Politics

Policy secretary says 85 pct ‘satisfied’ with govt

Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda Chan Lai Man said Wednesday that a survey found that 85 percent of respondents are satisfied with the services the government provides. She made the remarks during a Q&A session in the legislative hemicycle in which the lawmakers raised questions about the public administration. Directly-elected lawmaker-cum-businessman Ung Choi Kun … Continue reading "Policy secretary says 85 pct ‘satisfied’ with govt"

5 Jul, 2012

Govt says that prison lacks manpower, beds for females

Macau Prison (EPM) Director Lee Kam Cheong said Tuesday that manpower in the city’s prison is lacking and that there are not enough beds for female inmates. Lee made the remarks during the 2012 Macau Prison Inmates’ Handcrafts Exhibition opening ceremony at Macau Forum. According to Lee, there is only enough space for nine more … Continue reading "Govt says that prison lacks manpower, beds for females"

4 Jul, 2012

President Hu meets Macau Chief Executive in HK

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Saturday met with Chui Sai On, chief executive of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) and expressed the recognition of the current situation of Macau as well as the work of the Macau SAR government. He urged the SAR government to attach great importance to the work related to local … Continue reading "President Hu meets Macau Chief Executive in HK"

2 Jul, 2012

La Scala trial to start in Sept with 8 defendants

The high-profile trial related to the graft-tainted La Scala luxury development in Taipa will comprise eight defendants and start in September, the Portuguese-language Jornal Tribuna de Macau newspaper reported Thursday. According to the report, the trial at the Court of First Instance (TJB) is slated to start on September 17. Prominent Hong Kong property tycoons … Continue reading "La Scala trial to start in Sept with 8 defendants"

29 Jun, 2012

CE trusts ExCo member over graft claims

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On told reporters over the weekend that he has accepted the explanation given by Executive Council (ExCo) member Leonel Alves concerning bribery allegations raised in an article published by The Wall Street Journal earlier this month. Chui made the remark to reporters on the sidelines of a public function on … Continue reading "CE trusts ExCo member over graft claims"

26 Jun, 2012

Audit Commission slams Macau Foundation for loose subsidy inspection

The Audit Commission (CA) released a report Thursday slamming the Macau Foundation (FM) for not exercising stricter inspection on subsidized organizations, resulting in over subsidies and repeated subsidies which are financed by public funds. The CA said the Foundation currently only conducts casual reviews of the subsidized bodies’ written accounts, without careful verification of the … Continue reading "Audit Commission slams Macau Foundation for loose subsidy inspection"

22 Jun, 2012

Police bust pyramid scheme selling ‘anti-cancer drinks’

Four people – a male and three females, including one from Hong Kong – have been arrested for defrauding people in a pyramid scheme by selling ‘anti-cancer’ and antioxidant juice, costing at least 4,800 patacas for 12 bottles. The Judiciary Police (PJ) made the announcement in a press conference Thursday. On Wednesday PJ officers raided … Continue reading "Police bust pyramid scheme selling ‘anti-cancer drinks’"

22 Jun, 2012

Graft busters say regulator violates consumers’ rights by axing 2G network

The Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) released a report Wednesday stating that the announcement by the Telecommunications Regulation Bureau (DSRT) to cancel the city’s 2G mobile telephone network service violates the Code of Administrative Procedure because it would deprive consumers of their right to choose and their right to fair treatment. According to a CCAC statement … Continue reading "Graft busters say regulator violates consumers’ rights by axing 2G network"

21 Jun, 2012

‘One Country, Two Systems’ confid

An opinion poll carried out by the Macau Polytechnic Institute (IPM) between May 28 and June 4, indicated that residents’ confidence in the “One Country, Two Systems” principle, while remaining high, has decreased slightly compared to the two previous opinion polls conducted in mid and late last year. This is the third time that the … Continue reading "‘One Country, Two Systems’ confid"

20 Jun, 2012

Chief Executive Chui declines comment on HK property firm’s compensation threat

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On declined Monday to comment on Hong Kong property developer Chinese Estates Holdings’ announcement on Sunday night that it and/or its subsidiaries would consider demanding compensation for possible losses arising from any decision by the Macau government that would invalidate its huge land concession in Taipa. Chui made the remarks … Continue reading "Chief Executive Chui declines comment on HK property firm’s compensation threat"

19 Jun, 2012

Telecom operator Hutchison hit by network crash

Macau telecom operator Hutchison Telephone (Macau) Company Limited was hit by unstable cellular data services so that its customers were continuously disconnected when they used the cellular data for Internet services from 4 a.m. on Friday. According to a statement from the Telecommunications Regulation Bureau (DSRT) on Friday, cited by The Macau Post Daily today, … Continue reading "Telecom operator Hutchison hit by network crash"

18 Jun, 2012

Govt vows to introduce by-law for use of solar power

The Energy Sector Development Office (GDSE) said Thursday that it was drafting a by-law regulating the installation of photovoltaic facilities to generate electricity for the city and that it could promulgated next year. According to The Macau Post Daily, GDSE advisor Lei Chou San made the remarks to the media on the sidelines of a … Continue reading "Govt vows to introduce by-law for use of solar power"

15 Jun, 2012

Govt starts reviewing La Scala land concession

The Macau government said in a terse statement Tuesday that it has started reviewing the concession of five plots of land linked to the mega-graft scandal involving jailed ex-secretary for transport and public works Ao Man Long. Hong Kong-listed Chinese Estates Holdings is building is luxury La Scala residential development on the five plots of … Continue reading "Govt starts reviewing La Scala land concession"

13 Jun, 2012

Preparations begin for election of HK, Macau deputies to 12th NPC

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) has started preparations for the election of deputies from Hong Kong and Macau to the 12th NPC, Xinhua reported Monday. The general office of the NPC Standing Committee sent letters on Sunday to eligible residents in the two special administrative regions (SARs), asking them if they … Continue reading "Preparations begin for election of HK, Macau deputies to 12th NPC"

12 Jun, 2012

Graft busters probe Cultural Affairs Bureau again

The Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) said in a statement Thursday that it passed a case to Public Prosecution Service (MP) recently, in which a high-ranking official of the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) once again is suspected of abuse of power while another senior official of the bureau issuspected of having breached official secrecy rules. A … Continue reading "Graft busters probe Cultural Affairs Bureau again"

8 Jun, 2012

La Scala developer ‘may appeal’ if govt seizes land

Chinese Estates Holdings said in a statement Wednesday that its wholly owned subsidiary Moon Ocean “may lodge an appeal” if the local government decides to invalidate a land concession near the local airport where the company is constructing the La Scala luxury residential development. The company headed by Hong Kong property tycoon Joseph Lau Luen-hung … Continue reading "La Scala developer ‘may appeal’ if govt seizes land"

7 Jun, 2012

Legislature passes ‘+2+2+100’ bills amid walkout by 4 lawmakers

The Legislative Assembly (AL)  Tuesday approved the two government-drafted amendment bills regarding changes to two annexes of the Macau Basic Law concerning next year’s direct and indirect legislative elections and the election of the chief executive in 2014. Four lawmakers – Antonio Ng Kuok Cheong, Au Kam San, Chan Wai Chi and Jose Pereira Coutinho … Continue reading "Legislature passes ‘+2+2+100’ bills amid walkout by 4 lawmakers"

6 Jun, 2012

Macau government reveals make-up of public housing scheme

The government Monday announced for the first time the composition of its public housing programme, revealing that it consists of 10,064 low-rent social housing flats and 9,196 subsidised home-ownership scheme (HOS) flats. Housing Bureau (IH) President Tam Kuong Man disclosed the figures when briefing reporters about the progress of the Seac Pai Van public housing … Continue reading "Macau government reveals make-up of public housing scheme"

5 Jun, 2012

Over 700 join vigil to mark Tiananmen incident

Over 700 people including locals, mainlanders and expatriates took part in a candlelight vigil in Largo de S. Domingos Monday night to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen incident. As usual, the vigil was organised by the grassroots Union for Democratic Development Macau (UMDD). At 8 p.m. participants started lighting candles and observed five … Continue reading "Over 700 join vigil to mark Tiananmen incident"

5 Jun, 2012

Ex-Macau policy secretary sentenced to 29 years

Macau’s Court of Final Appeal Thursday sentenced the government’s former secretary for transport and public works, Ao Man-long, to 29 years in jail for accepting bribes, among them from two prominent Hong Kong businessmen, and for money laundering. The sentence of his third graft trial will be served concurrently with Ao’s earlier jail term of … Continue reading "Ex-Macau policy secretary sentenced to 29 years"

1 Jun, 2012