Cabinet ministers have been forced to rethink their Easter plans and wear their masks more frequently ever since Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi was chastised by the Prime Minister for not wearing a mask.
Al-Rawi attended a game show at the home of entertainer Voice and was seen without a mask at the event along with Supt Roger Alexander.
Speaking at a lease distribution function in Marabella on Wednesday, Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat poked fun at his colleague.
Snickering at the podium, Rambharat said, “My colleague, Faris Al-Rawi the popular Attorney General. The man who has caused us to be wearing these masks more than ever now. Thank God I am not an arm wrestler.”
Watching Al-Rawi and smiling, he added, “Arm wrestling, This is what you were doing?”
On a more serious note, Rambharat said, “ But it could happen to anyone of us. Sometimes in carrying out our public duties, you meet people. As you know, I was in Chaguanas and sometimes people want to hug you and kiss you and do you all kind of thing and in the flow, you do get carried away but sometimes you need someone like the Prime Minister to pull you back. So a lot of us have to relook our holiday plans and Easter plans and so on. Everybody batting in their crease like the West Indies team did yesterday.”
Meanwhile, Al-Rawi dismissed calls for his resignation from Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar who said in other countries politicians who flouted COVID-19 protocols have resigned.
“Mrs Persad-Bissessar has had a passion for me for 11 years now. It’s not the first time you would hear Kamla Persad-Bissessar talk about me,” he said.
He expressed regret over the incident and admitted that they should have worn masks.
“There is a material difference between being in a private event and a public event. At that charity event, it was at the home of Voice, it was in a room where you could count eight people max. We had engaged in protocol but on reflection, because we were televising, we coulda worn a mask. I have already publicly said I could have taken the voluntary step in a private residence to do that.”
He said Persad-Bissessar knew she was only creating drama.
“At the end of the day I have already said to the population I should have worn a mask in a private setting. And all of us know that it’s true. All of us could tell tales of being with families, or other settings or in a different place. At end of the day, I expect Mrs Persad-Bissessar to say nothing good about me. It’s been that way for 11 years.”
Last week Thursday, Al-Rawi attended the season two finale of a live game show series called Vibes with Voicey. The event was held at the home of Soca star Voice (Aaron St Louis). The show is usually streamed live on Instagram at 9.30 pm each Thursday and attracted 13,000 views on the night. Supt Roger Alexander of the North Eastern Division, a co-host of the Beyond the Tape police programme, radio personality Ancil “Blaze” Isaac and “celebrity bodyguard’”Kevin Da Costa, known as Johnny Bravo were in a room competing in challenges including arm wrestling.