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PM under fire for woman grooming talk

Published: 
Friday, October 13, 2017
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

“A golf course is like a woman, so you have to groom her every day otherwise it turns into a pasture.”

This was the statement Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made as he defended Government’s decision to spend $3 million to upgrade the Chaguaramas Golf Course during his contribution to the Budget debate last night.

However, within minutes of his utterance he was taken to task by social media users for the comment, with some calling it sexist.

This is the latest statement made by Rowley which has drawn the ire of people on social media.

Last month Rowley was taken to task for his use of the word “jammetry” in describing the actions of Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar in the Petrotrin “fake oil” scandal. In February, he was chastised for telling women involved in domestic violence relationships to choose their partners better, saying, “I’m not in your bedroom...”

In the build-up to the 2015 general election, Rowley also came under fire for a “dog and cyat” statement he made, which was also viewed as a sexist attack on women and Persad-Bissessar.

Among the expenditure for this fiscal year in the Budget, was a $3 million allocation to the Planning and Development Ministry for the upgrade of the Chaguaramas course.

“Making a big issue of $3 million in a $50 billion budget to fix the single public golf course in Trinidad and Tobago, when of course Barbados has five or six golf courses and that is what makes them an attractive location, a golfing destination for high-end tourists and long stay tourists,” Rowley said.

“Golfers don’t come and spend one day, most times they spend three to five days and they pay at the top, Trinidad and Tobago has a number of golf courses and most of them are sheep pastures.”

Then Rowley made his comparison between women and golf courses.

Rowley said most of the people who play golf in the North of Trinidad learnt to do so at the Chaguaramas course.

“It has probably the only junior programme in the golfing fraternity in the country, so why would my colleagues come here and want to make an issue of that,” Rowley said