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Three cheers for Sabga?! Live Wire examines an unusual hero in the ORTT fiasco

The pride of Trinidad and Tobago is coming home! Three cheers to the Chairman Emeritus of ANSA McAL, Dr Anthony N Sabga, ORTT.

Or, as his beloved staff probably refers to him: Chairman Emeritus of ANSA McAL, Dr Anthony N Sabga, ORTT.

Photo: My name is Chairman Emeritus of ANSA McAL, Dr Anthony N Sabga, ORTT. But you can call me: Chairman Emeritus of ANSA McAL, Dr Anthony N Sabga, ORTT. (Copyright The Simpsons)
Photo: My name is Chairman Emeritus of ANSA McAL, Dr Anthony N Sabga, ORTT.
But you can call me: Chairman Emeritus of ANSA McAL, Dr Anthony N Sabga, ORTT.
(Copyright The Simpsons)

(God help the receptionist who has to get his entire title out before Sabga gets to the elevator).

Sabga has long been Trinidad and Tobago’s outside man. And by that Mr Live Wire means that he helps himself to our goodies, never invites us to his house, and only sporadically leaves us some money on the dresser.

But, this morning, good ole Tony warmed our hearts by putting in a bid to purchase the country’s highest national award, the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Medal, which was awarded posthumously to late union leader Adrian Cola Rienzi but is now up for sale on eBay

“ANSA McAL has decided to place the bid of US$25,000 to ensure that this historic piece of Trinidad and Tobago,” stated a release from the company, “is duly returned to our nation in preservation of its bestowed honour and dignity.”

Photo: I believe you have something that belongs to us!
Photo: We believe you have something that belongs to us!

Mr Live Wire cannot confirm that Slinger Francisco heard about Sabga’s generosity and immediately changed his name to “The Mighty Order of the Republic of T&T” in the hope that the business tycoon would pay his medical bills.

Well, since the “Mighty Sparrow” also has a ORTT, I suppose he should make Sabga an offer for it. But I digress.

“Our Chairman Emeritus of ANSA McAL, Dr Anthony N Sabga, ORTT, was himself a proud recipient of the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (ORTT) medal in 2011,” stated the ANSA McAL release, “so we understand the significance and patriotic pride to have such an honour bestowed upon any citizen.”

And Sabga would be damned if a fellah who was bidding for Star Wars collectables last week, somehow ends up with a replica of his jewellery.

Sabga’s move in the eBay market should be a relief for President Anthony Carmona, who said the act of putting the “sacrosanct” ORTT for sale, offended his patriotism and exposed a raw nerve.

Photo: President Anthony Carmona.
Photo: President Anthony Carmona.

“I am very much distraught at the prospect of someone peddling the symbol of our national honour and pride,” stated a release from Carmona. “The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is not a rag doll that is disposable…

“My humble admonition and entreaty to whoever is responsible for the intended sale of the ORTT medal, You cannot do this to us.”

Lord Pussyfoot ent get so vex since Rachel Price did a Joan Rivers impression on his wife’s attire.

Mr Live Wire cannot confirm whether, in an effort to capitalise on Carmona’s outspoken mood, he asked Prez: You not angry about Marlene too?

Photo: Housing Minister Marlene McDonald. (Copyright Andy Hypolite/Trinidad Guardian)
Photo: Housing Minister Marlene McDonald.
(Copyright Andy Hypolite/Trinidad Guardian)

And Live Wire certainly cannot confirm whether Carmona replied: Why? She cut my housing allowance?!

In any case, let it be known that Trinidad and Tobago is a proud, independent nation that is not for sale! Unless, of course, the prospective buyer is SIS, OAS, FIFA, Ish or Duprey.

Mr Live Wire cannot confirm that Nobel Prize winning writer VS Naipaul heard that an unabashed, hard-nosed capitalist was purchasing an award given to one of the country’s renowned union leaders and laughed himself unconscious.

Pay him no mind, Tony. Haters gonna hate.

We love you now. We even love CNC3 again, although we really wish they would keep their fake babylon off real crime scenes.

Photo: "Is ranking ting with allyuh yes, TV6!" CNC3 Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne (right) is taken for medical treatment by a policeman. (Copyright CNC3)
Photo: “Is ranking ting with allyuh yes, TV6!”
CNC3 Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne (right) is taken for medical treatment by a policeman.
(Copyright CNC3)

One question though, Tony.

Far be it for a small businessman like Mr Live Wire to give pointers to an experienced business magnate like yourself. But don’t you think you should have waited until after you won the bid for the ORTT before announcing its value to you and the country?

Sabga might be a great businessman but he probably starts sweating profusely and rubbing his head when he is dealt a jack in All Fours.

Trinidad and Tobago needs to get the ORTT back, if only to prove we can recover misappropriated goods from overseas and Canada in particular. After this test run, Calder Hart is next!

So, fingers crossed that nobody gets any bright ideas—after seeing the publicity generated by this noble effort—and puts in a rival bid of US$25,100.

Photo: TV6 crime show, Beyond The Tape. (Courtesy TV6)
Photo: TV6 crime show, Beyond The Tape.
(Courtesy TV6)

And Mr Live Wire is looking straight at you, TV6! Don’t be on no ranking thing again, eh!

One is one.

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139 comments

  1. These days it’s near impossible to tell if people are being facetious you know?
    You should hear what people actually believe!

  2. He didn’t as far as I am aware. And I have not seen anything to suggest he did.

  3. The government OBVIOUSLY uses our money, Sabga used HIS. C’mon guys :/

  4. Lol I don’t care who did it once they’re kept under good surveillance and don’t eventually get stolen or disappear. Same thing really.

    But Sabga used citizens’ money? Because that’s the difference Sir lol

  5. I prefer that Sabga did it, when the government purchased those Cazabon paintings all dem country bookie was up in arms….dey quiet now so dis better!

  6. “Recognize OUR initial bid”? So … We Trinibagonians and the government, the latter who should have really put in the bid, agreed that Sabga was acting on our behalf? Very interesting indeed.

  7. “Abidh-Waugh said whoever was responsible for selling the award made a “selfish,” “horrible” and “evil” move and that her immediate family was shocked and angry. ”

    http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2016-03-11/my-family-would-never-do?utm_content=bufferad8df&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  8. Well look ting! Sabga -1, Cat lady – 0?. Well played!

  9. That’s what should have been done in the first place IMO

  10. Well, that is a capitalist. He find a way to get the item despite offering less money! Take that!

  11. “Despite the incidence of higher bids on the eBay site, ANSA McAL secured the agreement of the store, Crawford Coin Stamp Militaria in Vancouver, British Colombia, to pull down the auction and recognize our initial bid. This move has ensured that the historic piece will be duly returned to our nation in preservation of its bestowed honour and dignity. ”

    Mr Sabga added, “I am filled with pride and joy that we were able to ensure that this cherished national award will soon be on its way back to Trinidad and Tobago. There are many moments in my life when I have felt we have done something really worthwhile, but nothing can outmatch this by the sheer significance of its national patrimonial value and meaning.”

    ANSA McAL had met the minimum bid requirement of US $25,000.00.

    http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160310/news/sold-ortt-bought-for-us25000

  12. Feeding the hungry is heroic, condemning corruption in all its forms and living it is heroic, a fund for seriously Ill children with partial government funding and their minimal involvement is heroic, bidding on an award given to anyone with the required govt clout, money, power and financial wherewithal is just having extra cash to spend in the wrong place. Make the award exclusive to really meritorious deeds and sacrosanct nowhere near what His Excellency is talking about and by all means great great great. Sir Vidya is a fool who just happens to be a literary genius so I’ll expect even less of him.

  13. Lol. “Poor” Sabga….sorry Dr. Emeritus.. Yada Yada. … Any minute now he might throw down his cards and say…”Too rich for my blood”?

  14. Sir Vidya has now stopped laughing .. I think he’s crying now.

  15. Right now I am reminded of an old song, “The ANSA McAl/ Is blowing in the wind/ The ANSA is blowing in the wind.”

  16. Brilliant!! I can’t stop laughing, well written.

  17. Football players have pawned and sold their Superbowl rings etc. I could have bought a Stanford ring.

  18. I hope you don’t think the only person in Trinidad that can afford to bid is Sabga eh Vernal Damion Cadogan. And I hope you ain’t believe that Trinis ire over foolish is attracting international attention. ???

  19. Trinidadians can fog up a bread and bread sandwich you know?
    This really wasn’t that big a deal. Purple Hearts are regularly found on auction, but we’re indignant about this. Then Sabga jumped in and announced his plans to save the day instead of just saving the day. Now every crazy cat lady and retired person on ebay is gonna try to outbid the banana republic “business mogul” for kicks.

  20. Where’s Adolphus Daniell to launder his reputation? Jack Warner would have bought this with a bounced cheque if he wasn’t distracted by the extradition thing.

  21. Daz just over 7 housing allowance payments inno. I sure he cld more dan make

  22. Five different bidders now and it will cost you US$31,400 to join this party. Who wants Rienzi’s ORTT? President Pussyfoot… Where yuh?!

  23. At present, there have been five different bidders and the cost is now US$31,300…

  24. Well, it seems the horse has bolted! Or is it a donkey? (LOL…because I refuse to cry). What a republic! Bananas anyone?

  25. What Mr Live Wire said eh? Lol. Somebody tell me if Insp Alexander or Dominic Kalipersad bid nah? ???

  26. There are folks who collect oddities for no apparent reason as well, they’re just hobbyists.
    This was why I originally said Sabga shouldn’t have announced his bid. On the one hand it raises unnecessary expectations at home, also a business “tycoon” placing a bid so publicly could only serve to give the item a more prestigious image and increase interest in it…..that’s why wealthy bidders like to make anonymous bids through professional agents.

    I suspect one of two things occurred here, either Sabga wasn’t genuinely going to purchase the item or he made a country bookie error in publicizing his interest.

  27. If you let them know you want something, they will bid against you and make you pay more. Let someone else get it!

  28. Nah boy. Is about 4 bidders. And people in budding war and ting. Emeritus jewellery in high demand!!!

  29. Some old crazy cat lady spending ah lil retirement money entertaining herself on eBay and outbid Sabga yes!

  30. Vernal Damion Cadogan look d ting get 7 bids!!! Price reach 30k!!!!! Take back yuh take back quick quick!!!!

  31. Good story Lasana! I like the way you deal with the ridiculous things that go on in this country of ours!

  32. It so funny it not funny. An established unabashed capitalist buying the ORTT medal from Adrian Cola Rienzi. Sabga just want to make sure the award doesn’t get watered down as a ebay trinket. I guess he didn’t realize it get watered down long time when you have people refusing it left right and center?

  33. He went round a bend in the river and changed his name to Mr. Stone. When last seen he was looking for a Knight’s Companion.

  34. Lasana, I think Naipaul regained consciousness and is probably peeing his pants by now…..

  35. Indeed. Hence new ministers become embroiled in this and quickly lose touch with people, as when they get a taste of the high life, they also lose sense of reality and become complacent.

  36. There is a really great study of the Canadian social/commercial milieu called “The Vertical Mosaic” by John Porter that shows how it works. Politicians become upwardly mobile and as Ministers hobnob with the rich in (Trini examples) Yacht Club, Union Club, Country Club, Magdalena Grand etc and this is where the real decisions are made like collusion on prices of commodities, how far the dollar will be allowed to devalue (de facto devaluation) etc. That supports what you are saying Lasana.

  37. But, as Anthony pointed out, these people do their real business at a different level and well out of sight. That’s the reality.
    As always, there are many different talking points here.

  38. Outside man surprise yuh with flowers and you digging around to find the bill. Vernal, allyuh really good yes. Lol.

  39. When people complained about the declining quality of the coffee at Rituals, Mario said bluntly that he is not in the coffee business, he is in the MONEY business. So what business is Tony Sabga in again?

  40. Anthropologists teach there is no such thing as a free gift…..ever!

  41. Sabga and his people are commission agents. They buy cheap abroad and sell dear at home. The issue is not his buying it, this is how he made his money. It is when he decides to sell it to the State. It will cost somebody something – tangible or intangible – but it will cost.

  42. I real happy that they repatriate our Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. But I wish people also got hot and bothered about the Black Stalin or the Mighty Sparrow’s medical bills too.
    And although President Powers right nice moving letter… I don’t know if he chipping in with Sabga’s costs with eBay. Lol.
    Lemme check and see if there is a joint bid from “Tony the Trini Tiger” and “President Pussyfoot” yes. 🙂

  43. I’m just intrigued that this causes such deep distress to AnSA McAL,while so many incidents that are much worse happen in the country every single day…. and what’s with the ”Dr’ before his name? It’s not an earned doctoral degree, this is merely an honour conferred by an institution, the use of ‘Dr’ in Sabga’s case is highly inappropriate….

  44. Vernal really pack up his bags and gone with that yes Nicole! Hahaha.

  45. Powers wasn’t vex when Kamla decided to score cheap political points by offering the ORTT to 2 former PMs and breaking all protocols?

  46. That’s what happens when you give awards to people who died so long ago. Does it then mean anything to the family – grandchildren or others further removed?

  47. Yuh know…..yuh have ah damn good point dey yes Nicole Ulerie.

    Please members, disregard my last comment!

  48. so you think they’re people kicking down doors to get their hands on an ORTT at USD28K a pop Vernal Damion Cadogan?

  49. Had I been Sabga I would not have publicized my bid until I actually purchased the item.

    It’s an auction, a bid is not a sale nor does it necessarily cost anything!

  50. Like Rachael need to do another spoof oui so he could find something serious to discuss.

  51. I meant Powers. Ah done get doltish like them. Lol.

  52. Very good Lasana. Lmao!! The ORTT has become a trinket that any Tom,Dick and Tony can qualify for even i should get one just for listening to

  53. It’s interesting. I did an interview with an ex-ops managed for Ansa McAl. The person shared with me that when the company was being set up this same patriot (allegedly) said to employees: “you all want me to send you back to the cane fields” as a threat to them. I can’t recall the proper context but it was his way of enforcing their subservience, an ensuring that they were more productive in delivering profits in the early days of the company.

  54. I did an interview with an ex-ops manager for Ansa McAl. The person shared with me that when the company was being set up this same patriot (allegedly) said to employees: “you all want me to send you back to the cane fields” as a threat to them. I can’t recall the proper context but it was his way of enforcing their subservience, an ensuring that they were more productive in delivering profits in the early days of the company.

  55. Lol…”one is one”. So long I ent hear dat?

  56. Pay him no mind Tony, haters gonna hate ????

    But tell Powers 28K x 12 months x plenty years have me distraught eh

  57. So I guess he had no problem when the previous govt was making ah pappyshow of the IC and offering up the country’s wares for sale to whoever willing to pay? I guess he’s not bothered that the nation’s children are dying in the streets? He’s distraught about a symbol of our country’s honor and pride, REALLY????? LOOK MR. UNEXCELLENT PRESIDENT WHEEL AND COME AGAIN. SO MUCH DAMN CRAP HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY AND YOU DISTRAUGHT OVER A PIECE AH METAL? HEAR NAH WHENEVER YOU OPEN YUH MOUTH RECORD WHAT YUH SAYING AND I’M SURE YUH WOULD GIVE YUHSELF A SWIFT KICK IN THE ASS.

  58. Haha @ the FBI investigating the sale of private property

  59. What a charming man, Keston. One can surmise that judging by ANSA’s huge success, that neo-colonial ‘back to the canefield strategy’ seems to have worked rather well, wouldn’t you say? Now that we have no canefields, that is clearly redundant as a motivator for errant post-independence layabouts. I suggest a ban on Carnival and chutney fetes to this great capitan of industry. Lord knows, we need some drastic neo-neo colonial strategies to snap people out of the torpor. Or more effective, threaten them listen to an hour every day of tape recordings of the life and times of A Sabga.

  60. Why hasn’t an investigation been launched with the help of the foreign merchants? If this award (the property of T&T unless by order to the person so awarded) was stolen or might have been sold to this auctioneer, it may be easy to trace how it got there. If it were the US the FBI would have been on this case long time. Lol

  61. You see this line here..

    And Sabga would be damned if a fellah who was bidding for Star Wars collectables last week, somehow ends up with a replica of his jewellery.”

    I had to take a break at that point…this is too much hahahaahahahah!!

  62. Ahh, Mr Liburd, thou art exceedingly cynical. The Burnsians amongst us are flush with enough patriotism and er, much money. So here is a chance to foist themselves with even greater chances of accolades by all and sundry, by gifting the nation this treasure. Can we suggest that anyone holding anything valuable to the nation, please put it on ebay and call ANSA to bid, pronto.

  63. The references might be for everyone so I glad you liked them Tanya! 🙂 EBay allows customers to keep identity private.
    For instance, the bid made today–presumably by ANSA McAL–was credited to “a***t.”

    • Ohhh….l see, I’m sure people have suspicions though…..heh heh….the group can’t be that large…just work through who are the people that got the award since it was renamed and narrow down from there….heh heh….

  64. The irony in all of this is stifling indeed.

  65. Oh god, cannot stop laffing…almost peed at the part that said VS Naipaul laughed himself unconscious….does anyone know who is doing the sale on eBay?

  66. Love this specially: “”Mr Live Wire cannot confirm that Nobel Prize winning writer VS Naipaul heard that an unabashed, hard-nosed capitalist was purchasing an award given to one of the country’s renowned union leaders and laughed himself unconscious.”

  67. This is gold, did Naipaul really laugh? I can see him doing it too, lol