Death of Mr. Omar Farouk, Owner of HGP Television Channel 16/67--PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The People’s National Congress Reform is saddened by the passing of Mr. Terry Nelson Fraser, who is also known as Omar Farouk and “Halagala” and who died as a result of a heart attack. The loss is all the more painful because he was a committed and long standing supporter of the Party. He supported the PNCR in season and out of season. The Party tenders its sincere condolences to his wife and six children and his close friends and relatives.

Mr. Omar Farouk made a significant contribution to the development of music in Guyana and later to broadcasting. In the late 60’s Mr. Farouk became well known for such popular songs as “We Welcome Independence” and “Love On A Saturday Night”. These compositions as well as others came at a time when Guyana was trying to find a musical medium that was indigenous and reflective of Guyana’s own cultural development. That journey is not complete but when the country will have arrived at that position, it will be recognised that Omar Farouk made a contribution towards its achievement. Recently Mr. Farouk reminded Guyanese of his musical talent when his voice could be heard singing “Nancy on the Hill”, which was done in honour of President Barack Obama.

When he turned to the world of information, Mr. Farouk brought the same energy and the same curiosity that he applied to his musical career. He managed the HGP Television Channel 16/67 with insight and recognition of the cultural and political realities in Guyana. In so doing he made the station one of the better known and popular ones in the country.

The Party is confident that God will give his family the strength and the courage to help them bear this loss at the present time. It is confident that they will find consolation in the fact that Omar Farouk’s life was both purposeful and creative.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana
Tuesday, February 10, 2009