Mike Henry wants better security for Chinese
Former works minister Mike Henry is warning the Government that some of Jamaica’s biggest infrastructure projects could be threatened if it does not take immediate steps to safeguard Chinese workers from criminals.
In recent months there have been incidents in which Chinese business persons have been robbed, with some cases turning deadly.
Henry says the recent trend of attacks signals that these persons are being targeted.
He says Jamaica has worked hard to woo Chinese investors and it is important that these persons feel safe while doing business in the country.
He says if effective steps are not taken to ensure their safety then these investors may decide to withdraw from projects and leave Jamaica.
Henry says members of the Chinese community must also recognise that they are operating in an environment of serious social decline and must take proactive steps to ensure their own safety.
He is discouraging the practice of trading mostly in cash.
Head of the Clarendon Chamber of Commerce, Aldo Brown, is asserting that extortion and armed robberies against the Chinese business community is more widespread than reported.
He believes the Chinese tend to keep these incidents quiet.
Just over a week ago, gunmen held up and robbed a group of Chinese visitors in Hope Pastures, St Andrew.
Gunmen also broke into the home of a popular May Pen Chinese business operator last Tuesday morning stealing about $300,000 in cash.
Last year, a Chinese business man in Kingston and another in Clarendon were killed after criminals robbed them at gunpoint.
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