At the end of 2012 the population in Macau was estimated at 582,000 an increase of 4%4 year-on year, according to the Statistics and Census Service (DSE), with female accounted for 51.8% of the total population. As regards the age structure, the elderly population (aged 65 and over) took up 7.7% of the total, up … Continue reading "Macau population totaled 582,00 at the end of 2012"
6 Mar, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Monday that thorough research will be carried out to assess the effect of the mainland’s individual visit scheme on the city’s economic development in the past 10 years, vowing that the scheme will never be allowed to have an adverse impact onresidents’ quality of life. Chui made the … Continue reading "Chui vows not to let tourism affect residents’ quality of life"
5 Mar, 2013
Pupils who go to tutorial classes after school have a lower reading ability and understanding of their subjects than pupils who do not go to tutorial classes. This is one of the surprising findings of a study conducted in Macau by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) Centre for Advancement of Chinese Language Education and … Continue reading "Study shows tutored pupils have lower reading ability than non-tutored ones"
1 Mar, 2013
Banco Nacional Ultramarino (BNU) has donated 1.2 million patacas to local charitable organisation Tung Sin Tong, the Portuguese bank that co-issues Macau’s legal tender said in a statement. Last week’s donation ceremony was attended by Tung Sin Tong President Chui Sai Cheong and BNU Chief Executive Officer Pedro Cardoso. Established in 1892, Tung Sin Tong … Continue reading "BNU donates 1.2 million patacas to Tung Sin Tong"
26 Feb, 2013
Safeguarding China’s national sovereignty while preserving the prosperity of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) are core considerations in creating central government policies for Macau, the nation’s top legislator said in a speech Thursday. They are also guiding principles for the central government in handling Macau affairs, Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People’s Congress … Continue reading "NPC chief stresses Macau’s prosperity and national sovereignty"
22 Feb, 2013
National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee Chairman Wu Bangguo said Wednesday he trusts that Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On and his government will continue to manage Macau well and score new achievement, after his predecessor Edmund Ho Hau Wah achieved sustainable growth for the local economy, improved people’s livelihood and made Macau’s civil society … Continue reading "NPC chief trusts Macau’s CE, govt will score new achievements"
21 Feb, 2013
High-profile legislator Jose Maria Pereira Coutinho urged the government Tuesday to provide Macau residents with free tap water and free bus rides to help them cope with rising living costs. The president of the influential Macau Civil Servants Association (ATFPM) also said that the government should subsidise housing rents that were rising beyond what locals … Continue reading "Legislator wants free water, free bus rides for all"
20 Feb, 2013
Lawmaker Antonio Ng Kuok Cheong confirmed to reporters Monday that he and his fellow lawmakers Paul Chan Wai Chi and Au Kam San will run for re-election later this year. Ng, Chan and Au are members of the grassroots New Macau Association (NMA) and are directly-elected legislators. Ng said that the trio’s objective is to … Continue reading "Several lawmakers confirm re-election bid"
19 Feb, 2013
China’s top lawmaker, National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee Chairman Wu Bangguo, will arrive in Macau on Wednesday for a three-day visit to mark the 20th anniversary of the Macau Basic Law. According to a statement by the Macau Government Information Bureau (GCS), Wu will attend the Macau Basic Law commemorative activities on Thursday at … Continue reading "China´s top lawmaker to arrive in Macau on Wednesday"
18 Feb, 2013
The Legislative Assembly (AL) Tuesday passed the outline of the city’s first-ever urban planning bill with votes of 19 lawmakers, while two abstained. During the plenary meeting, lawmakers discussed the government-initiated bill, which was introduced to the legislature by several senior government representatives including Secretary for Transport and Public Work Lau Si Io and Lands, … Continue reading "Lawmakers pass Macau’s first-ever urban planning bill"
6 Feb, 2013
After much criticism, lawmakers Tuesday passed the outline of a government-initiated amendment bill on the usage of Macau’s scarce land resources. Macau’s land area amounts to just about 30 square kilometres. A total of 22 lawmakers voted in favour of the bill while two – Au Kam San and Antonio Ng Kuok Cheong, both members … Continue reading "After much criticism, lawmakers pass Macau land bill"
6 Feb, 2013
Thirty nine people have been chosen as Macau members of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), including seven newcomers one of whom is Melco Crown Entertainment Co-chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho Yau Lung, a son of nonagenarian gaming tycoon Stanley Ho Hung Sun, The Macau Post Daily reports today, … Continue reading "Seven local newcomers join nation’s top advisory body"
4 Feb, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On and newly elected Guangdong Communist Party of China (CPC) Committee General Secretary Hu Chunhua vowed Tuesday to further strengthen co-operation between the two places, according to a statement by the Macau Government Information Bureau (GCS). The two regional leaders made the pledge during a meeting in Guangzhou. Chui paid … Continue reading "Macau, Guangdong leaders vow to tighten ties"
30 Jan, 2013
The government’s registration process, which gives local parents or guardians of babies aged below one priority to purchase seven popular brands of baby formula of up to five tins per month, will start today. Only babies holding a local ID card will benefit from the scheme. The government promised on Friday it will guarantee that … Continue reading "Priority registration to buy baby formula starts today"
28 Jan, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On and his delegation held “very positive” meetings with central government officials in Beijing about new border-crossing facilities and flood-prevention measures, the Macau Government Information Bureau (GCS) said in a statement. The statement paraphrased by Chui and two of his senior officials during a press briefing in the capital after … Continue reading "Chui holds ‘very positive’ meetings in Beijing"
23 Jan, 2013
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office chief Lo Muh-kuen said Tuesday that he would leave his current position at the end of next month as his official term ends on March 1. Lo made the announcement to the media on the sidelines of the opening of an exhibition organised by local student groups introducing universities in … Continue reading "Taiwan’s local rep to leave post next March"
23 Jan, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Monday that he was visiting Beijing to “exchange views” on a future Macau-Guangdong cross-border driving scheme but was quick to add that he did not plan to put it on the agenda for this year’s Guangdong-Macau Framework Agreement co-operation work. Chui also said that a new border checkpoint … Continue reading "Chui to raise cross-border driving scheme in Beijing"
22 Jan, 2013
The Health Bureau (SSM) said in a statement Wednesday that the first local case of imported dengue fever had been found in an 11-year-old Filipino boy returning from a trip to the Philippines with his parents. The boy, who studies in Macau and lives in the Tap Seac area, went to the Philippines with his … Continue reading "Macau logs year’s first imported case of dengue fever"
17 Jan, 2013
The Audit Commission (CA) has criticised the government’s Infrastructure Development Office (GDI) for its failure to correctly assess the budget for the new campus of the public University of Macau (UM) in Hengqin Island, asserting that any “inadequate cost estimate” in the government’s construction budgets would lead to public resources not being allocated effectively. The … Continue reading "Audit slams govt for ‘inadequate’ Hengqin Island UM campus cost estimates"
15 Jan, 2013
Maritime Administration (CP) Director Susana Wong Soi Man announced Sunday that a water recycling plant to serve the Macau peninsula and Taipa would possibly be built in one of the city’s five new areas to be reclaimed from the sea in the next few years. Two of the future land reclamation areas are located off … Continue reading "Govt vows to build 2 water recycling plants"
14 Jan, 2013