The government awarded a MOP1.15 million contract to study the arrangement of traffic lights to a company owned by the chief executive’s cousin, online media Macau Concealers revealed on the weekend.
According to the Macau Daily Times, the two-day project was commissioned to study the flow of traffic in order to optimize traffic light arrangement at congested junctions. Cameras were set up around town last month to collect the traffic data that would later be analyzed.
Macau Concealers reported that the cameras were not marked with the logo of any government bureau. Instead, they belonged to the company, City Planning and Engineering Consultants, which is owned by Chui Sai On’s cousin, lawmaker Chui Sai Peng.
At least 40 government projects have been outsourced to the company since 2003. Last year it was awarded seven projects worth an estimated MOP23 million.
In 2016, the chief executive was accused by activists of harboring a conflict of interest over a controversial RMB100 million donation from the Macau Foundation to the mainland’s Jinan University.
The controversy centered on Chui Sai On’s double role as the president of the Council of Trustees of the Macau Foundation and his time serving as Vice Chairman of Jinan University Council. The Commission Against Corruption quickly dismissed allegations of a conflict of interest.