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Oops: ISIS admits error, TTFA says blame someone else

Two much-maligned corporations—murderous, terrorist group ISIS and unaudited, incompetent and dictatorial local governing body, the TTFA—oversaw some calamitous decision-making recently that might have an impact on the immediate future of their respective organisations.

Can you guess which body had the good sense to express regret?

Photo: TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee, who is a member of the FIFA Futsal Committee, tries out the furniture at the global football body's Zurich headquarters.
Photo: TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee, who is a member of the FIFA Futsal Committee, tries out the furniture at the global football body’s Zurich headquarters.

“And so after having discovered a way to compromise the security at the Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport and resolving to bring down a plane belonging to a nation in the American-led Western coalition against the Islamic State,” stated an ISIS message, after the terrorist group took down a commercial plane, killing 224 passengers last month, “the target was changed to a Russian plane.”

So, okay, ISIS stopped short of sending condolences and flowers to Russia. But, coming from a band of reprehensible, barbaric degenerates, it was probably as close as you were ever going to get to: Oops, our bad!

Now consider the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s response to the horrific treatment of their roughly 22,000 guests—the first sell out audience in 10 years—who braved after-work traffic on a mid-week night and paid between TT$150 and TT$300 for the honour of supporting their own national team, only to be treated less humanely than chickens at KFC.

TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee: “The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association wishes to express sincerest thanks and gratitude  to all patrons…

“While the TTFA and Local Organising Committee held the responsibility of hosting the event and overseeing and executing all game day operations, which included providing private security for the event, because of the high national interest of the match being held in the capital, the protective services took charge of all security measures…”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago football fans react to action during their team's goalless draw with the United States yesterday in 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago football fans react to action during their team’s goalless draw with the United States yesterday in 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

The message, “blame someone other than the people who took your money for the event”, would be little consolation for patrons who took their entire families to the Hasely Crawford Stadium to be grinded against as though it were J’ouvert morning—except for the fact that you are overdressed, stark sober and the man so close that he might actually be inside your back pocket is not your significant other.

Worse, no one could have been better equipped to intervene on behalf of paying patrons than Tim Kee, who is also Port of Spain mayor and PNM treasurer. Yet, nowhere in his 338-word press release did he use the words ‘regret’ or ‘sorry.’

But then, judging from the Akeem Adams tee-shirt scandal and “Feed the Women Warriors” disgrace, ‘sorry’ has long been the hardest word for the TTFA president to say, right after ‘audit’ and ‘transparency.’

The TTFA ended the release with: “The next 2018 World Cup qualifier at home is against St Vincent/Grenadines on March 29th and the FA will make all efforts to stage another successful match that will be incident free and enjoyed by those in attendance.”

It must be nice to live on “Planet Tim Kee” where everything you do is a success and everything that goes wrong is someone else’s fault.

Photo: TTFA president and Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee (centre) gestures to an Ecuador player while former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (right) has a word to her grandson before kick off of the FIFA Women's World Cup Play Off second leg on 2 December 2014. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: TTFA president and Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee (centre) gestures to an Ecuador player while former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (right) has a word to her grandson before kick off of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Play Off second leg on 2 December 2014.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Imagine if Tim Kee was in charge of ISIS and had to explain their bloody faux pas:

“ISIS through careful, painstaking analysis and planning instigated by its glorious and maximum leader, with no help whatsoever from his executive committee, was able to brilliantly outwit security at the Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport. Then the wrong plane was blown up.

“ISIS would like to stress that, although it was an ISIS plan, executed by an ISIS operative, carrying equipment provided by ISIS, in no way do we take responsibility for the blown up airline. We regret nothing!

“PS: Please tell Russia to stop bombing us. Not cool.”

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41 comments

  1. Isn’t ‘Tim Kee’ mandarin for incompetent?

  2. Just imagine Tim Kee is the PNM Treasurer.
    Like is the UNC who give him dah wuk?

    KPB: “How can we best mash up the PNM?”
    Roody: “Let us hit them where it hurts.”
    Chandresh: “But I try dat last time and Camille didn’t even blink”
    Moony: “Not there Chandresh. I was speaking about their pockets. Let us put Tim Kee as their treasurer, we’ll mash up their whole Organisation. Just look and see.”
    Cabal: (Laughs the evil villain laugh in unison) Boo Ha Ha ha Haaaa Haaaaaa.
    KPB: “Perfect! Noboby will ever suspect us.”

  3. “Planet Tim Kee” where everything you do is a success and everything that goes wrong is someone else’s fault.”

    I know someone of someone else who lives on the same planet…Ms. Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

  4. A bunch of INCOMPETENT people.AH sure they spend plenty money on food and alcohol.Very competent at that.

  5. Do you guys remember In Living Colour with the sketch on the Jamaican in love with the trini? “He have 10 jobs I think I love him”. That is Timkee. Any normal thinking person would realize that any one of his official titles is a full time job that probably requires overtime to be successful. Mr Timkee please move on. Go be the best mayor party treasurer you can be but leave football alone.

  6. Women dying from botched C-Sections-Blame women for asking for C-Sections not the doctors.
    High infant and maternal mortality rate- Blame the obese, hypertensive, diabetic mothers, not the poor policies, lack of skill and lack of accountability of health care professionals.
    Road Fatalities-Blame the errant drivers not the police who fail to enforce Dangerous Driving and Careless driving provisions (Sections 71A and 71B Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act Chap 48:50).

  7. How much longer ’til their elections again?!

  8. How anyone could vote that man is beyond me. Just watching him on Tuesday night and you can see the arrogance and ineptitude from 20 rows back.

  9. Mr Liburd, I am very surprised by your surprise that Mr Tim Kee did not express regret for the mishandling of fans. We in this region have more than enough practice with incompetencies in the administration of most everything. Cricket, football, national health systems, national security systems, court and justice systems, police systems, and on and on. The so-called leaders of the society take no responsibility for anything and it is always somebody else’s fault. I am never surprised by the leadership classes non-regret for their non-performance because I am never surprised by their incompetencies. Many thanks.

    • Lasana Liburd

      Lol. It is very difficult to rebut that argument! We are used to leaders who care very little about the people they are responsible for.

  10. You want the PNM treasurer to blame the PNM run national security ministry, Lasana? How many jobs you want him out of by the end of the year? Lol.

  11. Thought he had some gall when I heard that

  12. Let’s hope the same sentiment prevails here

  13. ..Not sure Lasana. The Super League clubs are in a quandary. “Who we go put”?..

  14. Nah man. Not in the same year that Kamla got voted out. I can’t believe he has a chance… I’m sure there will be change.

  15. I think you went in the wrong direction with this article Lasana. TTFA and ISIS don’t belong in the same sentence.

    • I was very specific in where I made a comparison. And satire doesn’t have holy cows because it is based on exaggeration. But I respect your opinion… And I say blame the National Security Ministry!

    • Some things should never be satirised. But as you said, it’s just my opinion. There is nothing remotely funny in anything ISIL does or says from any perspective.

      I might be alone in that viewpoint seeing as the article garnered likes.

    • I agree that none of the atrocities, acts of terror etc etc that ISIS and those who pledge allegiance and support to the group commit are funny in any way whatsoever… but a heavily cloaked half assed apology because you’re afraid of Putin… that can’t force a sarcastic chuckle out of you, Kendall Tull?

      • My question exactly, Chabeth. And my sentiments. In today’s world, if you don’t know how to poke fun at almost everything, you’ll be crying for a damn long time.

    • I don’t believe anything is above satire or comedy. Whether it be religion, politics or terrorism. It must just be done tastefully.
      Whether I achieved that is another matter. But I tried to be clear about the point I was making.

    • No Chabeth it doesn’t. In my humble opinion Lasana, satirising a release about the death of over 220 people in a terrorist attack is just not acceptable and is in poor taste. And no, not everything is fodder for satire.

      There is nothing funny in any form, from any perspective about an organisation that kills thousands and has displaced millions of people.

      As I said, that is my view and I will take my leave of this thread now.

    • It’s exactly because of all the death and displacement that ISIS has caused that makes the release preposterous/chuckle inducing to me. You’re out playing big and bad terrorizing the world, causing immeasurable pain, fear and panic, and now that you’ve messed with a country you think you shouldn’t have, you say oops, sorry?
      I hope Putin annihilates their asses. Every last one.

    • Your views are always welcomed Kendall Tull

  16. True eh…After taking your money and treating you like crap, he’s inviting patrons to come back for more illtreatmentin March…we are some real donkeys boy.

  17. If I had to put money on it Keith Look Loy I’d say that’s more than likely to happen

  18. ..And still, it is possible that the status quo may be maintained at the 29 November TTFA elections..

  19. Ha! To take a long hard look at yourself you first have to belive you did something wrong.

  20. All I will say is when your organisation displays worse corporate governance and responsibility than ISIS… It might be time to take a long, hard look at yourself. 😉

  21. ..LOL…YOU heartless Lasana…LOL..