By KHRISNA VIRGIL
Tribune Staff Reporter
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts has blasted Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis for refusing to meet with Prime Minister Perry Christie over the government’s approach in the aftermath of Baha Mar’s chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
“Three days after being publicly invited to a briefing by the Prime Minister on the critically important issue of Baha Mar and its impact on the economy and Bahamian workers, Minnis remains a no-show,” Mr Roberts said in a press statement.
Mr Roberts said it was “disgraceful” that the Free National Movement (FNM) leader has pretended to care about the 2,400 impacted Baha Mar workers when his actions indicate clearly that he is hoping to use the the ongoing situation with its uncertainty to advance his personal political agenda.
“Even former Cabinet minister Brent Symonette rose above the political fray to defend the sovereignty of The Bahamas and the national dignity of the Bahamian people against abuse and disrespect; Brent Symonette got it right.
“Minnis, who is the leader of the FNM, should be setting this type of statesman-like example. At the very least, he should have demonstrated some level of interest in the work of the government on behalf of the Bahamian people to bring resolution to this national issue.
“Dr Minnis is reminded that he is a servant of the people, part of the government, holds a constitutional position and has a responsibility to the people of the Bahamas who pay his salary.”
The current commercial dispute between three private entities contractually obligated to each other is highly unfortunate, but governments must intervene to protect the public interest, Mr Roberts said.
He urged Dr Minnis to abandon his “silly and selfish political game” and make an attempt to appear to be interested in the wellbeing of Bahamians.
On Monday, Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirilian announced the $3.5bn resort had filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in a Delaware Court in the United States “in order to complete construction and successfully open”.
The day after the announcement, Mr Christie revealed that the government was caught off guard by the bankruptcy filing. He said it had come at a time when his intervention was yielding results.
At the time he said he invited the FNM leader, in the name of transparency, to sit and discuss the issues. Mr Symonette has lashed out at Mr Izmirilian for what he called “a great degree of disrespect” and “contempt” for the country.