Lloyd defends Minnis’ Baha Mar comments
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Mar 18, 2017
Seeking to clarify and defend Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis’ recent comments on Baha Mar, FNM South Beach candidate Jeffrey Lloyd yesterday called recent criticisms of Minnis “disingenuous” and an attempt to deflect from the Christie administration’s own failures.
In a statement to the press, Lloyd said, “It is appalling that the spin masters of the PLP could be so brazen to disrespect the Bahamian people time and again with their deceitful spin on the public proclamations by any member of society who dare challenge their hypocrisy, alternative facts, and outright untruths.
“It is accepted, and all persons who ought to know, understand that any investment by a foreigner in this country must receive the seal and approval of the Bahamian government, acting on behalf and in the best and sovereign interests of the Bahamian people.
“Dr Minnis’ recent Baha Mar statement indicated the same and nothing else.
“It is patently disingenuous to suggest otherwise.”
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Minnis pledged that should the FNM win the general election, it would execute a “real sale” of Baha Mar to a purchaser that has the Bahamian people’s interests at heart.
He also said only Bahamian labor would be used to complete Baha Mar.
Lloyd said yesterday, “Dr. Minnis simply pointed out that should the sale of Baha Mar not be completed when the FNM comes to office, the new government will see to it that such a sale will only be approved to a buyer who has Bahamians’ best interests.
“That is the proper responsibility for any government.
“It is accepted that the government does not own Baha Mar, and, therefore, cannot itself sell Baha Mar.
“However, no sale anywhere in this country, by a local or foreigner could be finalized without the governments approval.
“This is something that everyone should know, including those who sit in government.
“No matter how hard they try to blur the issues, the facts remain that this PLP (Progressive Liberal Party) government is the most inept, incompetent, and shamelessly duplicitous government in the history of The Bahamas.
“Their record is laid bare for all to examine.”
Minnis’ comments came amidst ongoing national discussion about the agreement to complete the project. That deal was sealed by a Supreme Court judge at the request of the Chinese, according to Prime Minister Perry Christie.