WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (June 29, 2012) AMIGOE — On several radio stations, Chairman of Curacao’s Parliament, Ivar Asjes (PS) and Minister of Finance George ‘Jorge’ Jamaloodin (MFK) fought it out On Wednesday. The main issue of this feud is Asjes’ request, on behalf of the Parliament to fellow party-member/Minister of Justice Wilsoe that parliamentarians may also carry weapons, just like judges and ministers. Both authorities expressed severe criticism before Radio Direct and Radio MAS. The various coalition parties weren’t pleased with Asjes’ request – especially the MFK-party in the Parliament.
The MFK specifically wants to know who had asked Asjes to present the proposal. However, the Chairman of the Parliament said it was his proposal because he advocates equal treatment of parliamentarians, judges and ministers. He lashed out at the minister of Finance because, according to him, the minister owns two weapons but apparently submitted a request for a third weapon. He also criticized the fact that Minister Jamaloodin and Premier Gerrit Schotte (both of MFK) have bodyguards and 24-hour security.
On the other hand, at several radio stations Jamaloodin lashed out at the Chairman of the Parliament, accusing him of ‘undemocratic actions’ because he sent a letter to Wilsoe on his own initiative.
Jamaloodin went further by stating Asjes is talking about something he knows nothing about, namely weapons. He said he carried weapons before Asjes ‘shaved his eyebrows for the first time’.
The minister of Finance repeatedly referred to statements from his fellow party-member/MFK chairman of the parliamentary party Dean Rozier, who had called Asjes a ‘big baby’, ‘ego-tripper’ and ‘payaso’ (clown). He also said he never became minister to ‘purchase underwear and razor blades for his eyebrows with credit cards from the people’, like Asjes does. Jamaloodin concluded on Wednesday by stating that in this respect the government is squeaky clean and that Asjes ‘shouldn’t soil this with his dirty body’.