Politics

Security chief defends entry ban on some visitors

Secretary for Security Cheong Kuoc Va said Monday that immigration officials strictly follow regulations before denying anyone entry into Macau. Cheong made the remarks during Monday’s plenary meeting discussing his portfolio’s 2013 policy guidelines in the legislature’s hemicycle. Responding to some lawmakers’ criticisms that the Macau Security Forces (FSM) have been repeatedly abusing their power … Continue reading "Security chief defends entry ban on some visitors"

27 Nov, 2012

Ex-partner of ‘Broken Tooth’ back in jail for murder plot

Artur Chiang Calderon, the former right-hand man to jailed triad leader “Broken Tooth” Wan Kuok Koi, was back in jail on Sunday for his alleged involvement in a bizarre murder plot – just about three years after his release from prison. Calderon’s arrest last Saturday came a week before Wan’s scheduled release from jail this … Continue reading "Ex-partner of ‘Broken Tooth’ back in jail for murder plot"

26 Nov, 2012

Civic bureau set to take full responsibility for food safety

Legislative Assembly 2nd Standing Committee President Chan Chak Mo announced Thursday that under the government’s food safety bill, the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) would take full responsibility for the handling of suspected food safety violations. Chan, who spoke to reporters after a meeting between members of his committee and government representatives, said that … Continue reading "Civic bureau set to take full responsibility for food safety"

23 Nov, 2012

Chui says housing issue can’t be solved through ‘too heavy’ measures

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Wednesday while the government would continue to take the initiative to stabilise the housing market, it would not be reasonable to carry out any  “too heavily” applied measures. Chui made the remark during a three-hour question-and-answer session in the Legislative Assembly (AL) about his 2013 Policy Address that … Continue reading "Chui says housing issue can’t be solved through ‘too heavy’ measures"

15 Nov, 2012

Govt ‘still undecided’ about pay hike for public servants

Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda Chan Lai Man Sunday declined to give a clear answer on whether the city’s nearly 30,000 government employees will have their salaries and fringe benefits increased or not next year. She said the government was waiting for a report to be submitted from the government-appointed Civil Service Pay Review … Continue reading "Govt ‘still undecided’ about pay hike for public servants"

12 Nov, 2012

Government sets up body to tackle ‘sudden incidents’

The government announced Monday the setting-up of a high-powered council to tackle “sudden incidents.” The establishment of the council was published in the Official Gazette (BO) in the form of an executive order signed by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On. While the council’s Chinese name refers to “sudden” incidents, its Portuguese name means “unforeseen” … Continue reading "Government sets up body to tackle ‘sudden incidents’"

6 Nov, 2012

Business sector wants locals graduating overseas to return

Most of the representatives from the business sector Monday backed the government’s idea of importing professionals through a point-based system, but also suggested encouraging locals studying overseas to return to Macau to serve the city whose population is forecast by the government to reach 802,000, of which up to 200,000 would be imported workers, in … Continue reading "Business sector wants locals graduating overseas to return"

6 Nov, 2012

92 pct want wealth-share scheme to continue: survey

Macau New Vision Association (ANVM) President Li Lue and Vice President Lou Shenghua said Monday that 91.6 percent of local residents would like the government to continue its annual wealth-share scheme. They were referring to the results of a survey they conducted on October 18 and 19 regarding matters that locals care about the most. … Continue reading "92 pct want wealth-share scheme to continue: survey"

30 Oct, 2012

Govt logs 250,000 voter registrations to date

About 250,000 people out of 300,000 of those eligible have registered to vote in the 2013 legislative elections, Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau (SAFP) Director José Chu said Sunday, urging citizens to register before they miss out on their right to vote. Chu told reporters during his bureau’s voter registration drive that there are … Continue reading "Govt logs 250,000 voter registrations to date"

29 Oct, 2012

Macau and Zhuhai reach deal on 2-hour extension of Cotai border-crossing

The Macau and Zhuhai governments Thursday reached a consensus on a two-hour extension of the operating hours of the Cotai-Hengqin border crossing for both goods and people, suggesting extending the current operating hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to the later closing time of 10 p.m. Both governments said they hoped the new customs … Continue reading "Macau and Zhuhai reach deal on 2-hour extension of Cotai border-crossing"

26 Oct, 2012

ExCo rushes stamp duty, import-labour bills to legislature

Executive Council (ExCo) spokesman Leong Heng Teng said Wednesday that the government’s 10-member top advisory body has finished its discussions on two amendment bills, one regarding stamp duty rules and the other concerning imported labour regulations. Leong said that ExCo would send the two amendment bills to the legislature at once in the hope that … Continue reading "ExCo rushes stamp duty, import-labour bills to legislature"

17 Oct, 2012

Tam orders report on dumping patients’ records in street

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said in a statement on Thursday that he had ordered the Health Bureau (SSM) to submit a detailed report within 30 days about the incorrect disposal of a number of patients’ records by the public Conde de Sao Januario Hospital Centre (CHCSJ). In a clear … Continue reading "Tam orders report on dumping patients’ records in street"

16 Oct, 2012

Veteran tourism chief to leave post in December

Macau’s veteran tourism chief Joao Manuel Costa Antunes will leave his post on December 19, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Cheong U said at the weekend. Speaking to reporters on the side-lines of a public function on Saturday, Cheong said that Costa Antunes’ departure from his post as Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) director … Continue reading "Veteran tourism chief to leave post in December"

15 Oct, 2012

Govt vows to set up more care centres for mentally impaired

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of Macau Cheong U said thursday that the government plans to set up more care centres for the mentally impaired so that their parents are assured they will have long-term care. Cheong made the remarks when talking to reporters on the sidelines of attending the 60th anniversary of the … Continue reading "Govt vows to set up more care centres for mentally impaired"

12 Oct, 2012

Children warned of sudden blindness due to smartphones

Playing games on smartphones and tablet PCs while, waiting around, on the bus, eating or even walking are not an uncommon sight nowadays but ophthalmologist Frank Lai Iat Fan warned thursday that spending too much time on these digital gadgets can cause sudden blindness. Lai spoke to reporters during an Orbis’ “Look Cool, Stay Healthy” … Continue reading "Children warned of sudden blindness due to smartphones"

12 Oct, 2012

Govt vows to set up more care centres for mentally impaired

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of Macau Cheong U said thursday that the government plans to set up more care centres for the mentally impaired so that their parents are assured they will have long-term care. Cheong made the remarks when talking to reporters on the sidelines of attending the 60th anniversary of the … Continue reading "Govt vows to set up more care centres for mentally impaired"

12 Oct, 2012

Taipei official says Taiwan-Macau ties enter ‘new era’

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Head Kao Charng said Monday that the relationship between Taiwan and Macau had entered a “new era” since the renaming of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in July last year. He made the remark in a speech addressing last night’s banquet at Macau Tower to celebrate the so-called … Continue reading "Taipei official says Taiwan-Macau ties enter ‘new era’"

9 Oct, 2012

City U urges govt to grant land for campus ‘as soon as possible’

The private City University of Macau urged the government Sunday to grant it a plot of land for a campus as soon as possible after its application for a lot in Coloane was turned down by the government by reason of the protection of cultural heritage. Chan Meng Kam, who chairs the council of the … Continue reading "City U urges govt to grant land for campus ‘as soon as possible’"

8 Oct, 2012

Govt warns of dengue fever outbreak as virus infects 9

The government is stepping up its dengue fever prevention measures to Level 3, which indicates a local outbreak, the Health Bureau (SSM) announced Wednesday. The statement cited by The Macau Post Daily said that the government’s working group to prevent dengue fever held a meeting Wednesday after confirming that nine locals have been infected with … Continue reading "Govt warns of dengue fever outbreak as virus infects 9"

27 Sep, 2012

First lawmaker announces bid for re-election in 2013

Directly-elected lawmaker-cum-businesswoman Melinda Chan Mei Yi, who leads a youth service association, said Wednesday that she would run in next year’s Legislative Assembly election. Chan is the first of the legislature’s 12 directly-elected and 10 indirectly-elected members to announce her re-election bid for the 2013 ballot. Seven of the legislature’s members are appointed by the … Continue reading "First lawmaker announces bid for re-election in 2013"

20 Sep, 2012