Opposition Senator Khadijah Ameen was outraged that Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus dubbed Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi “the sexiest Attorney General” in her address to a People’s National Movement (PNM) post-Budget rally on Friday at Piggott’s Corner, Belmont.
Baptiste-Primus, in her role as emcee, had used the microphone to publicly welcome each Government MP to the event, but had a special greeting for Al-Rawi.
“I also want to recognise our Attorney-General, Faris Al-Rawi, the sexiest Attorney General and the most hard-working Attorney General ever.”
Baptiste-Primus then appeared to tease her male parliamentary colleagues with her on the head table - Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Finance MInister Colm Imbert, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young and Minister in the Office of the AG, Fitzgerald Hinds.
“The fellows behind don’t like that, you know.”
Ameen yesterday in a Facebook chided Baptiste-Primus over the whole affair.
Ameen said, “It is unacceptable for a man to stand on a political platform and address a woman as the ‘sexiest Minister of Whatever’. It is equally unacceptable for a woman to do the same towards a man. Absolutely unacceptable from a female Minister on a political platform. Especially a senior woman. Disappointed.”
Newsday was unable to contact Basptiste-Primus to get her reaction to Ameen’s statements.