Published On: Thu, Nov 9th, 2017

Strange days: Minister Lee asks all players to find a solution

Emil Lee 20171108 - HH -minPHILIPSBURG – “These are very strange days,” Minister Emil Lee (Public Health, Social Development and Labor) said at Wednesday’s council of Ministers press briefing. “It is sad that after you have worked together for two years, how people turn on you so quickly,” he added, while Prime Minister William Marlin, who has criticized Lee, sat a few meters away from him, listening stone-faced.

William Marlin 20171108 - HH -min“Right now I understand how this works,” Lee continued. “Let’s blame the guy who leaves the team. Since Irma I have worked, like many others, every day to serve the country. After reading some recent comments I have started wondering whether some of my projects have been delayed to make me a scapegoat.”

Minister Lee said that all this time his focus has been on emergency relief. “And without a solid Plan B I am not in favor of putting recovery funds at risk.”

Minister Lee added that he is not in favor of elections. “This is not the time for elections. I am asking all players to find a solution. Our time should be spent on recovery, not on campaign strategy.”

Photo caption: Outgoing Minister Emil Lee. Photo Hilbert Haar