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Aug 6, 2009

Lee Mark Chang:1 citizenship and 100% Belizean

Story PictureThe hottest topic in the country is the proposed amendment to the constitution to allow Belizeans with dual nationality to seek the highest national offices that would give them entry into the House of Representatives and the Senate. Consultations on the seventh amendment bill to the constitution have flared up emotions in Belize City and Cayo. There is speculation that some politicians do have dual citizenship. And on Thursday July thirtieth, the Minister of Sports, Elvin Penner made it clear that he has only one passport, and that is a Belizean Passport. The President of the Belize Chinese Association, Lee Mark Chang, is also venturing into electoral politics in the Freetown Division and this afternoon News Five asked Chang whether or not he has dual citizenship.

Jose Sanchez
“Lee Mark I understand you’re venturing into politics. The area you’re running for is?”

Lee Mark Chang, President, Belize Chinese Association
“The Freetown Division.”

Jose Sanchez
“Okay, you know there is much talk about this proposed amendment when it comes to dual citizenship.”

Lee Mark Chang
“I’ve heard about it.”

Jose Sanchez
“Alright. Now, the first thing I have to ask you; do you have dual citizenship?”

Lee Mark Chang
“No, and I know there’s a lot of speculation out there and I’ve heard. People talk a lot and my name is probably one of the most spoken about name in politics coming up but no, I do not have any alliance, anything with any other country and born Belizean.”

Jose Sanchez
“And you eat your rice and beans too?”

Lee Mark Chang
“Constantly, my girlfriend always cooks for me and rice and beans, chimole, everything.”

Jose Sanchez
“We’ve seen some success from the Asian community in regards to Belize City Council when it comes to Eric Chan. How do you see your chances as a Chinese or Asian Belizean venturing into politics?”

Lee Mark Chang
“Well, first of all, I consider myself Belizean; Belizean born, Belizean to the bone. I don’t see anything different between myself and yourself. We both went to school together and we have the same friends, the same culture, the same habits of eating. We eat Chinese, we eat Belizean, we eat Spanish foods; all kinds of thing. So I don’t see any difference between the Chinese and the Belizean community.”

Jose Sanchez
“So it’s good to put this rumour to rest.”

Lee Mark Chang
“That was only speculation. No one has ever came to me to approach and ask yes bwai do you have it or noh have it cause di first day I heard about it I laughed at it because it’s untrue, it’s uncalled for but it’s just the political game.”

Jose Sanchez
“So Lee Mark Chang; one hundred percent Belizean only.”

Lee Mark Chang
“Only .”

Chang was born at Holden Memorial Hospital in Belize City. That healthcare facility has closed down years ago and the building it once occupied on the Marine Parade is now known as the Chateau Caribbean.

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