Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On pledged Wednesday that his government will look into why sometimes there is a gap between residents’ expectations and the plans which the government comes up with after public consultation sessions.
He also vowed that the government would further study how to come up with policies, plans or measures that fulfil the citizens’ needs.
Chui made the pledge during a meeting with several dozen residents in Coloane and Taipa, as well as some representatives of service centres on the two islands, to listen to their opinions and suggestions about the two area and their development. The meeting was held on the sidelines of Chui’s walkabout in Taipa and Coloane.
The meeting was held at the Macau Sports Stadium in Taipa and lasted about an hour.
During the meeting, Coloane residents urged the government to help them solve the the long-running controversy over land titles granted by the Chinese authorities long time ago.
They also urged the government to improve the island’s public transport system.
A Hac Sa resident urged the government to protect the village’s unique culture, while another Ka Ho resident said that air pollution in the village was extremely serious and villagers felt extremely distressed by the pollution.
Others said that the government should improve the traffic situation and public facilities in Taipa such as wet markets.
In responding to residents’ remarks, Chui said that he and his government would listen more to opinions and suggestions by Taipa and Coloane residents.
“Through my talks with residents [from Coloane and Taipa] I realise that many of them think that there is gap between the residents’ expectations and the plans [measures and policies] that the [government] bureaus come up about the city’s urban planning although public consultations were carried out … they [plans] fail to meet what the majority of the residents want,” Chui was quoted by The Macau Post Daily as saying.
He added: “It should be studied. I myself, Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau [Si Io] and his teams will further study how to come up with plans that are closer to what the residents want.”
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Chui said that the government had continuously been looking into the environmental problems in Ka Ho.
Lau said that the government would come up with instant measures to reduce the pollutants in Ka Ho including repairing the roads there.
Chui was ccompanied by several senior officials including Lau on his walkabout.(macaunews)