Social Affairs

Macau medical vouchers

Government to spend MOP 405 million on medical vouchers

The government expects to spend MOP 405 million on its annual medical subsidy programme – informally known as medical vouchers – this year, Executive Council (ExCo) spokesman Leong Heng Teng said late last week.

27 Mar, 2017

Macau bans Brazilian meat imports

Macau bans Brazilian meat imports with immediate effect

The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) said in a statement last night that it has decided to ban with immediate effect the importation of all frozen and chilled meat products from Brazil.

22 Mar, 2017

GAES interest subsidy scheme

Macau government starts interest subsidy to push language learning

The Tertiary Education Services Office (GAES) will link up with six local banks to launch an interest subsidy scheme for local graduates who learn Putonghua, Portuguese or English outside Macau, the office’s Assistant Coordinator Chang Kun Hong said Thursday.

17 Mar, 2017

Macau Customs regulations

Macau to control entry of cash in the borders starting from November

From 1st November 2017, new regulations mandating that any cash or other negotiable monetary instrument over US$ 15,000 (MOP 120,000) passing through Macau Customs authorities have to be declared, according to local television broadcaster TDM.

17 Mar, 2017

housing subsidies for Macau residents

Subsidies for housing proposed for residents in temporary units

The Urban Renewal Committee’s plenary meeting discussed topics relating to temporary housing, renovation of industrial buildings and the establishment of a government-owned company.

16 Mar, 2017

Ilha Verde

Group urges Macau government to preserve Ilha Verde Hill

Ilha Verde District Welfare and Mutual Help Association Vice President Chan Fong urged the government to preserve Ilha Verde Hill, which is listed as a cultural heritage site, and to address the area’s safety hazards. Chan made the remarks when speaking to reporters at the foot of the hill before giving them a guided tour … Continue reading "Group urges Macau government to preserve Ilha Verde Hill"

16 Mar, 2017

smoking lounges in macau casinos

Revised bill allows smoking lounges in Macau casinos

By 2019, according to Chan, if casinos cannot set up qualified smoking lounges, then customers will not be permitted to smoke inside the premises. Next week, the committee will invite government representatives to attend its meeting on discussions of the bill’s amendment.

15 Mar, 2017

Ho Chio Meng trial

Ho Chio Meng’s new lawyer expects ‘complex’ trial

Ex-chief prosecutor Ho Chio Meng’s new lawyer says she is readying herself for a “complex and lengthy” trial, the Portuguese-language Jornal Tribuna de Macau reported on Tuesday.

15 Mar, 2017

hk-zhuhai-macau bridge construction

HK-Macau Bridge checkpoint ready by end of 2017

The company in charge of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge says the Macau checkpoint of the crossing will be completed by the end of this year.

13 Mar, 2017

Culture Affairs Bureau hiring procedures

Culture Affairs Bureau chief vows to review staff hiring procedures

Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) President Leung Hio Ming promised on Sunday that his bureau will review its procedures for hiring staff, with the aim of ensuring that its recruitment procedures will always be conducted in line with the law.

13 Mar, 2017

Coloane Village preservation

Alexis Tam calls for ‘positivity’ on Coloane village preservation

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng urged civil society on Thursday to be “positive” about the preservation of Coloane Village known for its traditional shipyards.

10 Mar, 2017

prosecutor lawyer

Ex-prosecutor’s lawyer quits trial

Ex-chief prosecutor Ho Chio Meng’s defence lawyer Leong Weng Pun and his team resigned on Wednesday before the court’s afternoon session began. Ho faces over 1,500 charges including aggravated fraud, leadership of a criminal organisation, abuse of power, and money laundering. The morning session of the trial at the Court of Final Appeal (TUI) in … Continue reading "Ex-prosecutor’s lawyer quits trial"

9 Mar, 2017


Population falls to 644,900

Macau’s population fell year on year by 1,900 to 644,900 at the end of last year, namely due to a decrease in the number of imported labour, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Monday.

7 Mar, 2017

Macau literary festival

The Script Road – Macau Literary Festival 6th edition begins on Saturday

The 6th edition of The Script Road – Macau Literary Festival will kick off on Saturday (4th March) with comic book authors Dick Ng, Filipe Melo, Philippe Graton and Clément Baloup, who will deliver a talk on “Illustrating Words – The Art of Comics”.

3 Mar, 2017

Macau chicken flu

Government pays MOP 3.9 million in compensation to live poultry suppliers

The government has paid about MOP 3.91 million in compensation to suppliers affected by bird flu outbreaks since 2014, Central District Social Services Consultative Committee Deputy Convenor Un Sio Leng said on Wednesday.

2 Mar, 2017

Legend Palace Hotel

Legend Palace Hotel opened doors on Monday

The Legend Palace Hotel, the latest addition to the portfolio of Macau Legend Development Limited (MLD), opened on Monday with 66 gaming tables.

28 Feb, 2017

Macau crime

32 organised crime cases busted last year, up 146 percent

The police busted 32 organised crime cases last year, a year-on-year increase of 146 percent from just 13 such cases in 2015, Secretary for Scurity Wong Sio Chak said on Monday.

28 Feb, 2017

Macau Wifi GO

Macau auditor slams WiFi GO poor connection quality

The now defunct Telecommunications Regulation Bureau (DSRT) failed to properly monitor and supervise its WiFi GO service so that WiFi GO service points in the city are affected by poor connection quality, the Commission of Audit (CA) said in report on Monday.

28 Feb, 2017

GCS facebook

Government Information Bureau to join Facebook and Instagram

The Government Information Bureau (GCS) plans to provide information about the government on Facebook and Instagram, Victor Chan Chi Ping, who heads both the Government Information Bureau (GCS) and the Government Spokesperson’s Office, said on Tuesday.

22 Feb, 2017

Macau smoking lounges

Smoking lounges in casinos not against WHO

Setting up smoking lounges in casinos is not contrary to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) suggestion of building a smoke-free environment, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said on Monday.

21 Feb, 2017