|Posted by Vybz Queen on October 17, 2019 at 8:20 PM|
Since the start of the year Chinese business owners have been under attack. They have been targeted by robbers and gunmen which has resulted in a significant loss of money. Many have been quick to point out that the Chinese themselves are to blame as they have not been utilizing the proper channels to transport and store their money, using taxis to make bank runs and keeping large sums in their supermarkets. However since the past couple of months it seemed the upsurge of attacks was coming to a calm, but recent reports have indicated that this is not so.
According to Loop News, the burnt remains of a businessman was found and the police in the area suspect foul play was involved in his death: Clarendon is tense following the discovery of the burnt remains of a business operator in the parish. Loop News understands that the deceased male is a Chinese national. Police are yet to release the man's name. Reports are that about 6am, the burnt remains of the man was found at his business establishment located in the Guinep Tree area of the parish. His cause of death was not immediately known, but police insiders say foul play is suspected.
The discovery has triggered shock and a high level of fear among residents, especially members of the business community, in the parish that is under a state of emergency. Guinep Tree was in late May the scene of a dramatic shootout between police officers and gunmen with high powered weapons who had earlier pulled off a brazen daylight robbery at a supermarket in the area. In another disturbing incident in Clarendon, criminals last month pulled off a daring robbery of a motor vehicle under the guise of being part of the state of emergency law enforcement team in the parish. That incident occurred in the Ludlow district.
A second updated article was posted: The business operator whose burnt remains were found in Clarendon on Tuesday has been identified. He is 50-year-old Yiyong Liu, owner of a wholesale in Guinep Tree, May Pen. Reports are that about 6am, the burnt remains of the man was found at his business establishment. His cause of death was not immediately known, but police insiders say foul play is suspected. The discovery triggered shockwaves across the parish that has been under a state of emergency since last month. Interestingly, Liu's business facility is located across the road from a supermarket that was the scene of a dramatic shootout between police officers and heavily armed robbers in May. That is where the article ends.
One must ask if this will be the tip of the iceberg? What will it take for serious action to take place? It is very obvious that something needs to be done. 99% of business in Jamaica is arguably ran by the Chinese. From supermarkets to construction, to retail; there is nothing that they do not have a hand in. Am I saying they need to flee the country? No. But measures need to be implemented for their safety. The government cannot force them to use security forces or maybe the government does need to make it a law, as police officers use time and resources working on the numerous robbery cases. There has to be a breaking point. And I hope this murder is it.
I hope this brings about change and gains the attention of the media and the public and the prime minister. They cannot keep getting attacked in this manner. Is this a cry for attention, to say that Jamaicans do not want them in the country or is it just opportunity and facts. The fact that the Chinese are amongst the wealthiest in Jamaica. Robbing them of millions is almost like pocket change to them, more so as they do not pay taxes in the country. But they offer so much for so cheap can we carry on without them? Either way the government needs to look into this and not just turn a blind it or mark it as a one off event.
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