The Right Honorable Papa had a press conference today where he went on record for a second time seeking support from the PLP in regards to the Baha Mar project’s 5,000+ Chinese laborers that will invade the Bahamas if the deal is approved by the Chinese Government.
Firstly, i have to make this point, where was the FNM government when Baha Mar agreed with the Chinese investors that 5,000 Chinese workers will be allowed to work legally, in the Bahamas, on the project? How can Baha Mar negotiate immigration matters on behalf of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, a supposedly sovereign country? I know i am not the only person who sees something wrong with this? But rest assured, Baha Mar cant agree to something like that UNLESS they were given the ok by the government of the day, the FNM.
What does this mean? The Baha Mar Deal hinges on this very stipulation, that 5,000 Chinese laborers be allowed to work on the project. THAT’S WHY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT APPROVED THE FINANCING YET BECAUSE THEY ARE WAITING ON THE BAHAMAS GOVERNMENT TO GIVE THE GREEN LIGHT ON THE 5,000 CHINESE LABORERS!
Bahamas Press, i bet you one case of Kalik that as soon as the government agrees to grant the 5,000 Chinese laborers, in a few weeks, word will come that the Chinese government has approved the finances for Baha Mar.
In other words, the fate of the Baha Mar project rests in the hands of the Minister of Immigration, who takes orders from Papa. So the question is, why is MR Decisive being so indecisive now?
Bahamas Press, understand this, in the last year and a half, this FNM government lead by The Right Honorable PAPA, faced a backlash on the Martial Bill, the response to the Haitian earthquake, the 2010-2011 budget, suffered a humiliating defeat in the Elizabeth bye election and had the most popular FNM MP resign from his cabinet because he felt “stagnated.” There was backlash from the Market Street road reversal and now when a development that is badly needed is on the table, PAPA only has to allow 5,000 foreign nationals to invade the county for the deal to be approved.
Talk about a string of bad luck. If i didnt know no better i would think that the last thing PAPA voodoo doctor did before that rock land on her head in Haiti was to stick some pins and needles in a Hubert Ingraham doll!
Papa knows that the mood of the country is already trending away from him and his party. To allow 5,000 foreigners to come in to work in your country in a time of recession will not only piss of mightily the Bahamian people, but the Bahamas will be the laughing stock of the Caribbean. Can you name one other Caribbean country that would allow 5,000 foreign nationals to come into their country to mix cement while the citizens of the country just stand there and watch? You think that sh** could happen in the United States, Canada or anywhere in Europe or for that matter China? Hell no!
In his press statement Papa admitted that Atlantis was built with majority Bahamian workers, so why cant the same be done with Baha Mar? From a technical stand point the Baha Mar project, from what i understand, isnt any more sophisticated than the Atlantis development. So why the need for 5,000 Chinese laborers? I will tell you why; because in the current financial climate no banks are lending and the Chinese investors, who is really the Chinese government, is the only folks in the mood to lend money. The credit markets have been frozen since mid 2008, thus when looking for a financial partner, the Baha Mar investors were limited in who they could turn to. So essentially, the Chinese government, knowing they had the upper hand, will lend the money but their people must do the majority of the work. Nothing more, nothing less.
This is a hard pill for a sovereign country to swallow. If those workers are allowed to come in, the Bahamas is telling the world, and more so the Caribbean that we cant do sh** for ourselves and we are willing to do anything and give up our sovereign rights, culture and national pride for a few dollars and a couple jobs as maids and cooks.
Bahamas Press, i am so pissed right now. Why is it that our leaders are always putting money ahead of national pride and sovereignty? How the hell could China dictate who we let come in and how many? This shouldn’t even be an issue. If Papa had any pride he would have said no to Baha Mar when they approached him with the stipulation. And what does it say about how bad the Baha Mar investors need China when they too are hoping the Bahamian government agrees to this. If Baha Mar couldnt find a better partner with better terms, they should have scale back the development or put it on hold until the global economy improves. The stipulation to let 5,000 Chinese workers to come in to mix cement should have been a deal breaker. The only people who will be benefiting from this deal will be the investors from Baha Mar and the Chinese government!
Is this not the country of L.O.Pindling and Milo Butler? Where have our national pride gone? Somewhere in heaven, Lynden Oscar Pindling is hanging his head in shame!
From the politics side of things, watching PAPA sheepishly ask the PLP for help when he never asked or consulted with the PLP before speaks volumes. He never asked for it on road the road improvement works, the port development, the earthquake in haiti response, the prescription drug plan, the marital rape bill, etc. PAPA was never interested in nothing the PLP had to say and now when he is faced with a decision as big as this, Mr Decisive suddenly wants the PLP’s support?
Why? Why now? What is PAPA up too? Remember, the Baha Mar deal has been renegotiated by this FNM administration when they took office in 2007 because PAPA said Perry gave away too much. So why wont PAPA sign off on the “better” agreement he claims his government made?
Papa sees another backlash on the horizon and politically he knows that 5,000 Chinese workers coming to WORK in the Bahamas in a time of recession wont sit good with the average man who struggling to find work. He knows if he approves it, he is handing the 2012 general election to the PLP with a nice pretty red bow. So he wants the Progressive Liberal Party to drink from the same poison cup by showing support for the 5,000 foreign workers stipulation in the Baha Mar agreement with the Chinese government, a stipulation that he already told the both investors he would grant.
Aint that some sh**? What Hubert Alexander Ingraham is attempting to do is called “trying to cover both sides of your a***.”
Papa say if he has to drink this poison, he want the PLP to drink it too. He wants the PLP to share in the inevitable backlash when an election is on the horizon. Its true what my grandma say, “some people only know ya when they need ya.”
Bahamas Press, dont mind the talk, PAPA know he knee deep in some funky sh** right now because he has already told Baha Mar and the Chinese that the 5,000 Chinese laborers is a done deal. He did the same think when the country was blacklisted. Remember how he gone foreign, talk to some people, and when he came back he had with him the laws the foreigners told him to pass. He put the cart before the horse then and he is doing it now but this time he needs help and bipartisan support in order to sell this decision to the people.
From the PLP’s stand point, there must be NO PLP yea votes when this vote comes to the floor. I urge the PLP to stand firm. Papa brought this mess on himself. He made his bed and like a little weavey head junglist, he is trying to get someone to lie in it with him.
Run Perry run. Dont let the junglist fool you!