Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io said Sunday that anyone suspected of illegally occupying public land faces criminal charges. He made the remarks to reporters after attending a public event when he was asked by reporters about about a plot of land in Coloane that the government claims has been illegally occupied … Continue reading "‘Illegal’ land occupation will be punis"
9 Jun, 2014
An assessment about whether Macau has achieved its targets to improve the environment, stipulated by the government in an environmental protection planning report, shows that six indicators out of nine have achieved the short term targets while the rate of rubbish recycling failed to reach the target. The other two indicators could not be assessed … Continue reading "Govt admits it failed to reach waste recycling goal"
6 Jun, 2014
A record crowd joined Wednesday night’s vigil in Largo do Senado commemorating the 25th anniversary of the June 4 incident. Grassroots lawmaker Au Kam San, a leading member of the Macau Democratic Development Union which has organised the vigil every year since 1990, told reporters he estimated there were “at least” 3,000 participants, “the largest … Continue reading "June 4 vigil draws record crowd"
5 Jun, 2014
The government announced Tuesday that the income caps for applicants for home-ownership scheme (HOS) flats will be increased by up to 8.5 percent, taking effect today. According to a notice published in the Official Gazette (BO), for an individual HOS applicant, the required minimum income will be raised from 7,820 patacas a month to … Continue reading "Govt raises income caps for HOS applicants"
4 Jun, 2014
The government announced Tuesday that the income caps for applicants for home-ownership scheme (HOS) flats will be increased by up to 8.5 percent, taking effect today. According to a notice published in the Official Gazette (BO), for an individual HOS applicant, the required minimum income will be raised from 7,820 patacas a month to 8,490 … Continue reading "Govt raises income caps for HOS applicants"
4 Jun, 2014
About 600 local and central government officials, community leaders, members of the grieving family and friends attended the funeral of community leader Ma Man Kei at Macau Forum on Sunday. Ma passed away after a prolonged illness in Beijing on May 26 where he had been hospitalised for several years. Sources close to the family … Continue reading "600 attend Ma Man Kei funeral"
3 Jun, 2014
After the city’s biggest protests since the 1999 handover, Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On announced Thursday at a special press conference that he had decided shelve his government’s controversial perks bill that, if passed by lawmakers as scheduled on Tuesday, would have given him and a few other principal officials lavish retirement packages in … Continue reading "Chui axes perks bill after huge protests"
30 May, 2014
The Judiciary Police (PJ) caught two Ukrainians on Monday on suspicion of stealing bank card information from local ATMs, although no card readers or micro-cameras were installed in the machines. Instead, the duo inserted a device containing malicious software (malware) into the ATMs to record data from unsuspecting customers whenever the machines were used. A … Continue reading "Police nab Ukrainian duo for ATM malware scam"
29 May, 2014
Former National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) vice-chairman Ma Man Kei’s remains will return from Beijing by plane to Macau today and a public memorial service will take place from 9 a.m. at Macau Forum in Zape on Sunday. A special committee has meanwhile been set up to handle Ma’s funeral … Continue reading "Ma Man Kei’s remains to return to Macau today"
29 May, 2014
Thousands of residents staged a sit-in protest organised by Internet group Macau Conscience on the patch of grass outside the Legislative Assembly as lawmakers debated the government’s controversial perks bill Tuesday. Macau Conscience member Sulu Sou Ka Hou said that nearly 7,000 people attended, while the Public Security Police (PSP) estimated that 4,900 people took … Continue reading "Thousands join sit-in against perks bill outside legislature"
28 May, 2014
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On Tuesday expressed his deep condolences to the family of Ma Man Kei, a former vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), who died on Monday in Beijing, aged 95. According to a statement from Chui’s office, Chui praised Ma’s contribution to the city … Continue reading "Macau and Hong Kong governments must plan for the long term"
28 May, 2014
In an apparent U-turn, the Macau government has agreed to resubmit a revised version of its controversial perks bill to the legislature after Sunday’s huge protest against the proposed “golden handshake” law – the biggest protest since the 1999 handover. Legislative Assembly (AL) President Ho Iat Seng Monday accepted a proposal by Chief Executive Fernando … Continue reading "Chui vows to resubmit revised perks bill"
27 May, 2014
Thousands of protesters took to the streets Sunday to voice their opposition to the government’s controversial “golden handshake” bill on generous compensation packages for the chief executive and other principal officials, with Macau Conscience – one of the organisers – saying that about 20,000 people took part. Several independent observers estimated the number of protesters … Continue reading "Protest against ‘golden handshake’ bill draws record crowd"
26 May, 2014
Macau recorded 10.3 million visitors arrivals in the first four months of the year, a year-on-year growth of nine percent, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. According to the DSEC in April Macau recorded 2.63 million visitor arrivals, a year-on-year growth of 10 percent, The bureau attributed the two-digit rise to the Easter … Continue reading "Visitors rise 9 percent to 10.3 million in the first four months of the year"
26 May, 2014
The government announced Thursday that it will start paying the 652,808 beneficiaries of its annual “wealth sharing” scheme on July 2, costing the government about 5.65 billion patacas ( US$ 706.25 million)– 3.6 percent of its budget for this year. Leong Heng Teng, spokesman for the 11-member advisory Executive Council (ExCo), said during a press … Continue reading "Cash handouts to start on July 2"
23 May, 2014
The government plans to draft a bill to regulate its procurement policies and procedures, Mak Soi Kun, who heads the legislature’s Follow-Up Committee for Public Finance Affairs, said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters after the committee met government representatives in the legislature, Mak said both sides agreed that the existing regulations regarding procurement are out-of-date as … Continue reading "Govt plans to draft procurement bill"
22 May, 2014
The 28-member European Union said in a statement released last week it hopes that “further progress” will be made in the introduction of universal suffrage in Macau. The European Commission made the remarks in its Annual Report 2013 on Macau. The report was released in Brussels on Friday. According to the report, Macau’s political governance … Continue reading "EU backs universal suffrage in Macau"
21 May, 2014
China will issue smart cards to gradually replace the current paper permits for those commuting between the mainland and Hong Kong and Macau, the Ministry of Public Security of China announced on Monday. The ministry plans to pilot the new permit in Guangdong, a province in south China adjacent to Hong Kong and Macau, and … Continue reading "China to pilot digital exit-entry permit to HK, Macau"
20 May, 2014
Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes told lawmakers Monday that the government plans to establish a travel warning system, saying that her bureau had consulted the city’s tourism and insurance sectors on the matter and that they were overall in favour. Senna Fernandes, who also heads the Tourism Crisis Management … Continue reading "Govt plans travel warning system"
20 May, 2014
Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen said Monday he expected the city’s first bill setting up a statutory minimum wage to be submitted to the Legislative Assembly (AL) next month. Tam made the remark on the sidelines of a public event when he was asked by reporters about the bill. The government … Continue reading "Govt expects minimum wage bill in legislature in June"
20 May, 2014