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Leslie F. Malone ‘rolling in grave’ over 2023 EE/LL emancipation festival– Hon Penn

-calls celebrations a 'travesty' compared to what it should be
Eight District representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly, Hon Marlon A. Penn has voiced his disappointment in the emancipation celebrations of the East End/Long Look community for the 2023 year. Photo: Facebook
Hon Penn described the 2023 events as a travesty while adding that the representative who channeled that holiday through the House of Assembly was actually the great uncle of the Premier and himself, the late Leslie F. Malone. Photo: GIS/File
Hon Penn described the 2023 events as a travesty while adding that the representative who channeled that holiday through the House of Assembly was actually the great uncle of the Premier and himself, the late Leslie F. Malone. Photo: GIS/File
EAST END, Tortola, VI – Eight District representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has voiced his disappointment in the emancipation celebrations of the East End/Long Look community for the 2023 year.

“We've gone through another emancipation celebration, and I'll be modest and say that I'm disappointed in terms of what we've been able to put down in our community,” Hon Penn said at an EE/LL cultural experience on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at the Greenland Field. 

“I've been speaking to the Minister of Culture, the Premier [Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley], and said that we have to get our subcommittee restored within our community,” he added.

Hon Penn detailed that having a strong community involvement will ensure that the people of the community get the level of cultural display that is truly depicting of a free people and a people that fought and bought their own way to freedom.

“And I think we have our responsibility as leaders to ensure that those things are in place,” he said.

Hon Penn described the events as a travesty while adding that the representative who channeled that holiday through the House of Assembly was actually the great uncle of the Premier and himself, the late Leslie F. Malone. 

'We have to fix this' - Hon Penn 

“So Uncle Leslie is rolling his grave Premier. We have to fix this. We have to get these committees back up and functioning and ensure that the standard that we deserve and come grow accustomed to is restored.”

Hon Penn added that he is reaching out to persons within the community along with the Premier about getting the committees back up and running in a move that will put aside partisan politics to do what is in the best interest of the East End/Long Look community. 

Recently, the Chairman of the VI Festival and Fairs committee, Mr Dirl L. Walters was criticized for not allowing community involvement in an East End Community ‘party truck’, initiative however, according to Mr Walters, he was never involved in the project, rather, it was the District Representative Hon Penn who was one of the organizers. 

37 Responses to “Leslie F. Malone ‘rolling in grave’ over 2023 EE/LL emancipation festival– Hon Penn”

  • facts (12/08/2023, 16:54) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    Marlon just trying to be relevant
  • 2023 (12/08/2023, 17:39) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    culture will change because back in my days we enjoyed pea soup with milk or some boil sugar apple with pig tail my children wants hamburger along with some French fries or a few slices of pizza…..we have to cling onto our Heritage but culture have vanish, back then our young women won’t leave home dress like what you see growing on now BUT the beat goes on & on
    • @2023 (13/08/2023, 00:03) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is very true
      However I’m proud of myself
      I don’t carry my self half naked
      I carry myself proper
      And my body my temple
      But yes things have changed
      I miss the long time days
      Ppl was loving
      And private
      Now everything one does is viral
  • jah (12/08/2023, 17:43) Like (20) Dislike (10) Reply

    Why that waste of time don't shut his a$$ up

  • please (12/08/2023, 18:32) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    When Marlon done help mash it up, he come now talking his usually piddle.
  • NDP supporter (12/08/2023, 18:34) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    The sooner my NDP move this waste of time man who cannot be trusted, always doing the mischief and confusion but like to play the role of the victim, has challenges with the truth, then the better for the party.
  • D8 (12/08/2023, 18:46) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    Marlon is showing every sign of a person who needs help but most people are ignoring the signs. The boy has loss it.
  • Fed Up (12/08/2023, 18:48) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ah fed up of this dude now. All he does is blame everybody but himself for everything that goes wrong or is questionable and when you check out the real facts he is at the heart of the problem. Ah fed up of him now.
  • street talk (12/08/2023, 18:49) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    He mean the man rolling over in his grave over what the street saying about Marlon because it is not good. Soon all will hear.
  • hold on (12/08/2023, 18:54) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    How many things the people are going to let Marlon destroy behind the scenes and come out in the front playing squeaky clean. Look at his district. Look at the NDP. Look at when he was a minister. Look at how he canceled the order for the temporary and new incinerator. Look at the festival in his village. The list is very long. People this man's time is up. He has become a professional mischiefmaker, liar, sell out artist, complainer, and destroyer of persons. Even Myron who is just elected is doing more for his district than this waste of time man.
  • time (12/08/2023, 18:56) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man lives down by the last and present Governor selling out his people in order to secure his freedom. He done sell out Myron and playing like he is his colleague. He is a dangerous man and no one should play around with this dishonest man.
  • Female voter (12/08/2023, 18:59) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    He meant to say Malone rolling over in his grave due to his behavior his friend from fsc hiding from the public for him especially with the Jamdown person and others out Pier Park and other places at nights.
  • Anonymous (12/08/2023, 19:49) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The message is facts but the messenger is a crock
  • Really??? (12/08/2023, 20:49) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope while he rolling his soul right with God. Marlon, that’s what you really give a speech saying???
  • Real Talk (12/08/2023, 22:07) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ar wonder if marlene pup yet lol
  • Fat Hogs Bay Resident (12/08/2023, 22:12) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Strups !! Marlon he self ain't do a ting!
  • We pushing P next time (12/08/2023, 22:45) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    This Premier is Less......Doing nothing for the 7th.....Worst than Kedrick
    • Reply (13/08/2023, 08:32) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      OMG! I don’t believe this. Really? Hope some of you who keep saying east end event is a waste of money are not now calling for ANOTHER subcommittee. You gotta be kidding me? But wait, it’s the NDP-VIP. They couldn’t change a tire without wasting money.
      • Stealth (13/08/2023, 13:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        @EE/LL, the community was the first in the Anglo-Caribbean to free slaves , so it has a story to tell, a culture to celebrate. Marlon was instrumental in turning the village meeting place into a success field. EE/LL must create its own niche as Carrot Bay has successfully done. But it will take foresight and planning. It is a given that Monday is Road Town, Tuesday Road/Sea Cow Bay ( seek-ka-bay). EE/LL does not have to repeat but create its own niche using its resources,, ie, history, heritage, water, etc.
    • Stealth (13/08/2023, 12:55) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Dr. The Hon Premier Natalio Wheatley is a paper tiger but a “Less” political leader. He has to be the Lessist politician with power ( Deputy Premier, Premier) and gets the less done. He is not an effective retail politician, proposing solutions and actions without the proper pre staff work, ie, referendum on same/sex marriage, etc.. It is either he is not listening to his experienced voluntary advisors or his paid advisors or is bull-headed and doing his own misguided but poorly staff things..Less, Less,Less!!

      Proposing policy is one thing but the best policy in the world is worthless without proper/effective execution and execution requires effective management. The BVI has a wrong-headed habit of putting non-managers in management position. Dr Pickering didn’t leave a legacy of positive outcomes in D-8. P also talk a good game but track record in Water and Sewage is not ringing with success. She may try to rationalize lack of success with/ that she did not have the resources she needed. But here is a news flash. Most managers rarely, if ever have all the resources needed but used their management and leadership skills to get the best outcomes with the available resources. Success is getting the best outcomes with available resources. Something needs to change for the D-8 and soon. It is about effective planning, organizing, directing….etc. Here is a thought degrees are theoretical learning, not experience; experience comes later and cannot be bought at a store, for it takes time.
      • @Stealth (13/08/2023, 13:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Easy on the folks no mon. The truth be told is that you are an equally opportunity truth teller, sparing no one. They’ve hardened their position like Pharaoh in Egypt or learn from the valid criticism.
  • Manjack (12/08/2023, 23:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The EE/LL community needs strong effective leaders and managers and functional community to revive the spirit, culture, heritage, etc of the community. The community reflects the loss and disintegration of the village. So went the village so gone the community. It will require collective, cooperative and collaborative effort by all hands to rebuild a functional community.
    • @Manjack (13/08/2023, 12:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Manjack, What is a functional community?
      • Manjack (13/08/2023, 13:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        @@Manjact. First a neighborhood and a community is not the same.. A neighborhood is a place where people temporarily reside but a community is much more. A community set down markers establishing the community, ie, it promotes group economics where money circulates in the community more than once, it sets community standards and expectations and the community holds community members accountable, in the community each one helps one, members take ownership of the community, etc. For example in the US, Blacks by necessity had functional communities; they were relatively self-sufficient, ie,,sports teams, doctors offices, law firms, grocery stores, laundromat, movie theaters, etc. However social integration, a failed initiative, cause them to flee their functional communities into white communities where they were unwanted and unwelcome, scattering their numbers and becoming powerless.; they are in neighborhood(s). Now, other folks are moving into the communities they abandoned. The EE/LL community is the largest in the territory, so it needs to be organized into a functional community.
        For example, it should have banking, medical services, pharmacy, grocery stories, etc. It should aim for relative self-sufficiency, ie, group economics, etc. Cannot look to and depend on government for everything.
  • Disinterested (12/08/2023, 23:44) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Both Premier Natalio Wheatley and D-8 Rep Marlon Penn great uncle Leslie Malone is not turning over a lick. Let the man rest peacefully. The failure is on the current community leader; stand up and accept the failure, not looking for excuses. Every generation has its own role to play; play it or get the hell out of the way.
  • 8th (13/08/2023, 03:13) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    You all voted for him over Allen, so shut the hell up and deal with the mess you continue to create
    • @8th (13/08/2023, 08:25) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      You can’t seriously believe that Allen would be any better. Tell the VIP to be serious about the candidates that they select.
  • east man (13/08/2023, 03:56) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply

    You have got to be kidding ! My 3rd grade child could do better!! How pathetic of Mr Penn!
    Talk about taking a ride on the rhetoric gravy train !! The smartest in the dumb class!
    When is the people of the eight district going to wake up...?? It's too dam expensive...for what it offers so we need to just kill the east end august events

    Get rid of Marlon, Natalio...and the rest
    • Rhythm up.. (13/08/2023, 08:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Truth. East End Festivities been ignored since Foy VIP came to power the Focus was on Carrot Bay his district. Now we would have thought that now a man from their district is the Premier that East would have gotten the Attention. I really thought that since Grand Master band was here for Wednesday night maybe we could have gotten them come in a day earlier and put the on East End Street for Jouvert...Back to the Calypso show. What the hell went wrong?..Calypso show is the second most important historically and culturally behind the Parade . I would like to suggest that application be sent out for both East, Carrot Bay, and Town for people who wants to join these committees to apply. We have a lot of talented organizers in the BVI that are shut out because of hand picking...I am one who supports Calypso show moved to East, August Tuesday night.. For the 70th. Things have to start now,..We need a new breed of local calypsonians who are not afraid to address real issues in their songs..
  • Out side twins (13/08/2023, 08:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ayo stop it the man is happily married
  • Citizen (13/08/2023, 08:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boring Marlon Penn!!!
  • Just saying (13/08/2023, 09:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so Mr. Penn thinks you win by criticizing the opponents faults even if glaring?
  • True That (13/08/2023, 10:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Marlon talking the it was Andrew took away east end festivals. As the then Minister of Finance he cut out East East. Now the current Premier as the mijister of Finance never showed any interest in east end community. Not even Carrot Bay. His focus was putting 1 million dollar in town.
    • Weak Opponents (13/08/2023, 16:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Indeed, won by beating a weak incumbent D. Penn, Walters, ??? , and Allen. He was never seriously challenged. His MO seems to attack opponents weaknesses and not focusing on his plan of action to improve the community, the district. He was part of the NDP government for two terms and a partial term under the Unity Government. Look at the condition of D-8 ,,the gateway into the BVI from TBLIA. It is an embarrassment. It begs the question is he out his depth, aspiring to be Premier ? Every manjack wants to be Premier and most are ill-prepared, are they not?
  • Former classmate (14/08/2023, 08:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    How they elected this bozo still boggles the mind.
  • Really (14/08/2023, 08:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You at a cultural event saying it should be more. How about you all upgrade the event yo at and market it more for persons to come out to the event.

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