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LETTER OF THE DAY - Protect all Jamaicans, not just the Chinese

Published:Friday | November 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:It appears as if the police have more regard for the safety and security of Chinese nationals doing business in our country, particularly downtown Kingston, than they have for their fellow Jamaicans.

The assertions made by Police Commissioner Carl Williams in the news that usage of electronic security systems and patrols by the police would form part of a strategy to control incidents of break-ins and robberies which the Chinese have complained about have, without a doubt, left a bitter taste in the mouths of struggling Jamaican business persons who have to contend with the same plague.

Jamaicans on the back burner

When the commissioner of police can embark on initiatives and hold meetings with the Chinese, or any other foreign nationals for that matter, without due consideration and regard being given to our very own, the message being sent is that Jamaican business persons are on the back burner, are inferior to other nationals, and do not matter as much.

It was quite an unfortunate comment made by Williams when he said, "I want to make it clear that what we are doing will benefit the Chinese community, but it is for the security of everyone who uses these streets ... ."

The discussions, actions and initiatives being undertaken by the police should not "benefit" the Chinese nationals who operate businesses downtown; it should be for the benefit of ALL, since the Chinese are not the only vendors or victims of criminal activity in the area.

The commissioner should ensure that the concerns of our very own vendors receive the same level of attention, urgency and care when they report extortion and other crimes, which they continue to contend with on a daily basis, and avoid making inflammatory statements to appease one section of the business district.