Politics

Macau Government plans to build 2,356 more public housing flats

Lands, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT)’s Urban Planning Department Chief Lao Iong said Thursday that the government later this year will start construction of 2,356 public housing flats on two plots that originally were a squatters’ area in Ilha Verde. Lao make the announcement during a press conference to detail the current progress of … Continue reading "Macau Government plans to build 2,356 more public housing flats"

25 May, 2012

HK property tycoon to stand trial in Macau

Hong Kong property company Chinese Estates Holdings announced Wednesday that its chairman, Joseph Lau Luen-hung, will have to stand trial in Macau for alleged bribery and money laundering. The company made the “price-sensitive” announcement in a statement to The Hong Kong Stock Exchange late Wednesday. According to the statement cited by The Macau Post Daily … Continue reading "HK property tycoon to stand trial in Macau"

24 May, 2012

Macau government plans covered bridge for 24-hour border crossing

The Macau government said Tuesday that it plans to build a 450-metre-long cross-border covered bridge over the Duck Channel that will connect Macau with Zhuhai’s Gongbei district next to the future Guangzhou–Zhuhai Intercity Mass Rapid Transit railway station. The government also said that the border crossing for pedestrians only was planned to operate around the … Continue reading "Macau government plans covered bridge for 24-hour border crossing"

23 May, 2012

HOS flats in Seac Pai Van sell from 488,000 patacas

The 1,824 subsidised home-ownership scheme (HOS) flats at the mammoth public housing estate in Coloane’s Seac Pai Van are priced from 488,000 patacas to 1,097,300 patacas, the government announced in the Official Gazette (BO) Monday. Housing Bureau (IH) President Tam Kuong Man said in a press conference at his bureau Monday that the price of … Continue reading "HOS flats in Seac Pai Van sell from 488,000 patacas"

22 May, 2012

Eco-activists and residents urge Macau government to protect egrets´habitat

Three Macau environmental protection groups and a group of residents Sunday urged the government to find another location for its safety traffic information centre to protect the egrets’ habitat in the wetland next to the Taipa Houses-Museum. The Macau government  has announced that it plans to move the centre to a plot of land that … Continue reading "Eco-activists and residents urge Macau government to protect egrets´habitat"

21 May, 2012

Macau policy secretary keeps mum on judicial bias claim

Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda Chan Lai Man has kept mum on a claim by Macau’s top lawyer that local judges are biased in favour of the government. “No comment,” Chan said when asked by reporters about the issue on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of an activity hosted by the Macau Lawyers … Continue reading "Macau policy secretary keeps mum on judicial bias claim"

21 May, 2012

Population rises to 562,900 in March

Macau’s population rose 3.2 percent year-on-year to 562,900 at the end the first quarter, according to official statistics. The number of non-resident workers reached 98,664 at the end of March, up by 4,636 from the end of last year, accounting for 17.5 percent of the total population. According to The Macau Post Daily today, based … Continue reading "Population rises to 562,900 in March"

17 May, 2012

Macau lawmakers finish discussing 2 political development bills

Legislative Assembly (AL) Second Standing Committee President Chan Chak Mo said Wednesday that his committee would not have any more meetings to discuss the two government-initiated amendment bills on the city’s political development after spending less than 90 minutes in total to discuss the bills. The commission held two meetings to discuss the two bills. … Continue reading "Macau lawmakers finish discussing 2 political development bills"

17 May, 2012

Guangdong, Macau plan to build pedestrian border checkpoint

[:zh]中国澳门5月16日电-澳门和广东星期二(5月15日)公布,计划于澳门半岛北端及珠海市拱北区之间兴建新行人通道通关。 澳门特区政府选择在青洲南粤批发市场的现址兴建新通道。南粤批发市场会被拆毁,并搬迁到珠澳跨境工业区澳门园区。 行政长官崔世安表示,他相信新通道有效纾缓拱此——关闸口岸通关压力。 崔世安昨天和广东省省长朱小丹主持于行政长官办公室举行的年度粤澳联席会议后会见传媒,并发表上述言论。 联席会议历时1.5小时,双方探讨如何进一步落实粤澳合作框架协议。 他说:「随着本澳经济的高速发展,拱北口岸客流量的增加,出现长时间轮候及挤迫情况,因此,我们认为粤澳之间新增一条新通道是有迫切性的。」 澳门特区政府的声明指出,初步计划新通道的选点为南粤批发市场的现址及狭窄的鸭涌河的邻近地方,该处划分澳门及珠海的边境。 崔世安称,位于拱北口岸仅800米之外的新通道是一条客运通道,只供行人使用,没有供车辆的设施。 他表示,新通道会作为拱北口岸的附属口岸。 他表示,粤澳双方会向中央政府提交新通道的申请,希望获得审批。并强调新通道有助区内发展。 根据澳门特区政府关于新通道的声明,计划包括兴建一道穿过通道的天桥。 然而,两地政府无详述新通道的建造时间表或完工日期。 (macaunews)[:]

16 May, 2012

Govt vows to ensure clean water supply from Guangdong

Maritime Administration (CP) Director Susana Wong Soi Man said Tuesday that the government will further strengthen co-operation with the Guangdong government to guarantee that all the raw water imported by Macau from the neighbouring province is clean According to The Macau Post Daily, Wong made the pledge to reporters after a visit to the Macau … Continue reading "Govt vows to ensure clean water supply from Guangdong"

16 May, 2012

Macau representative office in Taiwan opens

The Macau government formally opened a representative office in Taipei on Sunday, giving the city a greater presence that it expects will deepen trade, tourism, cultural and education ties with Taiwan, according to the island’s Central News Agency (CNA). Alexis Tam Chon Weng, chief-of-cabinet of the Office of Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, said … Continue reading "Macau representative office in Taiwan opens"

14 May, 2012

Chui vows to maintain ‘sound’ development of real estate

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said during Thursday’s Q&A session in the legislature that while the government would not do anything to harm the development of the real estate market, it would allow the sector to develop “healthily”, irrespective of the government’s response to citizens’ demand for public housing flats. Two lawmakers wanted to … Continue reading "Chui vows to maintain ‘sound’ development of real estate"

27 Apr, 2012

Macau government pledges to consult residents on population policy

Lao Pun Lap, who heads the government’s Policy Research Office think tank, said Wednesday that the government would start consulting the public on its population policy at the end of this year. He made the remarks during a press conference at Government House. Four government representatives, including Alexis Tam Chong Weng, chief-of-cabinet of the office … Continue reading "Macau government pledges to consult residents on population policy"

26 Apr, 2012

Govt vows to find ‘largest common denominator’ in 100,000 opinions about political development

Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda Chan Lai Man said Wednesday the government would find out the largest common denominator in the opinions gathered by the government on the city’s political development and then reflect it in the government-initiated bills about the possible changes in the methods of the elections for the Legislative Assembly (AL) … Continue reading "Govt vows to find ‘largest common denominator’ in 100,000 opinions about political development"

26 Apr, 2012

Macau government vows to ensure public participation in urban planning

The government said Tuesday that its bill about the Macau’s urban planning ensures that citizens can express their views on the city’s land use, the locations for infrastructure projects and how to classify the city into different areas as heritage protection, tourism, and commerce zones, as well as the criteria for the city’s buildings. Francis … Continue reading "Macau government vows to ensure public participation in urban planning"

25 Apr, 2012

Hengqin campus enters final stage of construction

The construction of the University of Macau’s new campus in Hengqin will enter into its final stage in May, and will be finish by the end of the year as scheduled. During a visit to the site by the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Cheong U, the Assistant Coordinator of the Infrastructure Development Office, … Continue reading "Hengqin campus enters final stage of construction"

24 Apr, 2012

Goverment sold Taipa land to HK firm for 1.36 billion patacas

The Court of Final Appeal (TUI) heard Wednesday that it was the government’s then secretary for transport and public works Ao Man Long who had decided to sell five plots of land totalling 79,000 square metres opposite the airport in Taipa to a company headed by Hong Kong real estate tycoon Joseph Lau Luen-hung for … Continue reading "Goverment sold Taipa land to HK firm for 1.36 billion patacas"

19 Apr, 2012

Hong Kong tycoon denies bribery claim in Ao Man-long case

Chinese Estates Holdings chairman Joseph Lau Luen-hung Tuesday denied bribing ex- Macau official Ao Man-long, according to the Hong Kong media today. In a filing to the Hong Kong bourse, Lau said he had not given Macau’s former secretary for transport and public works “an unlawful advancement or bribe.” Macau’s Court of Final Appeal alleged … Continue reading "Hong Kong tycoon denies bribery claim in Ao Man-long case"

18 Apr, 2012

Nearly 1/4 of Macau’s population speaks English

Nearly a quarter of Macau’s population uses English as their first or second language, according to the preliminary results of the 2011 Census released by the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC). According to the findings, 2.3 percent of the population aged at least three years uses English as their first language, up from just 0.7 … Continue reading "Nearly 1/4 of Macau’s population speaks English"

16 Apr, 2012

Macau government to hand out cash ahead of Labour Day

The government will start paying residents its annual “wealth-share” handout before May Day, Executive Council (ExCo) spokesman Leong Heng Teng announced Thursday. Residents who are regular recipients of government subsidies and grants will have their handout credited to their bank account on April 24, the sixth time since 2008, while the majority of the population … Continue reading "Macau government to hand out cash ahead of Labour Day"

13 Apr, 2012