Mr. Ricky Singh, Ever So Welcome Wait For A Call!

barbados_svgWe have read the pleading from journalist Ricky Singh directed at the government of Barbados in recent weeks with some concern. Our first thought after reading his scribbling was that as a nation we have come a long way. If the late Prime Minister Tom Adams were alive we are confident he would have surmised that Mr. Singh’s was meddling in the affairs of a sovereign country. No doubt Mr. Singh has long become a naturalized citizen and to declare him persona non grata AGAIN would go against the constitution of Barbados. Who gives Mr. Ricky Singh the right to question the government of Barbados about its immigration policy? Should he not put his syndicated column to better use by highlighting the horrors which are being perpetrated on Guyanese at home?

By his own admission the visitors to Barbados who request a visa extension do so at the discretion of the Barbados Immigration Department. The Nation newspaper has the gall to print his feeble attempt to create pressure on our government. The irony is that Barbadians when they tried to publicize their views on the issue of our open door immigration on VOB 92.9 and letters to the editor at the Nation newspaper, they were branded xenophobees.

The government of Barbados has spoken with clarity on the matter of our  current and future immigration policy. The torrent of immigrants, legal and illegal who were allowed to enter Barbados unchecked under the previous administration has now been checked. The Barbados government in fairness to the problem has let it be known that a Cabinet sub-committee has been formed to make recommendations on a comprehensive immigration plan. We suspect that the sub-committee will create a fair immigration policy. It is a characteristic which Barbadians have been known for through the years. This time around however we will make sure that our drums are beating the loudest!

Mr. Ricky Singh please use your commonsense, do you think if the high number of immigrants is said to be placing a burden on our services that the immigration authority will  be routinely renewing visitor’s requests for extensions? Your unrealistic expectation is even more unreal in the prevailing depressed economic conditions.

Ricky don’t despair because your blind loyalty to the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas by thinking that Barbados should freely open its borders to ALL has support from the Don Marshalls and Peter Wickhams. if you remove your head from the darkness you would realize that little Barbados was the only country with the open door policy you seek. Free movement of people can only work if the other CARICOM countries agree to do the same. As it was the traffic flow was one way. The illogical argument that Barbadians emigrated to Guyana in the 50’s will not cut it with the BU household. As we understand it back then Barbadians were asked to report to work in Guyana i.e. there was a demand.

Mr. Singh please write an article under this by-line next week – Ever so welcome wait for a call!


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74 Comments on “Mr. Ricky Singh, Ever So Welcome Wait For A Call!”

  1. Borderline November 23, 2008 at 10:49 PM #

    Ever so welcome wait for a call
    This is a Bajan provreb I have never heard.

    A Ricky Singh ploy is to link Barbados with Jamaica and Trinidad with regard to crime. Singh please desist from distorting the facts. Criminal activity in Barbados is a far cry from mayhem that occurs in TnT, Jamaica and your native Guyana. If our crime was in the league of those three our tourist business would disappear overnight.


  2. BAFBFP November 23, 2008 at 10:50 PM #

    Rickey Singh is a noted CARIBEAN journalist.
    Back off


  3. Ian Bourne November 24, 2008 at 6:50 AM #

    This reminds me of Australia under John Hawkes not so long ago, they wanted visitors but not long-stay folk to get jobs that were meant for Aussies as they saw it… The Aussies got so vigorous on Immigration violators that no one wanted to go down under to put a shrimp on the barbie even as a tourist


  4. David November 24, 2008 at 7:31 AM #

    @Ian Bourne

    What point are you making?
    Should we continue to allow unbridled access to our shores even when it is obvious that CSME is spluttering?

    What about the unbridled development on the West Coast, any similarity?


  5. BWWR November 24, 2008 at 7:50 AM #

    My feeling is that each and every country should have its immigration policies considered and dictated by three elements. 1) Size (meaning landmass). 2) Size of extant population. 3) Amount of natural resources.

    Barbados is a small country. It has very few natural resources and a very high population, given its land mass. In such cases, immigrants, in having their applications considered, ought to be defined by two criteria.

    FIRST: Those who are bringing a skill or some other asset to Barbados of which Barbados stands in need. In other words, highly qualified professionals or people who are prepared to invest a great deal of foreign capital in Barbados.

    SECOND: Those who want to leave their countries because they are governed by oppressive regimes and because the chances of advancement and the social benefits are better outside their countries. This latter group is where the problem lies.

    In cases like this, the government (any government) owes a duty to its citizens to make sure that their rights and possibilities of work are protected before any immigrants are allowed in to take over these jobs.

    It seems to me that Barbados has enough citizens who need jobs not to have to import casual labour. Therefore, developers (who appear to me to be the main offenders) must have an overriding financial concern to make them import casual labour and so, apart from their claim of a lack of Bajans prepared to do the work, we must consider that the reason for this reluctance may be that the money being offered is not enough.

    It also seems to me that quite a lot of our development companies in Barbados are owned and controlled, in not by Guyanese, then by West Indians of East Indian extraction from other islands. Two names spring to mind. Moorjani and Gafoor. I do not accuse either Moorjani or Gafoor of anything, but I suspect that some developers are tapping into a cheap labour pool from their own countries of origin using the advantages in Barbados’ social structure and laws and stability as a carrot to dangle before these workers as an added incentive. In other words, the carrot is the possibility of Bajan citizenship. I deplore that. It is as bad as the worldwide trend of banks and telecom companies to set up phone links to Bombay in India and there to hire people for a fraction of the price they would pay in their own countries, while unemployment in their own countries runs rampant and while they themselves (the banks and telecom companies) have their hands out asking those self-same taxpayers to assist them financially during this credit crunch.

    I have read Mr Ricky Singh’s article through BU, as I refuse to purchase either the Advocate or the Nation as they misrepresent themselves by calling themselves newspapers. I do not join the chorus of acclaim for Mr Singh as a journalist. His reports are always one-sided and poorly researched. As is this one. He and Stetson Babb are the poster-boys for what is wrong with journalism in Barbados. I also have no time for Mr Norman Faria and I am surprised that the Barbados Government has not asked the Guyanese Government to recall him as persona non grata.

    In the old days, when we had a sugar industry, workers were brought in from St Vincent and St Lucia during the crop time. These workers were paid the same as their Bajan counterparts and provided with dormitory-like accommodation and, upon completion of the crop, sent back home. There were usually a few incidents of some of these workers trying to exceed their leave to stay in Barbados and these were rounded up and sent off. That is the correct way of handling this current situation. Bring in people from other countries on the clear understanding that they are there for a job only and must return when it is completed. AND pay them the same as you would have to pay Bajans. AND, since you have brought them from other countries, pay them subsistence as well and also their medical and other costs. I suspect that this issue would go away and Mr Faria would no longer be having to deal with the extradition of people who have remained in Barbados illegally.


  6. Anon November 24, 2008 at 8:04 AM #

    A previous BLP administration yanked the welcome mat from under Rickey Sign some years ago. The time has come for it to be done again

    Why does he not pay attention to his drug running sons?


  7. BWWR November 24, 2008 at 8:22 AM #

    Anon // November 24, 2008 at 8:04 am.

    I think you may find that Ricky Singh is a Barbados citizen. As such, therefore, he has to be allowed to voice his opinions – he has to be accorded the same rights as you and me. If we deny him that, we degrade ourselves. What annoys me is that the Nation will print prominently this drivel from Mr Singh, but an article countering it will either be placed in the most disadvanageous position or not published at all. And why? Ricky Singh is perceived by the Nation as being a great journalist for reasons only the Nation knows.

    I am not going to touch the last bit of your comment, simply because I don’t know about any drugs or drug dealing. But I have to ask you, cause I gypsy. Fuh troot? Chile, tell muh more.


  8. Forbes Burnham November 24, 2008 at 8:36 AM #

    “Who gives Mr. Ricky Singh the right to question the government of Barbados about its immigration policy?”

    Hello? doesn’t ANYONE have the ‘right’ to question ANYTHING?

    Or does one have to have a license from God or some agency?

    How much more arogant can you get.


  9. David November 24, 2008 at 8:47 AM #


    We couldn’t fault your reasoned position except to note that Mr. Singh is correct in one of his points.

    While Barbados should uphold the spirit of CSME by extending visitor visas to our CARICOM brothers and sisters. The problem of late has been the abuse of this privilege by visitors transforming to long stays.


  10. BWWR November 24, 2008 at 9:00 AM #

    Forbes Burnham // November 24, 2008 at 8:36 am.

    I hear you, brother, it is very frustrating to see what passes for our press publishing an ill-researched and un-reasoned piece of nonsense like that of Mr Ricky Singh.

    However, if Mr Singh is a Bajan citizen, he and you and me and all Bajans have the right to question any government policy or act or action. That is what makes Barbados the democracy that led the way in the Western Hemisphere. Let us not change that because of some ignorant Singh (or Faria).

    Mr Singh is certainly an arrogant little s***. No doubt. I think that in spite of the fact that he may be Bajan, his loyalty does not lie with Barbados and the well-being of the people amongst whom he has chosen to live is subservient to that he thinks he owes to the country he left and the people he chose not to live amongst. While asserting and protecting his rights as a Bajan under our advanced democracy, I would simply suggest that he might be more comfortable living in a less advanced democracy and he ought to seriously consider a return to his roots. Also, it is MUCH closer to places which have a really good crop of recreational alternative substances…actually, I believe it is one of those places with a really good crop of recreational alternative substances. The Singh family would be much happier in Guyana, I think.

    There is one point that occurs to me strongly. Guyana is replete with natural resources that Barbados simply has never had. Barbados has husbanded its few resources skilfully and its citizens have aided in that exploitation of our few resources so that today Barbados, a country far less wealthy than Guyana, is the magnet for Guyanese. Which says to me that the Guyanese people, having created a political climate for tyrants and neer-d0-wells, instead of aggresively husbanding their own resources and creating a democratic climate to rival Barbados, seek to take Barbados over.

    In other words, they want to mess Barbados up in the same way they have their own country.

    Very interesting. Not gonna happen!!!!


  11. David November 24, 2008 at 9:10 AM #

    @Forbes Burnham

    You are correct and we conceded the point but took the opportunity to question Singh’s motives. He never shares with Bajan readership the horror stories occurring in Guyana. Why is he so reluctant to share his perspective?


  12. Ian Bourne November 24, 2008 at 9:41 AM #


    Barbados can do like France, be strict on who gets in and still welcome Tourism.

    But to be silly by allowing everyone then look to chase away the unwanted after the fact is gonna hurt this country’s reputation.

    Let’s face it, Barbados has a growing trend of doing just that – viz. Bombay group during CWC, the Chinese w/o license at end of BLP era,,,

    Make Immigration and Travel laws distinct and appropriately strict or relaxed but everyone knows where they stand.

    What I do NOT like, is that many folks in this blog, because Ricky dared speak his mind, want to do a Tom Adams to Ralph Gonsalves (now PM of SVG) and cart R. Singh out of BB and back to GY! He may irritate me 2 at times but he still has his rights to expression…

    Oh, wait – BDS is yet to revamp its laws related to Freedom of Expression, oops! Guess you’re “right” by default?


  13. BWWR November 24, 2008 at 9:58 AM #

    Mr Bourne, that is an unecessarily silly comment by you, but naturally one can expect no better. No one is advocating, that I can see, the removal of Mr Singh or the reduction of his rights as a Bajan or as a permanent resident of Barbados. We are bemoaning his total incompetence as a reporter and the level of reporting that the Nation considers acceptable. Add to that, we are trying to suggest a way to go with immigration laws.

    That we are also expressing our frustration with Mr Singh and his ilk is our right in the advanced and leading democracy in which we live, in the same way that Mr Singh has the right to his opinion – and has expressed himself and exercised that right through one of what is supposed and purports to be our major purveyors of news.

    I suggest that your comments will probably come across well to the Nation, Advocate and VoB, not to mention your colleagues at Keltruth and BFP. To me, they are typical of you. But I respect your absolute right to make an ass of yourself any time you wish. You do it so well and it gives us all a laugh.


  14. Anon November 24, 2008 at 9:59 AM #


    Years ago Ricky Singh sons were charged with importing a large quantity of ganja into to Barbados.


  15. Blogger November 24, 2008 at 10:09 AM #

    Ian Bourne you want to deny bloggers same rights you claim they deny Singh. Look stick to rubbish!

    It was just a matter of time before BC Pires or some other “we are the world” Trinidadian highlighted Cable and Wireless slogan LIME is pimping their culture. Cable and Wireless is a lazy jokey company. Where is the creativity from these fat overpaid clowns.?.


  16. BWWR November 24, 2008 at 10:26 AM #


    I agree with you and I have not missed the point. There are many countries that enjoy reciprocal advantages with others. Most notably, I suppose, the USA and Canada. Yet neither of those countries that allow its citizens reciprocal VISTORS free entry for one year at a time have given up the necessity for application and process in the event of any of the citizens of the other wishing to stay permamently. Please take this as read on my part. It should be like this. In fact, I do not think any country today ought to require visas at all. BUT they certainly ought to require application and permission for permanent residency.


  17. BWWR November 24, 2008 at 10:29 AM #

    Anon, thank you. I did not know that. It doesn’t affect Mr Singh or the issue in any way, but I am a gypsy old woman who likes to think, wrongly, that nothing happens in Barbados that I do not know about. Thanks for enlightening me.


  18. Forbes Burnham November 24, 2008 at 11:06 AM #

    I am the true Forbes. I don’ know who that other fellow is that is blogging above is. I am the real deal and I am dead. Dead, Dead, Dead. So any comments that are said today in my name are also dead, dead, dead, unless of coursed it’s really making them. Some of you jokers need a life. Barbados got more than enough space and more than enough potential to develop rapidly to accommodate all these new Barbadians (not the ones from Canada though).


  19. BWWR November 24, 2008 at 1:08 PM #

    Forbsey man, this is a serious discussion. You had you chance when you did alive and cause of you nuff people run out of Guyana – to Barbados. Lawyers like Alair ‘Lilli Marlene’ Shepherd and them sort of people. And we done mind wunnah coming over and living in Barbados, as long as yuh does bring nuff nuff nuff US dollars wid yuh. But we done want none of we tax dollars paying for wunnah. Well, you would let you tax dollars pay for we? I do not think so. Quid pro quo, dear Forbsey, quid pro quo. Peace and have a nice death.


  20. Ian Bourne November 24, 2008 at 1:29 PM #

    I am not addressing to BWWR or the other so-called discussants here at BU, I was talking 2 David, he brought up Adams & Gonsalves and I saw a parallel to Australia under Hawkes

    You all can’t even handle my topics and have to go along a name-calling kick like Palin, McCain & GOP in the USA

    The fact remains David, that you disagree with Singh and tied it in to Adams tossing Raplh G. from here in 80’s, I realise if you show any tolerance for Guyanese here – even if you disagree – then you are not welcome here, choopse!

    As for you BWWR, since you are so cerebrally astute? Why not create your own blog? At least I have my own AND comment in others, PLUS? I do it under my own name and not sneak about in the shadows sniping!


  21. BWWR November 24, 2008 at 1:40 PM #

    Mr Bourne,

    Why so thin-skinned? If you write a comment on a blog in the comments section, then you have to accept the comments others may make in response. If you, poor little chappie, are to sensitive for that and your ego to easily bruised, then don’t write. You say that you are not engaging anyone but David in your comments – well, dear Mr Bourne, believe it or not, BU has provisions for that. You contact David by e-mail at . Just look in the FEEDBACK section. If you comment here in comments, then, sadly, you (like myself) are exposed to disagreement and attack from others.

    As for me starting my own blog, why would I do that? Just because you have done it? And like you, would this entitle me to make comments on BU, or do you think this is an advantage accorded only to someone as big and as important as you? Get a life, dear – I would have said “get a brain”, but I never ask for the impossible.


  22. Mr. Submission November 24, 2008 at 2:40 PM #

    Lawyers like Alair ‘Lilli Marlene’ Shepherd and them sort of people
    BWWR you positing that Alair Shepherd is Guyanese? I didnt know this. Dealt with him once and found him an arrogant pompous jackass. He is a bosom pal of the corrupt BLP. I assumed he was your typical rude Bajan white bigot. I did see in him that uncertain gender thing.
    Lilli Marlene rotf!


  23. Ian Bourne November 24, 2008 at 3:10 PM #

    @BWWR: I actually don’t care if you get personal or not, it shows your lack of substance for handling dissent, if I got personal too then I would be no better than you and that would be a fate worse than death, LOL

    As for my stating who I am addressing and not speaking to, that too is my prerogative…

    BTW – the lack of brain bit? You should really stop deflecting your deficiencies at me, although it explains why you never had a Blog nevertheless it decreases your credibility. Observation, not personalisation, ok?


  24. BWWR November 24, 2008 at 3:13 PM #

    Mr. Submission // November 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Alair Shepherd is Guyanese. I don’t know his politics – he is one of those people for me where the blood didn’t tek. He is a married man with children and I must assume he is certain of his gender. I only know that when I mention his name around some of my grands and their friends, they always ask me if I am referring to Lilli Marlene. I honour him as a criminal law attorney and, at the risk of offending some, his work with Amnesty International is deserving of praise. But I rate his understanding of commercial and corporate law as just the up side of competent. I have serious reservations on the subject of his professional ethics, given the Declaration of Trust Madge Knox executed in respect of her shares, always provided he knew of it. I note that he is Madge’s counsel in the Ontario matter and all documentation appears to be copied to him. On that basis, I have to assume that there is a propunderance of proof that he knew before during and after of the execution of the Declaration of Trust all about it. It bothers me that a member of the bar of any country, far less one of Her Majesty’s council for Barbados would not even make the effort to distance themselves from such a fraudulent act.


  25. BWWR November 24, 2008 at 3:16 PM #

    Mr Bourne, really. Can you do no better than that? Ah well, I suppose that will be good enough for your other blog, BFP. Peace.


  26. Adrian Hinds November 24, 2008 at 3:25 PM #

    BWWR // November 24, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Mr Bourne,

    Why so thin-skinned? If you, poor LITTLE chappie, are to sensitive for that and your ego to easily bruised, then don’t write.

    ha ha ha ha…… LITTLE chappie????how insensitive!!!! ha ha ha ha ha LOL


  27. Bonny Peppa November 24, 2008 at 3:52 PM #

    Forbes Burnham,
    Wait, I thought you did dead? Wunna Guyanese is real tricksters fa tru hear. All dis time you had we believeing dat you did dead and now, poof! all in a sudden you ressurect just so. Man look, a want ya ta do ma a big fava.(whispering) A want ya ta come up hay and try convincing ya fellow-mens to come back home and wid God’s help and divine intervention, wunna could mek Guyana a force to be reckoned wid again. Do ma dah fava Brother Forbes, hear. Tank ya in advance.(smooch, smooch) Mek haste. A depending pun ya.

    ya likes ma?


  28. BWWR November 24, 2008 at 4:55 PM #

    Bonny Peppa // November 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Brilliant. I near dead laughing.


  29. Livinginbarbados November 24, 2008 at 4:56 PM #

    Difficult to know where to start.

    1. Barbados like any country needs a clear immigration policy, that is applied consistently and not arbitrarily. (If one fulfills the criteria then enter without hindrance. Illegal entry should be dealt with as prescribed by laws/policies, sanctioning those who are the illegal entrants, those who allowed/encouraged the illegal entrants (individuals, corporations, or public servants).
    2. Barbados like any country needs a policy to govern general travel; not everyone who arrives on the island intends to stay. In fact, most don’t by definition given the importance of tourism. People who arrive on general travel but then seek to work without legal rights to stay and work should be sanctioned, as noted in 1.
    3. Some have suggested above various criteria for immigration and on a simple reading it would encourage the immigration of Guyanese (and others), eg on grounds of skills needed but not available (it is a matter of both quantity and quality), and/or living under oppressive/repressive regimes.
    4. Even if one dislikes or disagrees with the opinions expressed by an author, I think that there is a duty on the part of the Editor/Moderator to prevent vilification and pure rudeness. It’s to easy to just let the comments dissolve into name calling. The terms Editor/Moderator mean something.
    5. Given that Ricky Singh is someone who submitted his views to another organ who chose to publish it then it is not Mr. Singh who should be berated. He forced no one to publish his views (as far as I know), nor did he foist his views on anyone by merely having a blog and publishing his views on the Internet.
    6. Last time I looked there was no law in Barbados that limited critical views on any subject to nationals. There are laws that govern certain kinds of criticism, and whether we like the law or not, that is what would/should govern the acceptability of comments. Did Mr. Singh utter untruths? Let’s hear, if possible, from one of the government departments cited. Is his request for information legitimate? I think so. Moreover, does this same blog want to push on a matter it calls ITAL (Freedom of Information, Defamation and Integrity Legislation). I will try to figure out calmly how you get to ITAL if you seek to suppress free expression.

    Have a wonderful and blessed day.


  30. Jay November 24, 2008 at 5:19 PM #

    Ian Bourne said:

    This reminds me of Australia under John Hawkes not so long ago, they wanted visitors but not long-stay folk to get jobs that were meant for Aussies as they saw it… The Aussies got so vigorous on Immigration violators that no one wanted to go down under to put a shrimp on the barbie even as a tourist


    You’re kidding right.Australia has been doing economically well because of such a move,even in this recession-like world economy.One problem that they share with Barbados is limited resources,AKA WATER.The Aussies have mostly a desert for land & Bajans currently are having the same water resource problem & letting in more people into our country we might as well have a desert as well.

    Many of the G8 nations have also taken some moves from the Aussies to limit immigration,in fact I believe it is the Aussies that created a Points-based immigration system,which Canada & the UK have currently mimicked.Admittedly,the UK only recently started there Points based system,but Canada has been doing it for sometime & have done well economically by insuring that the best & brightest go to their shores.

    The US has also administratively mimicked the Aussies by implementing the American version of ETA also known as ESTA[Electronic system for Travel Authorization] & the US Congress[Republicans at least] would like to implement a Points-based system to limit US immigration.


    Ian Bourne also said:

    Barbados can do like France, be strict on who gets in and still welcome Tourism.

    But to be silly by allowing everyone then look to chase away the unwanted after the fact is gonna hurt this country’s reputation……..

    ………..Oh, wait – BDS is yet to revamp its laws related to Freedom of Expression, oops! Guess you’re “right” by default?

    If we did like the French the Tourism economy pertaining to Barbados would be dead within a year I guess would be your point,& I completely agree,hence why balance should be the key to success in how Government pursues a solution to this problem.European Schengen visas have some of the most strict requirements I’ve seen for sometime & with the signing of the EPA Barbados will soon have visa free access to most of Europe,& should be Schengen exempt by next year.This is a HUGE deal for the Barbados’ banking sector especially when dealing with countries such as Switzerland,Iceland & Lichtenstein.However,any amnesty is out of the question because of the dangers it poses to Barbados’ image abroad.Barbados does have a high emigration rate currently & I can just imagine new amnestied Citizens leaving on Barbados Passports for Europe & endangering our new visa free agreements,not to mention damaging our most important economic sector.

    On the second comment in regards to FOIA,I agree that nothing has changed between the DLP & BLP government in terms of transparency as it pertains to this immigration issue.Whether the BLP was secretly giving out multiple amnesties or the DLP having a secret enforcement program,Government should be more forthright with Bajan citizens[NOT so-called CARICOM NATIONALS] on the action that is being taken.

    On the topic of Mr.Singh who recently wrote in an article;

    “It is not a CARICOM government’s right to establish and implement a policy of managed migration.

    Rather, in pursuing a programme to rid a CARICOM state of any number of Community nationals it so chooses to do – for whatever reasons – there is an obligation to honour the spirit and letter of the revised CARICOM Treaty and to avoid treating as illegal, citizens of other Community states who had arrived legally and had such status up to the time of seeking extensions to their visitor’s or work permits. ”

    I don’t know what sort of coffee Mr.Singh is drinking,but he definitely should lay off it for a while.The whole idea of Caricom as a whole is that it is a Community of SOVEREIGN nations.If Barbados so chooses it can “manage migration” however it wants as a SOVEREIGN NATION WITHIN CARICOM.Caricom is NOT THE EU.I believe that despite treaty obligations Guyana should be taken off the visa free list.

    The very idea that the Government of Guyana is encouraging people to move abroad by “Giving them a skill” to take advantage of CSME should say a lot.It almost seems like their Government has basically given up on trying to domestically encourage pro-growth through their citizenry & instead is using the Devised Treaty of Chaguaramas to not be responsible.

    Imo,There are only two rational things to do,either withdraw from the Treaty, or remove Guyana from the visa free list to solve this problem.Or it will become a recurring problem with no end,Regardless of if there is an amnesty or effective enforcement.


  31. Negroman November 24, 2008 at 6:20 PM #

    Ricky Singh is speaking from a position of strength.Ricky Singh,Norma Faria,& the rest of Indo-Guyanese commentators have the powerful Indian Community in Barbados to defend them.The Indian community in Barbados is relatively small but extremely powerful & effective.It has this government by its balls.
    This government understands the problems that are likely to arise as a result of a large Indo-population.It understands the ramifications it could and will have on a small black nation like Barbados.It knows of the problems of Fiji,Mauritius,Guyana & Trinidad.It will love to control & manage the Indo-population in Barbados.Unfortunately it cannot because of the power that group has in this country.In 50 short years the Indians have come to Barbados and are dictating our governemnt policies.We have only figure heads leaders & politicians.
    Fellow bloggers get real the Democratic Labour Party cannot do anything significant with the illegal immigration issue especially with Indo-Guyanese.The big financiers of the party are Indians,Chatrani,Adul Pandor,Peter Harris,Mrs Ram & other Indians.I will repeat the Democratic Labour Party is the only party in the history of Barbados that ever ranIndian candidates.Abdul Pandor in the City,Tani Abeds in Christ Church & the half Indian mutant Esther-Byer-Suckoo who is now a minister.
    Do you all think that the powerful Indian financiers of the party will allow the party to develop an immigration policy that will curtail the influx of their kith & kin.No way.In addition,the business people of Barbados want a large reservoir of unskilled workers available for exploitation purposes. Taking these things into consideration this government has no other choice but to continue the unregulated inflow of non-nationals into this country.
    I know for a fact Maxine McClean was committed to the issue.She worked extremely hard in her ministry but her efforts were fustrated.I indicated that Minister McClean was considering resigning because of the pressure on her as a result of her committment to regulate immigrants.She was shifted because of her excellent performance & the pressure the government was under from the Indian Group in Barbados.
    This governemnt is powerless to stop the inflows of Indo-Guyanese in Barbados.
    Prime Ministrer David Thompson hand are so tied that he has no other choice but to offer amnesty to all CARICOM -non-nationals.He will not directly tell us that, but he will want us to believe it was a decision of the sub-committee of cabinet.It is not going to be decision of the sub-committee but is it is own personal decision.

    Black Barbadians beware this problem will only be solve by us not by those wind bags we have elected.The hour of decision is upon us.


  32. Forbes Burnham II then November 24, 2008 at 7:00 PM #

    David says… “You are correct and we conceded the point but took the opportunity to question Singh’s motives. He never shares with Bajan readership the horror stories occurring in Guyana. Why is he so reluctant to share his perspective?”

    Perhaps for the same reason the local ‘media’ and the political parties do not highlight the carnage that goes on in Africa.


  33. Livinginbarbados November 24, 2008 at 7:00 PM #

    Australia’s lack of water is not a major contraint on its development; admitted that water management is a serious issue. One could say the same for most countries in north Africa and the Middle East. Like them, however, Australia has enormous natural resources for which there is high demand (bauxite and gold, for example; and Australia processes its raw bauxite into higher added value alumina and aluminium).

    Australia has managed immigration for decades, focusing largely on skilled workers and family extensions; and their policies were distinctly not to encourage non-whites (though Asians were part of the accepted mix).

    Having said all that, part of Australia’s management of immigration was to also exploit widely the opportunities for its citizens to migrate (almost freely to the UK).

    While it is true to some countries have followed administrative practices adopted by Australia the bases of their policies are not the same.


  34. Sargeant November 24, 2008 at 7:52 PM #

    Livinginbarbados said

    Barbados like any country needs a clear immigration policy, that is applied consistently and not arbitrarily

    I couldn’t agree more but this particular topic as it relates to Guyanese seems to be of more than passing interest to Mr. Singh since he has written about it several times. The Nation describes Mr. Singh as a “noted Caribbean journalist” who presumably writes about Caribbean affairs, as a journalist has he sought to interview the immigration authorities in other jurisdictions e.g Antigua or Trinidad where similar deportations have been carried out? Has Mr Singh ever queried whether Jamaicans, Grenadians or Vincentians are being deported?

    If visitors are permitted entry to a country for a determinate length of time and seek to extend that entry it is up to the Immigration Dept. to determine whether they should remain in the country. If the Immigration dept decides that these visitors have no intention of returning to their homeland then they can apply the applicable penalty as the law allows. It it means deportation I have no issue with that.


  35. Jay November 24, 2008 at 9:37 PM #

    LivinginBarbados said :

    Australia’s lack of water is not a major contraint on its development; admitted that water management is a serious issue. One could say the same for most countries in north Africa and the Middle East. Like them, however, Australia has enormous natural resources for which there is high demand (bauxite and gold, for example; and Australia processes its raw bauxite into higher added value alumina and aluminium).

    I cannot agree as most nations require the necessary natural resources [e.g.clean water] to be able to not only grow,but more importantly sustain a productive workforce & their general population.Australia definitely makes up for it by its natural exports to neighbouring China & also by having a skilled workforce through managed migration.

    Barbados doesn’t have any natural resources to export,but like any nation should require its immigration workforce be skilled,while taking into consideration our limited resources such as housing,schools & natural resources such as clean water,unless we want to import that to.This is why I believe in Managed migration based on limited resources rather than economic potential like most countries.

    Now illegal immigration should be an absolute no-brainer.Any & all who have decided to overstay their time should be deported,but Mr. Singh does not mention that.He would rather say it under the guise of so called “Caricom nationals” almost as though Caricom holds more authority than the Barbados Government that was elected by its people,or a Caribbean EU if you will.To be fair,There are Caricom skilled nationals within Barbados,but only if they are certified by the Barbados immigration department to be such.Barbados currently only recognizes free movement of skilled nationals,not the Free movement of ALL nationals & hence those who are in Barbados currently & illegally should be deported according to the law.


  36. Anonymous November 25, 2008 at 12:11 AM #



  37. David November 25, 2008 at 2:10 AM #


    BU questioning Mr. Singh’s right to query the immigration policy of Barbados must be taken in context. We went on to concede that Mr. Singh is probably a naturalized Barbadian, However we still question his motive when judged against the background that his articles overtime which have not shown the same probity on some of the hard issues currently afflicting Guyana.


  38. The Scout November 25, 2008 at 2:35 AM #

    Negro Man
    I have to be very careful of what I say, therefore all that I would disclose at this time is “the play is acting out perfectly.” In the fullness of time, we would have seen our folly but by then it would be too late.Those of us who knew the old Barbados, then cherish the memories and document them if you can for your offspring to see. Put a footnote asking them not to blame us the parents but instead blame unsrupulus, unpatriotic bajan leaders who sold our country to the Indians for “thirty pieces of silver” or should I say ” thirty bars of gold.” Our ancestors are crying in their greaves because we are sitting/ standing like lame ducks and too afraid to do anything about it. No-one wants to ring the bell of protest to start the fight to defend this country. Shame on us bajans, and that includes me,for being loud mouths with no action.


  39. The Scout November 25, 2008 at 3:01 AM #

    Should I be BOLD enough to state that the quick reshuffling of the cabinet at this particular time is because of serious rumblings within the party because of the dis-satisfaction of prominent members of cabinet. they were all sweetened with promotions to try to quiet them but for how long would this last. This government is beginning to show serious cracks in it structure. Be care Mia standing by with tons of adhesive or should I say a different structure all together.


  40. katbrew November 25, 2008 at 5:03 AM #

    Mr. Singh is a pain the the royal ass. If black Guyanese and other caribbean nationals were being deported only . this man would not give a damn. Mr. Singh has a personal agenda. Indians are like Latinos. very clannish. once these people are the majority in Barbados. there are going to make black bajans life a living hell.brace yourselves. Barbados is slowly but surely disappearing.


  41. Forbes Burnham November 25, 2008 at 8:21 AM #

    I normally read everything, even from my grave, it was/is my passion. But this diatribe that passing fah a discussion on Indo Guyanese is not worthy of my supreme intellect (Nah Bajan leader, least of all Tom could ah tangle wid me). Me and Chedee live good fah years. We still taalk. I don’ hate White people needer. But dey, like international big business, and elite professionals were parasitical and were putting very little back into the foreign reserves. Dey were makin’ ordinary people shite man. I challenged them to do more and they pack up an’ lef.. Wunna blame me.

    If the Indo Caribbean people causing you grief do progressive things and introduce meaningful minimum wage legislation, increase the tax pool and build more infrastructure (sorry capacity re Ms Mottley).


  42. Forbes Burnham November 25, 2008 at 8:33 AM #

    By the way Ricky marry a Black Woman and had nuff chil’ren from she. Oh yeah now I remember that Cheds marry a Yanky White Jew. Haw. And we all lived good.


  43. Livinginbarbados November 25, 2008 at 2:38 PM #

    Dear Jay,

    Whether you agree or not, the evidence is clear that since being colonized by the British centuries ago, Australia has proceded to become a major developed country. Water shortage did not hold it back. Likewise, Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and others that have annual rainfall that is sometimes less than the average daily rainfall in many other countries, have not suffered a lack of development. They have used good water management to get over this problem. They have used their other natural resources (minerals) to earn income and build vibrant economies.

    Having a shortage does not mean you have none. But it does mean that you need to use what little you have wisely. Drinking water can be created, eg by desalination: for example the world’s largest desalination plant is in the United Arab Emirates, and it produces far more water this way than the biggest such plant in the US (in Florida).
    If you don’t believe me or the statistics, I suggest you take the cheapest flight and visit any of the countries mentioned and judge for yourself. It’s worth the expense.


  44. Livinginbarbados November 25, 2008 at 2:42 PM #

    Dear David,

    Mr. Singh’s nationality status is irrelevant to whether or not he has a right to express his views. It is a very odd perception to think that by some amazing gift only “nationals” have good opinions or motives and that “foreigners” do not. If you have an issue about Mr. Singh’s motives then make that clearly your point of attack rather than all the the implications. Your main point was whether he had a right to question government policy. You brought up the “motives” on further comments.


  45. Jay November 25, 2008 at 5:47 PM #

    Dear Livinginbarbados,

    Actually,I do live in the U.S. & know that the US & the countries you speak of use other means to make up for being water scarce,but the countries you speak of are also very rich & make up for their faults with vast natural resources to export & wealth,which currently Barbados does NOT have.

    Barbados should have managed migration due to its limited resources.Water would just be one of the more important factors as to why Barbados should limit its immigration & not base it on economic potential as you have.

    Livinginbarbados,You seem to be asking a lot of questions but not offering or proposing any solutions.What sort of immigration policy would you propose to the Barbados government & why ?

    Should Government also expand social services to accommodate those that shouldn’t be there [e.g. visa overstays,clandestines]?

    Would you also support an immigration amnesty & why ?

    I’m just trying to gauge your position on this issue before this debate can go any further.


  46. David November 25, 2008 at 7:14 PM #


    if you are a frequent visitor to BU you should be familiar with our provocative lines which we used sometimes to bring attention to the bigger issues. For example in this case Mr. Singh’s right to question the government on its immigration policy is not the issue of this blog which we quickly conceded was the case.

    Linear thinking may run you aground:-)


  47. The Scout November 25, 2008 at 7:45 PM #

    The former late P.M , Tom Adams once declared Ricky Singh as “personna non grata” he was given twenty-four hours to get out of Barbados. Next time he wouldn’t be given such length of time. Just hope that LIAT got room or he can start swimming


  48. The Scout November 25, 2008 at 7:49 PM #

    The feeling out there underground is very hostile and 1937 would be just a moonlight game to what can happen. PLEASE don’t let it happen. It is a volcano just waiting to erupt and my government picnicing inder it and not heeding the warnings. THIS IS SERIOUS.


  49. The Scout November 26, 2008 at 12:51 AM #

    I’m pleading with this administration to do something about the illegal immigrant problem especially these indo-guyanese. Mr P.M you certainly don’t want to go down in history as the leader under whose government a serious unrest occured. You inherited it but it is your duty to be man enough and step up to the plate and defend this country and your integrety.PLEASE


  50. Anonymous November 26, 2008 at 1:00 AM #

    Why doesnt Ricky Singh just pack up and leave? Really now? He’s getting me sick and tired.


  51. Yardbroom November 26, 2008 at 7:28 AM #

    Many months ago I made the comment that “Barbados will reap a bitter harvest,” if the problem of illegal immigration is not seriously addressed.

    At the time I was vehemently criticised by some…whose opinions I respect, but when commenting on a public forum that should be expected. However, I laid the matter to rest.

    What has surprised – even – me is the relative short time it has taken for the situation to deteriorate.

    We – Barbadians and others who have made the rock their home – will look back at this hiatus before the “storm” and wonder how could we have been so lacking in basic common sense.


  52. Livinginbarbados November 26, 2008 at 8:55 AM #

    Dear Jay,

    You agree with me that water shortage alone is not a constraint on development. Thanks.

    Barbados’ water scarcity does not argue for an immigration policy; it argues for better water use management.

    Perhaps I am asking more questions than offering solutions, at this time. It is important to first ask the right questions. It is not necessarily I who has the right or all solutions. Some of the questions being asked are for government officials/departments to answer.

    The immigration policy needed should be one that is clear in its objectives and application, not arbitrary. If a particular nationality/region is less desired then that can be in the policy. But the policy must be consistent with other existing commitments (eg CSME undertakings in the context of the Caribbean). You can’t pick and choose in international relations; that’s how “failed states” and dictatorships operate. The country also needs to deal with any possible backlash.The policy needs proper administration. The lack of replies or explanations by the Immigration Department is a public issue and one that should be addressed in the proper place, such as Parliament. If administration of immigration is weak that is a political issues and the responsible minister needs to be held to account.
    Dear David, as you know I am also a blogger. I visit your site regularly but often choose not to comment. I know very well the style you like her for “provacative” commentary, but that is not the only manner nor my chosen style. It’s often hard to find the substance in all the “noise”.

    In this instance, being a “foreigner” too, and one from another Caribbean country, helps me see how some of what is being discussed or proposed will cut across other aims that Barbados says it has. I am also someone who has seen/lived through some difficult immigration policies (UK and US), and have seen how they work badly.


  53. Jay November 26, 2008 at 7:04 PM #

    Dear Livinginbarbados,

    What you have just said basically dictates a dictatorship already,but from abroad towards a sovereign government elected by the people.The reality is clear, is the Barbados government elected by its citizens [Commonwealth or Bajan] accountable to its Citizens more or to its Neighbours through treaties?

    The fact that you’re side stepping the questions dictate where your position is,a classic move if you were a politician,lol.The “right questions” can also depend on an individuals motives &/or experiences I believe.

    CSME is also still at the implementation level & clearly isn’t going to be implemented unless the proper safe gaurds are in place to prevent over crowding,which already exists in Barbados.

    Barbados has also been honouring its commitments under CSME,especially the right to visit for up to 6 months for all Caricom nationals.The problem is that is being taken advantage of by some Caricom nationals & it is clearly not working in Barbados’ favor.The people who end up paying for it all when they overstay are Barbados Citizens who have to pay through the nose in taxes for NIS,schools & also it adds additional stress to Barbados’ current infrastructure such as water resources & traffic.

    Barbados is a SOVEREIGN country within Caricom & regardless of treaties immigration is an internal affair & those who break the rules should should feel the wrath of the law.


  54. Jay November 26, 2008 at 7:07 PM #

    I forgot to mention,I can definitely understand what you’re saying about experiences as it relates to what may have happen in the US & also the UK,but how each country handles its affairs [especially immigration]is guided by the local populace not treaties.


  55. georgetown November 26, 2008 at 7:08 PM #

    This blog has so gone down in the dumps – no one can talk issues unless you agree…

    DLP is great

    BLP is villainous

    Homos (M+F) are abomination

    PLUS: All Indo-Guyanese, Guyanese and Indians need weeding out from Barbados, if you disagree? W’Lorsey!

    So let’s pelt out Latchman Kissoon, Nirmal Thani, Rihanna (no half-breed Guyanese here, no sir, 100% BAJAN and not SHE), Obadele Thompson (Another 1/2 Guyanese has been with a druggy wife, right?) and I am sure the list can be lengthened for all you jingoistic ra’souls


  56. David November 26, 2008 at 8:33 PM #


    We are glad to have provoked a response from you. We do live in a world full of noise so we just have to wear our best filters. Remember the blandness of the Barbados media does not support dealing with the contentious issues. The current debate on managed migration is important and we agree people like yourself can add real value to the current debate.

    Our leaders seem comfortable with a piece meal approach. We disagree with you that parliament is the place to drive this issue, civil society must be on board.

    The voice of the PEOPLE is the voice of God.


  57. The Scout November 27, 2008 at 3:25 PM #

    Let’s do like St Lucia did some years ago. Start a peaceful protest. Let us Bajans stop work for a day and tell this administration, we want a clear mandate on the immigration policy in this country.For this day we will also tell ALL non- barbadians that if they report for work they would face the conseqences. It would not be us starting something . It would cut the string that binds the P.M ‘s hand. I refuse to fly my Independence Flag or participate in any such celebtations until I know if this country still belong to us.


  58. Negroman November 27, 2008 at 6:17 PM #

    I agree a protest might cause the government to get up & take stock.A good idea .Commenting on the blogs,radio & writing to the press did had an effect on this government approach to the immigration issue.However,I believe we must take it to the next level.I am extremely certain that almost 95 % of Barbadians will support any positive moves to rid this country of illegals especially the detestable Indo-Guyanese bandits & mercenaries.The Indo-Guyanese toilet scrubbers,prostitutes & the lot must leave this country.Scout it only takes 1 person to start the revolution.
    Fellow bloggers I hope you all are observing what the Indian criminals are doing with their own.The killing race Indians who like the murderous,pig looking,pig smelling,disease Europeans are continuing the carnage of killing their own.Observe what happened in India yesterday and equate it to what I wrote concerning the Multi-Faith service that the previous government established.The Muslims & Hindus refused to participate in that service because of the hate those 2 religious entities have for each other.I believe what happened in India yesterday could be replicated in Barbados in the not to distance future.The warning signs are there.
    I am seeing our Police Force is being bribe by the Muslim Community of Barbados.The Regional Training Police School was recently given a whole set of books by the Muslim Community to learn more about Islam.Interesting indeed.That reminded me of the hand me down fire trucks,ambulances & other equipment that bastard Mrs Ram used to give to our governemnts.Look now she is Miss Untouchable in Barbados breaking all of our traffic,labour,Town & Country Planning laws & even criminal laws and no one can touch her.
    Will these gifts given to the Police Training School cause our Policemen & women to turn a blind eye to the wrongs that those people committ in Barbados?Bribery at its best.
    Scout & the rest Black Barbadians are in for perilous & horrible times at the hands of the rat catchers Indians both from the continent & Guyana


  59. Straight talk November 27, 2008 at 7:34 PM #


    Thanks for the 101 in harmonious race relations.

    Good luck on your future travels.


  60. BAFBFP November 27, 2008 at 8:58 PM #

    “The voice of the PEOPLE is the voice of God.”

    Sorry Davy but that’s crap


  61. The Scout November 29, 2008 at 6:24 PM #

    Check other caribbean countries namely Monserrat, Antigua, St Lucia, they are all tightening their immigration laws and insisting their jobs there are for their nationals first. Are these not part of CSME too?
    We bajans are too laid back and allow everybody to rub mess in our faces


  62. de gap November 30, 2008 at 7:30 PM #

    “Leading from the front”

    Mr. Singh is right on point. If the PM has decided in his infinite wisdom, that foreign blacks and cloolies are now persona non-grata, let him publicly and unequivocally state his government’s new position. These downlow, under cover of darkness, juvenile shenanigans are unbecoming.


  63. The Scout November 30, 2008 at 9:52 PM #

    de Gap
    I agree with you the P.M has to make a definate stance on this immigration issue, most of the other CSME countries are tightening their immigration laws and our P.M is pussyfooting with our, yet we are the ones these people are gravitating to. Something wrong


  64. bajanbrownsuga December 4, 2008 at 6:27 PM #

    everybody got dey own opinon. i think it is time ricky singh start to look into how guyanese treat each other here in barbados, just ask the ones in HMP Dodds


  65. David December 6, 2008 at 8:00 PM #

    Just read the following article and was bemused by the writer who is described as a lawyer. His power to reason and understand is flawed. What about it about Barbados not wanting to create an underclass does he not understand? Maybe he maybe consoled in the fact that the Jamaicans seem to be complaining about Barbados immigration practices as well.

    Thursday, December 4, 2008

    ‘Ever so welcome, wait for a call’
    In the DiasporaStabroek News. December 1, 2008 @ 5:03 am In Daily, Features | 4 Comments‘Ever so welcome, wait for a call’ (This is one of a series of fortnightly columns from Guyanese in the diaspora and others with an interest in issues related to Guyana and the Caribbean)By Arif Bulkan, Arif Bulkan is an attorney-at-law and lecturer in the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies in Barbados
    For those who might have missed it, that was the message Prime Minister of Barbados David Thompson had for aspiring Guyanese immigrants to his island. And even though it was brutally frank, to his credit the PM had the honesty (some might say the temerity even) to deliver it in Guyana itself. At the annual awards ceremony of the Guyana Manufacturers Association, where he was an invited guest, Thompson acknowledged his own Guyanese roots and paid the usual lip service to the myth of regional integration, but there was no sugar coating his ultimate message: “Would-be Guyanese immigrants, don’t call us, we’ll call you.”  That such candour could be brazenly displayed before a Guyanese audience was not an indication of how far Barbadians have come from their legendary politeness. It was, more than anything else, a reflection of the growing xenophobia inescapably present in public discourse on the subject of immigration here in Barbados.
    Full Article


  66. J December 6, 2008 at 8:43 PM #

    Like a lot of migrants Mr. Bulkan does not want to believe that the “lazy lickerish Bajans” are the same Bajans who have created a society which offers “economic benefits and unparalleled security…free availability of excellent social services…a truly democratic approach to land and home ownership etc.”

    I would like to know who designed and supervised that UWI survey which found that we Bajans are lazy and lickerish.

    The truth is most Bajans are neither.

    I have lived for the greater part of 100 years and I still work a mimimum of 14 hours most days, and I plan to continue doing so for decades more.


    My grandmother and her sister who were born 30 and 41 years after the abolition of slavery (1868 and 1879) pooled their money together in the early 20th century and bought their own land. And no they were not the mistresses of white plantation owners, they were 2 distinctly African women, whose children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are still distinctly African.

    But lazy and lickerish? No I know nothing of that.


  67. Anonymous December 6, 2008 at 9:43 PM #

    what else do you expect from dese ungrateful,backward coolies.


  68. The Scout December 7, 2008 at 2:34 AM #

    Mr Bulkan and many more indo-guyanese so-called big boys, think that they can operate in Barbados the same way they do in Guyana but he nor any of the others like him cannot rule anybody or dictate policies here like they do in Guyana. We would get them OUT, CSME or not


  69. Anonymous December 11, 2008 at 7:22 AM #

    There is a saying that black birds know where to build their nest.

    Well I can say the same thing about annalee davis.Have you noticed she decided to attack the letter writer in the advocate newspaper who spoke out against ricky singh – where else but at BFP?She knows she can find strong support there for that rubbish.

    Annalee davis is a white woman who has all the comforts and more that you can need so she believes she can come here and promote lies about barbados and spreading propoganda that these guyanese indians – because these are the ones she is most concerned about – that these indians are really being unfaired and are not doing any harm here in barbados.

    Annalee davis,dennis johnson and all of the others like them are using the media to defend that detestable ricky singh,but thankfully it look as though the tide has turned or is turning because a lot of those persons who were on the fence are now finally seeing the light and are speaking out privately and publicly.


  70. Observing December 11, 2008 at 7:45 AM #

    Truth be told Dennis Johnson has been a fair advocate on the matter of immigration. He himself is living proof of how a sensible movement of skills can work for the region.


  71. JC December 11, 2008 at 12:10 PM #

    At Observing,



  72. Shondell Dublin March 14, 2012 at 2:39 PM #

    Hi can you tell me who is the now representitive of Guyana to Barbados after the late consulate has passed? and what is the phone number? thanks



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