PUP Trying to Inject Racism in Freetown Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 01 March 2012 00:00

LeeAnyone can check the Belize Slimes and see that almost on a weekly basis they attack the United Democratic Party’s candidate for Freetown on bogus allegations. Those charges are usually race based and distasteful.

In December of 2009, Anthony Sylvester wrote about the “Ching Chong Chineyman sitting on a fence, trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents”.  On November 25, 2011 they wrote, “the ‘Chon Saan Chef’ has been delivering fried chicken to voters.” That same articled continued, “a lot of the chicken being served by the chineyman is STALE. As a matter of fact, there are several reports of persons who’ve suffered food poisoning and have had to be admitted to the hospital.” On February 3, 2012 the Slimes wrote, “the ‘Ching Chong Chineyman’ is scared sh***ess of Francis Fonseca.” Some of the other comments about Lee Mark Chang and his candidacy were so outrageous that we will not restate them.

The PUP’s latest attempt to inject racism into their Freetown campaign has them issuing out a bogus letter to residents of the division. The letter is addressed to Tseng Hoei Ying from Lee Mark Chang. It states that Lee Mark has already spoken to Hon. Gaspar Vega and they have agreed to distribute all the lots in the Belama area to members of the Belize Chinese Association. Lee Mark is not one to be moved by his opponents’ desperate tactics. However, this one went too far. Anyone resident of Freetown, who has ever received a letter from Lee Mark, will recognize quickly that the signature is not even close. One resident looked at the letter and laughed before reading a single word. She asked, “If he was writing to members of the Chinese Association why is the letter in English?” The woman shook her head saying that Karen Bodden, Francis Fonseca and the PUP Freetown committee are so incompetent that they can’t even create a believable fake letter.

The tactics of the People’s United Party in Freetown are shameful. Francis Fonseca has no shame and as party leader he is demonstrating why the PUP is the party of the few. Such behavior is the exact reason why people of ethnic minority are hesitant to offer themselves as candidates for public offices. That is the reason why people of ethnic minority continue to flock to the United Democratic Party, the party of inclusion. The UDP’s inclusive nature is the reason we were able to witness a punta competition between parliamentarians of Creole, Mestizo, Mennonite, Mayan, Garinagu and Chinese decent on Wednesday, February 22, at the party’s manifesto launch.

We do not expect the PUP to change but please know that the Belizean people do not want racism in politics.