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Opposition demands withdrawal of Chinese businesses boycott threat

Published:Friday | September 4, 2015 | 12:04 PM
Horace Chang, who represents North West St James, says issuing a threat to encourage new Chinese businesses is wrong and could be viewed as targeting one group of people.

The Opposition says the threat of boycott issued by St James business leaders against their Chinese counterparts must be withdrawn as it could represent an attack on an ethnic group.

On Wednesday, president of the Montego Bay Chamber, Gloria Henry, issued the threat, arguing that the Chinese are unwilling to contribute to the social development of the parish.

Horace Chang, who represents North West St James, says issuing a threat to encourage new Chinese businesses is wrong and could be viewed as targeting one group of people.

 

MP for North West St James, Horace Chang

A member of the Chinese business community has also rejected the allegations levelled by the MoBay Chamber of Commerce. 

Gloria Henry, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Gloria Henry, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Yesterday, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica and trade unionist, Helene Davis White said the threat was an overreaction.

PSOJ president William Mahfood has also said the Chinese business community has contributed significantly to Jamaica's development.

The Hanover and St Catherine chambers of commerce have also come out against the St James chamber.