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Chinese Community not happy with GOB

Earlier in the week, we reported on the request made by the Chinese Association of Belize to the Government of Belize. The association had requested for the government to waive more thansixty  thousands dollars in visa fees for a group of visually impaired performers travelling through Panama to Belize. However, that request was denied. Yesterday Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, told Love News that the law does not allow for the fees to be waived. However, the Chairman of the Chinese Association here in Belize, Edmund Quan, told Love News that this is the first time that the Government has denied such request and the Chinese Community is not happy about it.

Edmund Quan – Chairman, Chinese Association of Belize

“This is a culture group and the most important thing is that they are disabled youths. We have blind, we have muted and we have deaf in the group. This group is mainly to inspire our youths in Belize that not because you are disabled, you can’t be someone special.”

Hipolito Novelo

“Were you surprised when the Government said, no, we are not going to waive those fees?”

Edmund Quan – Chairman, Chinese Association of Belize

“Definitely. It almost knocked me off my feet because this is the first time in the history of the Chinese Association that we get a refusal for a visa fee waiver.”

Hipolito Novelo

“The Minister of Foreign Affairs said yesterday that there are laws in place that prevent these sort of fees to be waived, but you are saying on prior occasions these fees were waived.”

Edmund Quan – Chairman, Chinese Association of Belize

“Definitely. I am not a lawyer; I can’t vouch for that, but as early as last week we got information that another group got their visa fees waived so why does the law only apply to certain people and does not apply to certain people.”

Hipolito Novelo

“So is it safe to say or can someone conclude that the Chinese Association in Belize is “vex” with the Government?”

Edmund Quan – Chairman, Chinese Association of Belize

“I wouldn’t say “vex” but we are unhappy; $66,000.00 is a lot of money. This performance, this group visiting should be, it will inspire more than the $66,000.00. We go all out, our Association and I want to thank the Board, I want to thank the Chinese business community,  the Belizeans that supported us, the media. We come up with the money and the show will go on, no matter what.  We will bring them and we believe that this group will inspire our Belizean youths, especially the ones who are disabled.”