Governor counts himself ‘lucky’ over new job

| 28/03/2018 | 74 Comments
Cayman News Service

Governor Anwar Choudhury and his wife, Momina

(CNS): Governor Anwar Choudhury asked guests at Government House rhetorically, “How lucky am I, as an ambassador, to be given this wonderful placement?” Speaking at a reception at his new home Tuesday evening on his second day on island and clearly delighted with his new job, he also noted the warm welcome he was given. He said he was already beginning to understand “CaymanKind” and that he and his family were “awestruck by the beauty of Cayman”.

Nevertheless, the governor said he was looking forward to getting down to work, and said that one of the things he enjoys is engaging with people. While he indicated that the governor’s office already had an early vision to focus on security, the business sector and rights, he planned to make sure he heard from the people of Cayman about the issues.

Choudhury also reaffirmed his commitment to helping forge stronger ties with the UK.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The labourer is worthy of his reward, that is what the good book says and that is how life is supposed to operate.
    Not a single Caymanian would begrudge the Governor the choicest part of the beach if he stood for the people that he has come to govern.
    In fact, if this guy becomes a voice for the People, then not even Dart’s zillions would move him.
    Stand up Mr. Choudhury, stand up for Cayman. We are with you.

    • Anonymous says:

      A worthy sentiment with just one tiny flaw. The Governor is the Queens representative, whilst CIG represents the people of Cayman. Can he influence and attempt to guide? Yes. Can he enact laws that CIG fail to enact despite international binding agreements? I think he can. Primarily he is here to watch over CIG and ensure good governance where possible. Your job is to find candidates to elect who will do the job properly.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah except the governor is actually the one in charge of the police and the courts. Needs to work on that crime problem.

        • Anonymous says:

          With funding, strategy and dare I say interference run by CIG…related people getting let off with a slap, anyone else doing time…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well THAT comment won’t come back to haunt him…

    • Anon says:

      Seems like a nice guy, but it is early days.

      My advice to him? Please don’t use that stupid term “Caymankind” again. Quite a few of us hate it.

      And all those making claims about all the corruption— usually those in the know are either accessory to the crime or not doing their civic duty to report these instances.

      Sounds like a lot of baseless bull born of bitterness.


      • Stranger in the Night says:

        you poor ting you, you need your pacifier now huh!. Leave the Caymankind alone will ya or the boogey man will talk to you in ya sleep.

      • Anon says:

        I agree, 9:03 pm. I am not sure what message “Caymankind” is supposed to convey. Way back when we were the “Islands time forgot” , the expression might have conceivably conveyed some impression of us and therefore had some semblance of truth. Now, it is simply a marketing lie, and a very poor one at that. Too corny for words, as well.

        • Anonymous says:

          caymankind is just a fabrication of two words and not to be substituted for “Caymanian” Mr.Choudhury notice I did not capitalize it in the beginning. The word is foreign agenda to count all nationalities as Caymanians. After all no one refers to the British as britishklind, or Jamaicankind,or filipinokind. We are proud Caymanians, and we have a long history of resilience through the most difficult conditions that one can imagine. We are Caymanians who inherited these three gems by the toil and sacrafices of our Caymanian forefathers, to whom we are forever grateful.

          • Anonymous says:

            2:26: How I read “Caymankind” is that it is trying to portray us as quaint but lovable natives who will give visitors a unique “native” cultural experience — so come visit us.

            As a Caymanian, I think that ship has sailed.

            Couldn’t the marketers come up with something a little more realistic and truthful yet enticing?

            Costa Rica, for instance, has “La Pura Vida” — referring literally to a simple life, honestly encapsulating the culture of Costa Rica, which values education and health care above an army and has an amazing natural environment which is basically what their tourism product is. So I get that. It works.

            “Caymankind”? Not so much — the term segments us (and may not even be a truthful label for any segment)——It is not a label that can be applied globally. Does CaymanKind describe,for instance, the legal and judicial professionals who, for example, safeguard our laws and protect our financial industry from exploitation?

            How about trying to come up with a descriptor that applies not just as a tourism product but captures all our key industries and who we are as a people? It can’t be that hard!

            • Anonymous says:

              I suppose “Over-priced, over-developed, cultural vacuum” might not get the fly-over state visitors in.

  3. Anonymous says:

    5:46. You really don’t HAVE to. The Governor is right. He is in paradise.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s high time that we make proper use of the Government House on 7 mile beach. Turn it into a Senior Citizen’s home and build a modest house next to the Botanic Park to house future Governors. That way our seniors can enjoy their last days on prime 7 mile beach, early morning swims, etc.

      • Anon says:

        11:43 am: what rubbish. As long as the Governor is the head of the Cayman Islands Government, he or she should be able to entertain in adequate quarters.

        As it is, the current Government House is quite modest.

        I am a Caymanian and for now I am content with our constitutional status as a British Dependent Territory. It may not be the perfect arrangement, but for now it is the best we have.

        • Judean peoples front says:

          Yep ….remember what the place was like before the British were here …let’s face it, if they can’t keep order in this area then nobody can.

      • Judean peoples front says:

        Right on Brother …or sister. We should breakdown the apparatus of Imperialist rule and pass a motion that an emergency committee on the fight against colonial oppression be voted on.

  4. Sure says:

    Anyone who expresses such thankfulness deserves the benefit of doubt. Let’s see if his actions match the rhetoric.

    • Anonymous says:

      Benefit of the doubt? Implying you had already judged him before he started but now might listen a little, until he says something you don’t like when you will revert to already decided position A? Jeez…Cayman…get over yourselves.

      • Anonymous says:

        or the writer could be suggesting that the many other persons that have expressed doubt in this forum, should give him a chance. But I will say that there are other UK expats who have had their own concerns and they live here and care, and I am sure they are also now prepared to give him a chance. It is unfortunate that if anyone did express a bias here, it was YOU. Perhaps you should equally get over yourself. Just a thought.

      • Anonymous says:

        Darn! I see you couldn’t give the poster the benefit of doubt and make a pretty unfair judgment yourself. I thought they were criticising those who judge. Jeez, get over yourself. Talk about pot and kettle.

    • Shhhhhhhhhh. says:

      While you are enjoying this posting Mr. Governor, we hope that your priorities will be influenced by the discontent of the people who live here, particularly the Caymanians who see their once peaceful and safe community being destroyed by crime and failing services. Enjoy your time with us, but make sure that your legacy is measurably superior to that of your several predecessors. That should not be too difficult!

    • Anon says:

      “Sure” is, of course, expressing some skepticism, which IS clearly a bias. And there is nothing wrong with that — and I am not sure what there is to get over.

      In fact I was proud of “Sure” who was actually more logical, reasonable and calm than in previous discussion chains.

      If it is the same “Sure”, that is.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful? It’s a contruction zone with gangs, lawless motorcyclist, race car driver wantabees and a trash mountain on one end

    • Anonymous says:

      It is sufferable if one is paid enough for enduring the place.

    • Anonymous says:

      You sound pretty frustrated at your desk. Sorry you can’t be outside. I can’t either but it doesn’t mean I have a problem with construction (how are you in shelter right now?), or gangs I never come across and never will, or race car driver wannabees (of whom there are not NEARLY as many now – you should have been here 10-12 years ago – and we have much better roads). I do have a problem with trash mountain but…it’s not just my trash going into it…it’s yours too. Try the other side of the bed tonight would be my advice.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh dear. Hope then you are just passing through…..

  6. Anonymous says:

    Let’s give this man the benefit of the doubt. If he can help clean up the corruption in our government, then we have a winner.

    Now is the time to support this gentleman and his family. He has already expressed his gratitude regarding this placement.

    • Anonymous says:

      The push for more self-governance makes cleaning up corruption a matter for local politicians, who have no desire to do tahat.

      • Anon says:

        2:16 am: all the institutional structures are in place to deal with corruption. So totally misguided to suggest the politicians “have no desire” to clean up corruption, suggesting they are unwilling to institute the necessary legislation/regulations.

        What make it difficult to impossible to take action is when citizens who are aware of corruption, as you seem to be, fail to come forward to the authorities with the evidence.

        Instead, people like you are given to running your mouth.

        If you see something, say something. That is how you clean up corruption.

        • Anonymous says:

          Tell that to all the CIG workers. Plenty to tell but little to say through fear of the consequences.

    • Anonymous says:

      Having a look at the obvious with the CPA would be good.

    • "Anonymousir" says:

      they will never clean up corruption in the GOV … here or any where in the world. thats how the GOV makes its “millions” … corruption.

      • Anon says:

        8:44: if u know something, say something.

        But that won’t happen, will it? Unfortunately, you would have to bring it with evidence—instead of repeating baseless allegations.

      • Observer says:

        That’s how the government makes its millions? Corruption? Say what? You obviously know nothing about how government and its industries operate.

        It is tiresome reading some of these uninformed postings that are so out of touch with reality.

        Don’t make theses allegations without knowing what you are talking about.

        If you think so little of Cayman get on the next plane out. Why put yourself and others through this punishment?


  7. Anonymous says:

    Lucky because he don’t have to pay through the nose to live here, like the rest of us.

    • Anonymous says:

      Even if he could fix that too, I am sure you would still find something to complain about. Miserable *%!#

    • Anonymous says:

      Locals have paid in blood sweat and tears. You think your dollars and pennies can buy dat!?

      • Anonymous says:

        Blood, sweat and tears? We feeling a bit melodramatic this morning?

      • Anonymous says:

        I always try to pay in blood, sweat and tears but they keep asking me for my dollars and pennies.

        • Anonymous says:

          That’s clever – except you get your dollars and pennies from blood, sweat and tears (or maybe you don’t). Funny how expats will defend the cost of living when it is pointed out that a foreigner does not have to pay it. See you over on the next CUC article talking about highway robbery for the best service in the region…zzzzzzz…

          • Anonymous says:

            What are you talking about? Every ex pat worker I know hates the prices as much as every Caymanian. We see the corruption,cartels and monopolies that they don’t want us to see, but the problem is, we can’t do anything about it. That’s up to you guys with the vote. I wish you would learn how to use it.

            • Anon says:

              What corruption? If you have evidence you should do your duty and report it to the proper authorities and not make allegations you cannot support.

              • Anonymous says:

                And get on the next plane home? If you are so used to it that you think it’s ok, this place is in more trouble than I thought. It’s your corruption, you should always clean your own mess and not leave it to others.

                • Anon says:

                  Omg: and you expatriates are so intent on achieving status to become a part of our citizenry?

                  These posts really confirm what is becoming characteristic of the expatriate community.

              • Anonymous says:

                I have no duty and don’t really care. Will pocket my inflated wages and go home when appropriate.

                • Anon says:

                  11:09 pm: makes me sick to read your post.

                  The future of the Cayman Islands is at peril with people like you amongst us.

                  Employers are doing a bang up job when they bring in people like you.

              • Anonymous says:

                Oh please are you a corrupt politician scared of being caught by any chance? This is getting boring.

            • Anonymous says:

              If there were honest intelligent candidates for election there would be no problem, but there is an acute shortage in that department.

              • AnonyMust says:

                There are corrupt voters willing to accept money, phones, food and promises for their unfailing support. Doubt we will ever get the most qualified candidates to step up for official office!

              • Anon says:

                2:02 pm: if the politicians in your home country were so great, why r u here? You should take the next plane out.

                Funny how much you guys want to tear down Cayman and Caymanians yet you never want to go back home.

                • Anonymous says:

                  I went back home after 10 years and live in europe. I still work tax free and live in a country with easiky half the cost of cayman, surrounded by culture and history. I still own property in cayman which i rent out. No, the airplane door did not hit me on the ass nor do i wish to move back.

          • Anonymous says:

            Blood, sweat and tears are found mostly late at night in dodgy local bars.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah, Caymanians had it so hard when the British came here and enslaved everyone. lol

      • Anonymous says:

        I went to the local blood sweat and tears store with my bagful of dollars and pennies but was told they’ve sold out due to extremely high demand.

        • Anonymous says:

          Learn english doof

          • Anonymous says:

            11:34 was OBVIOUSLY taking a humorous jab at the person writing “you think your dollars and pennies can buy dat” so before YOU write an ignorant comment perhaps YOU ought to check YOUR English or perhaps even your intelligence level.

      • Erasmus T Bodden says:

        We did too. The locals built up what you see, the finance secror was built by locals was not, contrary to opinion, handed on a plate when Lyndon Pidling took the Bahamas independent.
        Everything you see, the captive insurance market, international litigation, the stock exchange,everything.
        Even the hedge funds were started by Suomi gardeners in West Bay.

        As you see, we came to be here by pain (or at least our immigrant ancestors did) not by plane

        • Anonymous says:

          lol. Everyone got somewhere in their anecestors past by pain. Those of us that are doing well tend to not dwell on what never happened to us personally.

      • Anonymous says:

        I have never seen anyone in Cayman work that hard in 12 years!

        Get over yourself.

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