The Macau government has released a statement Friday denying Chief Executive Chui Sai On’s involvement in the administration’s land-granting decisions when he was the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture.
However, the statement did not mention the allegations made against the former CE Edmund Ho Hau Wah
The short statement, which consisted only of a few sentences, claimed that the government made this response after receiving enquiries from the media regarding a recent report published by a Hong Kong media outlet.
The statement stated that the government will not comment on a particular case reported by the media out of respect for the independence of the judicial system. It then said that Chui Sai Pn never participated in government works relating to land-granting when he was the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture.
The last sentence claimed that the CE has no connection with the case that was mentioned by the HK media outlet.
Today~s “Macau Daily Times” said the government’s response is believed to address the report of Next Magazine.
Apart from alleging that the former CE Edmund Ho is being investigated for corruption, the magazine also claimed that it has acquired a document of the Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) that mentions Chui Sai On.
The report claimed that a notebook that belonged to former disgraced Secretary of Transport and Public Works Ao Man Long has the words “Pio/ Penha Hill/ Secretary Chui” written on it.
The magazine said that these words were referring to a developing project on Penha Hill, with which the developer Ho Weng Pio was involved.
Ho Weng Pio has already released a statement through email, claiming that he has not applied for any land on Penha Hill since the sovereignty handover.
The businessman also said that he would reserve the right to pursue the matter through legal channels.(macaunews/macaudailytimes)