Philipsburg:--- Confusion and disappointment broke out at Parliament House on Friday morning with a group of Real Estate Agents when they were asked to leave the Parliament House while a public meeting was in process. A representative of the Real Estate Association of St. Maarten expressed disappointment to members of the media after they were asked to leave the meeting. One of the real estate agents said that they were surprised when they read the newspapers on Friday morning and learnt that a meeting was taking place with the Real Estate Agents and they were not invited to participate. The agent said his association represents 20 companies while the ones participating in the meeting with Parliament only represents five companies one of which is owned by Member of Parliament Leroy Petrus De Weever.
The agent said they went to listen to meeting but it appeared as though they don't have that right while living in democratic society. "Its bad enough that the Members of Parliament did not see it fit to invite the Association that represents the most companies, and now its worse since we cannot even listen to a public meeting."
Another agent said bright minds would get ideas from as much people as possible when they want to make laws. "The more people that participate in these meeting is always better since you get the most out of the meetings."
The agent said they made a presentation to Parliament earlier in the week and they were supposed to attend a follow up meeting to which no date has been set. The agent said that prior to meeting starting he asked Member of Parliament Leroy de Weever why their association was not invited to the meeting and De Weever told him that the association requested the meeting. However, he said President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell contradicted what MP De Weever told them by stating that it was parliament who invited the association.