A survey released on Sunday by the Macau General Union of Neighbourhood Associations (commonly known as Kai Fong) shows that young local people are most concerned about the city’s traffic problems.
The association’s youth working group held a press conference to announce the findings of the survey, at the association’s headquarters in Toi San district.
The press conference was held by three members of the youth working group.
The survey asked local youths what they wanted the 2017 Policy Address, slated to be given by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On next Tuesday, to focus on.
Over the last several years, the association has carried out the survey annually shortly before the policy address is given, to ask respondents about what kind of issues they would like the government to focus on.
According to the association, this time young locals consider the city’s traffic problem to be the most important issue to be addressed by the upcoming policy address. The city’s traffic woes have become the top concern for the first time since the annual survey started several years ago.
The housing problem was the issue of most concern in every previous survey, according to the association.
The association conducted street interviews of 974 local residents aged between 18 and 45 late last month.
According to the findings, 58.6 percent of the respondents said that the city’s traffic problem was the most important one to be tackled by the government, followed by 56 percent for housing, 53.9 percent for public health services, 40.8 percent for employment and economic development, and 40.6 percent welfare policies.
The results show that the city’s traffic problems are severe and that residents are extremely dissatisfied with the situation, the association said, urging the government to come up with effective measures to address the issue.