tu­nately stated “POS Mayor crit­i­cises women” draw­ing fire even be­fore the ar­ti­cle was read. Mayor Tim Kee said that he ad­vised women to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and pro­tect them­selves as so many women are the vic­tims of abuse at the hands of oth­ers.

“He agrees that his com­ments could have been con­sid­ered out of line but de­spite the anger be­ing ex­pressed from many quar­ters, in­clud­ing fem­i­nist groups and ac­tivists, he has also re­ceived calls of sup­port from sev­eral women agree­ing with him on the lack of mod­esty dis­played by some women and girls on the streets dur­ing the Car­ni­val Cel­e­bra­tions.

“There is in­deed a con­cern about the be­hav­iour of both male and fe­male mas play­ers gen­er­ally as they are now be­ing em­u­lated by chil­dren who be­lieve that lewd be­hav­iour and car­ni­val go hand in hand.

“He says that it is with deep re­gret to have to speak of the death of Ms Na­gakiya who has been a wel­come vis­i­tor and close friend of the steel band com­mu­nity in Trinidad & Tobago for sev­eral years.

“Mayor Tim Kee fur­ther states that Mem­bers of Coun­cil and Man­age­ment of the Port of Spain Cor­po­ra­tion also ex­tend deep­est sym­pa­thy to the fam­ily of Asami Na­gakiya.

The cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing her death are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated and the pub­lic would be kept up­dated by the au­thor­i­ties.”

Port of Spain Mayor Ray­mond Tim Kee.

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