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VI’s Attorney General Dr. Christopher P. Malcolm out!

-Officer has no interest in renewing contract with the NDP Government
This news site's sources within the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration have confirmed that at the end of his contract around December of 2014 Dr. Christopher P. Malcolm will no longer be the Territory’s Attorney General. Many sources close to the situation have told this news site that Dr. Malcolm has not invoked the provision to have his contract renewed. However, a Minister of Government speaking to this news site on condition of anonymity alleged that Cabinet already sent the message that “we will not support a renewal.” Photo: GIS/File
In attempt to also get a comment from the Leader of Government business, we made several calls to Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith and several messages left with his secretary during office hours and after hours. However, there was no response from him. Photo: VINO/File
In attempt to also get a comment from the Leader of Government business, we made several calls to Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith and several messages left with his secretary during office hours and after hours. However, there was no response from him. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - This news site's sources within the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration have confirmed that at the end of his contract around December of 2014 Dr. Christopher P. Malcolm will no longer be the Territory’s Attorney General.

Dr. Malcolm, a Jamaican native, was appointed the Virgin Islands top legal boss in December 2011 following the election of the NDP.

Many sources close to the situation have told this news site that Dr. Malcolm has not invoked the provision to have his contract renewed. However, a Minister of Government speaking to this news site on condition of anonymity alleged that Cabinet already sent the message that “we will not support a renewal.”

The Minister did not elaborate on this or did not indicate when will be the last day on the job for the Attorney General.

When this news site called the Attorney General’s Chambers we were told that Dr. Malcolm was overseas.

Who to believe?

In attempt to also get a comment from the Leader of Government business, we made several calls to Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith and several messages left with his secretary during office hours and after hours. However, there was no response from him.

The Smith Administration since coming to office in 2011 has been hostile to press freedom and has passed a bill [Computer Misuse and Cyber Crime Act] to censor the press, fine reporters millions of dollars and place journalists in jail. The Bill has been widely condemned by the international community and local and regional media organisations.

This news site will be conducting more investigations as to the reasons behind the Attorney General not renewing his contract or why some in the ruling NDP are claiming that Cabinet did not support a renewal.

Dr. Malcolm’s qualifications

Dr. Christopher P. Malcolm is admitted to practice as an Attorney-at-Law in the Virgin Islands, Dominica, Jamaica and Saint Lucia. He is also the Founder/Director of Partners for Economic Development Limited; Partner in Malcolm Gordon, Attorneys-at-Law; and Director, Intertrade Finance Corporation Limited.

Dr. Malcolm has also served as Head, Legal Unit, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States; Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies; Guest Lecturer, International Financial Law Unit, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University London; and Tutor, World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Policy Course.

According to research his areas of expertise are in Banking and Finance; Regulation and Compliance; Regional Integration and Economic Development; International Trade and Investment; Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution; and Corporate and Commercial Law.

Close to $150 thousand a year salary

Dr. Malcolm is currently getting a salary of close to $150,000 a year which includes telephone allowance equivalent to $1,296 per annum; travelling allowance paid monthly equivalent to $3,240 per annum; entertainment allowance equivalent to $6,480 per annum; and House of Assembly allowance equivalent to $12,960 per annum.

77 Responses to “VI’s Attorney General Dr. Christopher P. Malcolm out!”

  • insider (04/09/2014, 09:25) Like (16) Dislike (13) Reply
    He just could no longer take being asked to do things that were not right!
    • ???? (04/09/2014, 12:52) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
      Another Jamaican forced out...
    • Truth (04/09/2014, 14:40) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Rubbish who dont know the reasons behind it should not speculate thats all you are doing in this case
      • wize up (05/09/2014, 00:23) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        listen; the man dont want to get cought up with that NDP cruise project
      • Donkeycoocoo (10/09/2014, 18:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        No reason behind it, plain and simple: AG work and knowledge of the job and ethics unsatisfactory and unacceptable to the Government of the Virgin Islands. Open your mouth and say that, from accepting that he didn't want the job. People still lie oohh!!!
  • good riddance (04/09/2014, 09:26) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    No further comment!
  • You see the unfairness? (04/09/2014, 09:29) Like (19) Dislike (10) Reply
    There are civil servants who work their butts off and do not take home the HOA Allowance this man is receiving. Civil Servants who barely make $900 per month. Just saying...
    • repeat (04/09/2014, 10:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I didn't know some of us were paying attention, com to find out some of us are quite sensible only foolish to give away what we have. If you don't mind your own you have to mind someone else's anyway. All eyes please stay wide open when working hard for what you need not want. This is a mouth full while still observing.
      • Just saying (05/09/2014, 00:05) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        He is qualified for the position how about you. he desire what he gets.
        • Noway (05/09/2014, 07:50) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
          His performance does not indicate that he was qualified for position. His strategy of delegation begs the question, why he didn't handle his portfolio more effectively? Dissatisfied caused the Government not to renew, full stop. Stop all this complaining when the Govt. exercised the option in the contract. He took no option. Bunch of fabrication....
    • Online Now (04/09/2014, 11:33) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
      If you are making less than $900 per month, you need to think about changing jobs or improving your education level. Why settle for that and complain when someone earns more?
      • Sick (04/09/2014, 14:56) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
        I never heard of a lawyer making $900 a month around these parts. What law school you attended? Chatting Shyte, you want to compare your salary to an experienced lawyer's salary? Pure stupidness. Uplift yourself, and then complain for god sake.
        • Get off your high horse (04/09/2014, 20:59) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
          Let me tell you that a lawyer's job is no more important than a sanitation worker. Every body has an imprtant role to play. I find we do overpay a lot of these so call 'professionals' who do very little work to command the big salary paid to them.
  • b guth (04/09/2014, 09:31) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply

    No one wants to go to j..l

  • ooooo (04/09/2014, 10:11) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    under a ndp lead government i would've done the samething
    • nicola (04/09/2014, 12:00) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      So why did you wait to be fired? ha ha ha
      • Spray (05/09/2014, 07:59) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        No, he didn't get fired. The Govt. did not renew his contract because that was part of the agreement. The Govt. doesn't want him to be its AG.
  • bvi (04/09/2014, 10:23) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    Well sah! This man living high off the hog in BVI
    • Vision (04/09/2014, 11:17) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      In bvi how much he contribute here you need to check. He surly got 1000000.00 save none deductible.
  • bay yute (04/09/2014, 10:24) Like (16) Dislike (7) Reply
    He was a good ag
    • Vision (04/09/2014, 11:19) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      How many times he has represented the government?
    • ChristmascomeinSept. (04/09/2014, 11:48) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      Because you never worked with my cousins who worked in the office. Because you don't know how they said every case he had he lost it or it up. We could do better than he, man
  • Interesting (04/09/2014, 10:43) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    I just hope the SG doesn't get the AG post when he leaves. INEFFICIENT!
  • Jamdown (04/09/2014, 10:52) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ayo just let the man go in peace
  • Liat 521 (04/09/2014, 10:53) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lots of frequent flyer miles
  • Real Deal (04/09/2014, 11:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nothing happens before the time is right.
  • Truthman (04/09/2014, 11:35) Like (11) Dislike (14) Reply
    It is reported that he didn't like to attend Cabinet. I wonder why? The school children said he did not advise the House of Assembly either that the Premier and Speaker sought other advice because his advice was always wrong. And he had a PHD. Wha you saying......stay tuned, the texts are coming in....
  • Pantsoffire (04/09/2014, 11:45) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply,, Pants on fire. The Government is not interested in renewing his contract because it is highly and believably alleged that he underperformed and travelled the globe on taxpayers money. People must speak the truth. Pshaw, man!!
  • Schups (04/09/2014, 11:55) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    The man was a complete waste. Why are acting like we are shocked? For those who are talking about his pay just hush for for godsake. If any qualified local is offered that all hell will break loose. We are just a set of stupid complainers while others benefit from what the country has to offer.
  • NICK (04/09/2014, 12:02) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply

    He came to the VI to get r..h cause he heard thats the place where it happens.

  • mother hen (04/09/2014, 12:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is it with deeds Attorney Generals...they always got some fall out. I remember how uncle mess up the last one…ting to talk
  • Gin (04/09/2014, 12:04) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    He is always "Overseas". He probably works remotely.
  • Janet Wiliams (04/09/2014, 12:19) Like (12) Dislike (14) Reply
    You are too bright for that office Dr. Malcolm. you should have Never wasted your time and career with this job people here to nasty
    • Jackopot (04/09/2014, 13:25) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
      He fooled people that he was bright. I kind ah sided with Nick. He heard there was nice money giving away in BVI and he didn't have to work hard to get it. Check his court track record, man. Only in the BVI. A waste of time. He took the Govt. for a ride. I hope they put a stopper on his travel vote.
    • who know (04/09/2014, 13:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Don't judge from what you see. You have to first know what going on behind the scene . Like the saying goes "you can't judge a book by its cover.
      • SIENEBOAT (04/09/2014, 16:54) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
        What was happening behind the scene was the learned AG was always off-island and papa Ralphie asked
        'my people, why dem always swearing in Attorney Generals? I wonder when his contract will expire?' Even the eldest statesman in the House knew that this man was most nearly all house sittings not there. I think behind the scenes would show that the Government lost most cases that this AG sat on. We sat in the Court one time and heard this AG conceded a point in the Delta case. We nearly flipped out after so much coaxing from the Court's panel. After that, the Govt. was losing Delta case. We are not sure if it is finished because we saw in papers Delta asking for 600K. Let the record reflect, in our opinion, the Government had no choice but to terminate the contract after this same AG put from the Governor down in many embarrassing positions. Wasn't his contract to expire in February? That will soon be here. He can relax on Montego Bay Beach.
        • Ego trip (05/09/2014, 02:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Do not mention the Delta case because this was just an ego trip. As the judge rightfully said there was no attempt to defraud the Government since the gas was been delivered to the Government and is not taxable. secondly, Customs already knew of the shipment since there was an attempt to offload before when a custom officer was present and due technical reasons had to be discontinued.
          The AG should only be at fault for letting this go to the courts.
          • Egomania (07/09/2014, 18:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            Thanks CM at least you remember what was going on in the case contrary to when rendering advice.
    • sense (10/09/2014, 20:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hope you don't live in the nastiness? Can't be really.
  • Stop The Talk (04/09/2014, 13:10) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Lets find a BVIs Native with his qualifications or more to replace him.
  • Congoman (04/09/2014, 13:30) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Let he tek that and smoke it down Jamdown. He think the people of the VI were moo-moos. They were watching and fixed he good. Bye-bye.
    • Tadow (04/09/2014, 15:36) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      We have giving them the impression that we are moo- moos tha is why they think so. eg our laws tell us that when an outsider get belongership in our country they are equal to you and I who are sons and daughters of the soil. What do you think? that they think we are moo-moos.
  • yellow (04/09/2014, 13:36) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    Give the job to dancia
  • Nicklus (04/09/2014, 13:38) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Wha Janet know about bright for office? Everyday my niece was complaining about the things that this man did with Government work, the dodging from completing work and passing work to subordinates that he should handle. That Phd fooled the very elect -- The Govt of the Virgin Islands. His contract should have ended from Bob-them case. Gowernor, let he go home, please. He got taxpayers money he never worked for. Chupps, man!!
  • Michael (04/09/2014, 13:44) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply
    Its disgraceful how nasty some people are. Always trying to destroy other people's character. This is especialy so in the BVI. As a born BVIslands we need to stop it. It's shameful and disgusting to say the least. Some of us enjoy tearing each other down. We are all one people regardless of which Caribbean country we are from. Imagine where the Caribbean would be if we were all united rather than divided. Lets love our brothers and sisters not hate them. I wish Dr. Malcolm God's speed. I hate no one regardless, especially own Caribbean brothers and sisters. One never know where he or she could end up. Life is a circle. What goes around comes around. Food for thought..
  • Joc (04/09/2014, 14:49) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    Now please put a local in the post!!
  • long look me come from (04/09/2014, 15:08) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    They will still bring in another expat so what's the big deal
    • Dealer (04/09/2014, 16:43) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      The deal is if any AG come and they are not prepared to work, give them a pink slip and let them march to Liat or Virgin Atlantic and go to hell home.
  • Tadow (04/09/2014, 15:27) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Shortly after NDP government established administration the minister for health was in HOA lobbying for the Attorney General to get an increase in his allowances. The civil servants who can vote and voted for him and his administration, he has not lobby for them to get their increment.
  • NDP MAN (04/09/2014, 18:36) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply

    Give Dancia the job. She was there before, she is local and duly qualified. It would also give the VIP the!

  • Apex (04/09/2014, 18:42) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Having degrees doesn't mean you are smart overall. Some people excel academically but when it comes to common sense and putting their academics to practical use it's a different story. Don't take my word for it just look at our civil service. Many have BA and up but read their written communication, hear them speak, look at their standard of work and performance. We need to stop letting paper alone fool us off. When considering people for these posts we should have extensive processes and longer probation so they can be relieved if not adequately performing. Book sense and common sense are two different things. The richest locals in the BVI don't have no degree. Not saying education isn't important but when we get caught up we pay the price. Degrees don't do work, people do work.
  • ann (04/09/2014, 20:19) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr Malcolm does not need the bvi trust me
    • Trustme (05/09/2014, 08:03) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
      If he does not need the BVI, no need to get offended if the Govt. said it is not renewing the contract. Just leave quietly. We want to forget those two years of raping the Govt's purse.
  • Boss (04/09/2014, 20:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    pure trick the big case coming up so he have to go for them to stay
  • nat (04/09/2014, 21:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is certainly a good professor at Mornor
  • Village Girl (04/09/2014, 23:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All in all, a shame. No one wins here.
  • Release (05/09/2014, 00:13) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    look how them treat this good man just becaus ehe is an expat...BVI full of sins
    • NomorethanJ'ka (05/09/2014, 08:06) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      Struppes!! How them treat the man? The Govt. was very kind to him in comparison to what he did for them. Only who knows know. Take your sins to a dry desert and let me continue to praise my country. God bless our beloved, BVI.
  • wize up (05/09/2014, 06:04) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    most of us talking bull about the man; but the man leaving the bvi a "rich man" and we still paying house rent; most of these blogers have "nothing" but dumb talk that!!!!!
    • Richy Rich (06/09/2014, 12:47) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      We are not surprised if he get rich. That is what he came for to get rich not work. So he got rich for not performing let him take what he got and stop telling people fee**art and leave the space for another expat who can do the work. There are a few well.
  • zip it (05/09/2014, 06:50) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why would any one want to work in the bvi anymore?
  • Wizedown (05/09/2014, 08:08) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Sure he leaving rich and some of us still paying house rent. Happy is the man who honestly worked for his riches. Can he attest to 'honestly working for his riches?" His conscience must answer.
    • wise up (06/09/2014, 09:11) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      "wizedown" cant blame the man; we have to blame our leaders; they must make sure the BVI gets what the BVI people are paying for; if he was not "working/doing a good job" them he should have been fired!!!!!!..
  • Moybay (05/09/2014, 09:46) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    the hard truth is Dr. malcolm does not need the BVI or this work
  • The truth prevails (05/09/2014, 14:40) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I agree with BVI lawyer. Persons making statements don’t know all the facts. Why would the learned lawyer opt not to renew or why do you think the Govt do not want to renew????? Enquiring minds want to know. There is much more behind this story than people think.
    mr. Malcolm can go anywhere in the world and find a job, he is well respected internationally so US money cannot be a factor to him. ( as some bloggers seem to think) When you have qualifications you can dictate how you want to be paid. I guess some of them never went past High school so pity them. To those commenting on giving tasks to his subordinates, so if he doesn't allow them to do the work, how will they learn? Then you people will jump up and say how expats don't share their knowledge! You can't please everyone.
    He did what he could for the BVI and he travelled and represented the BVI well. I attended one oh the conferences in which he presented and was well received. So my people know all the facts before jumping all over the man. God speed Dr Malcolm. You will do well. It’s a pity the BVI do not respect you.
  • idiots (05/09/2014, 19:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Y everything have to be VIP and ndp ? Even in the god dam news man come on!
  • insider (06/09/2014, 14:49) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr m better talk about about the sins of the ndp before they continue their character assignation
    • wize up (07/09/2014, 17:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      yea yea, new governor in town and commission of enquiries on the horizon; the man is no fool !!!! that cruse ship project is shady
  • insider (07/09/2014, 00:12) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    In cabnet there can be one att general dem say funny man always acuring with the man
  • Lorhavemercy (07/09/2014, 18:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Reading this story and blogs I question what is the big issue here. The Govt said it is not renewing. Malcolm aint opt to renew. It must be he dont want the job and Govt. dont want him either. Stop putting other so called facts in the story. But it sound like the Govt. dealt the blow first. He has many good jobs lined up in Jamaica Im sure one would welcome him. I bet you though it wouldnt give him so much free travel thoug, hanging my kerchief on that.
  • Real Deal (10/09/2014, 20:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    To release right church wrong pew.

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