“So basically PNM people, which is Port of Spain and environs, don’t like Sat Maharaj because they see him as somebody who gets under their skin, exposes a lot of their inconsistencies…
“And yes, Sat Maharaj says things that get him in trouble.”
The following Letter to the Editor is a response from TV6 Morning Show host Fazeer Mohammed to PNM general secretary Ashton Ford on the topic of the party’s relationship with Hindu leader Sat Maharaj:
With reference to the letter from Aston Ford which first appeared on the Wired868 website on Wednesday, 13 June 2018, and claimed that I stated, among other things, “…the PNM don’t like Sat Maharaj, they don’t like Hindus and in fact they don’t like anything outside of Port of Spain”; I wish to present a transcription of part of my opening monologue on “Morning Edition” on TV6 on Monday, 28 May 2018, which I believe is what is being referred to.
This was sourced from the TV6 website which has archived “Morning Edition” programmes:
“Port of Spain media, we like to pick on Sat because Sat is an easy target given the fact that he tends to say a lot of things that generate quite a bit of discussion. But we also need to keep in mind that his perspective is one of victimisation.
“Remember when he had applied for a license for his radio station and didn’t get it, and the station that is now I95.5 got one, and they challenged it in court and were found to be vindicated. Remember that situation?
“Remember it was Devant Maharaj, who is an associate of Sat at the SDMS at the time, that he was the one, with the Freedom of Information Act, to expose the PNM’s secret scholarships that were going on in 2007, 2008 around that time under their Culture Ministry and Joan Yuille-Williams? Remember how that was exposed?
“So basically PNM people, which is Port of Spain and environs, don’t like Sat Maharaj because they see him as somebody who gets under their skin, exposes a lot of their inconsistencies… And yes, Sat Maharaj says things that get him in trouble. He is in trouble right now with his own Hindu community. That is for him to deal with.
“What the media in Port of Spain refuses to acknowledge is its inherent bias against him, simply because they don’t like him. They don’t like his value system, they don’t like that he confronts what they believe to be the truth, because on this side of the lighthouse, nobody have a problem talking about ‘kumar,’ ‘roti skins’ and ‘hindu pundit,’ none of those phrases which make any sense at all. But this is the side of the lighthouse that we are on.
“So if you talking about it from a different perspective… everybody vex. As I said, just a different perspective of things.”