Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Thursday that his dream was to be remembered as a “hard-working and forward-looking” chief executive, and to have nothing to feel guilty about.
He also said he hoped some traditional values such as “Love the Country, Love Macau” and attaching great importance to family values should be kept and passed on to the younger generation.
Chui made the remarks during a two-and-a-half hour-long Q&A session in the legislative hemicycle, in which 24 lawmakers raised a raft of issues.
During the plenary meeting, indirectly-elected lawmaker-cum-developer Fong Chi Keong asked Chui to elaborate on his “Macau Dream” and how he planned to fulfil it, following President Xi Jingping’s call for the realization of a “China Dream” last year.
“Everyone should have a dream…Macau people value the family highly, as well as loving their country and Macau, I hope these values can be passed on to the next generation,” Chui was quoted by The Macau Post Daily as saying.
“What is my own dream? … I was secretary for Social Affairs and Culture for 10 years [since the establishment of the Macau Special Administration Region in December 1999] and then I was elected Chief Executive [in 2009]. Of course, no one is perfect. A lot of mistakes can be made in public administration. Everyone including myself can make a mistake, […]. After I finish my term [as chief executive] I hope the public will think that I and my colleagues were working hard for everyone and that Macau has progressed,” Chui said.
He added, “When being reviewed or assessed by history, [I hope I will be thought of] as a hardworking and forward-looking [chief executive]… neither do I want to feel any guilt about the things I have, this is my dream and what I want to achieve,” Chui said, adding that he and his colleagues were willing to accept criticism and bravely face any difficulties ahead
Customarily, Chui attends the three Q&A sessions in the legislature per year, in April, August and November.
Chui is widely expected to run for re-election next year. Macau’s chief executive can serve no more than two consecutive five-year terms.(macaunews)