Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM) Chief Executive Officer Ambrose So Shu Fai said Monday he agreed with the view that the gaming sector should have its own indirectly-elected seat in the Legislative Assembly. He added that there should be a voice from the gaming sector in the legislature, The Macau Post Daily reports today. … Continue reading "Casino CEO calls for gaming-industry seat in legislature"
27 Mar, 2012
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) garrison barracks in Taipa will be given an additional 18,858 square metres of land for the stationing of more troops, putting in more training facilities and more storage space for equipment, Executive Council spokesman Leong Heng Teng announced in a press conference at Government House Thursday. Leong declined to say … Continue reading "Government grants PLA garrison more land in Macau"
23 Mar, 2012
According to a telephone survey conducted by the Association of Macau New Vision last week about the government’s political development process, 65.6 percent of the respondents replied they had no idea that the government was holding public consultations regarding changes to the methods of electing the lawmakers next year and the chief executive the year … Continue reading "Survey shows 2/3 unaware of Macau government public consultation on political development"
21 Mar, 2012
Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen announced Monday that Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) Director Shuen Ka Hung will be replaced by Human Resources Office (GRH) Director Wong Chi Hong once Shuen takes up his new job as director-general of the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre (CPTTM) next month. Tam spoke to … Continue reading "Macau government replaces labour affairs chief"
20 Mar, 2012
The majority of the opinions from the first of the 10 consultation sessions that the government hosted Thursday to gather public views on its proposal for the city’s political development showed that its so-called “+2+2” option, which means two more directly and two more indirectly-elected seats in the legislature while the current number of government-appointed … Continue reading "Macau government’s ‘+2+2’ political development option wins support"
16 Mar, 2012
Local academic Ieong Tou Hong said Tuesday that under the 2011 Macau-Guangdong Framework Co-operation Agreement, Macau was aiming to become part of a “global city” conurbation. Ieong, who heads the Macau Economic Advancement Association explained that there are contributing factors to making a city or metropolitan area an internationally recognised world city such as whether … Continue reading "Scholar shares thoughts on making Macau and nearby regions ‘global city’"
14 Mar, 2012
The government announced Monday that the number of duty-free cigarettes that each person can bring into Macau will be reduced to 100 from current 200 on the 1st of next month, according to an order signed by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On published in the Official Gazette (BO). According to the order, the government … Continue reading "Macau government cuts duty-free cigarette allowance by half to 100"
13 Mar, 2012
Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) Director Shuen Ka Hung said Sunday that recent figures of deaths caused by workplace accidents showed that the accident rate was not “that bad” as it had declined but he vowed that nevertheless his bureau would step up site inspections and run more training courses for construction workers. According to The … Continue reading "Labour affairs chief vows to improve workplace safety standards"
12 Mar, 2012
The Macau and Hong Kong special administrative regions (SARs) will have electoral councils consisting of 45 percent and 17 percent more people, respectively, to elect deputies to the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), according to the draft methods submitted to China’s top legislature for examination Thursday. The Hong Kong SAR will have 36 deputies to … Continue reading "Macau and HK to have larger Electoral Councils to elect NPC deputies"
9 Mar, 2012
Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macau Yuji Kumamaru Wednesday thanked Macau personally for the donations raised by several local organisations, including the HK$4 million from the Macau Red Cross, for those affected by the earthquake and deadly tsunami that also led to a nuclear crisis after the tidal waves hit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power … Continue reading "Top diplomat thanks Macau for Japan disaster donation, invites locals to travel again"
8 Mar, 2012
Chief Executive Chui Sai On said Tuesday in Beijing, in response to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s pledge to support Macau and Hong Kong’s democratic progress, that to strive for democracy is a natural development of any society and that every place has a history of developing its own democratic system, under the condition of stable … Continue reading "Macau Chief executive echoes Chinese Premier democratic call"
7 Mar, 2012
Google has been fined 30,000 patacas for taking images considered to be “sensitive information” without authorisation, illegally collecting WiFi and payload data from open WiFi networks and transferring personal information obtained from Macau’s WiFi data to the US. Personal Data Protection Office (GPDP) Co-ordinator Chan Hoi Fan made the announcement during a press conference Monday. … Continue reading "Google fined 30,000 patacas for Street View privacy breach in Macau"
6 Mar, 2012
The Executive Council (ExCo) has finished discussing the two government-drafted amendment bills regarding the possible changes to two annexes of the Macau Basic Law regarding next year’s direct and indirect legislative elections and the election of the chief executive in 2014 – a short eight days after the government finished its 45-day public consultation drive … Continue reading "ExCo finishes discussing govt’s political development bills"
5 Mar, 2012
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Sunday he believed that the Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) would deal“independently” with a high-profile complaint by the grassroots New Macau Association (NMA) about a controversial government land concession in Seac Pai, in Coloane island, and the alleged involvement of prominent local businessman Liu Chak Wan, who is a … Continue reading "Chief Executive of Macau says anti-graft body will tackle land-lease complaint ‘independently’"
5 Mar, 2012
National People Congress (NPC) Standing Committee Vice Secretary-General Qiao Xiaoyang said Thursday that “it cannot regulate the election of all members of the Macau Legislative Assembly [AL] through universal suffrage” regardless of how the method of electing the legislature in amended. Qiao also said that the Macau Basic Law states that the majority of the … Continue reading "NPC official says no universal suffrage for Macau legislature guaranteed"
2 Mar, 2012
The current methods for the election of Macau’s chief executive by an electoral committee and the formation of the legislature by directly and indirectly elected and officially appointed members must remain unchanged, while the conditions for electing the chief executive of Macau in 2014 and forming the Legislative Assembly (AL) next year can be “appropriately” … Continue reading "NPC allows for ‘appropriate amendments’ to methods for the election of the Chief Executive of Macau"
1 Mar, 2012
Macau, China, 28 Feb – Macau’s total population – comprising residents and imported workers – was estimated at 557,400 at the end of 2011, an increase of 16,800 or 3.1 percent compared with the revised figure of 540,600 at the end of 2010, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said Monday. The adult population aged … Continue reading "Population rises to 557,400 at end of 2011"
28 Feb, 2012
Beijing, China, 28 Feb – The National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, China’s top legislature, deliberated Monday a report concerning methods for the selection of Macau’s chief executive and formation of the region’s legislative council. The report on whether it is necessary to amend the methods for forming the Legislative Assembly of the Macau Special … Continue reading "NPC deliberates methods for selecting Macau chief, forming legislature"
28 Feb, 2012
Macau, China, 27 Feb – A total of 18 companies have had their bids accepted for the construction for four stations in the Cotai section of the first phase of the government’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) project – with the lowest bid amounting to 789 million patacas and the highest standing at 1.3 billions patacas, … Continue reading "Macau government accepts 18 bids for four Light Rail Transit stations in Cotai"
27 Feb, 2012
Macau, China, 24 Feb – Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Thursday that his government would study allowing local social service providers to hire non-local professionals for the care of the elderly to fill manpower shortages. He made the vow during a meeting with the members of the government-appointed Senior Citizens Affairs Committee and … Continue reading "Chief Executive Chui vows to help local social services tackle manpower shortage"
24 Feb, 2012