Politician claims to be victim of bad rice

December 19, 2016
Richard Parchment
File A St Andrew man uses rice to make a ball. He believes that it is evidence that the rice is plastic.
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A politician is now claiming to be the victim of bad rice. Richard Parchment, who spent four years in Parliament as the representative for South East St Elizabeth, said he had a terrible experience with a batch of rice.

"I have in hand both the partially cooked and the uncooked samples," Parchment wrote on Facebook in what appears to have been an attempt at catching the eye of Commerce Minister Karl Samuda.

Declaring that it was "absolutely no joke", Parchment said he wanted to know how he could get a sample of the rice to the minister for testing.

"My wife was catering for a wedding and the bride's mother supplied the rice," he said of the batch, which has now been lumped into the pot of plastic rice controversy.

"I don't know if it's plastic or not, but it cannot cook," the People's National Party (PNP) member said.

 

Juvenile Behaviour

 

But Parchment's Facebook post was not well received by all of his followers.

"Assuming you're not just being politically mischievous, the correct and rational thing to do is take it to the BSJ (Bureau of Standards Jamaica). Plastic rice cannot be detected by the naked eye, so it's pointless taking it to Samuda. It's really time to shed our petty, juvenile behaviour, and stop politicising everything," Allan Bridges wrote.

Collin Hall, another of Parchment's Facebook 'friends', dismissed the politician's post as "just rubbish".

"I am sure whatever 'bad rice' there is, it is not the 'plastic rice'. Bureau of Standards is where such complaints should go. If the goodly gentleman is being facetious, then those who are defending him are quite silly in their defence," Hall said.

Andrea Barrett Hope encouraged Parchment to take the rice to the BSJ, adding "Dem talking crap 'bout' it not here' and tell dem where u buy it..dem Chinese yah a gwaan bad," she posted.

 

No Evidence

 

On Friday, the BSJ said it received a total of 60 samples of rice, 55 of which have been tested and all have reported no evidence of plastic.

However, some Jamaicans, apparently dissatisfied with the BSJ's methods of testing, have resorted to squeezing the cooked rice in their hands to satisfy themselves it is edible.

Charmaine Grey, a Manchester woman, said that after cooking her Saturday dinner, she had questions about the rice and so she she squeezed it together, forming it into a ball.

"The colder it gets, the harder it becomes, like when you heat plastic it spread but when it cold it get hard. A di same effect pon di rice.. Me even bounce it on the floor and all now it nuh fall apart ..." Grey said.

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