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Letter of the Day: I never intended to diss the Chinese

Published:Saturday | September 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Please allow me to use this medium to offer an apology to members of the Chinese community and other business stakeholders who may have been offended by statements made at a recent Gleaner Editors' Forum.

It was not my intention to vilify anyone. Nor was it my desire to deride the contribution of any particular group. My attempt was to raise awareness about the state of downtown Montego Bay and the urgency with which the community must respond, and to that I remain steadfast.

I have, therefore, reached out personally as a citizen of Montego Bay and as part of the collective business community to the elders within the indigenous Chinese community who have made a significant contribution to the development of the country. I have explained that the intention was not to offend them and have apologised to them.

In fact, at a meeting with members of this group and the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, we were also made aware of some significant and unique challenges being faced by the new Chinese business operators, and we have pledged to immediately start sensitising the various agencies to their plight.

Again, it was not my intention to offend or malign any particular group of people or business interest and I remain committed to working towards strengthening the relationships that will lead to the overall improvement of the city of Montego Bay and the country on a whole.

GLORIA HENRY

President Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce & Industry