Macau, China, 12 Aug – The law for the revised social security system in Macau was passed by the legislature in a plenary meeting Wednesday, requiring beneficiaries of the scheme to stay in Macau for at least 183 days in the year before joining the scheme.
According to the revised social security system, all local residents, aged at least 18 years who have stayed in Macau for at least 183 days in the year before joining the system, may join the scheme.
Exemptions from the 183-day threshold will only be made for those staying overseas because of study, hospitalisation, working overseas to sustain local family members, or for "humane" or "suitable" reasons approved by the chief executive.
Local residents aged 65 years or above living in the mainland will also be exempted.
According to The Macau Post Daily at the end July, there were around 50,000 people holding smart Macau ID cards but not living in Macau. There were also some 16,000 people who have still not changed their old ID cards into smart ID cards.
Macau population stands at 544,000 at the end of June, according to the Statistics and Census Services.