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Chinese can walk away from investments

Published:Saturday | October 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

While travelling away on business, I must record my sadness and offer my deepest condolences to the families of the brutally murdered Jamaicans in the robbery on the North-South link of Highway 2000. The pain of this senseless and barbaric act must be felt by all well-thinking people if we are to have any success in eradicating this scourge from our society.

I am equally saddened at the turn of events taking place in respect of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and the threats to the safety of its employees. When I engaged CHEC to come to Jamaica and further develop the connection to the Development Bank of China, I can recall the concerns expressed by Chinese officials for the safety of the investment (the North-South link) and the assurances I had to seek to make the project into a reality.

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Ironically, I recently and subsequently referred to the premier of China's veiled advice to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller that she needed to ensure the safety of the citizens of China, who are now our responsibility; a fact that comes with even more investments coming and knowing that China's investments include labour.

The situation now emerging must give cause for great concern as to future investments. The Government must take full responsibility for this and seek to ensure that it protects the future of the country by not only paying lip service to these issues but also showing this by more proactive responses to the growing cancer of crime.

Isn't it significant that under the last JLP administration, we have completed so many projects without either this form of terrorism, or the underlying cancer of political cronyism?

I am more than embarrassed and all but crushed to see how things are unfolding and feeling helpless in the scheme of things.

Certainly, we must be aware that the Chinese can walk away from the investment.

MIKE HENRY

MP, Central Clarendon