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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Macau’s re-exports rose 28.4 percent year-on-year to 1.85 billion patacas in the first four months, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Thursday. Re-exports accounted for 70.7 percent of total exports between January and April. Domestic exports increased merely 2.8 percent to 768 million patacas. While total exports rose 19.6 percent to 2.62 billion patacas, … Continue reading "Macau’s re-exports rise 28 pct in Jan-April"
1 Jun, 2012
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Wednesday that the Macau and Guangdong governments were in the last stages of finalising their joint proposal to build a new border checkpoint, complete with a 450-metre-long covered bridge over the Duck Channel along the Macau-Zhuhai border. Chui made the remarks to reporters upon return from a five-day … Continue reading "Chief Executive says govt finalising new checkpoint proposal"
31 May, 2012
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On attended Tuesday the opening ceremony of a sports complex financed by Macau, as part of the Sichuan province’s reconstruction after the 2008 earthquake. Chui and former CE Edmund Ho Hau Wah, along with other Macau delegation members, attended the high-profile ceremony with large-scale folk dance performances, sports matches, and … Continue reading "Macau Chief Executive attends opening of Sichuan Sports complex"
30 May, 2012
Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io said Tuesday that the government would reveal information about the five plots of land allegedly involved in the mega-graft scandal of disgraced policy secretary Ao Man Long after the Court of Final Appeal (TUI) announces its ruling tomorrow on Ao’s third trial. Ao is accused of … Continue reading "Macau government to reveal info about graft-tainted plots of land near airport after court ruling"
30 May, 2012
Chief Executive Chui Sai On promised on Friday that his government would abide by all the rulings made by local courts regarding the mega-graft scandal of disgraced policy secretary Ao Man Long and insisted that his government would never interfere in the judicial process. He made the pledges to reporters before his departure to Beijing … Continue reading "Macau Chief Executive vows not to intervene in judicial process"
28 May, 2012