Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Manh Ha on May 16 visited foreign enterprises hit hard by the recent anti-Chinese protests, vowing that authorities will provide them with all possible support to resume operations as soon as possible.

At a working session with five businesses in Binh Chieu industrial park, Ha was informed that the park is free from looting or arson thanks to the city’s timely response.

Business representatives expressed hope that relevant units will respond faster to any future contingency, possibly with the launch of a hotline.

Meanwhile in Linh Trung 2 industrial zone, Ha toured the Taiwanese-invested Freetrend company that was hardest-hit by the violence.

Its executives said their firm returned to work on May 16 after a two-day shutdown. All of the workers here want to have stable jobs and local assistance has emboldened them to resume operations, they said.

Ha assured them that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has directed cities and provinces to ensure the absolute safety for foreign investors, experts and workers and their assets.

A representative from the municipal Department of Public Security said a series of measures are fully in place to ensure social safety and order.

According to the Ho Chi Minh City Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority, 65 out of the 71 firms based in Linh Trung 1 and two processing plants had restarted production by May 16.

The same day, over 1,000 workers in Bien Hoa 2 industrial zone in the southern province of Dong Nai learnt about the Party and State’s stance on safeguarding sea and island sovereignty at an educational campaign.

They were asked to condemn individuals and organisations that take advantage of the situation to sabotage national peace and unity.

At the same time, they must keep themselves alert and avoid joining crowds that intentionally upset the normal activities of enterprises and their staff.

Also on May 16, seven provincial delegations met with Chinese and Taiwanese businesses in the locality, and learnt that 90 percent of companies that halted working two days ago have resumed their activities.

Thai Gia Vinh, Deputy Director of the KMC company thanked the provincial authorities for their timely interference, saying that he hopes such events will not happen again.-VNA