By Radha Motielall
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A senior member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has deemed the Media Monitoring Unit’s report regarding former President Bharrat Jagdeo’s comments at Babu John recently, as strange.
The former President at the memorial ceremony for the late Presidents, Cheddi and Janet Jagan made comments that the MMU described as “racially divisive.”
The MMU in its first report said, “it verily concluded that the remarks made by Dr. Jagdeo were racially divisive (probably, not intentionally), and should have been edited by all sections of the media that broadcast or printed the remarks verbatim.”
At Babu John, Jagdeo had said “they shout about racism of the PPP, but they practice racism. They whisper campaigns. In the last elections they went to some of the Afro- Guyanese villages and beat some drums at 6 O’clock in the morning and say let us throw out these coolie people. Get up, go out and vote, throw out the coolie people. That’s the kind of language they use. Anybody from our party who uses that sort of language, we will kick them out. This is our approach.”
The Former President was among the list of persons that were cited by the MMU for breaching the code of conduct in a manner that amounted to racial division.
The PPP official said the party is now highly suspicious of the MMU, given the fact that their complaints of racially divisive statements to the Guyana Police Force and The Guyana Elections Commission, both of which were carried in the media, were ignored.
The PPP had complained about racist and incendiary reports in the press and by AFC activist Dr. Veerasammy Ramaya on a television station in Berbice (DTV).
The PPP official said the party has taken note of the MMU’s decision to ignore their complaints while rushing to judge the former president.
It must be noted however, that several media houses received criticisms from the MMU for glaring political stance and fabrications as well as racially incisive statements and threats.
For instance, the MMU in its report pointed out, the Voice of the People program aired on CNS Channel 6 which was cited for the “unrestrained use of inflammatory language. Jaipual Sharma in his Voice of the People Programme, according to the MMU during a show entertained calls which amounted to some form of hostility.
“The MMU is very much concerned about some comments aired on the live call-in segment of the Voice of the People program, broadcast on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 and hosted by Mr. Jaipaul Sharma,” the report noted.
The comments noted were those of two callers one of which said “…I want them to know Mr. Sharma we are prepared for them, we are ex-soldiers and we will prepare for them…” and the other “…If the East Indian people pay attention to the arrogance of Bharrat Jagdeo, Ramotar, and these people they would ketch sense. I join with the other caller that say we are ex-soldiers, we are ready for them, we waiting on them, you understand. This election will not be like the last few elections in Guyana. We waiting on them Mr. Sharma…”