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Anti-Chinese rehtoric unacceptable

Published:Saturday | September 12, 2015 | 9:00 AMTHE EDITOR, Sir:

Gloria Henry's statement that Chinese businessmen within the city of Montego Bay are not giving back to the community is inherently flawed and erroneous in every respect. The incontrovertible fact is that many Montego Bay Chinese business owners do, in fact, contribute to several charitable organisations and agencies across the parish of St James.

Prominent Montego Bay Chinese business mogul, real estate developer and investor, Carlton Chin, quite recently donated the sum of $17 million for the construction of an entire school block for Cornwall College. This project was successfully completed and today this prestigious Montego Bay school has a spanking new school block fully equipped.

Second, the Chinese have invested heavily in many different types of businesses throughout the parish of St James and employ thousands of persons who reside in the city providing well-needed employment for them. Their businesses pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the Jamaican economy and into Montego Bay in particular.

Those Chinese investors who are based in Montego Bay are highly competitive business persons and are astute, hard-working, dedicated and frugal. Gloria Henry's opprobrious comments have the potential to divide the Montego Bay community, which is unacceptable.

Henry's statement was contemptible. Is Henry aware of the fact that Chinese businessmen, as others, are in the business to make a profit and operate viable businesses, not in the business to be giving handouts and operating as government welfare agencies?

ROBERT DALLEY

robertdalley1@hotmail.com

Montego Bay, St James