This man is the most comical politician in the world
When I saw the stupidity and ignorance on display, the first thing that flashed across my mind was what Clive Lloyd (our sports consultant) must be saying. Surely, the great cricketer cannot watch anyone in the eyes and tell them that he has seen more infamous ignorance than what was featured over the equally infamous television channel known as NCN last Wednesday evening.
I was waiting for Prime News when I turned to NCN and got just a glimpse of the end of the news which had featured sporting news. There in front of the cameras was the incompetent Director of Sport, Neil Kumar giving his views on why the Government cannot open the three State-owned swimming facilities to the public.
I invite every citizen of this country to look at this politician’s presentation and tell me if Guyana, a modern country in the 21st century, deserves to have a politician like this speak on behalf of a nation.
Last year, Mr. Kumar displayed crass ignorance when he opened the refurbished Colgrain swim facility. I did a column (“Swimming in Ignorance,” July 19) on his speech and I honestly thought that given the stupidity that Kumar displayed, President Jagdeo would have peremptorily fired him.
Of course, Jagdeo did not, and that was because Jagdeo was in the same lower level of backward learners like Kumar. Let us see after his monumental display of imbecility, if President Ramotar will now move to erase this embarrassment to his government.
When I did that column on Kumar, I reacted to two clownish things he uttered. First, he said that he was annoyed that Colgrain had opened from 9 a.m. to the evening hours because that had put too much stress on the structure, and he was stopping those hours. Secondly, he argued that the pool use would be restricted because overuse would damage it.
I couldn’t believe a human being was so ignorant that my article on this stupidity followed the very next day. I remember in that article asking Kumar if hotels restrict their guests from using the pool because they don’t want overuse to damage it.
It turned out that Kumar was a hypocrite, because since he made that statement about the Colgrain facility, he didn’t observe his own engineering rule – he continues to use Guyana’s roads with his car and the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB).
Since, according to the great engineer, Neil Kumar, too much use damages a structure, I thought he would follow his own principle and avoid using the roads too much and the DHB.
Incidentally, at the time of writing, the DHB is undergoing maintenance. It is commonsense that when a structure is in constant use, you have to do maintenance work.
We come now to what Kumar said about the State-owned pools. I implore you, don’t take my word; go and see the clip for yourself. I urge Sports Minister Frank Anthony and the President to see what they have to deal with.
First, he said that he cannot open the Aquatic Centre to the public because it is a deep pool and caters only for professional swimmers. In case readers don’t know, the entity is six feet deep all around. So in a country with less than eight hundred thousand people, we build a pool at more than a billion dollars just to accommodate our tiny population of professional swimmers.
The asinine part is why those who can swim cannot use a structure that is six feet deep. Hundreds of millions of citizens swim in the seas and the oceans around the world and six feet deep pools. This columnist swims in the Atlantic Ocean off the Georgetown seawall and has done so for decades.
Thousands of Guyanese policemen and soldiers can swim in six feet deep pools. What a stupid thing to say!
Kumar’s asininity conflicts with the statement of the Sports Minister that as soon as his Ministry can find the required number of life guards, the Centre will be open to mature swimmers from the public.
Brace yourself for the most comical statement any politician can utter. I challenge any Guyanese who thinks he/she can defend Kumar on this one. He said that the Colgrain pool cannot be opened to the public because you just don’t walk in a pool and swim; you have to clean yourself first by having a bath and he doesn’t want people dirtying the pool.
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. If President Ramotar does not fire Kumar then I am saying he is just as ridiculous as Kumar is.