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Aug 25, 2017

Chinese Association vents frustration over visa waiver denial for visiting performers

The Belize Chinese Association is not happy with G.O.B. They have had to fork out thousands of dollars after they requested a visa waiver for The Chinese Blind People Performing Arts Troupe. The group was denied a waiver for entry into Belize to do a performance at the Bliss. The inspirational group with different abilities is considered one of the top ten performing groups from China. They have received outpouring of support from the public and many have pitched in to find the monies to cover the fees over sixty thousand dollars. The Chinese Association called a press briefing today to say that they are not sure why the Government suddenly flipped the switch on them because in previous occasions they were granted waivers, they even referenced another visiting group who received visa waiver just last week.  The association must now raise over a hundred thousand dollars and has embarked on a loan facility in order to get the thirty-three member troupe in to Belize.

 

Edmund Kwan, Chairman, Belize Chinese Association

Edmund Kwan

“The show must go on and it will. While it is regrettable that for the first time in the history of the Belize Chinese Association, we couldn’t get a visa waiver, we still thank the Government for renting us the Bliss. We are not clear on why the Government made the change in policy suddenly, but we are happy that Belizeans, local Chinese and Taiwanese community have stepped up with over sixty thousand to pay for the disabled youths to visit. Yes, we did request the Government to waive the fees and we did get a denial and we ask the Government to reconsider their decision.”

 

Reporter

“What was the basis for that request?”

 

Edmund Kwan

“Because this is a culture group and the most important thing is that they are disabled youths. We have blind, deaf and muted in the group and this group is mainly to inspire our youths in Belize.”

 

Reporter

“Were you surprised when the Government said ‘no, we’re not gonna waive these fees?”

 

Edmund Kwan

“Most 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 visa fee waiver.”

 

Reporter

“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 that in prior occasions these fees were waived?”

 

Edmund Kwan

“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 for certain people or it doesn’t apply to certain people.”

 

Reporter

“Can someone conclude that the Chinese Association in Belize is vex with the Government?”

 

Edmund Kwan

“Ummm…I won’t say vex. But we are, of course, we are unhappy. $66,000 is a lot of money and this performance, this group visiting, it will inspire more than the sixty six thousand dollars, so you know”

 

The event takes place this Sunday at the Bliss.

 

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1 Response for “Chinese Association vents frustration over visa waiver denial for visiting performers”

  1. Mike G says:

    Typical GOB biting the hand that feeds them.

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