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Bai Shan Lin wants GRA to release seized vehicles; UN Chief written over dispute

Bai Shan Lin Managing Director Chu Hongbo and GRA Chairman Rawle Lucas

Bai Shan Lin Managing Director Chu Hongbo and GRA Chairman Rawle Lucas

The principals of controversial Chinese conglomerate Bai Shan Lin have written the Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) requesting that immediate steps be taken towards the release of two vehicles that were seized in April.

In the letter prepared by the Company’s Firm C V Satram and Associates, it explicitly states that the treaty agreement between the Government of Guyana and China was violated with the seizure of the assets.

GRA, on April 5, seized a Lexus SUV bearing license plate number PRR 2888 and a Nissan mini-van with license plate number PRR-3888. Both were taken to the GRA storage bond at Eccles following the confiscation.

It is reported that Bai Shan Lin owes import tax on the two vehicles.

“The purported imposition of the liability is unlawful and the imposition of a triggered dispute between the company and the Government of Guyana which is to be dealt with under the agreement between the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Guyana,” the letter seen by Demerara Waves states.

One of the seized vehicles

One of the seized vehicles

Written on May 16, the dispatch is requesting that the assets seized by the GRA be relinquished or further action be taken.

In a second letter written to Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge the company complains that “the new government seeks to dismantle the concessionary structure and has commenced to seize property.”

The second letter also states that GRA was in complete disregard of the trade agreement when it moved to seize the vehicles.

Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge

Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge

“There is an agreement a treaty between Guyana and China that if there is any dispute between the Government of Guyana and the investor from China…the treaty says that they must open of diplomatic channels only if that fails they can take further action…they should begin negotiations to resolve dispute in keeping with the treaty between Guyana and China,” Attorney Mahendra Satram stated.

It was also noted that Bai Shan Lin is suffering “severe and burdensome losses and faces action by the state to cripple its business in Guyana.”

A letter was also written to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon asking that the UN remind Guyana of its treaty obligations.

President David Granger was also copied in two of the communications.

  • KassemB

    Interesting development in the interest of Guyana.
    Credit to Bai Shan Lin to take this course of action in our interest

  • rs dasai

    Trying to squeeze us. No way. Go AG et al including Nanda..

  • Col123

    It is called a”Chinese squeeze” or better yet…”watch your hand in my mouth “…the first steps to serfdom for our country…when are we getting those Chinese planes for our minister?

  • Emile_Mervin

    Baishanlin signed an agreement with the PPP regime to build a word processing factory. Up to this day, it has not built the wood processing factory, but it went to acquire other logging concessions despite having only a Logging Permit. It also ventured into other areas of business that had nothing to do with logging.

    I want Baishanlin and its associates in the coalition government to tell the nation why it refused to honor the treaty or agreement it signed with Guyana.

    There is no Guyanese, not even those who kissing up to Baishanlin, who can go into China and do what Baishanlin has done and us doing to Guyana.

    Baishanlin has corrupted politicians in both the PPP and coalition. Granger has his work cut out, and I can only hope and pray he does not suffer a massive heart attack like Cheddie, whose heart gave out after learning how corrupt his loyal top players were.

    • Col123

      EM…we are back to step one in the business world…who ever has the gold makes the rules …China is now entering the phases of its decline …and I can dwell on that later…it is starting to utilize its man power and “wealth ” overseas amongst other assets…

      • Emile_Mervin

        Jagdeo is a true Judas, selling out Guyana to corrupt and greedy people like himself.

        Baishanlin owner is a Chinese national who became a naturalized Guyanese doing business in Guyana exploiting Guyana’s resources now wants the United Nations to conveniently view his deals in Guyana through international lenses.

        How Jagdeo really thinks he is a true Opposition Leader after selling out Guyana truly defies logic. This guy is a traitor.

        • Col123

          The Chinese govt enterprises (not sure if Baishanlin is private or a Chinese govt enterprise) are in an invasion mood across the globe…investing and grabbing material resources…they are doing the same neo colonialists dirty work in Africa and of course…elsewhere as in Guyana….sucking up to others for money and investment do have a price…we saw that with Mr Jagdeo and Mr Harmon’s adventure with China…we need to look at a bigger picture… to the point of a collapse of the Chinese civilization …Russia is sitting at the edge..oligarchy does not succeed as a civil and open system…we need to understand this to determine if it will be a challenge ..

  • Surujpaul Rampersaud

    This is one of the problem with ” investment by the invitation of foreign capital”. The PPP treated the deal as if Guyana is its private domain. Why was this deal not discussed in parliament? The PPP needs to answer for this and the present government needs to renegotiate this deal. Guyana seems to be cursed with such sweet heart deals. Remember the give away of Jonestown to Jimmy Jones and the deal with the telephone company that disbarred competition. Such deals are all violations of the constitution and the perpetuators should be brought to justice

    • Col123

      Deals with China are like this … e.g: their power plant manufacturing resources are fully matured with no demand for it in China. They are now exporting those resources lock, stock and barrel… down to their workers and Chinese toilet paper..paper made with Guyanese wood…it is a take it or leave it deal.

  • Col123

    That song just came to mind…too late shall be your cry…

  • Col123

    I agree with you… But money talks… the stuff that floats just floats

    • MEMES Unlimited

      HAHAHAHAH!!!!!

  • KassemB

    Foremost I am interested in Guyana future.
    It is always a risk going into business (which you may not be aware off).
    When you do, especially in another country, you expect to be treated fairly otherwise you might as well invested somewhere else.
    Guyana cannot survive without foreign investment and the previous Gov’t manage to attract investors to help us develop the country.
    If a subsequent Gov’t treat foreign investors badly, it deter others from coming to invest and this deterrent can last longer than the present Gov’t and hence the country suffer.
    My blog is supporting the court action to determine whether the investor was treated badly and hence in our interest.
    Whether you think I am a Chinese or what ever is immaterial.
    I want to see my country survive and prosper

    • Ashley Singh

      You sound CONFUSED.

      • KassemB

        But I am pleased with your view
        It tells me a lot

      • Emile_Mervin

        That’s exactly how I interpreted his post, which was why venturing an explanation would have been futile.

  • george wiltshire

    Well we were trying to dance with the new guys. Harmon got caught in between moves. Well Dracula is about to let down his fangs. It was good the way Guyanese reacted to what they perceived. It has now forced boy shingle to show how bitchy it could get. We as Guyanese must be prepared to go the full distance with all dishonest organization, ,,x,,

  • Col123

    P:we are in the century of agriculturing technology.Who will be the workers of ” breadbasket of the world ” in Guyana ,when we have no wherewithal for such technology?…I am not a dooms day person but you can”t be consistently fighting the elements…including thieves…doing backbreaking work to barely getting a daily meal!.. We need a realistic vision for all Guyanese to move forward …Even God is not giving us that opportunity…